Associate Professor Robert Scott serves on the Executive Committee of the Rutgers AAUP-AFT, but he has been most effective acting as a regular member through little-known administrative pathways. In this way, Rob has achieved what no one else could achieve on behalf of adjunct faculty. Earlier this year, he saw a bureaucratic opportunity through which he could double the salary of two such faculty members in the Department of Anthropology at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.
As the department's Undergraduate Program Director, he had observed the continual exploitation of these instructors – paid less than $5000 per course, without benefits. Last year, the adjunct union bargained for "fractional appointments," that is, for per-course salaries equivalent to a prorated full-time non-tenure-track salary. In Anthropology, such full-time profs teach five courses per year, quite a low load in comparison to many peer departments. The fractional salary then would reach $11,000 per course, an amount our administration considers ludicrous. But Rob made it happen! And what is more, he found the resources for one-year contracts and health insurance. It is possible that, when Anthropology hires them in September, these will the best-compensated adjuncts in the country. I applaud Rob for his persistence, his negotiating skills, and his genuine devotion to make Rutgers are more just place.
- Professor David Hughes, President of the full-time faculty local, Rutgers AAUP-AFT