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Part-time professor Charles Varani teaches at Western Oregon University in this 2005 file photo. (AP/Don Ryan)
Part-time professor Charles Varani teaches at Western Oregon University in this 2005 file photo. (AP/Don Ryan)

Adjunct professors at Tufts University have voted to join the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

According to the SEIU, nearly 67 percent of faculty at private, non-profit universities in the Boston-area are non-tenure track and 42 percent are part-time.

Those faculty members often earn an average of $3,000 for each three-credit course they teach. Now, many say they want better pay and benefits.

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Rebecca Kaiser Gibson, an adjunct professor of English at Tufts University

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NPR The death of a long-time, part-time professor in Pittsburgh draws new attention to the trend of relying on part-time faculty.

Chronicle of Higher Education Nearly 2,000 entries have been made on adjuncts' pay and working conditions to The Adjunct Project, a crowdsourcing effort that started last February. Here's a sampling of schools in Boston.

This segment aired on September 26, 2013.

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