The Athens News
May 10th, 2015
Risa Whitson, associate professor of geography at
Ohio University, realized that female faculty at OU are not paid equally
the moment she was hired back in 2009. A man got his teaching job the
same year, but was offered a much higher salary even though they had the
same qualifications – both have a doctoral degree in geography, and
neither of them had previous teaching experience.
Female faculty at OU have an average annual income of
$76,518, 11.2 percent less than male faculty's $86,180, according to the
2013-2014 OU Faculty Study by the American Association of University Professors.
More than anything, faculty salaries have a lot to do with
the competitiveness of one's specialization, Whitson said. "I'm a
feminist geographer. I teach geography and women's studies. There's not a
whole lot of demand for people that do what I do outside academia," she