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ERIC Number: EJ838889
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr-17
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Professors' Pay Raises Beat Inflation; So Much for the Good News
June, Audrey Williams
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n32 pA1 Apr 2009
Faculty pay has been battered by the deepening national recession, but one cannot tell that from the American Association of University Professors' new annual report on the economic status of the profession. The average salary of a full-time faculty member rose 3.4% in 2008-2009, it says, a rate well above inflation. That would be good news, but the association collected the salary information in the fall of 2008, before layoffs, pay cuts, and furloughs began to crimp faculty members' incomes. To put the association's salary calculations into perspective, much of the document paints a picture of higher education under attack, and it highlights various budget-cutting measures under way on campuses. With the economy as a backdrop, the report also spotlights the plight of faculty members who work off the tenure track, in particular instructors who work part time. The proportion of part-time and full-time adjunct faculty members--a figure that the association closely tracks--grew from 43.2% of the professoriate in 1975 to 68.8% in 2007. The proportion of adjunct faculty members who are part-timers rose from 30.2% to 50.3% during that same time period. Adjunct faculty members still lack job security, and frequently the first to lose their jobs at colleges focused on immediately cutting expenses. Possible outcomes of this situation is that some adjuncts could drop out of the academic work force, and/or part-timers will have even less leverage for demanding better pay and working conditions. The report also continues its attention to gender equity, showing that at every type of institution, male academics continue to earn more, on average, than women who hold the same jobs. Because the economy could get worse before it gets better, the AAUP urges faculty members to be diligent about getting involved in budget discussions at their institutions, while warning that some administrations may respond to difficult financial times by pushing ahead on major reorganizations without involving faculty members of thinking about long-term consequences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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