The Faculty Executive Committee discussed faculty salaries and a UNC Faculty Assembly statement about the Sons of Confederate Veterans during its Monday meeting.
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Robert Blouin said the University’s faculty salaries lag behind those at peer institutions. Members also discussed disparities in pay between research and teaching faculty.
“A tenure-line person can come in having never taught a day in their life, and they’re making $15,000 to $20,000 more a year than I am starting out,” English and comparative literature professor Jennifer Larson said.
Newly-recruited faculty are often paid more than current faculty due to funding limitations and the nature of attracting talent.
“Very rarely is someone gonna move their family and come to a new location and come in and be told, ‘Well, we really love you, we want you to join us, but we have this compression issue on our school, so we’re gonna have to offer you a salary that’s below market just so you can stay in alignment with the existing,’” Blouin said.
Members discussed analyzing sources of income and spending. Blouin said he hopes the North Carolina General Assembly will approve a recommended 2 to 2.5 percent increase on faculty salaries. Since this is the first year of the fiscal biennium, the increase would be applied again next year.
The University would still have to consider new ways to increase wages for non-state funded employees. F&A funding, which partially funds these employees’ salaries, would not increase with the resolution.
Representatives from other UNC System schools expressed frustration that their salaries lagged behind UNC’s, Chairperson of the Faculty Lloyd Kramer said. Kramer attended a recent UNC Faculty Assembly meeting.
Blouin said UNC differs from other system schools.