Seriously? Some places pay in the THOUSANDS for a 3-credit class? REALLY?
Are you kidding, Cynic? All three unis I work for pay in the thousands, and that spans an R1 institution, a CC, and a military for-profit. Add to that my experience at 4 other institutions in the same region. Just barely in the thousands, mind -- between $2000 and $4000 -- but definitely in the thousands.
No, I'm not kidding: I never worked anywhere that paid me more than $1,800 for a 3-credit class (I have adjuncted my way across the country). Clearly, I was adjuncting in the wrong places (hence the need to keep moving on). I even joked to my SI that once I reached the 2K range, I'd know I'd "made it." Now I'm in a T-T job, but I'm glad to see SOME places actually do pay better than I ever got paid.
Back in the late 90s I worked at a school in Chicago. The pay rate was $1485 for a 3-credit course. This worked out to about $75/week after taxes. The adjuncts unionized, and my pay shot up (because I'd been there for several years) to nearly $2,000 / course.A few years later, I was adjuncting at Large Urban Catholic U. Pay rate: $2500/class, if memory serves. When we were "offered" health insurance, the rate was such that my monthly salary would have just barely covered the premium. Thank God I was also working in a uni system that both paid adjuncts a living wage and provided full health insurance to anyone working more than half-time. First and only time in my teaching career that has ever happened.
Man, some adjuncts must be in the middle class. Some of those numbers look like winning the lottery. I am definitely getting out of the gig I am in. I'm not going adjunct job fishing instead, however, but getting really out.
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