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More on Faculty Salaries

After our review the other day of the poor effort that the College makes in paying competitive salaries (last in the Ivies in all categories except for Full Professors), let’s look at where we stand compared to all of the leading research universities in America. In the below table, the Chronicle of Higher Education ranks Full Professors’ compensation at top schools, and as we saw the other day, at least we best Brown and Cornell. But at #18 on the list we fall behind ambitious, on-the-upswing schools like Chicago, Northwestern (tied with us at #12 in U.S. News, but for how long?), UCLA, Rice, Vanderbilt, Wash U., and so on:

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If you move to the second column — Associate Professors (faculty members with tenure who have not been promoted to the rank of Full Professor), the picture is uglier. We are last in the Ivies and behind everyone on this top-schools page except USC. Our rank is #24 in the country.

However, in the third column, the Assistant Professors category — newly minted Ph.D. holders or postdocs who have been hired onto the tenure track — the College is not only last in the Ivies by a mile, but we pay at least 10% less than anyone on this page. In fact, among the nation’s finest schools, we rank only #64 (yes, you read that right) in pay for Assistant Professors. Who in the administration made the decision that we should try to attract the finest young minds to Hanover by paying them less than the University of Georgia, the University of Connecticut, Iowa State University and any number of other low-ranked schools?

Addendum: Put yourself in the place of a brilliant young scholar who has just earned a doctorate. Northwestern proposes an annual salary of $106,767; Dartmouth wants you, too, but only offers $79,605. Honey, we’re going to Evanston!


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