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Our mission is to promote and uphold AAUP principles on faculty rights and responsibilities, particularly the principles of shared governance and academic freedom.

We are committed to assisting pre-tenure, untenured and non-permanent faculty with problems or questions you may encounter related to your appointment.

NEW: Faculty Financial Situation and Morale Survey

Summary of Findings

The WFU AAUP sent the survey to 556 faculty teaching in any fulltime capacity in Wake Forest College.  The survey was open to responses from December 5 to December 13, 2018. Of the 556 faculty members polled, 392 responded.[1]

The high response rate reveals that the faculty feels strongly about these issues. Members largely perceive that they are being underpaid, and the data bear that out. The survey also reveals that student debt is a considerable burden for many faculty members, especially among the lowest salary ranks, assistant professors and assistant and associate teaching professors. In addition, the survey indicates that two out of three respondents teach Summer School out of economic need.

Turning to the levels of satisfaction with salary, the amount of student debt carried by faculty, benefits, and the levels of satisfaction with input into shared/democratic governance in the College or their departments, we found:


  • When asked, “Overall, I am quite satisfied with my salary increases over the last five years,” just 20% strongly agreed or agreed, the rest were neutral or disagreed or strongly disagreed.
  • 21% believe that Assistant Professors are compensated fairly
  • Dissatisfaction is especially concentrated in the Humanities
  • 62% teach Summer School because of economic need
  • In the only category that stands out, Associate Professors are 5.7 times more likely to teach Summer School out of need than Full Professors.

Student Debt Owed by Faculty

Of the 201 usable responses on student debt, 129 reported carrying debt and 72 reported no debt. Of those reporting debt when they started at Wake Forest, the average debt load was:

Assistant Professors: $60,000 (35)
Assistant Teaching Professors: $47,208 (12)
Visiting Assistant Professors: $36,000 (10)
Associate Professors: $29,000 (41)
Associate Teaching Professors: $38,125 (8)
Full Professors: $25,136 (22)

Of these colleagues:

  • 73% found their monthly student loan repayments heavy (38%) or moderate (35%), with 27% finding them light.
  • Nearly 60% found that their monthly pay increases lagged behind their monthly repayment obligations.
  • 47% of respondents had no knowledge that full-time faculty are eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.[2]


  • Wake Forest’s benefits package receives a 50% approval rating.

Shared Faculty Governance

  • 32% said they are satisfied about the level of their participation in governance in the College.
  • 64% are satisfied with their input in their departments.

[1] The survey has a margin for error of +/- 3 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.  The margin for error score is very good for the validity of this survey; we can be confident at the 95% level that when we say, for example, that just 20% of faculty are satisfied with their salary increases over the last five years, that 20% score means that for all faculty somewhere between just 17% or 23% are satisfied.  In other words, somewhere from 77% to 83% of college faculty are not satisfied.

[2] It should be noted that the fate of this program, signed into law by the Bush administration in 2007, is currently in question. Under the Trump administration, less than 1% of the first applications for debt cancellation (after ten years of repayment) have been accepted. See “Why are people being denied public service loan forgiveness?,” The Washington Post, 12.21.2018.

President Steve Boyd

Welcome to the website of the Wake Forest Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (WFU AAUP), a place to find information and perspectives on the rights and responsibilities of faculty and news about the status of the profession, among other things.

WFU AAUP embraces the mission of the national American Association of University Professors (AAUP) which advances academic freedom and shared governance; defines fundamental professional values and standards for higher education; promotes the economic security of faculty, academic professionals, graduate students, post‐doctoral fellows, and all those engaged in teaching and research in higher education, helps the higher-education community organize to make our goals a reality; advocates for higher education’s contribution to the common good.

WFU AAUP’s particular goals this year are: to follow up on the motions passed in the College Faculty and Senate last year to raise faculty salaries at all ranks, but especially among the ranks of Associate, Assistant and Teaching Professors; to provide information about processes of contract renewal, tenure and promotion; and to publicize the AAUP’s guidelines and principles concerning shared faculty governance.

There is plenty to do and your participation is crucial. Please bring your concerns to the meetings or send them to aaup.wfu@gmail.com.
Steve Boyd, WFU AAUP President; Easley Professor for the Study of Religions,

Newsletter | October 2018

Upcoming Meeting: Thursday, October 25, 2018, 3:30-4:30
Room: Tribble A108


  1. Approval of minutes of last meeting (see attachment).
  2. Follow-up on Faculty Salaries.
  3. Discussion of Faculty Workload: Lower-Division Advising.
  4. New Business.

Read more…

Welcome New Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences
Greg Bills
Polly Black
Shannon Brady
Natalia Bremner
Rebeccah Byer
Jonathan Christensen
Silviu Ciulei
Regina Joice Cordy
Rebecca Crellin
Steven De Lay
Maria Nicole Dipiro
Christopher Dometrius
Nikki Elston
Marianne Erhardt
Justin Esarey
Isabel Farrell
Matt Fiander
Colleen Fitzpatrick
Sheri Floge
Francisco Gallegos
Purna Gamage
Matthew Garite
Cagney Gentry
Elham Ghadiri
Rebecca Gill
Andrew Graczyk
Erin Henslee
Alisha Hines
Caitlin Hines

Ben Keating
Durga Kutal
Janice Lancaster
Huangwen Lai
Jieun Lee
Marco Lopez
Lauren Lowman
Di Luo
Kyle Luthy
Keri Mathis
Michelle Mitchell
Rahim Mohamed
Katherine Moore
Noriko Okura
Lanita Parker-Moore
Jacob Perry
Michael Prentice
Naomi Reed
Megan Regan
Miriam Romero
Jane Ryngaert
Indranil Sahoo
Anthony Sali
Bakul Sathaye
Cecil Saunders
Thomas Southerland
Jessica Lynn Stewart
Troy Stich
Kate Storhoff
Ivan Weiss
John Welsh
Guy Witzel
Christopher Zarzar

Tribble Hall

Thomas Aleman
Carolina de Lima Salge
Kenneth Ford
Philip Howard
Mark Johnson
John Karabelas (1/2 College)
Lauren Reid
Brian Young

Tiffany Atkins
Jagdeep Bhandari
Marie Amélie George
Raina Haque

Heather Barnes

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