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Clarissa's Blog

An academic's opinions on feminism, politics, literature, philosophy, teaching, academia, and a lot more.

Pay Cut

This year I took a pay cut of $26,500. This is the amount of the yearly contribution my employer makes to my healthcare fund. Since the fund has been hijacked and used for corrupt purposes by Governor Rainer, I had to drop the university healthcare insurance. 

Our salaries are pathetically low (I’m a tenured Associate Professor and I make $56,000) but we are supposed to be getting a great benefits package to compensate for that. Now that’s shot to hell. 

All quality people are leaving the school in droves (the Department of Math and Stats lost 6 people last year), and the only ones who remain are those who are forced by family circumstances. And to think that at the height of the Recession we were the school with the smartest hiring policy that attracted a great number of talented young scholars. This has all been destroyed now when there is no recession. 

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