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Comment by Harriete E Berman on December 2, 2016 at 5:26pm

Astonishing information from 2Roses. I wonder how you found this out, but the point is that artists continue to be offered "opportunities" that  impoverish our field, all the while providing minimal compensation.  

I wonder does this Artist in Residency include workman's comp? 
Is there a co-payment by the university into a retirement plan?

Did I miss the health insurance benefit? 

Am I talking  down and "dirty" enough for you?  
Is anyone else willing to speak up?


Sure, this is an entry level position for recent MFA graduates. Fine, I get that. But it really feels like a rip off to me. Why do I say that?
It seems like a manipulative way to skirt around normal salary and benefits for a professor at VCU. It even feels like it obfuscates labor laws by calling it a "Artist in Residency." Who ever heard of a job charging a entry fee to apply.  And  yet this  "Artist in Residence" requires teaching several classes for which the students pay tuition. 


 



  
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Comment by 2Roses on December 2, 2016 at 10:05am

Interestingly, VCU average annual tuition fees (from their website) are $30,838 for out of state students, and $12,772 for in-state students respectively. 

The school pays an adjunct instructor $36,000 per year.

The average annual salary of an assistant professor at VCU is $83,317.

The administrators who dream up these "opportunities" average around $105,000. per year.

On a related note, VCU currently lists 292 job openings (7 fellowships) , none of which asks for a fee to apply. For comparison, the fellowship for the dentistry department offers an annual stipend of $52,000.

Comment by Harriete E Berman on December 1, 2016 at 9:22am

Excellent point from 2 Roses. I missed that.

Comment by 2Roses on December 1, 2016 at 9:11am

We would add that a $25 Job Application Fee smells of exploitation as well. 

Comment by Harriete E Berman on November 29, 2016 at 4:54pm

I wonder why this is considered an opportunity when the  "fellowship" artist in residence is actually teaching two classes per semester equal to two -four days per semester . Sounds to me like they are earning the $30,000 annual stipend at peanut pay without health insurance or benefits.

This sounds like a great invention for the arts department to bypass minimum wage expectations and benefits that they would ordinarily pay to faculty. Are artists and makers are so eager, (more like desperate) for a future in the arts and access to a studio  that they consider this opportunity. 

There is a good deal of discussion these days about colleges and universities hiring part time faculty at low wages to squeeze a tight budget further at the expense of individuals eager for a foot in the door. This "Fountainhead Fellowship" also sounds like an opportunity that is following the same lowly path.

 
Please if I have misunderstood this opportunity, please correct me. 

 

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