Pay increase for UOP/Axia faculty

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  1. truckie270

    truckie270 New Member

    Effective September 2011, all UOP and Axia faculty will fall under a new compensation schedule.

    There will be more frequent increases and several levels added to the current A-D structure.

    There will be raises at almost every year anniversary up until the 8th year of employment, with the biggest jumps occurring between year 5/6 and 6/7.

    Also, faculty holding Doctorates will receive a 50% increase in the Doctoral stipend per course.

    Still not the best adjunct pay out there, but they have become more competitive.
     
  2. Abner

    Abner Well-Known Member


    That's good to hear.


    Abner :)
     
  3. graymatter

    graymatter Member

    While UOP/Axia is (still) not the highest paying online gig that I have, it is by far the most consistent. With other schools (Argosy, Indiana Wesleyan, Grand Canyon), I have a hard time budgeting what courses will begin and when - even when I email to ask for planning purposes (I'll note that Liberty was good at this as well but I'm no longer in their loop). With UOP, I always know - and while others have complained of canceled classes of late - I've never been entirely skipped. I do 4 at a time and once (last summer), I only did 2. I really have no complaints with my time (3+ years) with UOP/Axia.
     
  4. truckie270

    truckie270 New Member

    Agreed on the consistency aspect. I personally don't mind teaching at UOP. I teach primarily in the public admin. program and in the security management program. My class sizes are typically 8 or less and there is a steady stream of course solicitations that come my way.

    Now, if I taught in some of the general ed. classes there is no way I would continue to work there.
     
  5. Princeofska

    Princeofska New Member

    I think it all depends on the subject, I am lucky to get four classes a year, but I am in the humanities. I found that DeVry was pretty darn consistent, until I fell out of the loop with them. The rest I teach for are hit and miss. I am wondering what the pay increase at UoP is going to look like.
     
  6. graymatter

    graymatter Member

    Axia College - 9 week courses

    Current Category New Category Current Pay Sept.5thPay
    A A $1,235 $1,320
    B B $1,300 $1,366
    B C $1,300 $1,414
    C D $1,462 $1,464
    C E $1,462 $1,515
    C F $1,462 $1,568
    C G $1,462 $1,623
    C H $1,462 $1,679
    D I $1,705 $1,738

    Doctorally-prepared faculty will receive a $150 stipend beginning September 5th.

    University of Phoenix Undergraduate 5-Week Model

    Current Category New Category Current Pay Sept.5thPay
    A A $950 $1,015
    B B $1,000 $1,051
    B C $1,000 $1,087
    C D $1,125 $1,125
    C E $1,125 $1,165
    C F $1,125 $1,206
    C G $1,125 $1,248
    C H $1,125 $1,291
    D I $1,312 $1,337

    Currently, doctorally-prepared faculty receive an additional $100 stipend in addition to base course pay. Doctorally-prepared faculty will receive a $150 stipend beginning September 5th.

     
  7. Seems a bit goofy... Axia and UoP are owned by the same organization. Some UoP faculty also teach Axia on line courses. I doubt if the faculty credentials are different for these people but the pay is sure different.
     
  8. graymatter

    graymatter Member

    The rate is different because course length is different. UOP is 5 weeks; Axia is 9.

     
  9. BlackBird

    BlackBird Member

    The pay stinks, royally! I used to work for them and they ask incredible levels of work from faculty for what they pay. Only use... if it is your first gig to get experience. Outside of that, it is a faculty sweat shop.
     
  10. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator Staff Member

    Initially, I agree, but once you teach a course a few times and learn how to template a lot of the things, the workload decreases dramatically. Grading papers is still time-consuming, but I was able to streamline things to the point that the hours versus the compensation wasn't bad, and I was never cold, wet, or hungry while facilitating a UoP course.
     
  11. BlackBird

    BlackBird Member

    Bruce,

    That may be the case because you might be a very detailed and organized person. For me, if I remember right, I had to keep track of almost 40 things on their faculty rubric on a weekly basis, it seemed. It was daunting for a measily 1,200 dollars and a Ph.D. I now work for another online school that I make almost twice with about half the work required, plus I feel valued by the staff that keeps in touch. At U of Phoenix I was one of a "gazillion" faculty members. The going rate for your typical junior college adjunct faculty is 2,400 dollars per 3 semester credit course.
     
  12. graymatter

    graymatter Member

    Agree with Bruce. I get two courses at a time (so that's 2800+) and I get them back-to-back-to-back. The portal is easy to use and grading is streamlined. I get rave reviews by students and I spend about 90 minutes per day most days (more for the two huge projects due in the main course I facilitate).

    I facilitate for multiple schools. I would say that UOP is the best as far as $/hour or $/student.
     
  13. BlackBird

    BlackBird Member

    For two 3 credit hour courses, that last each 6 weeks I make just a little under 4,000. See the disparity? You are making about a grand less. The disparity is even greater with on-land courses.
     
  14. graymatter

    graymatter Member

    Sure. And I make more from other schools that are shorter and have fewer students too. But UOP I can count on. I only accept offers on one course now - and I've done it more than 40 times. I know that I'll get offers to begin as soon as a term ends - I've only missed once. In other programs, I've had classes dropped or moved last minute.

    UOP isn't perfect. It is what it is. And I don't find it to be "sweat-shop" -ish at all.
     
  15. graymatter

    graymatter Member

    Maybe you could pass on the name of that school?
     
  16. BlackBird

    BlackBird Member

    U. of the Rockies.
     
  17. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator Staff Member

    HAHAHAHA!!!!!

    No, nothing could be further from the truth.....I just learned to streamline, and it's been my experience that students will ask the same general questions for the same courses, so there isn't much I haven't seen/don't have an answer for. Now, if I started teaching different courses I wasn't familiar with, the learning process would start over.
     
  18. mbaonline

    mbaonline New Member

    This is me too. I teach only one course for UoP - a graduate-level finance class, and I usually teach them back-to-back-to-back. I have taught it 20+ times, I've got all my rubrics, questions, supplemental questions, spreadsheets, instructions, websites, YouTube examples all set up. I've re-written most of the exercises (so that they aren’t as likely to be plagiarized) and I revise them frequently and modify them so that they can't be googled. I get more requests to teach it than I can accept. And I'm not sure that I'd teach undergrad or Axia, as the pay is more for grad-level.

    I enjoy teaching at the junior college more, but the structure is different. There are more students per class (32 versus 20) and the sessions are longer (11 weeks with a week in between sessions versus 6 with no break) but the pay is higher ($4000 versus $1393) and there are less hoops to jump through. I have more autonomy, as I can choose the text etc. The pay is more in raw dollars but the sessions are longer and there are more students, so it isn't really that much more lucrative just a different pace. However, given the current economic situation, I’m not guaranteed classes, so I usually only teach three times a year versus my preferred four-six times a year.

    I’m still looking for another school to add to the mix but haven’t found one yet. UoP is great grad-level teaching experience - much different than lower-division undergrads.
     
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  19. graymatter

    graymatter Member

    Thanks. I've applied twice. They want terminal degree and I'm ABD. Thanks for the info though. I'll move that way in a few months. :)
     
  20. Klgm326

    Klgm326 New Member

    I've noticed them (UoP) advertising for Spanish instructors in my area. I'm retiring in June, so $1000 for 5 weeks is fine with me! Does anyone know how many hour/days per week a foreign language class would meet? (if I could tolerate or "pass" the initial process)?
    Thanks
     

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