Weekly Market Update

THE STATE OF FACULTY IN HIGHER EDUCATION

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Full-time faculty members saw an overall median salary increase of about 1.7% over the past year, according to the "2019 CUPA-HR Faculty in Higher Education Report." Pay for full-time faculty members off the tenure track increased by 1.8%. Tenured and tenure-track professors saw a 1.6% pay bump. Hottest field for new faculty hires over the past year is health professions, as some 1,410 new assistant professors picked up jobs. Health professions also saw the highest pay for non-tenure-track professors. CUPA-HR's report also includes a breakdown of representation and pay equity for women and underrepresented minorities. Women make up 47% of the faculty across academe, but 58% of department chairs are men. Similarly, minorities are 21% of the faculty, but 85% of department chairs are white. This is the first year that CUPA-HR included both two- and four-year institutions in the same survey, as many associate degree-granting institutions reportedly wanted to benchmark their professors' pay by discipline and against other kinds of institutions. This was also the first year that CUPA-HR asked about professors' highest degrees attained. It found that professors with a doctorate or equivalent degree make up about four-fifths of all full-time professors, except at associate's institutions, where only one-quarter of the faculty have a doctorate.

In Other News

  • Vanderbilt University Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos announced that he will step down as the university's chancellor after more than a decade in the role. Zeppos plans to take a year-long sabbatical before returning to the faculty as professor of law.
  • Thirteen scholars at Yale say they'll cut ties with the University's ethnicity, race, and migration program, which they say has been stifled by a lack of resources and stature, despite a $50-million effort to diversify the faculty.
  • The chairwoman of Hampshire College's board of trustees resigned early this week, saying she and her colleagues have been slandered and attacked as the school struggles with long-term financial challenges. Hampshire officials said earlier this year that they are seeking a "strategic partner" that can help the college remain independent.
  • Temple University will implement a tobacco ban on all campuses by the fall. The policy, in development, will include smoking and vaping, the university announced Tuesday. The Temple policy plans to attack the issue of tobacco use from every angle, including smoking cessation programs to help students, faculty and staff break their nicotine addiction.
  • Two students at the University of Arizona will face criminal charges for protesting a Customs and Border Protection event on campus last month. The university president has argued that the protest was "a dramatic departure from our expectations of respectful behavior and support for free speech."
  • Fitch lowered Oklahoma State University's rating to AA-, citing "multiple years of state operating cuts have lowered the level of state support for operations and reduced OSU's balance sheet ratios to levels more appropriate for the AA- rating."