ANGWIN, Calif. — In response to rising complaints from faculty about remuneration, Pacific Union College has contracted with a third party to interview faculty about their salary expectations. An unexpected outcome of the interviews has been the revelation that virtually all full-time faculty members at PUC work part-time in the Napa wine industry to supplement their meager pay.
“It’s obviously not an ideal situation,” admitted a tenured history professor who preferred to remain nameless. “But given the huge cost of living in the Napa area, my colleagues and I can see no alternative to working in wine.”
“The ironic thing is that we work alongside many of our students,” said Spanish instructor Maria Rosarito. “One job got really awkward when I realized that my supervisor was one of my students.”
Almost to a person, faculty denied that their choice of supplemental revenue had anything to do with the free wine tastings.
PUC administration has reacted to the interview findings, admitting that there “might be a slight conflict of interest” in the wine-related employment of its faculty given the Adventist stance on alcohol avoidance. However, no policy changes are anticipated as half of the administration also has confessed to being on the wine industry payroll.
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