Money Apportioned to FAU Colleges for Raises

November 4, 2010. Figures provide guidance to committees determining raises for in-unit colleagues

There has been some confusion among committees set up within colleges to establish merit and market equity raises for bargaining unit faculty. Please find below the May 2009 salary totals for funds apportioned to each college.  These are for in-unit faculty only.  Committees should seek to calculate 1% of this to see if they have the right numbers.  There may be very minor discrepancies because people have left the bargaining unit for one reason or another but the figures will in general be consistent.

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College | sum(may 2009)  sum (current salary)

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AL |  $11,004,536.34   $11,972,192.04

BU |  $11,242,265.75   $11,654,282.94

CAUP |  $ 4,048,966.53    $4,216,155.69

ED |   $6,221,703.37    $6,540,298.16

ENG |   $6,384,732.29    $6,553,120.47

FAUS |   $1,857,574.09    $2,021,292.84

HARBR |   $71,841.39      $71,841.39

HON |   $1,637,502.32   $1,860,652.28

Library |   $1,111,649.20    $1,121,649.20

NURSING |   $2,806,280.55    $2,970,207.64

SCIENCE |   $9,810,793.17    $9,769,510.44

FAU Faculty Salaries Reached New Lows Under Brogan, Pritchett

May 3, 2010. In 1999-2000 FAU paid its faculty more than FIU and FIT, FAU faculty salaries are now the lowest in the state, Objective 5 of BOT Strategic Plan remains glaringly unfulfilled.

Salaries for FAU faculty fell far behind FIU over the past ten years, mainly under the leadership of former Republican Lieutenant Governor Frank Brogan and FAU’s Board of Trustees. For example, according to recently-released AAUP salary data in 1999-2000 faculty salaries at FAU were actually higher than FIU’s, but over the past ten years FIU salaries eventually surpassed those of FAU. In 2000 Full Professors at FIU earned an average of $68,200, versus $72,700 at FAU, while FIU Associate Professors made $53,000 versus $55,800 at FAU, and Assistant Professors took home $44,600 at FIU as FAU Assistant Professors made $45,400.

The figures show how FAU has clearly failed in fulfilling Objective 5 of the BOT’s Strategic Plan, “Provide competitive faculty salaries that will assure recruitment and retention of a diverse and highly productive faculty who will contribute to building superior academic programs and research capacity.”  Instead of fulfilling Objective 5, FAU has gone in the exact opposite direction. Moreover, the failure of FAU administrators and trustees to address faculty pay disparities has taken place alongside substantial pay increases for administrators and an overall increase in administrative positions.

See related post:

FAU Faculty Salaries Lowest in Florida

FAU Faculty Salaries Lowest in Florida

April 13, 2010. Recently-released AAUP Salary Survey shows FAU languishing behind Florida Institute of Technology and Florida International University among doctoral granting institutions, Tenured female faculty at FAU now have the lowest salaries in the state.

Florida Atlantic University now has an especially noteworthy claim to statewide fame: the lowest overall faculty salaries among the state’s public and private doctoral-granting institutions, and substantially lower salaries for tenured female associate and full professors. According to the recently published American Association of University Professors 2009-10 Faculty Salary Survey, FAU is now beneath Florida Institute of Technology in faculty compensation and even further below regional peer Florida International University. In 2008-09 FIT was in last place among doctoral institutions and FAU was in second-to-last place.

FAU administrators and trustees have refused to offer even modest salary increases in the 2009-12 Collective Bargaining Agreement that is presently being negotiated, almost confirming that FAU will hold the last place spot in the AAUP rankings for the foreseeable future.

According to the AAUP data, a tenured Full Professor at FAU earns over $4,000 less per nine-month contract than her/his peers at FIT, and $19,000 less than those at FIU. Yet comparisons along gender lines illustrate an even greater gap. Full professors who are women at FAU earn $11,000 less than those at FIT, but a staggering $25,000 below their FIU counterparts.

The disparities are a bit less extreme at the Associate Professor level, where FAU faculty earn $2,800 less than those at FIT. Yet on average FAU still pays Associate Professors $7,800 less than FIU. And again, female Associate Professors at FAU are the lowest paid among all of the state’s doctoral institutions, earning on average $8,500 less than faculty who are women at FIT and $4,800 less than FIU’s female faculty.

Only at the Assistant Professor and Instructor levels is FAU marginally competitive with its doctoral-granting peers. New tenure-track faculty at FAU can expect to earn a modest $600.00 more than at FIT. Assistant professors at FIU, however, start out at $10,800 more annually. Female assistant professors at FAU actually make $7,500 more than their counterparts at FIT, but still fall behind FIU by $7,300.

Instructors at FAU can expect to make about $2,800 more annually than at FIT, but $10,000 less than FIU instructors. Female instructors employed at FAU will earn $4,800 more than at FIT, but $9,600 less than if they were working at FIU.

The bottom line is that the longer one stays on faculty at FAU the less she or he will make in comparison to peers working at other SUS and private institutions. This is even more so the case for FAU’s female faculty. The FAU administration and trustees have opposed UFF’s requests for modest salary increases, such as the 2.5% salary increase recommended by the PERC Special Magistrate in April 2009, even though FAU’s assets increased by $76.8 million in 2008-09. In fact, assets have increased along similar lines every year since 2003.

FAU has resources comparable to regional peer FIU, but as the above suggests  over the past several years the institution’s human capital has not been a priority.

See related posts:

Medical School is a Luxury FAU Can’t Afford

FAU’s Assets Swell to Almost $1 billion

Average annual salary by academic rank (in thousands)
Institution
Name
I
92.0
96.5
80.0
70.5
72.2
68.0
61.9
62.0
61.8
44.5
46.2
43.3
I
96.1
96.7
91.4
73.3
72.7
76.5
61.3
65.8
54.3
41.7
46.2
38.5
I
111.0
112.3
105.4
78.3
81.5
72.8
72.7
75.8
69.1
54.5
56.1
52.7
Florida State U (Florida)
I
104.2
106.9
94.6
73.0
74.4
71.0
70.8
72.1
68.9
36.5
43.3
29.6
I
115.8
115.2
116.9
72.3
74.8
69.4
67.6
69.1
65.8
50.2
52.6
49.7
I
115.8
115.6
117.0
77.2
79.5
73.0
65.1
67.5
60.8
45.4
45.2
45.5
U of Florida (Florida)
I
117.0
119.7
106.3
75.5
77.8
71.6
63.9
65.5
61.6
U of Miami (Florida)
I
132.5
131.9
135.5
86.9
89.9
81.3
79.1
80.7
77.4
75.0
75.0
I
107.0
110.3
95.5
77.0
80.3
72.7
65.6
67.6
63.5
51.1
53.9
49.1

FAU Personnel Growth by Employee Category 2003-09

April 13, 2010. Over the past several years administrative positions (AMP) have far outpaced most other categories, particularly faculty involved in instruction, FAU data suggest.

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

% Change 2003-2009

Faculty

966

1,013

1,040

1,041

1,070

1,090

1,059

10%

Instructional       Faculty

733

736

766

775

809

804

792

8%

Tenured and
Tenure Earning

557 581

684

685

676

665

16%

AMP

642

686

717

795

846

879

856

33%

SP

733

773

729

710

703

773

730

-0%

OPS

413

476

384

399

391

377

365

-3%

Adjuncts

581

675

650

530

567

531

564

-3%

Graduate Student

675

742

764

867

846

893


925

37%

Total

4,010

4,365

4,284

4,342

4,423

4,543

4,499

12%

Source:  FAU Fact Book, various years. Click here to obtain more detailed information about the disproportionate growth of administrative versus faculty positions at FAU.

Hungry Owls

“Our senior professors on a comparative side are fairing competitively–fairly well against our peer universities in the state and in the country. It’s our junior professors that are struggling to the greatest degree.” -President Frank T. Brogan, BOT Conference Call, April 21, 2009.

FACT: The exact opposite is the case. The longer faculty members stay at FAU the worse their salaries are compared to those offered by peer institutions. According to recent data collected by the AAUP and published in The Chronicle of Higher Education, FAU has the second worst faculty salaries among doctoral-granting universities in Florida (the lowest being Florida Institute of Technology), and is the lowest paying institution for senior female faculty.