I was preparing a data analysis assignment for one of my classes, and decided I needed an example for my students. Similar to what I’m asking of my students, I wanted to use public employee salary data from the the Texas Tribune Government Salaries Explorer. After a few moments’ thought* , I hit upon the topic of salaries for non-tenured faculty at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where I teach statistics.
I downloaded the UTSA data–an Excel CSV file–and selected out employees whose job titles contained the words “ADJUNCT”, “LECTURER”, or “TUTOR”, and copied those to a separate worksheet page. From there on, every bit of my example was done using R, all composed and arranged nicely with RStudio. The full analysis is here, but look at this interesting graph:
- How the heck do two part-timers in the College of Education and Human Development’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies make over $100K annually? That’s one sweet gig!
- Working in the Women’s Studies Institute is a vow of poverty. Should have gone to trade school.
- The Writing Core Program is almost as bad. Learn to write advertising copy and move to the College of Business Marketing Department.
- Part-time NTT economists seem to make more than full-timers. That doesn’t seem to make make economists credible.
*Thanks for the nudge from a new follower, Adjunct Professors—-Overworked & Underpaid!