How Much Do You Know about Rutgers Part-Time Lecturers?
Rutgers Part-Time Lecturers are highly qualified and often very experienced in their fields. Yet Rutgers management doesn’t always treat them with the respect they deserve.
1. Often referred to as “adjuncts,” Part-Time Lecturers (PTLs) are academic instructors who are paid by the course.
2. More than 1,500 PTLs work at Rutgers each semester. More than one-third of classroom instruction is provided by PTLs who have no job security or academic freedom because they aren’t eligible for tenure.
3. A large number of PTLs do not even earn $5,000 to teach a three-credit course, which sometimes includes hundreds of undergraduate students.
4. PTLs receive no health insurance benefits. That’s right. None at all.
5. No one really knows how many class sections are taught by PTLs. The administration won’t release the number of course sections taught by PTLs and claims that they don’t track this information.
6. Much of the work performed by PTLs is unpaid. PTLs are only paid for classroom and grading time. They’re not paid to serve on committees, hold office hours, advise student clubs, write letters of recommendation, or develop new courses.
7. While PTLs often earn salaries that put them under or near the federal poverty level, there are 79 top administrators at Rutgers who each make more than $275,000 per year. You got that right. We can’t believe it either!
8. While PTL salaries remain low, the Board of Governors (B.O.G.) of Rutgers continues to increase undergraduate tuition year after year. Just this summer, the B.O.G. voted for a 2.3% increase to Rutgers’ tuition and fees. In fact, they raised tuition and fees—including athletic subsidies students can’t opt out of—every summer for the last few years. Of course, the bulk of undergraduate students aren’t on campus during the summer to give input or voice opposition. And get this: students still need to buy tickets to football games.