ECU faculty happy with study results; want salary compression addressed

GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT)- East Carolina University held two forums Tuesday to talk about their recently released salary equity study.

The study was performed to make sure there were no systematic differences in pay of faculty members based on gender, race, or ethnicity. The study is only a portion of what was discussed at the forums.

Faculty said their biggest concern is salary compression.

English professor Amanda Klein says, “Our salaries are sort of bottoming out while new faculty are making competitive salaries.”

ECU administrators say this is something they are working to fix.

“I’ll get recommendations from deans and chairs of departments in mid January and then we’ll start to consider approving those recommended adjustments,” Provost Dr. Ronald Mitchelson said.

Recommended adjustments are another term for pay raises.

The recent study looked for systematic differences based on race, gender, and ethnicity. In doing that, it also looked at individual salaries. Of the 1,033 faculty members in academic affairs, the study revealed 96 are underpaid.

On February 15th, faculty will receive a letter telling them whether they are considered underpaid or not. Deans and department chairs will also recommend certain faculty for pay raises based on productivity. Those adjustments will be changed in 2016.

The study released was only for the Academic Affairs division. In the coming months ECU will release data from the Health Sciences department.

During the forums, faculty said they would like the university to continue these studies for different areas, like promotions, and tenure.

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