Although the undergrads haven't put out their 2010-2011 listings yet (I sure hope they do!), the numbers for 2009-2010 are available, and I'd like to share those numbers with you, anonymously, of course, in 3 parts.
Part 1, today's post, is short and sweet. No one pursues a career as an English professor in order to become rich, but the gap between highest paid and lowest paid faculty is striking. Here's a snapshot:
- The 3 highest salaries in the English department at Grad University in 2009-2010 were $175,200.00, $150,074.32, and $140,348.02 and belonged, respectively, to a full professor and program director, a full professor and program director of a different program, and a Distinguished Professor of X and famous poet (Note: academe rewards you more for directing a [derogatory adjective] program than being a nationally recognized poet).
- The lowest paid adjunct earned just $3,994.00. Ze only taught one class, but that is the average salary adjuncts were paid per class. Salary per class fluctuates a bit because what you get actually depends on what year you started adjuncting and where you were in the program when you did, but, give or take a few hundred, that's what you get. May not sound too bad compared to what some adjuncts get paid, but this is an expensive city. Adjuncts typically get 2-3 classes per semester, typically 5 a year (you'll see when you get tomorrow's numbers). Do the math -- and let me repeat, this is an expensive fucken city.
- Lastly, would you expect there to be more tenure-track faculty or adjuncts? Bingo! How did you figure it was adjuncts? The breakdown is thus: 95 adjuncts, 28 full profs, 15 associate profs, 10 assistant profs. That's 95 off the tenure track, 53 on it. It goes without saying that adjuncts teach more classes. Indeed, if you eliminate service courses (like freshman comp), which only adjuncts teach, and you eliminate grad courses, which only tenure-track faculty teach, the number of credits per semester taught by both groups is about even. Has anyone heard of equal pay for equal work? Yes, those on the tenure track are paid to do more than just teach, but if you parse out an average tenure track salary (we'll get to that tomorrow) for % of time spent on teaching vs. research and service, they're still getting more than twice as much per course than adjuncts are. Fuck that!