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Cook Helpers vs. Assistant Professors
Yesterday we looked at the salary ($33,905/year) and the princely benefits available to a Cook Helper at the College — the lowest paid union position at Dartmouth. The minimum professional requirements for the Cook Helper position are not even firm; they are only suggestions: a high school diploma and six months of food service experience (McDonald’s, I expect, will do fine).
Let’s try to put that information into perspective.
The requirements for a tenure-track Assistant Professorship at Dartmouth are rock hard: a four-year university diploma and a doctoral degree, which usually takes five years of graduate study to obtain. These certifications generally must come from one of the world’s top institutions. Competition for open positions is fierce, and job security is limited to a three-year contract.
Therefore it might come as a surprise to readers that the average salary of an Assistant Professor at the College in 2008 according to the American Association of University Professors was only $79,700/year. But you should recall that this average figure includes high-paying departments like Economics. In fact, at Dartmouth there are a good many young Assistant Professors earning in the mid-$60k’s, about twice the annual salary of a Cook Helper. Not a great return on investment for nine years of higher education, n’est-ce pas?
I wonder: if we paid our junior faculty more and our Cook Helpers less, would Dartmouth be able to attract better junior faculty, or — here’s an idea — more faculty members.
Note: I vaguely recall a failed political system wherein university professors earned only slightly more compensation than workers, but the exact name of that system escapes me at the moment. Can you help me remember, Tovarisch?
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
August 23, 2009
Fare Thee Well, Tom Crady
And now Dean Tom Crady has precipitously announced his departure from the College after only 20 months on the job. How to read this? By way of background, prior to coming to Dartmouth, Crady had…
May 31, 2009
Kangaroo Court, Indeed
In an interview with The Dartmouth, alumni-elected trustee T.J. Rodgers ‘70 explained his reasons for declining to participate in future evaluations of trustees up for “re-election,” namely the “kangaroo court” nature of such discussion in…