What Our Adjuncts Earn

Last week, I wrote a post about what professors typically earn at 1,251 colleges across the country, and a few of you who work as adjunct professors noted that your pay is pretty awful in comparison. “An adjunct—who is making up much more of the teaching force than tenured or tenure-track faculty—can be paid as little as $2,000 to teach a course,” you said. Another one of you sent me a link to this very interesting website called The Adjunct Project, which is crowdsourcing data on the pay and working experiences of adjuncts from colleges everywhere. The project was started by a 32-year-old writing instructor named Joshua Boldt who was inspired to make the lives of adjunct professors as transparent as possible after meeting with a bunch of them at a conference in Washington D.C.

I went through the spreadsheet a little and pulled out some bits of data. 

• At Oklahoma State, adjunct professors in the department of Foreign Languages earn as little as $700-$1,200 per course.
• Adjuncts at the City University of New York (CUNY) typically earn less than $3,000 per course.
• A math adjunct at Texas A&M is earning $6,500 to teach a course.
• In the Social Science department at USC, adjuncts can earn $7,000 per course. At Duke, the “official rate” for adjuncts is also $7,000, but “those in a position to demand, can.”
• Adjuncts at Devry must teach pre-packaged content.
• A history adjunct who got his Ph.D. at Lehigh says he is “treated as property whose need to survive was disregarded.”

There is a ton of more info on the spreadsheet. It may be useful to you if you are getting a graduate degree at one of these schools, and want to learn what your pay and work experience may be like at the school you are attending.


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