Fwd: JOB: RCA Head of Interaction Design Post(RoyalCollege of Art; London)

15 Feb 2005 - 10:35pm
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Dave Malouf
2005

> Unfortunately, it's accompanied by the all-too-common pathetically low
> salary for an IxD H-o-D.
> > Salary: £46,000 pa

First off, is that really that low? I don't know my exchange rates off-hand
but the pound at it's lowest is 1.5 dollars to the pound which would put
that at some $70k, no? Considering that teaching usually has "supplemental"
income at this level, I'm not so sure that I think that is so bad.

Also, I bet in the UK the bennies are a heck of a lot better than they are
in the states. Just the # of bank holidays alone. ;)

But seriously, lets say this is low for the moment and work off your
assumption of being underpaid. I mean someon at this caliber of seniority in
the US as a practitioner would be making well into 6 figures so there is
definitely a loss. What do other design areas do in this regards? I mean
there are two types of profs I've seen. The success who has a patent
industrial designer who lives more on that and consulting on the side than
on their "full-time" teaching gig. And there is the all-out academic zealot
who isn't in it for the money at all.

Is there anything wrong with this mix?

Anyway, I think it is an interesting topic to think about. Do people from
other design fields have similar problems in getting quality educators and
under paying them?

-- dave

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