05 August 2011

I know nobody like this

This article claims an average professor in Texas got a Ph.D. at 29, tenure at 36, and makes over $100,000 a year.

In many disciplines, post doctoral experience is all but required, so most people are just starting on the tenure track around age 36.

As it happens, in Texas, public university salaries are a matter of public record. Like ours is. The average is is under $70,000 a year. And remember, that includes people of all points in their career, including the most senior individuals.

The article claims that tenure means a professor has no accountability. Zip. Zero. Zilch. The article pretends things like post-tenure review and annual evaluations do not exist.

I could go on, but the point is made: Pants on fire.

If you are a fellow academic, be aware.

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