Appropriately compensating early-career scholars for academic work: Opinion

March 25, 2021
Graduate students and scholars who are early in their careers need to receive fair compensation for their academic work, writes Brian DeGrazia. The author explains that while work in areas like editing, translation, indexing, and research are valuable resume builders, completing work in these areas is often seen as a privilege, resulting in this work being paid less than market value. DeGrazia describes some best practices for those who are hiring for a position, which include offering a fair rate of pay, seeking funding to cover costs, and using proposals and contracts to clarify the work and pay. The article also details best practices for those who are being hired, including questioning if the work is worth taking on, considering the work alongside other opportunities, evaluating the proposal, and signing a contract or agreement. Inside Higher Ed (International)