Tuesday, May 20, 2008
What's so funny about peace, love, and maximin?
I've seen data scattered in various places about faculty salaries, but I'm wondering if anyone knows where to get the most reliable data about the salaries offered to philosophy lecturers or instructors. (According to this survey, the median philosophy instructor salary was $39K for the 2007-2008 school year. Is that high? I guess I'd feel slightly better if it was. The egalitarian in me cries out for leveling down.) The offer on the table is $33K to teach 4-4 with just over 180 students each semester to look after. For reasons that are beyond me, the university will not help cover the cost of conference travel and has not provided us with computers. When my laptop dies in the near future, I'll be out of pocket on that. There's no fun little book fund for amazon shopping sprees. Hell, we even have to pay to use the gym now. Factor that in as well. The little bit that I've seen suggests this is a pretty poor compensation package and as a friend pointed out, the $700 raise they are offering isn't really a raise if you take account of inflation. It's just a pay cut that is slightly less bad than it could have been. I'd like to appeal to a dean or the devil or whoever it is one talks to and see about negotiating for a proper raise, but I need numbers. And help would be greatly appreciated.