An Act to ensure minimum fair wages and employment stability for adjunct faculty

Private colleges and universities are increasingly relying on adjunct faculty to perform the same teaching duties as their full-time counterparts for significantly lower pay and benefits. This is compounded by the lack of job security most face: adjunct faculty are generally only contracted to work for one year or semester, and are not given adequate notice when teaching assignments are issued.

It is not uncommon for adjunct faculty to be making near-poverty level wages. In fact, there are professors that qualify for subsidized housing and need food stamps to feed their families.

HB 2236 seeks to address each of these issues by requiring that private colleges and universities (a) provide equal pay for equal work and (b) give incumbent adjunct faculty the right of first refusal to teach the same or similar courses they have taught in previous semesters.

To ensure equal pay for equal work, the legislation establishes a formula to determine per-course salaries based on the weighted average salary of full-time instructors. To ensure sufficient notice of canceled classes, the legislation requires 90 days advance notice for course cancellation with partial payments to adjuncts if that deadline is not met. The legislation clarifies both the formula and the notification deadlines.

To see the bill in it's entirety, click here.


On June 29th the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Higher Education will hear testimony for the Pay Parity Bill, H.2236. Join us at the hearing to show your representatives that you support equal pay for equal work!

Three ways to show your support:

  1. Join us at the hearing on Thursday June 29th.

  2. Submit written testimony in support of the bill.

  3. Tell your local representatives to support the bill.