Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Reader Question...Part-time Uni Jobs

"I was wondering if you help me figure out what is the difference between part time and full time (faculty) jobs?  A university I applied to wants me to take a part-time job.  I really don't know what 'part-time' means.  My alternative job is a public school."

My answer:

I don't really understand the "part-time" thing either.  Most uni jobs are somewhat part-time anyway, since the contract is only for 12-18 contact hours at most unis. Does "part-time" mean only  8 or 10 hours?  I don't know.  My guess is that the uni is trying to get out of offering you any benefits, such as health insurance, pension, or housing. They are perhaps wanting you to work as a "contractor" of some sort, instead of a full employee.  

Anyway, I don't know.  You'd have to go over the contract carefully to figure it out.  And maybe ask the uni exactly what they mean by that.  

3 comments:

Michael said...

It might also be one of those deals where they only hire you for 15 weeks at a time. Just a guess...

Michael said...

It might be one of those deals where they only hire on 15 week contracts. Just a guess...

Pete said...

This sounds like the same kind of crap that they serve up over here in Japan. If they hire you for below a certain number of hours, they don't have worry about unnecessary expenditures like your health insurance or pension. Then, if you become extremely ill, or die, they just put you in a box and post you home.