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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Another Reason to Cherish This Job

I wake up every morning incredibly thankful that I have this job -- I honestly think it is the best job in the world. And tenure (with a generous defined-benefit plan backed by the State of Ohio) is especially comforting in these increasingly scary economic times.  Today's Inside Higher Ed brings yet another reason to cherish our Tax Prof jobs:  6-6 Course Loads and No Benefits, by Scott Jaschik:

Consider Chandra G. Elkins, who teaches composition and developmental reading at Tennessee Tech University and Nashville State Technical Community College. She typically teaches a 5-5 course load and tries to pick up a summer course or two as well. Last year, teaching ten courses over the course of a year, she earned $15,210. This year, she is hoping to earn more, so she has added a sixth course for next semester, which she will teach at Motlow State Community College. “It’s really depressing. I have to really, really love my job,” she said. “Literally, I could quit my job and get a job at the local Wal-Mart full time and make more money and have benefits.”

Sheila Sullivan teaches at the same colleges as an adjunct. By teaching a 6-6 load, plus summer work, she is able to get her total income up in the $24,000-$26,000 range (no benefits).

12 courses a year -- that is the normal workload over four years for a law professor at most schools!

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Perhaps these sort of abuses of adjunct faculty should make you want to do more than merely "cherish" your job. With tenure, you have the power to do something about this.

Posted by: Anna | Nov 13, 2008 7:06:48 AM