Adjunct professors are asking the college for higher pay as their union negotiates a new contract. “We essentially work full-time, even if we’re not considered full-time employees,” adjunct professor Andre Puca, who led a letter-writing campaign earlier this year, told the Beacon in March. Some adjuncts have said Emerson doesn’t pay enough to justify working at the college.
Part-time professors made up to 57 percent of Emerson’s faculty in 2014, according to the college’s latest public data. Their latest contract expired in July 2014.
A landmark 2010 survey found that the median pay for a 3-credit course at a master’s level, private, nonprofit college was $2,904, or about $3,872 for a 4-credit course, for adjunct professors. Among master’s level, private, nonprofit colleges in New England, the median pay for a 3-credit course was $3,750, or $5,000 for 4 credits, according to an analysis of that survey by the American Association of University Professors.
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