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Ball State leader: Raising faculty pay a hard sell

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Ball State University's president is blaming "incredibly unsympathetic" state legislators for the school's low ranking on faculty salaries.

Jo Ann Gora told the school's University Senate on Thursday that the Muncie-based university's faculty salaries have become increasingly less competitive.

Gora was asked about a national survey showing Ball State's average salary of $85,000 for a full professor ranks in the bottom 5 percent nationally among doctoral institutions, The Star Press of Muncie reported. Gora responded that the state universities face a hard sell with legislators who she said feel it isn't their problem that professors might believe they're underpaid when other people in their communities have lost jobs.

Gora pointed out that Ball State's faculty members have received pay raises in recent years despite state cuts to higher education.

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  • Gora got her 10% Raise
    Gora, perhaps you should have declined your 10% raise last year and had the money reallocated to the faculty salary pool, then maybe you could have given them more than a 2% raise.
  • Hmmm
    Many tenure-track faculty openings, even at bottom-tier school like Ball State, attract hundreds of applicants. Perhaps salaries are already too high.
  • Incredibly Unsympathetic As Well
    President Gora, it is hard to have sympathy for a person making $85k who has lifetime employment, does not work 8 hours, and does not have to show results.
    A quality school will attract quality professors no matter the pay.
    I was a student at Ball State and worked supporting this professors to over 9 years so I know what I am talking about.

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