Part-time faculty speak out against wage disparities
Part-time instructors have to work more for less money, said part-time CHSS instructor Robert Anderson.
The amount a part-time instructor is paid is set by the Course Compensation Schedule, according to the part-time instructor’s contract. The schedule puts a dollar amount to every class. As an example: English 1101 pays $2201 per term at entry level for an instructor with a bachelor’s degree.
To earn the average income of a full-time instructor, a part-time instructor must teach eight English 1101 courses per term. A full-time teacher is required to teach five courses a term, said full-time Anthropology instructor Shepard Jenks.
“The Institution needs to be sensitive to part-timers trying to make a living teaching,” said Jenks.
When compared to colleges considered by the Chronicle of Higher Education to be “Great Places to Work,” CNM pays competitively, said Marketing and Communications Officer Brad Moore.
“Our compensation averages are very similar to other large 2-year colleges considered to be great places to work,” said Moore.
The number of part-time instructors outnumbers full-time instructors by more than 3 to 1 at CNM.
CNM currently employs 321 full time instructors and 771 part-time instructors, according to the 2011 CNM Facebook page. “The school administrators say the use of part-time faculty is a creative and value-added feature, but this is not true,” said part-time CHSS instructor Blend Benay.
Part-time positions are intended as supplemental income, not for making a living, said Jenks. When full-time positions are vacated, the administration drags it feet on replacing the position, said Jenks.
“CNM is 21percent lower than New Mexico’s average faculty compensation,” said Benay.
Part-time instructors also have very little protection from reprisals, said part-time Educational & Career Advancement instructor Marlene Perrotte.
“Veteran part-timers who have served the public interest of the students of CNM have no job security,” said Perrotte.
The part-time contract does have a no reprisals clause, but it only protects an instructor for the term they are teaching, according to the contract.
“No part-time faculty who has attained veteran status shall be terminated before the end of an academic term without just cause,” according to the contract.
If the administration does not like what an instructor has to say, they will say there are not any classes for that instructor to teach the next term, said Benay.
“Failure to re-hire or renew a contract for any faculty (both veteran and nonveteran) for a subsequent term(s) does not constitute termination, does not require any reason be given to a non-veteran faculty member and cannot be grieved or challenged,” according to the part-time instructors contract.
A veteran part-time instructor may ask for a reason for not being offered classes but cannot challenge the decision. If an instructor does not teach for three consecutive terms, they may be removed from the hiring pool. The instructor would then have to reapply to the college, according to the contract.