So much for the high road.

12 09 2010

I found this one via UD. At first glance, it looks like a principled stand by the Provost at Texas Tech against full-time faculty there moonlighting for the University of Phoenix. However, I think she missed the best line in the article:

Few would deny part-time faculty the opportunity to earn income on the side, Smith added, but Tech holds its full-time, tenure-track faculty to stricter standards.

So it’s OK for contingent faculty to work themselves to death to make ends meet, but if the tenured faculty do it then it’s unethical? I’ve got a crazy idea: Why doesn’t the State of Texas pay all faculty enough so that nobody feels the need to moonlight? Perhaps most of us have never heard of this issue before because there are lots of administrators out there with guilty consciences.


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