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October 1, 2004
Volume 42, No. 3

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Salaries indicated as a major factor in faculty resignations


 
Michael Hogan

Budget woes appear to have played a major role in last year’s faculty resignations, say UI officials, basing their conclusions on satisfaction surveys taken of resigning faculty in 2003.

The surveys show that faculty who are resigning to take jobs elsewhere are quite satisfied with almost all aspects of the University except compensation, which is the area of greatest dissatisfaction. In fact, results indicate that the overall satisfaction of resigning faculty was at its highest level in the four-year history of the surveys, whereas satisfaction with compensation fell.

Of the 64 faculty members who resigned from the University in fiscal year 2003, 81 percent left to accept better offers at other universities, in government, or in the private sector, according to an annual report to the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.

“Salaries are a major concern, of course, but this year we’re also concerned that we have lost more women. Only about 30 percent of our faculty members are women, and this year women represented 42 percent of the resignees,” says UI Provost Michael Hogan. “We’ve seen that percentage rise over the last three years and, frankly, we’re worried. We need to know what’s driving this increase and discover what we can do to reverse it.”

Resignations occurred in eight of the University’s 11 colleges, with the largest number of resignations coming from the largest two colleges: the Carver College of Medicine and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Of the 64 resignees, 27 were women (42 percent), and 10 were minorities (16 percent).

The number of resignations is down from last year’s total of 73, and very close to the 10-year average of 65. Nevertheless, Hogan says his office must be concerned about the numbers.

“The faculty who are leaving for what they perceive as better jobs are among our best. They are a significant loss to Iowa.”

by Charles S. Drum

 

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