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Part-Time Prof Pay Flap At MSU

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(WLNS) - When you picture a college professor you probably think of them as doing well financially, right?

That's not always the case.

But there are a number of faculty members at MSU who claim they're just "getting by".

Many work for relatively low wages and almost no job security.

But now they're demanding changes.

Her students call her professor but technically Megan Inbody is an assistant professor.

What's the difference?

Tens of thousands of dollars a year for starters.

Inbody says, "When people usually think of professors they usually think of tenured track--kind of fat cat--solid salaries--those sorts of things."

The most recent data shows 35 percent of all MSU faculty is non-tenured.

Since 2010 most make a little more than $25,000 a year.

Which ranks dead last in the Big Ten and in the bottom 6th percentile nationwide.

Members of the non-tenture faculty union spoke before the board of trustees this week demanding a raise in their wages, better benefits and more job security.

One said, "Essentially we're academic seasonal workers--and a lot of us don't know what we're doing next September. "

If the university doesn't plan on bringing these faculty members back they're only required to give one month notice.

That's according to their current contract which expires next month. Because the union is in negotiations with MSU right now the university isn't able to comment on their low pay rankings.

Union members at the trustees meeting said the university has rejected their proposals thus far.

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