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Release: Jan. 9, 2002
UI loses 60 faculty members to better offers in fiscal year 2001
CITY, Iowa -- Of the 67 faculty members who resigned from the University of
Iowa in fiscal year 2001, nearly 90 percent left to accept better offers at
other universities or in government or the private sector, according to an
annual report to the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.
The report, which will be presented to the Regents (next week), shows that
49 tenured or tenure-track faculty members left to accept positions at other
institutions of higher education, 19 went to positions in government or the
private sector, and seven left for personal reasons. The report reflects the
period between July 1, 2000 and June 30, 2001.
Resignations occurred in nine of the university's 11 colleges, with the
largest number of resignations in the College of Medicine, followed by the
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
While the number of resignations is down from last year's total of 74, the
figures are still a concern, says Jon Whitmore, UI provost. "These are
some of our best faculty taking their teaching skills and their research dollars
to prestigious universities, as well as to peer institutions in Illinois,
Minnesota, Nebraska, and Missouri. Satisfaction surveys show that while they
generally like the atmosphere at the University of Iowa and in Iowa City,
resigning faculty were less satisfied with the level of compensation they
"We're working hard to improve the conditions for faculty here, to
make the positions attractive," Whitmore says, "but we need strong
state support for the salaries so that Iowa can remain competitive."
This is the second year for a satisfaction survey that asked resigning faculty
to rate six areas of satisfaction. Faculty rated the general university atmosphere
highest, with the commitment to teaching, research, and diversity next. Compensation
and departmental atmosphere were rated lowest. The figures showed increases
in satisfaction over last year in all categories except compensation.
Confidential exit interviews were conducted this year for the first time
by emeritus faculty members. The results of these interviews , together with
data from the satisfaction surveys suggest
specific areas where Iowa can look to improve faculty retention, Whitmore
says. "My office is working closely with departmental officers in improving
their communication with faculty. We're in the second year of a program of
DEO workshops and we're also working to improve the mentoring of junior faculty
across campus. We will be asking the Regents to help us look for ways to improve
faculty salaries. We know how difficult salary increases will be in these
times, but it is in everyone's interest to maintain faculty vitality in Iowa."