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Revisiting Faculty Compensation
As previously explained, the College fell behind peer schools during the recession despite progress through 2009 on the issue. Dartmouth has treaded water since then; our compensation has only tracked the pay of our “Non-Ivy-League Peers” for several years (and has even fallen a shade below them). 2017 brings more of the same. One might reasonably ask about the component schools in the “Non-Ivy-League Peers” comparison group. Take a look:
Yikes. The University of Chicago, Duke, and Northwestern are worthy as peer institutions. Reaching somewhat, one might say that Vanderbilt, Washington University in St. Louis, and Georgetown are as well. But Boston College and the University of Rochester? They have no business on that list. Needless to say, someone could have selected a better comparison group. If the College is now falling below even this benchmark, then our decline speaks to exactly how poor a job the administration has done in managing the faculty.
Moving on to a breakdown by academic rank, the latest data show, once again, that Dartmouth is especially far behind at the more junior ranks of Assistant and Associate Professor, the members of the faculty who represent the College’s future (click on the image to enlarge it):
We previously reported in 2016 that $5.4 million per year would close the pay gap between the College and the U.S. News Top 20 schools. Now, consider the fact that Government Professor Stephen Brooks stated at this May’s faculty meeting that an extra $1.4 million per year for the next four years has finally been set aside for raises to make the faculty whole. That $5.6 million in total — peanuts compared to the school’s average year-on-year spending increase — should just about do it. For a perennially undercompensated faculty, those raises cannot come soon enough.
While fixing the faculty’s undercompensation is to be commended, there is still much else to be done. With the painfully slow pace of the current capital campaign, it will be an eternity before the promised increase to faculty research stipends (unchanged in nominal dollars since 1995!) will materialize. Moreover, pressures on the available stock of office space, both in terms of quantity and quality, remain omnipresent. Solving these problems cannot wait.
And to think that we have cut corners in all of these areas (to which you might add substandard dorms) and yet we still outspend peer schools in our overall budget.
Joe Asch Addendum: Phil is now in his fifth year leading the College. Why did it take him so long to understand the legitimacy of the faculty’s concerns about compensation and act on them?
In response to the argument that the cost of living in New Hampshire is lower than elsewhere, and therefore faculty salaries go further here, why is it then that Dartmouth’s tuition is among the very highest in the Ivies?
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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