Page 6 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, November 10, 1983
Let greed faculty
fly, some profs sar
By BARBARA MISLE
Each year University administrators work to
stop the dreaded "faculty flight" - professors
leaving the University for more lucrative
The administrators approach to attracting
and retaining high quality faculty members
has always been to offer salaries that are com-
petitive with those at peer institutions and in-
dustries which could draw the University's
BUT A SMALL group of University
professors has another solution: Let'em fly.
These professors say offering high salaries to
attract professors hurts both students and the
quality of education at the University.
Too many professors neglect their teaching
responsibilities to do research because they re
motivated by "greed and avarice," says
English Prof. Bert Hornback.
HORNBACK said the argument that without
competitive salaries the University would lose
top faculty members is "sheer rot."
Any professor who would leave the Univesity
for a higher salary offer at another school sim-
ply should be dismissed, he said.
"Because we have an economist as a
president the one thing that is valued at the
University is money.
"THERE ARE some rewards of being in the
University that are not related to money - an
awful lot. Those who are in it for the money
ought to get out," he said.
"Until we can persuade faculty members
that there are more important things than
salaries we might as well be a fulltime
Michigan Research Corporation," he added.
But such arguments "go over like a lead
balloon" with most faculty members, said
Alfred Meyer, a professor of political science.
MEYER PROPOSED a ceiling on faculty
raises at a meeting last year. The motion was
"No professor should make more than
$50,000," said Meyer, who says he is overpaid
at a $48,100 yearly salary.
Administrators say the disparity among
professors' salaries within the University
arises from differing market values on various
professions: Professors in areas such as
engineering and medicine, which pay much
more outside the University, command higher
salaries than relatively lower-paying
AS AN ACADEMIC institution the University
shouldn't bow to market pressures, Meyer
Students don't benefit from "star" faculty
members at the top of the pay scale, because
those professors are recognized for thijr
research - not teaching, he said.
"The bigger the star the less time he or she
spends teaching," he said. "Students aliijv
themselves to be processed so mindlessly tMt
they do not know they are being cheated." ::
OTHER FACULTY members say tot
although they agree with Hornback ai
Meyer's arguments in principle, thre4r
suggestions are unrealistic.
"It is a fact in this society that dollars are e
way quality is recognized," said Dr. Andre
Zweifler, a professor of internal medicine.
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BO SCHEMBECHLER, head football coach will earn
$90,030 this year, up $5,000 from last year.
Schembechler's boss, athletic director Don
Canham, got a ten percent raise to bring his Univer-
sity paycheck to $75,500.
By far the best place to find highly-paid professors
is up the hill at the medical school.
SALARIES AT the medical campus are set by the
University each year and do not necessarily reflect
fees commanded by individual professors and doc-
Fees paid by patients and insurers are pooled and
then distributed to employees, regardless of how
much business they bring in. .
Peter Ward, interim dean of the medical school, is
the highest paid of University deans; he will get
$103,112 from the University this year. Ward said that
although the past two years have not been very good
for medical professors' salaries, this year has been a
"THERE HAS BEEN some difficulty in recruiting
new faculty at more senior levels," Ward said. He
added that although salaries were not the major
issue, "in the past it was almost never a con-
LSA Dean Peter Steiner said University salaries
have lagged behind the University's competition.
"This has been a long run problem since the period of
1978 to 1982, when the faculty lost ground to the cost of
living and to major competition. This is the time to
catch-up and we've just started."
Steiner, whose $85,882 salary puts him about $10,000
above the average for deans, said it will take several
more years before the gap is 'narrowed between
Michigan and its peers.
THE ART SCHOOL, which suffered a 25 percent
budget cut this year, has one of the lowest paid deans,
George Bayliss, with a $52,728 income. The dean who
got the biggest percentage raise (12 percent) was
engineering Dean James Duderstadt, who now earns
The distinction of being the lowest paid deans goes
to the dean of the education school, which recently
suffered a 40 percent budget cut.
Education school Dean Carl Berger, however, got a
$13,927 raise over his professor's bringing his ear-
nt pay hike
nings to $51,333.
IN THE PAST, the release of faculty and staf
salaries caused some dissent among faculty memi-
bers, according to the president of the faculty's gip
But Herbert Hildebrandt, head of the Senate At-
visory Committee on University Affairs, said that hi'
faculty is less uptight about the public nature of
salaries than they were when salaries became pubjic
four years ago.
He told one faculty member who is so concerned
about his colleagues' salaries that he uses his private
computer to keep track of their pay increases.
Hildebrandt commended University officials for
their efforts at improving faculty salaries. "Frye has
tried valiantly to put faculty salaries in a number onii
priority position. I think he's succeeded quite well,"
When asked if he thought salaries would stay the
top priority, Hildebrandt said, "realistically, I'm not
quite sure that'll occur."
According to Hildebrandt, the gap between
Michigan and peer institution's salaries has not
narrowed. "If one projects out, the gap will increase
between us and our peer institutions," he said.
University faculty. skeptical of salary differences :!
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WHILE ART professors and English
professors earned an average of $30,377
and $38,522 respectively last year, their
colleagues in law and computer science
earned $62,497 and $54,949, according to
a University survey.
While these disparities have existed
for years, some say resentment from
faculty members in the lower-paying
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fields is increasing. "There is a
growing awareness that the University
is putting a disproportionate amount of
money into fields like engineering,"
said Prof. John Knott, chairman of the
"Some faculty feel that they are in-
sufficiently valued," he said.
ART SCHOOL Dean George Bayliss
agreed that professors in fields such as
art feel that their departments are
being neglected to improve the
qualities of departments in more com-
petitive fields. I
"We're losing faculty in the art
school, and we aren't able to attract
new faculty because our pay is not'
competitive (with other schools)"
Art school faculty members have
trouble stomaching the University's
reasoning for the salary differences,
Bayliss added. "The problem we're
facing is that we are told that these
people have much higher market
values, so they have to be paid more to
keep them from going into 'industry,"
Bayliss said. "But we should let them
go into industry, if they want to make
money. I don't think the salary dif-
ferences are necessary.
"PEOPLE DON'T come to the
University to make money," he said.
Prof. Jacob Price, chairman of the
history department, said he felt most
faculty members understood and ac-
cepted the salary differences - to a,
"Realistically, a University consists
,of different people in different
professions with different markets.
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OTHER FACULTY members,
however, don't'see the salary differen=
ces as a major issue. Mathematics
Prof. Wilfred Kaplan, former president
of the University's chapter of the
American Association of University
Professors (AAUP), said that the
University will always have its im
"It's unrealistic to demand equal
salaries for the whole University," he
said. "(The differences) are just
Prof. William Birdsall, the current
University AAUP president, agreed
that salary differences will always be
fact of life. "The primary determinant
in this cruel world is the market. A
strong market tends to draw a higher
salary. This is a permanent state of afl
fairs," he said.
Faculty members in professions,
where the only demand is acaden4.
will have to accept the disparity in pad;
English department chairman Knpitq
said there is no general discontent
about the gap because "the best people
are paid very well. The University tries-
to keep outstanding faculty member
happy, but they are responding very;
Engineering Dean James DuderstaI
defends the higher salaries in his schoot
as a necessity for survival.
a"We've got to get the best people. it
order to do that, we have to be able ,-
provide a level of compensation to av
tract quality faculty. It's a struggle td,-,
keep high. quality faculty here, too"'
Last year, the competition for faculty-
caused the college to make cuts in ordt'
to meet the higher salary demands, ,
said. "We're still behind the salary..
levels of other schools."
Much of the problem in engineering
Duderstadt said, is due to the, lack
Ph.D's. "Industry is finding that the-
research is dependent upon Ph.D's. We
have to compete with them for a smalk
number of Ph.D candidates. It's a very
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