The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, April 17, 1991, Image 1

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UNL salaries compare well in nation, state
Officials credit
research work
for higher pay
By Michael Hannon
Staff Reporter
The discrepancy between faculty salaries
at UNL and other postsecondary institu
tions in the state stems from UNL’s
research work, diversity of teaching positions
and doctoral program, officials said.
Faculty salaries at the University of Ne
braska-Lincoln are the highest in the state and
exceed other institutions’ salaries by 20 per
cent or more, according to a recent Nebraska
Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary
Education report.
Stan Liberty, UNL interim vice chancellor
for academic affairs, said the salary discrep
ancy vvas not surprising. Higher salaries can be
found at research institutions in any state, he
Liberty said UNL’s doctoral programs and
research give it a unique mission in the state.
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members generally has higher salaries than the
one in which the state colleges acquire their
faculty, he said.
Sen. Roger Wehrbein of Plattsmouth agreed
that the report’s findings should have been
“It’s not surprising that UNL salaries should
be somewhat higher because it’s a research
institution,” the Nebraska Legislature’s Ap
propriations Committee member said.
Appropriations Committee Chairman Scott
Moore of Seward said the report showed that
UNL and its faculty have been treated well and
should look back at the last four to five years if
they don’t get everything they want this year.
Sen. Joyce Hillman of Gering said overall
averages like the ones in the report are not a
good basis for comparisons between the state’s
higher education institutions.
Hillman, an Appropriations Committee
member, said not all teaching positions at UNL
6. Wayne State College 12. Technical community colleges
Source: "A Factual Look at Higher Education in Nebraska," a report by the
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have counterparts in the state colleges. Salaries
must be gauged by faculty members’ educa
tional level, experience and other factors, she
Sen. Dan Lynch of Omaha, an Appropria -
tions Committee member, said he hasn’t de
cided if it is beneficial for UNL’s salaries to be
He said one issue the Appropriations Com
mittee will have to look at is how the peer group
for UNL is established.
UNL salaries lagged 22.6 percent behind
the average of the peer group it selected, ac
cording to 1987-88 data. They fell 6.9 to 7.9
percent below the peer group suggested by the
National Center for Higher Education Man
agement Systems.
The commission’s report, titled “A Factual
Look at Higher Education in Nebraska,” also
indicated a large gender gap in faculty mem
bers. At UNL there are 408 male professors and
28 female professors.
Liberty attributed part of this problem to the
gender ratio of those who acquire doctorate
degrees. He said there are fewer women with
doctorate degrees to apply for positions.
“We certainly do have a low representation
of women in the faculty and we have an insti
tutional commitment to change that,” Liberty
Pay-hike rates
for faculty top
inflation rates
By Wendy Mott
Staff Reporter
Although the average professor’s salary
raise nationwide cannot keep pace with
spiraling costs of living, UNL profes
sors’ salaries are increasing above the inflation
rate, UNL Academic Senate President James
McShane said.
The average salary for professors is 5.4
percent higher nationwide than last year’s
average, according to a study by the American
Association of University Professors cited in
The Chronicle of Higher Education. But that
hike is not enough to keep up with the cost of
living, which is projected to increase by 6
According to the AAUP survey, the average
salary for the 1990-1991 academic year at a
doctorate-granting institution is $49,320, while
the average salary at the University of Ne
braska-Lincoln is $46,700.
McShane said that in the past UNL profes
sors received raises at rates that were “sizably
above inflation.” The raises were close to 10
percent each year.
McShane attributed increases to a salary
initiative implemented three years ago to bring
UNL salaries to the midpoint of its peer institu
tions’ salaries.
The Chronicle article said the A AUP’s find
ings could be a result of the country’s poor
economic condition.
Nebraska is not necessarily faring better
economically than other states, McShane said,
but officials realized they needed to improve
faculty salaries and took steps to do that.
The article said professors at private col
leges and doctorate-granting institutions earn
more than instructors at public institutions,
which could cause them to move away from
public institutions.
McShane said UNL has witnessed a similar
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New speaker
starts action
for ASUN
From Staff Reports
ASUN senators advanced their
plan to get legislative proce
dures underway by electing
Teachers College Sen. Steve Thomli
son speaker of the senate at a retreat
When Thomlison was appointed
to the Association of Students of the
University of Nebraska as a fresh
man, he said he didn’t know anyone
on the senate and felt at a loss.
Since then, Thomlison said, he has
noticed that unfamiliarity with ASUN
policy and procedure is common
among new senators and he hopes he
can work with senators to help them
along, “to provide some guiding sup
Thomlison said he also plans to
work with individual senators to help
them ensure success in their own
projects and with committee chairs to
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Keeping them in stitches wim.m uu.r,o.«v
Amy Aern (left), a freshman theater major, and Ann Watson, costume shop supervisor, make alterations Tuesday
to costumes for “A Streetcar Named Desire.” The play opens Friday at the Temple Building.