Newsletter | March 2018

Wake Forest University AAUP

Urgent: The WFU AAUP Faculty Salary Report and a motion to increase salaries are on the agenda of the April 9 college faculty meeting. Please be there to ask questions and vote on the motion (below), which was passed unanimously by the Faculty Senate on March 21, 2018.

Next AAUP Meeting:
Thursday, April 5, 2018, 3:30-4:30
Room: Tribble A108


  1. Approval of minutes of last meeting (see attachment).
  2. Discussion of Motion to Increase Faculty Salaries.
  3. Discussion of Evaluation of Administrators.
  4. New Business.

WFU AAUP Motion to Increase Faculty Salaries:

For the last 20 years Wake Forest has been ranked by the U.S. News and World Report among the top 30 universities in the country;

The national and international reputation of Wake Forest rests, in large part, on the innovative teaching, individual attention to students and research productivity of the faculty;

The mean of Professors’ salaries at the nine traditional cross-admit institutions is $161,300.1 WFU’s current Professor salary is $149,300. The mean of the cross-admits’ Associate Professor salaries is $110,400; $98,500 at WFU. The mean of the cross-admits’ Assistant Professor salaries is $92,000; $77,900 at WFU.2

Between 2011-12 and 2016-17, the mean rate of increase in Professors’ salaries at the cross-admits was 14.3%; 8.19% at WFU. For Associate Professors, the mean rate of increase at the cross-admits was 14.85%; 5.46% at WFU. For Assistant Professors, the mean rate of increase at the cross-admits was 17.85%; -1.52% at WFU.

The University stands in a weak competitive position with regard to recruiting and keeping the best faculty.

The University has announced that over $200 million has been raised for faculty and programs in the current Wake Will Capital Campaign.

BE IT RESOLVED: The Administration and Trustees raise faculty salaries at all ranks to the mean of the nine traditional cross-admit institutions by 2021 and raise salaries for non-tenure track faculty at a similar percentage rate as Assistant Professors.


1 Davidson, Duke, Emory, Richmond, UNC, UVA, Vanderbilt, Washington and Lee, William and Mary.
2 Sources: American Association of University Professors, Faculty Compensation Survey (Mar.-Apr. 2017); Office of Institutional Research. These figures are for 2016-17 and will be updated as soon as 2017-18 salary data are made available.

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The next Faculty Senate meeting is April 18, 2018, 4:00-5:30, in DeTamble Auditorium. You are welcome to attend Senate meetings.

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