Saturday, January 12, 2013

And Speaking of Exploitative & Oppressive Structures...

The IRS has just put colleges and universities on notice not to under-estimate the number of hours that adjunct faculty work. Many schools only count the number of hours in the classroom, as opposed to counting time spent preparing or grading (these, combined, far exceed the number of hours spent in the classroom; for every 70-minute lecture that I give, I spend between 8-14 hours writing it). But, thanks to Obamacare, working more than 30 hours a week for an employer makes one eligible for health insurance. 

This is so great, right?! The federal government totally gets that many college professors in this country are adjunct or part-time and that, as such, they earn minimal ducats and often have no benefits of any kind. 

Sadly, no. Some schools are already taking steps to cut adjunct faculty hours so that they will not have to shoulder the burden of providing health insurance for their employees. Which begs the question: Doesn't it seem like university professors and administrators would recognize that it is in their best interests (economic, institution-building, quality of teaching, flexibility) to support single-payer health insurance?

2 comments:

Jon Foster said...

What college administration should do for their faculty is to put a modifier for the hours spent by the professor on non-classroom hours. These activities should include consultation by faculty as per student need as well as time consumed in preparing lesson plans, curricula planning and computing grades.

Taki Sutherland said...

Well, that's annoying. Why can't school administrators give the teachers what is due? The other industries are doing it (food sector, medicine, even the home improvement/retail industry has those standards enforced), so why can't the admins? Afraid to lose funding, maybe?