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University ranks in middle of state for faculty salaries, study finds

June 1, 2007
By Elizabeth Boyle

An annual study released by the Office of Institutional Research comparing Ohio University continuing faculty salaries with those at other institutions shows the university remains in the middle among Ohio schools and in the same quartile as last year among aspirational peer institutions.

The comparison shows the university is on par with where it was in 2005-06 and that it's landed where administrators had projected -- the average full-time Group I faculty salary of  $71,078 for all faculty ranks combined puts it fourth among public universities in Ohio and in 10th when compared to institutional peers. 

"There's some good information here about where we rank, but more importantly it shows actual salary and compensation differences," said Associate Provost for Institutional Research and Enrollment Planning Mike Williford. 

Executive Vice President and Provost Kathy Krendl emphasized the importance of the university's commitment to raise salaries.

"We use this as the starting point," Krendl said of the figures. "This is before we've started the five-year commitment to increase faculty compensation, and so we expect to see continuous improvement over the next five years. The additional investment of $1.2 million per year in faculty compensation for each of the next five years is projected to change these rankings significantly by moving us up into the next quartile of our peer institutions."

She also underscored the significant tie between faculty salaries and the institution's goal of recruiting and retaining "the very best faculty." 

"We want to attract and retain faculty who will be successful teacher-scholars in fulfilling the goals of the institution as well as their own professional goals," she said. "It's about attracting and retaining faculty who support the goals and mission of Ohio University." 

Williford agreed with Krendl's emphasis on the importance of faculty compensation and said the study can provide context for the university's initiative to increase faculty salaries. 

According to additional figures provided by Institutional Research, Ohio University has increased its number of Group I faculty on the Athens campus from 784 in 2002 to 809 in 2006, while the number of full-time administrators has fallen from 1,185 in 2002 to 1,148 in 2006.

Some highlights from the study, which is available at www.ohiou.edu/instres/faculty/OUSalaryStudy.pdf, include:

  • Ninety-three percent of Ohio University's Group I faculty continued from 2005-06 to 2006-07, a retention rate similar to previous years, according to the Office of Institutional Research. 
  • When considering all faculty ranks (full professor, associate professor and assistant professor), the university has gained on the peer institution ranked directly above it. In 2005-06, the university was $3,328 from the next highest rank; this year it is $2,300 from the No. 9 spot, University of Tennessee-Knoxville. 
  • In 2006-07, Ohio University's fringe benefits as a percent of average salary was 31 percent. Ohio University ranks second among aspirational peers and sixth among Ohio public universities in the percent of salary allotted to benefits.
  • Helping hold the university's rankings steady was its overall average continuing faculty salary increase of 4.9 percent from last year to this year. The increase was fifth among peer institutions and tied with Ohio State University for fifth among 12 state schools. 
  • Although overall faculty salaries ranked fifth in the state, faculty at the rank of professor ranked seventh.

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Published: Jul 20, 2006 3:50:00 PM
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