Ball State University trustees have approved a 3.5-percent increase in salary funding for faculty and professional staff.
The increase will take effect July 1.
According to the Star Press of Muncie, trustees approved the increase Friday following complaints about comparatively low pay and unequal raises for faculty compared with those for the president and athletic director.
A national survey published by the American Association of University Professors and The Chronicle of Higher Education put Ball State's average salary of $85,000 for a full professor in the bottom 5 percent compared to similar schools nationwide.
Last summer, trustees increased President Jo Ann Gora's salary by 10 percent, from $392,040 to $431,244. Trustees on Friday approved a salary of $235,000 for new athletic director William Scholl. His predecessor had been paid $185,840.
Late last month, Gora said Ball State's faculty members have received pay raises in recent years despite state cuts to higher education.
Gora said that the state universities face a hard sell with legislators who feel it isn't their problem that professors might believe they're underpaid when other people in their communities have lost jobs.