Moving Towards Parity

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Bentley University communicated to its students how it values teaching and ethical and social responsible leadership by how it treats its adjunct faculty. Adjunct compensation is typically 8% of net tuition revenue per course, which is about equal to the tuition rate for just over one (1.17) student enrolled in a given course.

Whether a course is taught by an adjunct faculty or a full-time faculty member:

• Students — and their parents — pay the same tuition.

• Students receive the same number of credits.

• Students and the university expect the same standards of teaching excellence.

An adjunct faculty member, usually with an advanced degree, teaching 4 courses online casino per year is paidbelow the Federal Poverty Level for a family of four ($24,250) but without any benefits (82% of FPL).

Comparing the compensation of adjunct faculty to others who teach at Bentley, an adjunct faculty member would have to teach 26 courses per year at the current rate to equal the pay of the average assistant professor”s compensation, or about 15 courses to equal the compensation of a full-time lecturer. Assistant professors have additional responsibilities beyond teaching, but this comparison reflects the value that the university places on teaching. The value assigned to teaching by adjunct faculty is relatively low compared to junior tenure track faculty. 

Adjunct compensation should equal compensation paid to full time faculty for teaching. Parity is as simple as equal pay for equal work, which emphasizes the importance of teaching and learning to our core mission and to our students.

It doesn”t matter if an adjunct teaches as an avocation or a vocation, teaching should be valued the same.

On Behalf of the Bargaining Committee,

Joan Atlas, English & Media Studies

Eric Graber, Economics 

Thomas Johnson, History

Charles Saccardo, Economics

Elaine Saunders, Mathematical Science

Clarissa Sawyer, Natural & Applied Sciences

George Seeley, Global Studies

Jonathan Speros, Accountancy