The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, July 24, 1973, Page page 7, Image 7

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By Bob Berggren
School of Journalism
Regents' professorships,
which supplement
distinguished professors'
annual salaries by $5,000 will
be revaluated.
University president D.B.
Varner has asked that a review
of the program begin in the
UNL chancellor James
Zumberge said the question
that will be considered then is
"Do we need to continue and
expand Regents and
foundation professorships or
should we consider gradually
phasing them out by
retirement? No abrupt
cutbacks are anticipated, he
At the June Regents'
meeting, Regent Robert
Prokop questioned whether the
program is needed to keep
highly qualified professors.
Former chancellor Clifford
Hardin stated professorships
in the early 1960's to keep
distinguished professors who
might otherwise have gone
elsewhere for better pay.
The program has come into
question since salaries at the
University have become more
competitive nationally.
No tax money
The professorships are
privately financed through the
University of Nebraska
Foundation. No tax money is
involved. A foundation grant
carries the name of a donor
while a regents' professorship is
from general funds.
Private financing means that
professorships are limited in
number by the foundation
income. Currently, there are 18
of a possible 20 regents'
professors at UNL and two at
UNO. Bertrand Schultz,
Foundation Professor of
Geology, and Kenneth Smith,
regents professor of Physics,
recently retired from UNL.
One of the main objections
to the program is that other
highly qualified professors
must settle for a straight salary.
Zumberge said, "We have
many who ought to be regents'
professors. We have some who
are equal or perhaps better
than regents' professors, and
this creates problems."
In some cases, he explained,
the professorships will have to
be continued as long as donors
put up money. "We don't want
donors withdrawing support
from the University," he said.
Wallace Peterson is the
George Holmes Professor of
Economics at UNL. He
disagreed with the idea that the
program may be outdated. "I
can't make this point too
strongly," he said. "We are not
"In my own field,
economics, the differential
between our salaries at the full
professor level, even with
regents' professorships, and the
63 major or leading
departments of economics
around the country is about
"As a regents professor and
as president of the Faculty
Senate, I disagree very strongly
with Regent Prokop's view on
this matter. As a Regent he
ought to be concerned with
getting the salaries of all full
professors up to levels that are
competitive nationally rather
than pulling down the salaries
of the relatively few who have
Regents' professorships."
Graduate j-school
in planning stage
By Ryly Russell
School of Journalism
"You get people with graduate degrees and you'll get
more undergraduates," said Terry Carpenter, state senator.
Carpenter was referring to the proposed graduate school
of journalism at UNL. LB275, a bill stating the mission of
the University, was passed May 25, 1973, including
a mandate for an advanced degree-granting program in
Carpenter said the proposed graduate school is a
broadening of the undergraduate program in which one
program would feed on the other.
Neale Copple, director of the school of journalism, said,
"I have been reluctant to start a graduate program in
journalism for fear of not enough funds to keep from
bleeding the undergraduate progrm, which I refuse to do."
He said the committee he had formed three or four years
ago was working on the curriculum for the program.
Flexible program
Wilma Crumley, Larry Walklin, Gene Harding and
Copple make up the faculty committee. Walklin said that
"a good deal of the work has been done the the last two
The program will be flexible enough to handle different
areas of journalism. Mrs. Crumley said, "We are hoping to
make it responsive to the needs of the student." Graduate
work will be available in the three basic sequence,
news-editorial, broadcasting and advertising, and in a
combination of areas, such as journalism business and
journalism education.
This will be the first graduate program in journalism in
Nebraska. There are programs in each of the bordering
states and in every other Big Eight school.
Journalists honor
Susan Torgerson
Sigma Delta Chi,
professional journalistic
society, awarded a 193
citation for achievement to
Susan Torgerson of the UNL
school of journalism,
Miss Torgerson was one ol
84 journalism graduates
throughout the nation who
were selected as outstanding in
their classes at colleges and
universities where the society
has chapters.
Award recipients an; chosen
on tin; basis of character,
scholarship in all college work
and journalistic competence.
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