Want to know how you can go from making the equivalent of $10-12.50 an hour to a healthy $18-22? We’ll provide a list of resources and checklists you can begin utilizing with your current courses or the moment you get assigned a new course. But first we’ll talk about why adjuncts have a hard cap on what they can individually make at each institution and break down the equivalent pay we make if we had a typical 40-hour a week position.
The Law Behind This
It’s no secret that an adjunct is paid very little for each course he/she teaches, with a hard cap of 3-4 courses a semester. First, based on each state’s tenure laws, an instructor who teaches a set number of classes for a set number of subsequent years (or semesters) qualifies for tenure at that institution. If the state says teaching a total of 5 classes a semester for 4 subsequent years total means one is qualified for tenure, then an adjunct who meets that criteria would qualify for tenure no matter his/her qualifications or employment status at that institution–a wholeheartedly messy and confusing scenario if it should happen.