You may have noticed two additional links I’ve added to Blogs I Read.
The first of these is Higher Education Management Group. The blog is operated by Dr. Keith Hampson, PhD who is the director of E-learning at Ryerson University in Canada and is part of the LinkedIn group with the same name. The second link is to Beerken’s Blog operated by Dr. Eric Beerkens. Both of these blogs are excellent and provide very valuable information for education professionals.
One of the most significant issues to emerge on my blog has been salaries of university faculty in Taiwan. Back in November, Dr. Beerken posted a comparison of academic salaries around the world. I recommend having a look.
Faculty in Taiwan are payed through two different installments. The one most of us are familiar with is the teaching allowance. This includes payment for regularly taught hours and overtime. The second of these is the research allowance. It is this that increases as we are promoted from Assistant to Associate to Full Professor. For comparison purposes, entry-level salaries in Taiwan for Assistant Professors (not including New Year Bonus) begin around 64,000 TWD a month. The Universal Currency Converter tells me this is 1,898.69 USD. A Full Professor with senority would make somewhere around 100,000 TWD, which is 2,966.70 USD. This puts Taiwan faculty salaries amongst the lowest in the world, only slightly above India.
It’s not entirely fair to make this kind of comparison. My contract as a foreign English teacher is identical with faculty contracts offered to local professors. While faculty salaries in Japan are much higher than Taiwan, it is almost impossible for foreign English teachers to find stable, long-term work. Our teaching schedule is also very light. Positions in South Korea for foreign English teachers often include a large number of additional teaching hours during the regular schedule and in the summer. When I taught there (1994-6), we taught on Saturday. I have been told that national universities in Singapore also have a 6-day teaching week.