Universities: Overload Pay Cheaper Than Hiring More Faculty

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Iowa’s three state universities paid professors a combined $3.4 million in bonuses for teaching beyond their required course loads in the year that ended June 30.

Despite efforts by the University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa and Iowa State University to limit overload pay, the schools paid out more in these bonuses than they did in 2008 before new policies were put in place.

“There are some people who will accept extra work projects if there is no limit and you’re not always sure you’re getting the best results,” said Virginia Arthur, UNI associate provost for faculty affairs.

Iowa’s state schools paid 613 professors overload in fiscal 2011, according to information The Gazette obtained through an Open Records request. These bonuses of $25 to $47,000 covered duties that ranged from announcing at a wrestling tournaments to teaching several extra courses.

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