A community member has sent this in:
|Jesus would never|
be on the tenure track.
Here's the PDF of the bill as it's currently being considered.
The Adjunct Equity Bill would help create equal pay for equal work at Colorado community colleges: adjunct instructors would be paid the same per-section compensation as full-time tenured instructors. This would significantly increase teaching compensation for adjunct instructors at community colleges, so that full-time teachers would be able to make a living wage.
To illustrate the potential impact of this bill: the submitter was paid $1,974/section at a community college less than ten miles from a state university, where s/he was paid $3,974/section for the exact same course in the same academic year. This was less than three years ago. The average full-time 9-month faculty salary at the time was about $49,000. Assuming a full load of four sections per semester for two semesters, average full-time faculty compensation per section would have been over $6,000.
This bill would also likely indirectly impact adjunct compensation at the state universities. The argument that instructors at the state's community colleges make far less than university adjuncts make has been wielded in response to pushes for higher university adjunct pay. If community college instructors were to make a decent wage, then the universities might offer more competitive and equitable compensation as well.
The bill is sponsored by State Representative Randy Fischer and State Senator John Kefalas, both known in the state's higher ed communities for their engagement with adjunct concerns. People who are interested in showing support for this bill should write to members of the State Affairs committee. The deadline for reporting the bill out of the first house committee is . The bill will be heard on .