Why is CUNY Paying David Petraeus $2,250 a Hour to Teach?

Adulterer and former CIA director David Petraeus has a new job. He’s an adjunct professor at the City University of New York. And it’s a really, really lucrative job. According to J.K. Trotter at Gawker:

In April, CUNY announced that Petraeus would do a stint as a visiting professor of public policy at the school’s Macaulay Honors College, leading a seminar on “developments that could position the United States…to lead the world out of the current global economic slowdown.” According to documents Gawker obtained from CUNY via a Freedom of Information Law request, the fallen war architect will net a whopping $200,000 a year for the course, which will total about three hours of work, aided by a group of graduate students to take care of “course research, administration, and grading.” (He will also throw in two lectures.)

That works out to approximately $2,250 per hour. CUNY adjuncts usually earn less than $3,000 per course.

CUNY is apparently in the process of trying to get a private donor to cough up the cost of Petraeus’s expensive position. But it hasn’t succeed yet. So right now he’s being paid out of CUNY’s own funds.

In 2011 CUNY, which was free until 1976, instituted a policy to hike tuition 31 percent over 5 years, saying the tuition increase was necessary for “the protection of our faculty and staff from the layoffs that other public higher-education systems have experienced in recent years.”

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer