ERIC Number: ED181821
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jun-13
Reference Count: 0
Ethical and Economic Issues in Academe: The Point of View of a University President.
Ethical dilemmas concerning faculty compensation are considered by a university president who served as a nonadministrative professor of law for 10 years. It is suggested that trustees, administrators, and board members have as much to be concerned about as do faculty members when compensation and ethical dilemmas are addressed. The fact that dilemmas and not clear-cut cases of ethics are involved is noted. It is proposed that administrators are not administering faculty compensation as well and fairly as they should. Administrators and trustees tolerate fuzzy job descriptions and permit outside work because they can justify low salaries by doing so. Although faculty members may pursue consulting or other similar pursuits in good faith, they may begin to neglect academic responsibilities. Confusion results when some departments arrange continuing education instruction as part of normal teaching loads and others permit overtime compensation. Applicable state laws, university rules and policies, and possibly professional codes of ethics might be followed to improve the faculty compensation situation. Other possible approaches are: better defining job descriptions and work loads; making codes, contracts, and compensation congruent; and undertaking constant discussion and exhortation to self-regulation by faculty members. (SW)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Codes of Ethics, College Faculty, Compensation (Remuneration), Consultants, Contracts, Employment Practices, Faculty College Relationship, Faculty Workload, Higher Education, Job Analysis, Moral Values, Occupational Information, Teacher Responsibility, Teacher Role, Teacher Salaries
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Academic Planning Conference (4th, University of Southern California, Office of Institutional Studies, Los Angeles, CA, June 11-13, 1979)