In the Fall of 2014, the Utah Valley University Faculty Senate, of which I was a member, passed this resolution . . .
On the Value of Teaching and Research in the Context of Existing Salary Structures and Hiring Decisions
Whereas there is a sharp disparity between the declaration in the UVU Mission Statement of what we value (UVU builds on a foundation of substantive scholarly and creative work to foster engaged learning) and the following facts:
- of the top 50 salaries at the university, virtually all are paid to administrators or to people who have been administrators,
- our best scholars and teachers are absent from this list,
- salaries for administrators have increased by about 30% over the past five years while salaries for faculty have increased only by several 1% increments during the same period,
- for every full-time member of the faculty, there are 1.9 support people on salary,
- almost half of all classes at UVU are taught by adjunct faculty who are exploited in ways that make substantive scholarly and creative work impossible,
Be it resolved that action be taken on multiple fronts and by multiple bodies to replace this system antithetical to the values of a good university with a system that truly values teaching and research.
. . . The resolution had no effect on the practices of our university.
Now this cogent argument that gets at several of the issues we were addressing: