AAUP Issues Policy Statement on Contingent Appintments and the Academic Profession. Ten years ago, the Association reported that non-tenure-track appointments accounted for about 58 percent of all faculty positions in American higher education. As of 1998, such appointments still accounted for nearly three out of five faculty positions, in all types… [Invisible Adjunct]
I'm not sure if there are any real solutions to any problems, if they are problems in this arena. I've been non-tenure track faculty since '98 and it can be a great job, though I don't teach as much as adjuncts. One thing that has happened to cause the growth of professional faculty such as myself is the information technology boom where you needed to increase the technical workers in higher education to allow students to take advantage of technology. This is happening again in research universities with the future biotech bust, where they have to hire alot of staff to support one professors research, expanding the professional ranks, etc.