GA: "Hmm. That's not good. Those 5 deserve better for their tuition money; we have to keep the customers happy, you know. It's a good thing we don't have to rehire him in the spring. Do we still have the instructor bids from the fall?"
Minion: "Yes. Of the 350 applications we got, at least five or six of them offered to teach the class for very close to what Instructor X is teaching it for, although none of them offered to pay for all their own photocopying, as he did. I think we can get someone for around $2,000 to teach this course.
GA: "No benefits, of course?"
Minion: (Laughs) "Of course not!"
I was kidding. It was supposed to be satire.
According to IHE, a Florida community college trustee thinks it's a great idea:
Putting a project out to bid is typically part of the public works process, since competitive bids tend to drive down the price and ensure fair opportunity for contracts. But should that process be applied to faculty hiring in public higher education? A member of the Board of Trustees for the State College of Florida at Manatee-Sarasota thinks so, and he’s set to brief the board on his proposal at an upcoming meeting.
That was in September. Between then and now, Beruff was reportedly working on a second proposal that would ask potential college employees, including faculty members, to quote their fee for services on job applications. That information would then be used in the hiring decision.
I think I need a sign that reads "Professor Undine and her crystal ball predicting the future of higher education are available for a consulting fee. The consulting fee is commensurate with what the top administration pays external consultants who give the same advice that faculty give them for free."