Creating career paths for academic staff: Opinion

December 8, 2020
Working as staff on campus can be rewarding and intellectually stimulating, but there are significant challenges with the lack of career paths within institutions and salary compression, writes Lee Skallerup Bessette. The article notes that while there is data on faculty and administrative salaries, there is less data on that of staff members. Bessette argues that staff tend to be more diverse, and that this lack of data means that women and minorities may be getting paid less than white male staff members. Bessette recommends that institutions implement salary transparency and create transparent, consistent structures for promotion that reward growth. The author writes that institutions also need to close racial- and gender-based salary gaps and incorporate staff into campus administrative culture. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (International)