The piece work approach suggests a general belief that an “honor system” is not working – professors must be taking the money and giving little or nothing in return. The question is why do school administrators adopting a version of the piece work believe the honor system is working in every other facet of the job.?
Is it likely that those who shirk when it comes to scholarship are not also shirking when it comes to teaching and service? I do not know, but why take the chance? Why not go to a full piece work arrangement? For example, in teaching shouldn’t professors teaching 12 hours of large classes be paid more than professors teaching fewer and smaller classes.? Put differently, if Deans want to convince professors to teach large sections of mainstream courses, pay them for it. If it works for scholarship, shouldn’t it work for teaching?
While we are at it, why not have professors punch in and punch out. More time in the office makes for higher pay and it is hard to see the downside as far as productivity. (This reminds of another question for wannabe law profs. Have you ever held a job that required punching in and punching out?)
I guess I am not seeing the principled distinction between scholarship and every other facet of the job.