Following up on a study conducted in 2002 under former Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Robert Shelton, the University will examine potential salary disparities among women and minority faculty members at UNC.
The study will examine and look for any differences or outliers in the salary of minority and female professors who have a similar position and length of experience as their white or male peers.
The committee, headed by physics and astronomy professor Laurie McNeil, consists of seven additional members and will report to Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Bruce Carney throughout the process.
Its first meeting is tentatively scheduled for next month.
“It seems like it’s time to do it again to make sure we are still on track, and problems that were revealed in the first review have not come back,” said McNeil, who added that the committee hopes to conclude its review by the end of the academic year.
In the original study, it was revealed that female faculty members outside the School of Medicine were paid, on average, $1,332 less than their male counterparts. Those with tenure or on the tenure track made $1,830 less than males in the same category.
Within the College of Arts and Sciences, female professors earned an average of $1,169 less while minority professors earned an average of $629 more.
Minority faculty members made $1,680 more on average in salary than white faculty, while tenured or tenure-track minority professors made $1,249 more on average.
Differences in the School of Medicine contained worse news for both women and minority faculty members.