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Precarious Positions: The Experiences of Adjunct Black, Indigenous Faculty of Color

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Using critical race theory (CRT), this qualitative study examines the racialized, interpersonal experiences of eight adjunct BIFOC at a research university. The concentration of adjunct Black, Indigneous faculty of color (BIFOC) in the lowest rungs of higher education’s teaching class puts them in a precarious position. Major themes include intersectionality, gender bias, and academic gatekeeping. Informal networks among adjunct BIFOC surface as sources of agency that empower adjunct BIFOC to navigate the environment.