Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era
Clarifying the faculty-salary article
TO THE EDITORS:
As a retired Millersville faculty member, I am not affected by the new contract other than by having an interest in what it means for the dedicated teachers at the university whom I consider friends.
There are a few points regarding the article that I believe are misleading. First, the "step increases" that constitute the bulk of the faculty "raises" are incremental increases within a rank that take the place of merit increases (not allowable under the contract) and longevity increases. When one reaches the top of the steps within a rank, one only gets additional "steps" with a promotion.
Second, the article only mentions in passing that faculty will pay an increased share of health costs. How much of the salary increase is eaten up by this and what is the effect on net compensation?
Finally, going to the Web list of salaries, I find that dedicated faculty with Ph.D.s and more than 25 years of service, with publications (that make them better teachers and attract positive national attention), are making slightly over $100,000.
The higher salaries listed on the front page (with the exception of one professor who is an acting dean) are all administrators not covered by this contract.
Dr. Francis J. Bremer