Big changes are coming to BJU’s faculty structure according to two separate tips BJU News has received in the last weeks. The reports were from separate sources among the faculty and staff and included the following details:
-Bob Jones University will soon institute a scaled system of pay among its faculty. The reports conflicted on how many levels will exist in the new program; one source said three and another, four. The report which indicated three levels said the levels will be, in order of prestige, “Teacher”, “Assistant Professor”, and “Professor”.
-All current faculty, regardless of experience or degrees held, will begin the new program at the lowest level, “Teacher”. The rumored salary for this position is around $35,000, a figure which would represent a massive pay cut for many BJU professors but a substantial raise for others. After this levelling of the playing field, all faculty will be required to work their way up through the other levels, eventually arriving at “Professor”, an honor which is said to be accompanied by a $65,000 salary.
-Little was said about the requirements for being promoted through those levels, but they are said to be spiritual as well as academic in nature. Thus a faculty person’s lifestyle would be as much examined as their teaching skills.
-The move looks to be devastating for long-time BJU faculty, who may see their pay cut as much as half if the above news is correct. Also, any application for “Assistant Professor” or “Professor” will only be allowed to include accomplishments made in the preceding 5 years, according to both the sources.
It’s not known whether these changes are some requirement of the University’s SACS ambitions, or if they are a cost-cutting maneuver. More news to come on this.