Money talks – stipends, salaries and reassigned time

Good morning, boys and girls!

Please take out your notebooks and turn off your cell phones. Today’s blog is about money money money.

Reassigned time — and more!

Most instructors, counselors or librarians (aka: faculty) do the job they were hired to do: counsel or teach students, grade student work, prepare for classes, meet with students, etc. Also part of a full-time professor salary is 88 hours each Fall/Spring semester ( 5.5 hours/week) of other duties, whether that’s professional development, attending meetings, or communicating with others regarding campus or course needs. For 2015-16, there are 378 full-time professors, librarians and counselors, but the majority of our professors are part-time faculty (close to 1000).  They are paid at a lower hourly rate for their classroom time only. They receive no health benefits whatsoever and do not need to be as available for students in office hours.

Some full-time professors also do administrative work instead of, or in addition to, part of their regular duties. This is called “reassigned time”, and can range from 10-100%.  For the academic year 2015-16, of the 378, there are 34 professors taking reassigned time.  With the exception of 3-4 of these positions, there was no application process, and they were hand-picked by deans or other administrators to do this. It’s neither uncommon nor unreasonable for faculty to have 10-20% reassigned time (that is equivalent to around 4-8 hours a week); they still fulfill at least 80% of their original faculty role.

What is unusual is when the administration appoints faculty to have 80-100% administrative reassigned duties year in and year out (taking them out of the classroom and replacing them with part-time temporary faculty) and on top of that the Board of Trustees approves stipends for them, too.

For the administration of the accreditation effort among other things, last year for example, one faculty member made over $62,000 in ‘other pay’ (reassigned time), in addition to her 2014 annual salary. Plus stipends:

  • So far this semester, she has received $9000 to be faculty coordinator of Pathways.
  • Spring 2015, in addition to 50% reassigned time to do accreditation,  she received $20,000 in stipends for developing Second Year Experience curriculum.
  • From June-July 2014, she received $18,000 in stipends for accreditation report revision.

Another faculty member, on 100% reassigned time,  got these stipends:

  • May-Dec. 2014: $20,500 in stipends for College 1 development, Second Year Pathway, new faculty orientations
  • Spring 2015:  $12,000  for College 1 summer work and $1500 for International Student Pathway
  • Fall 2015:  $3000 new faculty orientations and $1500 for International Student pathway over summer

Yet another 100% reassigned professor got $24,500 in stipends between May -Dec. 2014 for project management of a Pathway and as is slated to get approved $19,600 for the Design Tech Pathway grant management on the Oct. 7, 2015 board report.  This is in addition to her regular salary.  (Source: Board Packets, final pages; or send Public Records Request to Board of Trustees for a sorted list of names.)

The bottom line is these faculty administrators are removed from their classroom duties, part-time faculty are assigned to teach students instead, and a select few faculty favorites continue getting the bulk of stipends.

(And then there are some professors still considered faculty at PCC but are also at the same time deans at other colleges! Go figure!)


  • Gail Cooper’s (school attorney) income was $206,000 in 2014, and ex-Prez Mark Rocha made $436,000 just in “other pay”. See more here.
  • There are currently 73 administrators at PCC as of Aug. 24, 2015, which includes academic managers (30), classified managers and supervisors. Last year, there were 69. See breakdown of staffing categories and budget: Sept.2, 2015 Board packet.
  • The 30 academic managers made $4,556,507 last year, an average of $152,000 each annually.
  • The 329 full-time teaching faculty, counselors and librarians made $32,147,269 in 2014-2015. In addition, 36 full-time reassigned faculty were paid $2.8 million.
  • Last year’s stipends were originally budgeted at $405,777, but went over by $169,179 (actual total for 2014-15 was $574,956)
  • See administrative salaries from 2010-2014 taken from Board reports.

 2015-2016 Budget Bits:

PCC Board will vote on the 2015-2016 Budget this Wednesday. See the Oct. 7, 2015 Board packet.

  • “Instructional Administration and Governance” allotted almost $9 million (doesn’t include Classified/Faculty senates)
  • The Learning Center under Brock Klein: $2.3 million (but all of Instructional Support Services is only slated to get $946,000.)
  • Brock Klein is also requesting $2.6 million to develop Second Year Pathway. Other than fancy videos, what has been presented to the Board in terms of First Year Pathway success rates of students once outside of their First Year Experience?

If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Board directly

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PCC Board of Trustees Election:

Let’s hit the polls on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, and get much needed, brand new leadership for our school! Register to vote online, if you’ve moved or if this is your first time voting. You can check if you’re already registered in the Pasadena voting area here. The deadline to register or re-register to vote for this election is 11:59:59 p.m. on the 15th calendar day before Nov. 3.

There are two candidate forums coming up Oct. 6-7 at PCC and in Altadena. Read more about them here.

Every vote counts, so take the few minutes to register, and another few minutes to vote! If you don’t live in Pasadena, send this to your classmates and colleagues that do! It’ll make a world of difference for PCC’s current 40,923 full-and part-time students and PCC’s approximately 1700 employees – not only this year but years to come (not to mention a difference on how the 2015-16 local taxpayer property taxes of $21 million will be spent! See PCC Budget 2015-16).


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