Do faculty cover their salary? TAMU plans to compute profit-loss per prof

September 3, 2010 at 2:46 pm 2 comments

My suspicion is that this doesn’t really work like this.  There are faculty in our School who bring in more money, and those that bring in less.  Some of those who bring in less have expertise and teach classes that we want in our School, that nobody else in the School can replicate.  There are lots of areas in Computing that don’t bring in a whole lot of external funding, but are important, and I know I can’t teach their classes. Even if the classes aren’t large, we need to have them.  As long as the overall School covers its costs, isn’t it okay if individual faculty don’t?

Then as we move beyond Computing, the case gets more complicated.  We’re a lot better situated for external funding in Computing than other schools/colleges on campus. Should we stop teaching Philosophy or Art except in huge classes, in order to cover individual faculty costs?

We’re going to see more of these kinds of efforts.

A several-inches thick document in the possession of A&M System officials contains three key pieces of information for every single faculty member in the 11-university system: their salary, how much external research funding they received and how much money they generated from teaching.

The information will allow officials to add the funds generated by a faculty member for teaching and research and subtract that sum from the faculty member’s salary. When the document — essentially a profit-loss statement for faculty members — is complete, officials hope it will become an effective, lasting tool to help with informed decision-making.

via A&M System grades faculty — by bottom line | Bryan/College Station, Texas – The Eagle.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Alan Kay  |  September 3, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    I can’t think of a comment that wouldn’t need expurgation ….



  • 2. Mattox Beckman  |  September 3, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    I think this is part of the same trend discussed on this blog before. “We” are selling our colleges as a means of securing employment, a financial investment with a financial return. When people forget their mission, these things happen. The question then becomes, is there anything we could do about it?


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