Part-Time Faculty Pay in State Center District Lags Behind Rest of State

One of my most dismal memories from the three years that I was a “full-time part-time” philosophy instructor at the Clovis Center (teaching three classes every semester) was the day I handed in my final grades one May. I wanted to celebrate; I had money for the $5.00 coffee drink which would make my joy complete. But the prospect of my final paycheck for the school year left me too emotionally incapacitated to celebrate or even happily fill my gas tank before I headed to the mountains for a hike. My paycheck would be less than $2000 and more than a third of it would go for rent. The news for our part-timers has not gotten any better in the intervening ten years since I indulged in a few hours of self-pity on that sad day in May. If anything, the news has gotten worse.Hourly pay for part-time instructors in the State Center Community College District now ranks near the bottom in the state of California. Out of 72 community college districts in the state,only eight pay part-timers worse than State Center. The first and second-highest paying districts are San Francisco and ElCamino (L.A. County).In the State Center District, a newly hired part-time instructor with an M.A. begins at $50.78 per hour. After nine semesters his or her hourly wage goes up to $52.82. In San Francisco, apart-time instructor with an M.A. begins at $95.83 and goes up to $104.58 after nine semesters. Not only does the SF part-time instructor start at an hourly rate almost twice that of the State Center part-time instructor; the SF instructor sees his or her pay increase by 9.1% after nine semesters compared to a 4%increase for SCCCD part-timers. In the El Camino Community College District (which, like San Francisco, is a single-college district), part-time instructors with an M.A. begin at $87.55 per hour and earn $101.88 after nine semesters, a 16.4% increase compared to State Center’s 4% increase after nine semesters.Gross monthly-income figures make the contrast even starker.An instructor at San