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According to the American Association of University Professors, UVa's full-time faculty earns an average $109,400.
Monday, April 8, 2013
RICHMOND — The University of Virginia pays the highest average full-time faculty salaries in the state, while full-time faculty at Washington and Lee earn the second-highest average salaries, a report released Monday said.
Full-time faculty members across all ranks at UVa earn an average $109,400. The average salary at Washington and Lee is $101,800, the American Association of University Professors said in its annual faculty salary report.
The report surveyed more than 1,100 colleges and universities nationwide. Medical faculty salaries were excluded.
The average salary at the University of Richmond is $99,100. Full-time faculty members at Virginia Tech earn an average $89,400.
Average salaries at other schools in Virginia include Christopher Newport University, $66,000; George Mason University, $92,800; Hampden-Sydney College, $69,700; Hollins University, $66,200; James Madison University, $69,300; Longwood University, $61,400; Old Dominion University, $78,100; Radford University, $68,100; Randolph-Macon College, $66,300; University of Mary Washington, $67,700; Virginia Commonwealth University, $78,500; and Virginia State University, $69,300.
Nationwide, the report said part-time faculty appointments have outpaced full-time tenured or tenure-track positions. Part-time appointments grew by 300 percent between 1975 and 2011. During the same period, the number of faculty members in full-time tenured or tenure-track positions grew by 26 percent.
The report also said 76 percent of instructional appointments are filled by “contingent” faculty members who aren’t in line to gain a tenured position.
“Increasingly what we’re doing is taking advantage of people by having them work these part-time, year-to-year jobs,” Hampden-Sydney professor Saranna Thornton, a co-author of the report, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Thornton said that tenure-track positions are largely in fields where there’s high demand from the private sector. Good academic jobs in English, philosophy and other liberal arts have been declining.
“If the best and the brightest find that the occupations of teaching are increasingly unlikely to offer them income security, then I think that’s bad for our children and that’s ultimately going to be bad for our society,” she said.
While UVa pays the highest average salary in the state, it did not meet its goal of making the association’s top 20. The report released Monday ranks UVa 34th.
University spokesman Anthony de Bruyn told The Daily Progress that the UVa Board of Visitors and administrators “steadfastly support the goal of raising average faculty salaries into the top 20 among UVa’s Association of American University peers by June 2017.”
President Teresa Sullivan said in September that achieving this goal would cost about $65 million.
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