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'Second-class' professors ask for better wages

  • Tenured professors enjoy good job security and receive fix-figure pay checks. However, adjunct professors could be paid less in case their courses get dropped. "To students, everyone is just 'professor,'" adjunct Marcia Newfield said. She mentioned that they're "poor" and "there's no other way to explain it."

    The New York Times profiled one such professor and discovered that he makes only $24k a year and teaches four classes. 

    Newfield said she doesn't receive any kind of benefits for disability or even a permanent office. She's only paid $3,622 for every class she teaches. Distinguished professors and the chancellors, on the other hand, make much more. 

    The City University of New York staff union said part-time adjuncts make 62% of the institution's teaching staff. 

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