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Newly Released AAUP Data Survey Reflects Belmont’s Strong Commitment to Faculty Salaries

facultyThis week the Chronicle of Higher Education released the results of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) 2013-14 Faculty Salary Survey, and Belmont again performed exceptionally well in comparison with its peer institutions in terms of category (Master’s level) and region of the country.

Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher, said, “Belmont has long been committed to attracting and retaining the highest quality faculty to serve our students, and that translates in part to offering competitive compensation. I’m pleased to see how far we’ve come and how our faculty salaries now rank in the 80th percentile or better among all of our peer institutions nationally.”

Provost Dr. Thomas Burns added, “As the AAUP salary survey data shows, Belmont’s faculty salaries have grown to among the best in Tennessee and in the southeast region.”

Of the 22 Tennessee institutions in the survey, Belmont ranked fourth in the average full professor salary ranking, behind three doctoral level institutions: Vanderbilt, University of Tennessee Knoxville and University of Memphis. In addition, Belmont offered the second highest average raise for continuing full professors. Associate professors at Belmont ranked third in the state for average salary, as did assistant professors. Belmont instructors are the highest paid in terms of average state salaries. In the East South Central region—which includes Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky and Mississippi institutions—Belmont also came out well above the average salary in each category.

Looking nationally at peer Master’s level institutions, Belmont remains incredibly competitive in salary ranges for faculty. In fact, Belmont full professors rank in the 80th percentile in salary in comparison with peer institutions across the country. Associate professors, assistant professors and instructors are doing even better, ranked in the 86th, 93rd and 89th percentiles respectively.

These results reflect Belmont’s ongoing commitment, as reflected in Vision 2015, to provide for its employees: “Belmont people are fully engaged in challenging and demanding work and will share in the financial success of the university as salaries meet and exceed peers. Compensation will increasingly be tied to performance excellence.”

Each spring, the AAUP publishes its report on faculty compensation and the economics of higher education. AAUP members receive a print copy of the report (with complete data listings) as part of their membership. Data from the survey are also available for purchase in several formats, including institutional peer comparison reports, complete datasets and pre-publication report tables. Salary data are collected annually by the American Association of University Professors. Participation in the AAUP survey is optional; 1,157 institutions submitted data for the 2013-14 academic year.

Former Gov. Phil Bredesen Leads Conversation on Higher Education Governing Boards at Belmont

Numerous Tennessee education leaders speak during morning forum

agb-103The Association of Governing Boards’ (AGB) National Commission on College and University Board Governance hosted a public forum on Tuesday, March 25 in the Inman Center’s Frist Lecture Hall. Commission Chair and former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen and  AGB President Rick Legon joined members of the commission and invited Tennessee-based education leaders in a roundtable discussion on the issues and challenges facing higher education in the U.S. today.

Belmont President Bob Fisher and former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen participated on Tuesday's panel.

Belmont President Bob Fisher and former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen participated on Tuesday’s panel.

Belmont President Bob Fisher, Fisk President H. James Williams, University of Tennessee Trustee Vicky Gregg, Vanderbilt Trustee Denny Bottorff, Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan and Vanderbilt Associate Professor of Higher Education and Public Policy Coordinator Will Doyle participated in the three-hour conversation. Topics discussed included:

* The future of shared governance (among boards, faculty, and presidents) and how it might be reformed to better address the challenges facing institutions
* Private, nonprofit and public institutions’ responsibility in demonstrating value
* Board roles in accommodating Federal and state governments’ involvement in institutional policy
* Ways  college and university boards can meet expectations for increased oversight and accountability without crossing the line into institutional administration and day-to-day operations

The 28-member commission was formed in 2013 to develop recommendations to strengthen college and university board governance and meet future needs for higher education. The commission will release recommendations in September, 2014.

More Than 400 Students Graduate in Winter Commencement Ceremony

winter commencement 2013-258Belmont University held its winter 2013 commencement ceremony for graduate and undergraduate students at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 in the Curb Event Center.

Belmont celebrated the graduation of a total of 421 students. During the graduation ceremony, 319 undergraduate and 102 master’s degrees were conferred.

Dr. Robert C. Fisher, president of the University, presided over the event. Dr. Ronnie Littlejohn, professor, director of Belmont’s Asian Studies program and chair of the Department of Philosophy, presented the commencement address. In May Littlejohn was named Belmont’s 2013-14 Chaney Distinguished Professor. The Chaney Distinguished Professor Award, determined on the basis of superior teaching, is presented each year to a faculty member who best represents the vision of the university to be a “premier teaching institution.”

Student Commencement Speaker Jennifer Rutter, who studied political science and Christian ethics, shared her thoughts on pursuing a higher education at a Christian university as well as on studying abroad and going on mission trips through Belmont.

“It has shaped my faith, my thought process, and my worldview in ways I could not have imagined,” Rutter said. “Belmont never forced me to choose either faith or works but instead provided me opportunities to do both faith and works. I got to hear world class speakers in Chapel. I also became part of an evening worship service on campus.”

Additional photos from Winter Commencement as well as a video of the ceremony can be found online.

BELMONT UNIVERSITY OPENING ONE HOUR LATE ON TUES., DEC. 10

BELMONT EXAMS TO BEGIN LATE ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10
Due to weather and road conditions, Belmont University will be opening 1 hour late this morning. Exams scheduled for 8 a.m. will be given 90 minutes late, at 9:30 a.m., in their scheduled locations, and the 11 a.m. exam will be delayed by 30 minutes (the 11 a.m. exam will occur at 11:30 a.m.). Afternoon exams (2, 5 and 7 p.m.) will continue as scheduled.

Because weather conditions can vary greatly within our region, students, faculty and staff are urged to use individual discretion when making the decision to travel to campus in snow or icy weather. Students who encounter any scheduling difficulties or are unable to get to campus are responsible for notifying their professors and arranging a mutually agreeable plan to take the final exam.

Ward-Belmont Alumnae Celebrate Reunion and Centennial Anniversary of School

Belmont Ambassadors help escort alumnae into the Mansion.

Belmont Ambassadors help escort alumnae into the Mansion.

Hose and heels, one pair of white gloves and no hats were evident at the annual Ward-Belmont Alumnae Reunion as alumnae gathered on Nov. 2 in the Belmont Mansion to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the school.

In 1913, Ward Seminary (a school for girls  then located in downtown Nashville) and Belmont College (a school for girls that started in 1890 on the site of Belmont’s campus after the death of Adelicia Acklen) merged to form a new school called Ward-Belmont. It was primarily a boarding school for young women seeking a two-year college degree, but over the years also included a boarding and day school for high school girls, a grammar school and a music conservatory.

Often, the college girls went on to Vanderbilt or other major universities for their last two years of higher education. Ward-Belmont was the first junior college in the South to receive accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In the spring of 1951, after several years of financial problems, the board of trustees decided to sell Ward-Belmont to the Tennessee Baptist Convention, and in the fall of 1951, the new Belmont College had its first co-educational freshman class. (more…)

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