Margaret Mary Vojtko, 83, died of a stress-related heart attack on Sept. 1 after being fired from her position as an adjunct professor at Duquesne University where she taught French for 25 years. At the time of her death, she was living in poverty and without health benefits. Since then, her story has gone viral, along with the hashtag #iammargaretmary.
In a Sept. 30 interview on Lynn Cullen Live, Dan Kovalik, author of the personal piece, talks about the worldwide impact of Professor Vojtko’s story, why adjuncts need to unionize, and Duquesne’s response to its adjuncts’ efforts to do so.
Read coverage of the story in other media outlets
Pittsburgh City Paper. Adjunct Mary Margaret Vojtko’s death raises questions on college campuses all across Pittsburgh. Oct. 2, 2013
The Street. College costs soar while adjunct faculty head to pauper’s grave. Oct. 2, 2013
CNN. Adjunct professors are the new working poor. Sept. 24, 2013
Opposing Views. Former Duquesne University Professor Margaret Mary Vojtko’s Death Reveals Plight Of Adjunct Faculty. Sept. 23, 2013
Yahoo. Should adjunct professors be paid more? Sept. 23, 2013
NPR. The Sad Death Of An Adjunct Professor Sparks A Labor Debate. Sept. 22, 2013
Inside Higher Education. #iammargaretmary. Sept. 19, 2013
Huff-Post College. Woman Who Taught At College For Decades Dies Making Reportedly Less Than $25,000 A Year. Sept. 19, 2013
Chronicle of Higher Education. An adjunct’s death becomes a rallying cry for many in academe. Sept. 19, 2013