Part-Time Professors Demand Higher Pay; Will Colleges Listen?

The following is an NPR New piece from Feb. 3rd, 2014.  I particular, I was struck by the following in the piece:

“We have to stop hiding in the shadows,” Maisto said. “We have to not be ashamed to tell our stories.”

Maria Maisto is an adjunct professor at Cuyahoga Community College and president of the national support group New Faculty Majority.

Claudio Sanchez/NPR

She says adjuncts here get about $8 an hour. A tall gangly man approached her, pecked at the calculator on his smartphone, and said Maisto’s figures were wrong. That was Rudy Stralka, a well-regarded, full-time, tenured business professor at Cuyahoga. He says adjuncts make $22 to $23 an hour, and if you do the math, adjuncts are paid fairly — $160 per class in Maisto’s case.

Maisto said she teaches one class that meets for three hours a week; Stralka said that’s $26 an hour.

But that’s not the case if you count the extra hours outside the classroom that adjuncts are not paid for, said Maisto. Those include preparing for class, grading papers, advising students — part-time professors absolutely get no more than $8 an hour, she says. Stralka wasn’t convinced, but he said even if adjuncts are right, their message is falling on deaf ears.

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