An anonymous faculty member writes:

The hidden news in Bill Wagner’s letter was that “the College has no plans to reduce the salaries of current faculty and staff.” I hope I’m wrong, but it seems to me that he wouldn’t have put things that way if the Trustees weren’t going to continue the freeze on faculty and staff salaries. I’m curious to know what effect, if any, a continuing salary freeze is likely to have on the quality of instruction and faculty-student interaction at Williams.

Indeed. (And any faculty member, anonymous or otherwise, who would like to join us as an author at EphBlog is welcome! There is no better way to reach alumni and parents with your views and concerns. In fact, this is a good way reach the Administration and Trustees as well.)

1) Entire paragraph:

The College has no plans to reduce the salaries of current faculty and staff. To hit our spending targets for the coming years, we will, however, have to spend less on compensation, which currently accounts for 62.5% of our spending outside of financial aid. As the College’s financial strength grew substantially over the decade leading up to the global economic crisis, so did our number of faculty and staff, to levels among the highest compared with similar colleges. The challenge is to reduce these numbers somewhat, in a way that honors the commitment of our remarkable faculty and staff.

2) That certainly is some strange phrasing. I agree with the faculty member that this suggests that the College might continue the salary freeze. But will it? Even for lower paid staff? I don’t know.

3) I had thought that the College was actually supposed to make any decisions about faculty raises at that January meeting. Did they decide or didn’t they?

4) As much as I want to encourage faculty postings at EphBlog, I need to challenge this unless-you-give-me-a-raise-I-am-going-to-become-a-worse-teacher attitude. Does anyone else find that to my mildly offensive and woefully out of touch? In any other business, people who threaten to decrease the “quality” of their work get fired, not rewarded. Fortunately, I have more faith in the Williams faculty! I bet that they will, on the whole, to just as wonderful a job with a salary freeze as they would have done without one.

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