Call for Proposals: Special Issue on Poverty in Academia

Approximately 40 percent of the professoriate is paid poverty wages, classified as “part-time” employees despite teaching a “full-time” course load, in positions with few or no employer-funded benefits.  Meanwhile, 58 percent of students were experiencing food insecurity, housing insecurity, or homelessness, in the year 2020, according to Temple University’s Hope Center for College, Community and Justice.  This poverty poses existential threats to the academic enterprise, above all student outcomes.  In an age of devastating climate change, war, social injustice, refugee displacement, and economic inequity, the poverty in academia impedes educating the electorate that determines policy, and, in this sense, academic poverty poses dangers to the human experience on earth. 

ALRA welcomes proposals for articles on faculty poverty; the intersections of educator and student poverty; the potential impact of the campus poverty crisis on global policy; the effects of campus poverty on student outcomes and experiences; the economics of poverty in higher education; the consequences of campus poverty in terms of the role of higher education in a well lived life and in the education of voters, as well as in terms of the place of higher education in society.

Please send proposals to special issue editor Diana C. Silverman, Ph.D., at


February 2, 2024: Completed articles due to the editor.

March 2. 2024: Peer review process completed and directions for revisions are sent to the authors.

April 2, 2024: Revised final draft articles due to the editor.

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