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After cutting hours, SPC seeks more part-time professors

St. Petersburg College is holding a job fair next Thursday to hire more adjunct professors — day, evening, online — academic and technical disciplines — positions filled as early as this fall. How exactly did SPC find itself in the market for part-time professors?

This is phase II of an ugly little snafu.

In March, SPC's adjuncts got an email that their hours were being cut (and in some cases, halved) because the college could not afford to give them healthcare, as required by the Affordable Care Act if they worked for 30 hours or more a week.

Bill Law, the president of SPC, told The Gradebook that he planned to hire more adjunct professors. Basically, there'd be more people with fewer hours producing the same amount of classes for students.

Of course, SPC's existing adjuncts were not happy about seeing their hours and paychecks slashed. "It's just a really ugly choice," Law said. "It's one of the worst choices I've had to face in my time as president." Law put the cost of healthcare for each additional employee at $8,000.

Now, SPC is holding the "SPC Adjunct Faculty Job Fair" this Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the college's EpiCenter in Largo. Interested parties must register for the event, and can apply for jobs online or at the event; although, if you go with the latter, bring electronic versions and hard copies of your resume, hard copies of your transcripts, and your driver's license.

More details here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 5:31pm]

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