Tuesday, 28 March 2006

Dreamers. Thinkers. Doers. Cheapskates

I figure if I keep publically linking to the ads where the University of Memphis advertises its craphole instructor positions, maybe they’ll be shamed into paying a living wage:

The University of Memphis invites applications for a non-tenure-track position in political science at the rank of instructor for the 2006–07 academic year. The main responsibilities of the position are in the area of Comparative Politics, International Relations and American Politics, and include lower division courses in these areas plus an upper-division course in International Relations Theory. The teaching load is five courses per semester; the salary is $30,000—$32,500, depending upon experience and qualifications. The Instructor will teach three on-ground courses for the Department of Political Science, and two on-line (RODP) courses for the University College. The University of Memphis is a comprehensive, research institution with an urban mission. The Department of Political Science offers the B.A. and M.A. degrees.

For the record, my undergraduate alma mater is classified as a research university by the Carnegie Foundation; it charges out-of-state students $14,836 per year to attend the institution. In 2004–05, according to the AAUP survey, its median salary for professors at the assistant rank was $53,100.


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[Permalink] 1. Alfred Sumrall wrote @ Wed, 29 Mar 2006, 2:59 pm CST:

I’ve got something taped up from your alma mater’s website, an “Application for Border Counter TUTITION Waiver.” The money they’ve saved by not paying instructors isn’t going to proofreaders, we know that much.


I sometimes wonder if denying I have an undergraduate degree is a viable option in the future. “Yeah, I’ve got a PhD… nothing else.”

[Permalink] 3. Alfred Sumrall wrote @ Wed, 29 Mar 2006, 4:14 pm CST:

You don’t have a MA, do you? Screw that BA while you’re at it.

And my dumbass misspelled my own quote making fun of Memphis State. It read “Application for Border County TUTITION Waiver,” my bad.


Yep, just the two degrees. I was always afraid to go ask for my MA because I figured everyone would think I was going to pull a Justin :)

[Permalink] 5. Justin Wedeking wrote @ Wed, 29 Mar 2006, 9:56 pm CST:

Ooofta, what’s that supposed to mean?


The “run off to Minnesota with an MA” thing. ☺

By the way, Alfie, nice disguise!


Five courses for $32,000?!?! Even I earn more than that at my little 1,800 student private college. Tsk. Tsk.

[Permalink] 8. Justin Wedeking wrote @ Thu, 30 Mar 2006, 9:08 am CST:

What are you talking ABOOT, Chris? That wasn’t Alfie.


I’m pretty sure Justin isn’t Canadian…

[Permalink] 10. Alfred Sumrall wrote @ Thu, 30 Mar 2006, 3:48 pm CST:

Can’t tell by the way he talks… :)


Touché. But he did play college football for a team where 3rd and 10 wasn’t a punting situation…

Then again, with Ole Miss’s offense these days, maybe we should punt on 3rd and 10…

[Permalink] 12. Alfred Sumrall wrote @ Fri, 31 Mar 2006, 1:55 am CST:

But alas, that would require having a punter. I’m not 100% sure on this, but I BELIEVE the famous Billy Cannon punt return in the 1959 LSU/Ole Miss game on Halloween night was actually on 3rd down.

Let’s not knock the Rebel O until we see what Brent Schaeffer does once he arrives on campus in the summer.


A good black Ole Miss QB? I suppose third time could really be the charm…

Though last year I think there were times I was praying for Romaro Miller to have some eligibility left…

[Permalink] 14. Alfred Sumrall wrote @ Fri, 31 Mar 2006, 1:15 pm CST:

You’re right, Romaro at his absolute worst (the 2000 game against LSU) was eons better than Spurlock at his best (um…trying to think of an example….ummmmmm…hmmmmmm).

I think Schaeffer will boost Ole Miss’ black QB batting average to a solid .333. He put up crazy stats last year. Yes, it was JUCO, but 40+ TDs and <10 INTs is still 40+ TDs and <10 INTs.

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