Transparency and Hypocrisy

It seems pretty obvious that posting professor salaries online, as Florida Governor Scott has done (“Posting of profs’ salaries online draws scrutiny“) is an act of aggression against what he no doubt sees as his natural enemies in the academy. It’s part of a long-term campaign to disparage public employees, and, no doubt further weaken academic freedom of speech and tenure.

The governor fails to mention, of course, that the majority of teachers are either adjuncts or part-time. The salaries don’t seem particularly exorbitant, either, and are below the national average. As the article notes, too, the information is inaccurate in some cases, because the highest paid professors are not professors, they are administrators, like Neil Fenske, who’s paid more than a million a year.

About Ray Watkins

I was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. I grew up in Houston, as a part of what we only half-jokingly call the Cajun Diaspora. At a certain point during the Regan administration, I had to leave, so I served in the Peace Corps, Philippines, from 1987-89. I didn't want to return to the United States just yet, so I moved to Paris, France, where I lived for three years or so. I then moved back to Austin, Texas, where I had received my Masters Degree, and (eventually) began a Ph.D., which I completed in 1999. I spent a year at Temple University and then accepted a position at Eastern Illinois University where I worked until May of 2006. I now work exclusively on line (although that may change) for Johns Hopkins, the Art Institute Online, and I can be reached most easily via email: raywatkins [that 'at' symbol]

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