Professor Petraeus and Other Higher-Education Stunts

When I first heard that David Petraeus was going to make $200,000 for teaching a course and giving a couple of lectures at City University of New York, I was not indignant.

When I first heard that David Petraeus was going to make $200,000 for teaching a course and giving a couple of lectures at the City University of New York, I was not indignant. If anything I was surprised by the controversy. Compensation of greater amounts, for lesser amounts of teaching, is routinely granted to people of far lesser renown at many leading research universities where teaching takes a back seat to research and reputational enhancement. What would the public say if it learned about the $300,000 professors at, say, the University of Texas with lighter loads?

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