Tenured professors make up one-quarter of the faculty at UCI, making them among the highest paid in the world.
That makes them among those who receive a lot of the benefits that the University of California system provides to its faculty.
But a new report from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) shows that they’re also among the least safe.
The report, published Wednesday, found that the average tenure-track professor at UCIrvine earned $23,000 in 2014, a figure that’s actually slightly higher than the national average of $18,400.
This is not surprising, given the high salaries of the professors, which have been on the rise since the late 1980s.
But FIRE is concerned about the fact that a significant number of them are teaching in programs that are funded by the UC System, which also benefits from taxpayer dollars.
“UCI has long known that the tenure system rewards academics who spend a lot on their salaries, and that this inequity is especially pronounced among women,” FIRE Senior Policy Analyst Jessica Valenti said in a statement.
“The UC system’s systemwide hiring and promotion practices are designed to make sure that the best and brightest among its students have the support they need to succeed in the job market, but these practices also create opportunities for employers to profit off of the education and training of faculty.”
FIRE was not able to obtain salary data for tenured faculty at the UCI system, but it did note that the vast majority of the tenured professors surveyed said they received more money than they were worth, and only 15 percent said they earned less.
In terms of the most lucrative positions, the most highly paid tenured adjunct professor was earning $70,000.
This compares to the median salary of $43,000 for full-time faculty members, which is a $3,000 increase.
Tenured adjuncts are often the most sought-after faculty members on campuses across the country, but many don’t get tenure, and it’s also common for them to make far less than their colleagues.
Tenure-track positions, meanwhile, have become less lucrative over the last five years.
As FIRE pointed out in a report last year, in the U.S., there are currently only 8,835 tenure- track positions, compared to nearly 28,000 full-track faculty members.
A study by the American Association of University Professors found that of the more than 9,000 faculty members who were hired in 2013, just over half were hired from outside the U, and the vast bulk of them were from outside of the U’s top-ranked universities.
This makes them especially vulnerable to a hostile work environment.
While tenure-tracker positions tend to be highly compensated, they also often have very little control over how their positions are used.
For example, the University Of California system has an online application process that allows prospective applicants to apply for tenure-tenure-tenured positions on the same day.
This system also gives the university control over which faculty members can be hired and how they are paid, as well as the number of tenure-based positions that can be approved by the university.
The system has also attempted to increase the number and quality of its teaching jobs, with the goal of increasing the number by 2,000 positions over the next five years and hiring nearly 1,000 new faculty members by the end of 2021.
FIRE is also concerned about how universities and colleges use adjuncts as unpaid adjuncts, with some universities reportedly using the practice as a way to cut their tuition costs and make their programs more competitive.
The most effective way to improve the safety of tenured teaching is to abolish the tenure-system, FIRE said.
The organization is calling on the university to abolish all tenure-related funding for faculty at its four campuses, and to stop funding for other types of tenure as well.
“We have been calling for this change for years,” Valenti added.
“But despite our efforts, we have to keep calling for it.
This report shows the need for UCI to eliminate all support for the tenuring system.
If the UC system wants to improve its reputation as a top-tier university, then it should stop funding this system’s tenured education and replace it with an alternative that helps its students and faculty achieve their full potential.”
The report also found that a number of UC campuses have a policy in place in which adjuncts can be fired for any reason, including failing to complete their work.
For instance, one UC Berkeley adjunct professor, who has taught at UC Berkeley since 2013, was dismissed from her job after she filed a complaint with her union.
UC Berkeley did not respond to a request for comment on this story.
Tenures are not just about money; they’re a symbol of a school’s power and influence, as the Foundation pointed out.
“While they’re in academia, tenure-tracking faculty receive a tremendous amount of financial support and are able to make decisions about the university’s future, as