Thursday, February 28, 2008

Can't we negotiate?

Suppose you teach at a university that charges about $981/credit hour. Your typical course is 3 credit hours and your typical enrollment is 45 students. We're looking at $132,435 in tuition coming in per class. Give lecturers $4000 for the class and you've made yourself a tidy sum. Have them teach four of those courses per semester and you'll take in $513,740 while they take in $16,000.

Looking at the numbers this way, it looks like lecturers should be asking for a slightly larger piece of the pie. Just a thought. You'd think with all the egalitarians in higher ed, lecturers would never have the opportunity to ask. In a sense, they don't. The numbers for adjuncts are too depressing to contemplate, so I'll stick with lecturers.


John Turri said...


Anonymous said...

Ah, yes.

Welcome to our world.

Anonymous said...

Ah, yes.

Welcome to our world

Inside the Philosophy Factory said...

-- and, when you start to compare what a tt person gets to teach fewer students, it gets even worse.

When I was an adjunct, at one school I figured they made my salary on the over-loads they required me to take.

Udoka said...

Wow, I never saw it that way.