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Comments on: An offer to UConn http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/02/17/an-offer-to-uconn/ "A man needn't go far to find a subject, if he's ready with his salt-box."--Uncle Pumblechook Wed, 14 May 2014 19:32:14 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 By: Sisyphus http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/02/17/an-offer-to-uconn/comment-page-1/#comment-25702 Fri, 20 Feb 2009 02:41:18 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/02/17/an-offer-to-uconn/#comment-25702 Don’t listen to him, UCONN!!!!!! I will lowball his offer and teach those four accounting sections a year for a mere 50K!!!! Over here, over here! I will teach the literature of —ah, I mean, the science of accounting. With novels.

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By: jbj http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/02/17/an-offer-to-uconn/comment-page-1/#comment-25587 Wed, 18 Feb 2009 12:46:13 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/02/17/an-offer-to-uconn/#comment-25587 D’oh! I conflated two different instances. $20K/class *is* still more than the contract’s full-professor adjunct rate though . . . .

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By: Knitting Clio http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/02/17/an-offer-to-uconn/comment-page-1/#comment-25585 Wed, 18 Feb 2009 12:35:15 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/02/17/an-offer-to-uconn/#comment-25585 Uh, JBJ you better review your maths before taking that accounting gig — the UConn prof. is teaching 2 sections per semester. So, that’s 4 sections per year for $81K. That works out to $20,250 per class. Still, nice work if you can get it!

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By: Christopher Vilmar http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/02/17/an-offer-to-uconn/comment-page-1/#comment-25553 Wed, 18 Feb 2009 04:33:04 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/02/17/an-offer-to-uconn/#comment-25553 I agree with Mike. The market-driven pay scale argument is untenable, as I see it. Where else can you find a job with so much unstructured (not free) time? Or with such opportunities for intellectual engagement? Sure, you could make more money in the business world, but you’d be putting in the hours and giving up all those nice summer, winter, and spring breaks.

Mike’s also right that they’d do it for less than they’ve convinced everyone else they need. And if not, well, we’re in the middle of an economic downturn and people everywhere are looking to move. Let ’em go and hire someone else who’ll work for less. After all, this has been the hiring and management strategy over in the humanities wing of the university for decades.

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By: Mike Duvall http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/02/17/an-offer-to-uconn/comment-page-1/#comment-25522 Tue, 17 Feb 2009 15:14:29 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/02/17/an-offer-to-uconn/#comment-25522 The disparity between business faculty salaries and those in the humanities is bad here at College of Charleston, too. The newspaper out of Columbia, SC posts the salaries of all state employees above $50K and you can find new assistant profs in business (running a “center” of some sort, to be fair) at $90K+. You cannot find any English Assistant profs and not all of our Associate profs.

I have always thought the “market forces drives pay” argument very shallow. These profs (good people, no doubt) like to have this gig, especially now. They have stability, standing, plus they get to consult over the summer and during the year for big money, largely trading on their status as “professor of business” at our center for entrepreneurial studies (yup, we got that here). Sure, they *could* make better money “out there.” So why don’t they?

Answer: they like the work. I bet they’d take less to do it than we think…

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By: jbj http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/02/17/an-offer-to-uconn/comment-page-1/#comment-25516 Tue, 17 Feb 2009 14:42:30 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/02/17/an-offer-to-uconn/#comment-25516 Right–and this is $40,500 PER CLASS. For a lecture-mill class. (And, remember, this is an adjunct rate, so it doesn’t include research, service, etc.)

I cannot figure out how this is defensible at a public university.

(Though a friend contacted me privately and pointed out that at Central ass’t professors in some business and engineering disciplines start above her full-professor salary.)

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By: Brian Croxall http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/02/17/an-offer-to-uconn/comment-page-1/#comment-25513 Tue, 17 Feb 2009 14:15:12 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/02/17/an-offer-to-uconn/#comment-25513 Of course, pay disparity isn’t news. But I was still shocked to learn that people adjuncting in Emory’s business school are paid $15,000 per class as opposed to the $3,000 per class they get in the English department. And Emory pays its adjuncts (relatively) well.

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