Volunteer Professors

Discussion in 'Online & DL Teaching' started by Kizmet, Jun 16, 2019.

  1. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

  2. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly

  3. Jonathan Whatley

    Jonathan Whatley Active Member

  4. Vonnegut

    Vonnegut Member

    There was a major university that was requesting volunteer adjunct law professors last year. They quickly pulled it though after taking heat in the media.
  5. cookderosa

    cookderosa Resident Chef

    Because NOT paying an adjunct $15,000 balances their budget?
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  6. Helpful2013

    Helpful2013 Member

    I realize that U of the People is a bit different, but generally, this trend of dangling opportunity to gain experience as a volunteer strikes me as a strong indicator that we're approaching terminal oversupply of doctorate holders/would-be university adjuncts, and the institutions are smelling blood in the water.
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  7. cookderosa

    cookderosa Resident Chef

    Quite frankly, the first eager-beaver that accepts this "appointment" ruins it for everyone.
  8. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly

    Well, although that ship sailed long ago. I know a number of people who have done pro bono work for University of the People. Not everyone does it for the experience, though, some do it because they know that most of their students are in economically developing societies and they simply want to help them.
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  9. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    My guess is that this practice started right around the time the legendary Baby Boomer generation all began to hit retirement.
  10. cookderosa

    cookderosa Resident Chef

    No, no, no. Working for the University of the People is charity work for a good cause, and distinguished because EVERY professor is a volunteer. I don't know what they pay professors at Tulane, but Glassdoor says the average USA professor is bringing in about $97k.
    No one is naive enough to believe that by volunteering for a few terms that the university will suddenly value them enough to offer a full salary position.
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  11. jonlevy

    jonlevy Member

    There are literally tens of thousands of online adjuncts with advanced degrees barely scraping by - "volunteers" which are used specifically in place of adjuncts will cause harm. One tactic already used by universities is to overstock the adjunct pool; volunteers would be yet another tool along with salesforce big brother software that monitors the adjunct's work production i.e. number of posts, timing, etc. etc. UoP is clearly trying to skirt labor laws, it is a legal entity just like any other non profit university, it gets it funding from somewhere and pays its administraors.
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  12. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    As an ICF-certified coach (PCC), I do a lot of pro bono coaching. But I don't do it for my experience. I do it when and where it is needed. So I'm formally with one charity and I coach three people from one of the professional societies of which I am a member. Frankly, none of these people would have a coach otherwise--it's not bringing down the profession by de-valuing its practice.

    I would treat teaching the same way. Glad to do it for free in certain situations, but not as a rule.
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  13. Phdtobe

    Phdtobe Well-Known Member

    I am not sure if uotp is different. Uotp’s excess cash is paid into a private management company. If it paid it employees there will be less excess cash paid into its management company.
  14. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly

    Do you have a link to somewhere that details how its finances work in that way?
  15. Phdtobe

    Phdtobe Well-Known Member

    All nonprofits have to file 990s.
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