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Did PTer Protests Cost Adjunct David Petraeus $199,999? CUNY Cuts $200K Salary To $1

Adjunct faculty, who currently teach more than half of CUNY’s courses, get just a few thousand dollars per course. Two weeks ago, Gawker Media filed a Freedom of Information Act request and learned that the City University of New York was offering General David Petraeus a $200,000 salary for conducting a seminar on “developments that could position the United States…to lead the world out of the current global economic slowdown.” Faced with only three hours a week of real work, the disgraced former CIA chief was set to be paid about eight times the salary of a first-time adjunct professor at CUNY, and all without having to teach a full course load.

Adjunct activists launched Facebook protests and even a petition drive. New York State Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor wrote a letter of protest. New York City Councilman Brad Lander started a petition. Salon.com declared the matter “a veritable second Petraeusgate.”

photoPetraeus (left) also accepted a position as a Judge Widney Professor at the University of Southern California, a private school in Los Angeles. In emails released by Gawker, Petraeus told CUNY dean Ann Kirschner: “The truth is that I could have had gotten more money or more

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1 Comment for “Did PTer Protests Cost Adjunct David Petraeus $199,999? CUNY Cuts $200K Salary To $1”

  1. I’m having a problem understanding why Bill or Hillary Clinton can receive hundreds of thousands of dollars for a one hour speech but the same people who think that is deserved demonize General Petraeus for a $200K stipend to teach an entire semester-long course!
    Claiming it is unfair because it is eight times the salary of a first-time adjunct is ridiculous. The man was a Full General (4 stars) in the United States Army and was the Director of the most sophisticated intelligence operation on the planet. I don’t know about anybody else but I don’t know many adjuncts with those credentials. Based on his experience and expertise, he is far more deserving of that amount for what he could bring to a course than his former boss!

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