Misrepresenting Salary

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A recent Canton Repository article on faculty/staff raises in the SSC compensation package stated that “The average salary for a beginning instructor at the college is $58,047 a year.”

It is unclear where this figure came from but it seems to be inflated with respect to implying an accurate representation of beginning average salary. We suspect that the number cited is average salary for the entire institutional category of Instructor, yet this is not a typical starting wage and it is disingenuous to present it to the public as such — the Instructor category includes long-term employees as well as higher-salary department chairs and program directors/coordinators who are classified in rank as instructor.

Actual SSC information on new full-time faculty hires does not reflect the article’s stated average (and in fact, the average salaries for the category have been decreasing over time). One example: a current job posting for a full-time nursing instructor, which requires a master’s degree and RN certification, lists the offered starting salary range of $37,265 min to $50,308 max. In addition, the table below shows all of the SSC faculty/instructional hires for the past academic year since Fall 2017. Not only have most new hires been adjuncts, but the starting salaries of full-time positions do not support a $58K figure.

UPDATE 5/17: The Repository reporter indicated that the cited beginning salary figure was provided by the college. SSC marketing department further clarified that the data came from HR who will provide further details on Monday. We will update with any additional info received.

UPDATE 5/21: Marketing replied this afternoon that, as we suspected, the number is not a starting salary but rather the average for the entire Instructor category. They indicated they would be sending an email clarification of this to the campus community. We’ve suggested they also send clarification to the newspaper to correct it for the public but that has not occurred.

Additionally, the received SSC email clarification suggested that there’s no increasing reliance on part-time faculty, but these hiring data and our overload data would suggest otherwise.

Title Department Rate Effective Date
Instructor Computer Science $38,234 1/8/2018
Instructor Respiratory Care $45,000 11/30/2017
Temporary Full Time Lecturer Biology $15,527 1/16/2018
Temporary Full-Time Lecturer Biology $15,683 8/27/2018
Program Coordinator Dental Hygiene $52,053 8/28/2017
Program Coordinator Nursing $57,000 1/29/2018
Adjunct Instructor Accounting & Finance $48.33/hr 1/16/2018
Adjunct Instructor Accounting & Finance $48.33/hr 1/16/0218
Adjunct Instructor Accounting & Finance $48.33/hr 1/16/0218
Adjunct Instructor Accounting & Finance $48.33/hr 1/16/2018
Adjunct Instructor Accounting & Finance $48.33/hr 1/16/2018
Adjunct Instructor Accounting & Finance $48.33/hr 1/16/2018
Adjunct Instructor Applied Industrial $48.33/hr 8/31/2017
Adjunct Instructor Applied Industrial $48.33/hr 8/31/2017
Adjunct Instructor Applied Industrial $48.33/hr 11/10/2017
Adjunct Instructor Applied Industrial $48.33/hr 1/11/2018
Adjunct Instructor Applied Industrial $48.33/hr 2/26/2018
Adjunct Instructor Biology $48.33/hr 9/15/2017
Adjunct Instructor Biology $48.33/hr 9/15/2017
Adjunct Instructor Biology $48.33/hr 12/1/2017
Adjunct Instructor Biology $48.33/hr 3/19/2018
Adjunct Instructor Civil Engineering $48.33/hr 1/17/2018
Adjunct Instructor Comm, Humanities, Reading $48.33/hr 1/16/2018
Adjunct Instructor Computer Science $48.33/hr 1/8/2018
Adjunct Instructor Computer Science $48.33/hr 1/16/2018
Adjunct Instructor Design Engineering $48.33/hr 1/15/2018
Adjunct Instructor Digital Media $48.33/hr 12/1/2017
Adjunct Instructor Digital Media $48.33/hr 12/11/2017
Adjunct Instructor Digital Media $48.33/hr 1/1/2018
Adjunct Instructor Education $48.33/hr 1/16/2018
Adjunct Instructor Education $48.33/hr 1/16/2018
Adjunct Instructor Education $48.33/hr 1/16/2018
Adjunct Instructor English & Modern Languages $48.33/hr 9/5/2017
Adjunct Instructor English & Modern Languages $48.33/hr 9/5/2017
Adjunct Instructor Human Services $48.33/hr 4/2/2018
Adjunct Instructor Management & Marketing $48.33/hr 10/30/2017
Adjunct Instructor Mathematics $48.33/hr 1/16/2018
Adjunct Instructor Mathematics $48.33/hr 1/16/2018
Adjunct Instructor Mathematics $48.33/hr 1/16/2018
Adjunct Instructor Mathematics $48.33/hr 1/16/2018
Adjunct Instructor Medical Laboratory $48.33/hr 12/19/2017
Adjunct Instructor Ophthalmic $48.33/hr 11/1/2017
Adjunct Instructor OPOTA $30.90/hr 8/28/2017
Adjunct Instructor OPOTA $30.90/hr 8/28/2017
Adjunct Instructor OPOTA $31.32/hr 4/28/2018
Adjunct Instructor Physics $48.33/hr 1/3/2018
Adjunct Instructor Respiratory Care $48.33/hr 8/28/2017
Adjunct Instructor Respiratory Care $48.33/hr 8/28/2017
Adjunct Instructor Social Science $48.33/hr 8/28/2017
Adjunct Instructor Surgical Assisting $48.33/hr 7/1/2017
Adjunct Instructor Surgical Assisting $48.33/hr 7/1/2017
Adjunct Instructor Workforce Development $45.00/hr 9/25/2017
Adjunct Instructor Workforce Development $45.00/hr 9/25/2017
Adjunct, OPOTA Law Enforcement $31.32/hr 10/3/2017
Adjunct, OPOTA Law Enforcement $31.32/hr 11/22/2017
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