World’s Highest Adjunct Salary?
So I’m not opposed to professors running for office. And I’m also not opposed to students being suspicious of the blatant politics of their educators. But two passages from the story linked above reached out, grabbed me the lapels, and shook me:
“[Professor Gary] Peters said in an interview this week with The Associated Press that his [Central Michigan University] position is part-time and privately funded.”
“Peters, 48, is seeking the Democratic nomination to face Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Knollenberg in Oakland County [Michigan], one of the top congressional targets for Democrats nationally in 2008. …He acknowledges it would be difficult to keep his $65,000-a-year job at the university if he gets elected to Congress, but says he will worry about that if he wins. Peters holds the Griffin Endowed Chair in American Government – named for a former Republican U.S. senator and Michigan Supreme Court justice.”
An endowed, part-time chair that pays $65 big ones a year? Wow.
If he only understood what he was doing, the student hounding Peters, 23-year-old CMU junior Dennis Lennox, would ask how in the hell a university professor in Michigan can hold a part-time job at $65,000-per-year!? This has to be the world’s highest adjunct salary. This “job” sounds like the old graft work handed out by Chicago political operatives.
And I thought I was in the wrong business for money-making. Or maybe it is just that I’m an historian and not a political scientist? That’s it—I’m not dialed in with the right folks. – TL