Adjuncts Seek Better Pay

by VanessaVaile

The Nittany Pride

By Ryan McLaughlin

UPPER BURRELL, Pa. – A Penn State New Kensington instructor is advocating for better pay for adjunct professors after a Duquesne University adjunct professor died in poverty.

Rebecca Mertz is an adjunct professor of English at both Duquesne University and Penn State New Kensington.  She did not know Margaret Vojtko, the adjunct who died in poverty after working for 25 years, but she said she understands the hardships that adjuncts can go through just to make ends meet.

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