Average salaries for full -time faculty members increased by 2 percent between 2020–21 to 2021–22, according to an analysis today of the American Association of University Teachers.

This is consistent with the floor salary growth seen from the great recession. But 2021–22 was not just another year: taking into account the inflation of 40 years, real wages for full -time faculty fell by 5 percent. This is the largest one year decrease in the registry since the AAUP began tracking this measure in 1972.

The average salaries for full times also fell below the large levels of recession in 2021, With the average salary falling to 2.3 percent below the average of 2008, after adjusting inflation.

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This the real salary cut was relatively consisting of all types of institutions and ranges of faculty.

The AAUP launched a preliminary version of this analysis and other salary data of the Faculty at the beginning of this spring.

Glenn Colby, senior researcher for the AAUP and the author of both reports, said Tuesday that he has presented an unusual number of consultations this year of the chapters of AAUP and other faculty groups that seek data and Salary tips. Everyone wants help to present the case that their institutions must respond significantly to inflation.

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"I would simply encourage institutions to make adjustments that maintain the standard of living so they don't lose talented people," Colby said. "That is the comparison of the market to do."

Some schools and universities have tried to address inflation with short -term measures. Carnegie Mellon University said this month that offers eligible employees a unique payment of $ 1,500 to help pay gas, food and more, for example. (You are also adopting a merit increase program for fiscal year 2023.) But although such ideas are generally welcome, they are insufficient for many teachers who have faced any combination of frozen salaries, salary cuts and real or effective benefits and increases of workload during the pandemic: all the endowments have grown on many rich campuses.

Jeffrey Williams, a professor of English and literary and cultural studies in Carnegie Mellon, who is not affiliated with the new AAUP doing would be retroactive increases. " Without that, he said, payment freezing and effective cuts accumulate in the course of one.

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  • Context < P> The new AAUP report is mainly based on the annual group compensation survey. The data collection for the survey ended in March, and the preliminary results were published in April so that schools and universities could use them as reference points to establish their own salary data for the next academic year. The message here, Colby reiterated, is that as institutions think about their costs in next year, they should think about "what it costs to keep teachers too." That means maintaining your standard of living, not just keep the campus open. Because after a while, people begin to enter other careers. " It has far exceeded salary increases for higher education for personal higher education. "Based on the annual surveys of the Cuma-HR workforce by 2021–22
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