UO thinks each year of PhD education is worth $3K

Recent UO History hires earn $73,200. PhD required, which typically takes 8 years. Here’s the latest job post:

Position Announcement
The Department of History at the University of Oregon seeks to hire a tenure-track assistant professor specializing in African American history, beginning fall 2022. Time period and research subfield are open. The successful candidate will demonstrate a record of, or strong potential for, high-quality scholarship and student-centered teaching. The department is especially interested in candidates whose teaching, research, and community engagement would complement and support the UO’s new Black Studies minor. Applicants should submit a letter describing their research and teaching interests, a curriculum vitae, a chapter/article length writing sample, and the names and email addresses of 3 professional references. They must also submit a statement outlining their commitment and contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Priority will be given to applications received by October 1, 2021, but the position will remain open until filled. PhD in hand at time of appointment (Sept. 16, 2022).

For comparison, we’re paying $48K for a “Coordinator for Frat and Sorority Life“. Requirements?

One year of professional experience with a fraternity/sorority headquarters or in a role working with fraternities and sororities on a college campus or two years in a comparable college unit:

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6 Responses to UO thinks each year of PhD education is worth $3K

  1. anon says:

    The title of this post is misleading. Its not UO that pays low salaries to Humanities profs, its most universities. period.
    If you want to raise an issue, at least let it be usefully framed. Although I am not convinced it is useful to gripe about the extreme variation in say, starting salaries, of history profs vs chemists, engineers, med school profs, etc.
    comparing staff salaries to prof salaries is not very usefull.

  2. uomatters says:

    My bad. How about “Public university values a year of Frat Life experience as much as a year of a PhD”?

  3. Tug o’ the Forelock says:

    “comparing staff salaries to prof salaries is not very usefull.” That’s hilarious. The beginning wage on an office staff position we’re trying to fill is $2/hr above minimum wage. Think about that next time y’all want to grumble about your support staff.

  4. Notapplestoapples says:

    Plus nine months versus 12 month jobs.
    I’m not saying the salary is low for the prof, which of course it is. But it isn’t apples to apples.

  5. Shilling says:

    Looks like the new head flack shilling for Schill will get 6 times the salary of the new African American studies PhD. Spin that!