Phillip W. Magness

U.S. Economic & Political History

An Adjunct’s Guide to Calculating Your Hourly Wage Equivalent

| September 30, 2015

A few months back I ran a few basic calculations that refuted the myth of the “minimum wage adjunct” by showing that an adjunct faculty member would have to spend an absurdly high number of hours on out-of-class preparation time and grading to even approach an hourly equivalent wage that fell below the minimum wage. I revisited […]

The Myth of the “Adjunctification” of Full-Time Faculty

| September 19, 2015

The recent and ongoing debate about the state of the U.S. academic workforce is, unfortunately, dominated by a number of aggressively asserted myths that have little basis in empirical evidence. In previous posts, I have debunked a number of these recurring claims including the “myth of the minimum wage adjunct” and the “myth of the 76% adjunct […]

Would you adjunct for $15,000 per class?

| September 10, 2015

$15,000 per class. That is the rallying cry of the adjunct activist movement as espoused by the SEIU and its “Faculty Forward” campaign. The figure derives from its parallels with the $15/hour minimum wage political campaign, although it has roots in another favorite adjunct activist fallacy: the Labor Theory of Value. According to this theory, […]