A recent article in the Cincinnati Enquirer by Kate Murphy examines the current state of faculty salaries in the region’s universities and beyond. John McNay, the president of the Ohio Conference of AAUP, is quoted at some length—and memorably—in the article:
“Full-time professors at Ohio and Kentucky colleges, including three Greater Cincinnati universities, are making less than they were five years ago, according to an Enquirer analysis of data from the Chronicle of Higher Education (http://data.chronicle.com/).
“University of Cincinnati professors, however, are making more than in the past.
“John McNay, president of the Ohio Conference of the American Association of University Professors, said the general decline in funding is driving the overall decrease in salary.
“He also said university administrations are spending too much money on the wrong things. It’s not just that universities ‘need more money, but the money that we do get needs to be targeted on our academic mission,’ McNay said. ‘Their priorities are upside down.’
“Faculty salary and benefits make up less than 25 percent of Ohio universities budgets, according to the Ohio Conference of the American Association of University Professors.
“’It’s hard to say an institution that spends less than a quarter of its budget on education is an educational institution,’ McNay said. ‘Nobody goes to one of our universities because they have a great director of parking.’
The complete article is available at: http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2016/04/08/professor-pay-dropping-wage-gap-improving-analysis-shows/82798698/