Readers outside CT may not be aware that there is currently a mini-scandal in the state about retired employees, including faculty members, who keep working and are thus drawing both pension and pay from the state. Sometimes this is fairly innocuous–some poor soul keeping her hand in by teaching the odd section of composition, but sometimes, well, sometimes it is a little outrageous:
One retired professor, [name snipped, since it’s not really about him, and I’m sure he’s a fine person who doesn’t deserve to be subjected to all this at the end of his career], teaches two introductory accounting classes each semester and is paid $81,650 per year in salary and more than $174,000 in pension, according to public records.
Regarding the salary of more than $81,000, Hogan said, “That’s what the market is” before adding that the market is even higher. UConn, he said, would need to spend $110,000 to hire an accounting professor as a replacement, and that professor would not teach the 800 students that [snip] currently teaches.
So, as I understand it, the offer is $81,000 for 2 intro classes?
As a service to the state, and as a way to get you off the front pages of the Courant, I will teach two intro classes per year for $81,000. Why stop at 800 students? I will teach 1000 students in the two sections.
Now, you will perhaps object, “but you are a Victorianist, not an accounting professor, and can barely keep up with your checkbook and your (fairly simple) taxes,” which is a fair point. But I have sabbatical coming up in the fall, and I could use that time to re-train. Plus, let’s be honest: You don’t *really* care about pedagogy, or you wouldn’t pack 800 kids into two classes. Give me a few months with an intro to accounting textbook, and some publisher-supplied online/multimedia content, and everything would work out fine. I’m a good teacher: a two-time excellence-in-teaching award finalist, and a semi-finalist another time. You can trust me!
(Somewhat more seriously, I’m bemused that the UConn union tolerates this: Unions should attend more to pay equity within the university. When accounting professors earn $81K/yr, while English and history adjuncts earn pennies per hour . . . something’s badly broken.)