Study finds smallest increase in faculty pay in 50 years

The New York Times reports that academic pay has been squeezed by the recession, according to the annual salary survey by the American Association of University Professors. Over all, salaries for this academic year are 1.2 percent higher than last year, the smallest increase recorded in the survey’s 50 years—and well below the 2.7-percent inflation rate from December 2008 to December 2009. The survey found that average salary levels actually decreased this academic year at a third of colleges and universities, compared with 9 percent that reported lower average salaries in the previous two surveys. Private and church-related universities reported shrinking average salaries more often than public institutions. And the academic pay situation may be even worse than the survey indicates, according to John Curtis, the association’s director of research and policy. “A lot of faculty are losing ground, and the data probably underestimate the seriousness of the problems with faculty salary this year, because we’re only looking at full-time faculty and, as we’ve seen for several years, there’s an increasing number of part-time faculty, who are not included,” Curtis said. Given the widespread distress about high college costs, shrinking state support for public universities, and plummeting endowment values at private universities, some experts said this year’s small faculty salary gains were not unexpected…

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