The Chronicle of Higher Education
April 7th, 2014
Associate professors, in theory, should
be hitting a stride in their academic careers. In the middle ranks of
faculty, they have typically earned tenure and started to take on
broader responsibilities in their departments, juggling more service and
governance roles with their teaching and research.
But the earning power of these professors is diminishing compared with their peers in ranks above and below them.
While pay for associate professors has grown by 5.6 percent since
2000, after adjusting for inflation, salaries for assistant professors
have increased by 9 percent, according to a Chronicle analysis
of data provided by the American Association of University Professors.
The gap is widening even more between associate professors and full
professors, whose pay has increased by 11.7 percent.