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Page 20-The Michigan Daily/New Student Edition - Thursday, September 7, 1989

Report predicts a professor shortage
by Kelly Thayer
Daily Staff Writer

Was Mazrui a portent
of the future?

And private business has added to

Noted 'U' political science prof. Ali Mazrui was lured away by a $500,000
job offer from the State University of New York.
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New students, are you already mathematics department, Professor
concerned about your major? Perhaps Donald Lewis, "There is a shortage
you should consider a career in edu- of professors now and a potentially
cation. great shortage in the future. Anyone
According to the report Campus we go after, ten other schools go
Trends, 1989, there is a shortage of after."
college professors which is expected Lewis explained that "the output
to increase in the coming decade. of mathematicians in the US is
The report, published by the dwindling."
American Council on Education, With mathematics at their peak
states that approximately 50 percent in the early 70s, 1300 to 1400 PhD
of US colleges are having difficulty students in mathematics were gradu-
hiring top applicants for faculty ated each year. In the US now less
jobs. than 400 students receive their PhD
Stiff competition from the pri- in the field annually.
vate sector and a dwindling number Lewis said that the University
of doctorate graduates in key fields has not felt the shortage as dramati-
are the primary reasons for the pro- cally as other schools may have due
fessor pinch, according to the report. to the University's stature. But he
Specifically, the shortage is emphasized that the US as a whole
worst in the fields of computers, will suffer in the future.
business, mathematics, and the "I think it's going to be a major
physical sciences. And the lack of catastrophe for American education
professors exists more at public than because all science is based on math-
at private colleges. ematics," concluded Lewis.
The effects of the crunch are var- Gary Krenz, special assistant to
ied. Larger classes result with less the chair of physics, acknowledges a
qualified people teaching them. small shortage of professors in some
Salaries of faculty increase, as does of the sub-fields of the physics de-
student tuition to compensate these partment and sees a trend developing.
salaries. And campuses continue to "Shortages will get a lot worse
be looted of their faculty as competi- throughout the decade. As fewer
tion among colleges becomes fierce. physicists come out of the pipeline,
Here at the University the short- a lot more raiding of other universi-
age is evident in some critical areas. ties will go on."
According to the chair of the Colleges face competition from
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the private sector as well.
"Universities are competing
against industry for top physicists.
Therefore, to some degree we have
been compelled to raise our starting
salaries," Krenz said.
Krenz feels the lack of professors
is due to a weakness in the educa-
tional system. "It starts in grade
school. Fewer students are adequately
prepared and their interest isn't
peaked by the declining pool of
teachers," Krenz said.

'There is a shortage of professors now
and a potentially great shortage in the
future. Anyone we go after, .ten other
schools go after'
- Mathematics Department Chair,
Prof. Donald Lewis

And private business has added to
this competition. The result is bid-
ding wars. "Private sector salaries are
difficult to compete with. The
salaries we offer have become much
higher," Miller added.
A case of campus raiding of pro-
fessors took place this summer when
University political science professor
Ali Mazrui was lured away by a
$500,000 job offer from the State
University of New York- Bingham-
ton. SUNY doubled its original offer

Edwin Miller, associate dean for
PhD studies and research in the
Business School, has seen the de-
mand for business professors become
"Our peer institutions are com-
peting vigorously with us for elite.
faculty members," Miller said.

for fear of not attaining Mazrui.
If you thought that only major
sports stars become the object of
high-stakes bidding wars, think
again. If you chose the right major,
you may find yourself being offered
a signing bonus at a major univer-



VP Wilson
tias left to become
President of
Radcliffe College
Continued from Page 17
Davis said that Wilson was per-
sonally involved in many of their
programs involving both college and
pre-college student participants.
"She was always very willing to
help," Davis said. Davis recalled a
specific incident when Wilson spoke
to a group of about 30 eighth grade
girls during National Science and
Technology Week. "Within ten
minutes she had them all talking,"
Davis remembered. "She spoke with

them about how to combine science
and a family."
Davis felt that Wilson was able
to handle the problem of balancing a
strong interest in women s issues
with being a successful administra-
tor. "You have to walk a narrow line
and she successfully walked it."
Wilson was also very involved
with the Center for Continuing
Education of Women(CEW), which
provides encouragement through
funding and various services to
women going back to school after an
interruption in their education. In
April she addressed the CEW award
ceremony for scholarship recipients
on the topic of "Change, Courage,
and Commitment." n

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