And Justice for All: Advocacy, Obligation and the Employ of Contingent Faculty

  • Brenda L Ihssen Pacific Lutheran University
  • Pauline M Kaurin
Keywords: Contigent faculty, justice, narrative, tenure track faculty


This article takes a narrative approach to the set of dilemmas and concerns surrounding the greater move to using Contingent Faculty (CF), often instead of Tenure Track Faculty (TTF), to meet the labor needs of the University system. This approach comes out of our experience (one author 10 years as full time contingent faculty who has now been 2 years on the tenure track and, the other author 4 years contingent at one institution), but also out of a sense that a narrative approach better captures the concerns and dilemmas surrounding this issue.

Author Biographies

Brenda L Ihssen, Pacific Lutheran University
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Pauline M Kaurin
Pacific Lutheran University