The Professional Staff Congress – NYSUT’s second-largest higher education union representing academic and professional faculty at CUNY – has expressed outrage that ex-CIA Director David Petraeus will be teaching one course a semester at the City University of New York for $150,000 a semester. That’s more than three times the median pay full-time, non-tenure-track faculty earn at CUNY.
Another way of looking at his salary, according to PSC leaders, is to consider that adjuncts at CUNY earn about $3,000 a class and that $150,000 could almost cover a 3 percent raise for the PSC members who work at the CUNY Research Foundation. The $150,000 could also cover tuition and fees for 26 full-time, in-state students for one year.
CUNY has responded that Petraeus will be paid through private contributions from an account set up in the Research Foundation. The four-star general is to teach a course on global policies at the Macaulay Honors College, entitled “Are We on the Threshold of the North American Decade?” and will deliver public lectures.