September 24, 2013
There’s a conversation on the SUNY New Paltz campus where two sides never manage to meet in the middle.
One side regularly brings up the salary of adjunct faculty, noting that the college relies heavily on these people to carry a significant part of the course load for modest payments and no benefits. The latest attempt to extend this conversation concerned the six-figure salary of an administrator going away on a sabbatical, a generous payment by any standard and especially when contrasted with the money paid to adjunct faculty.
The other participant in this dialogue, the administration, dismissed the complaints and maintained that the two are “completely unrelated.” The sabbatical and the salary for the executive constitute “a testimony to his character and leadership.” He is “the kind of talented administrator you want around the university system.”
Now that’s something we can work with.
If talent, character and leadership are attributes that deserve bountiful compensation, as the administration maintains, then they should be considerations when it comes to paying adjunct faculty as well. That’s something that people beyond the campus, especially the students who apply and the parents who pay the bills, might want to think about.
The college has money to spend on people that it deems worthy….
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