Dispelling the Myths

Myth: Professors are “greedy” making on average $147,000 a year (MacLeans Magazine, 2012)
Facts: l professors spend about 12 years in post-secondary education and trainingl when they start, they’re usually in their mid to late 30s or 40s and normally make a starting salary of $64,114 only rising to the upper ranges later in their careers (in their late 50s or 60s)

l PTR (progression through the ranks) is a standard practice in Canadian universities providing faculty with slight increments of their deferred salaries over their careers; PTR is not “bonuses” or “adjustments”

l contract instructors receive only $4,750 for a three-credit course and have no benefits with no job security from term to term. Like full-time professors, they spend unseen hours researching, preparing lectures and marking, often starting from scratch each year because they are assigned completely different courses


Myth: Professors are highly paid teachers who work only 9 hours a week

Facts: l professors do much more than teach. They produce original research, advise students, supervise theses, apply for research funding, present at conferences, do community outreach and sit on committees which keep educational programs and the University runningl according to a 2006 study, professors work on average 50-60 hours per week



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