BJU Faculty Structure Set To Undergo Major Overhaul; “Levels” Of Professorship To Be Implemented

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.

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5 thoughts on “BJU Faculty Structure Set To Undergo Major Overhaul; “Levels” Of Professorship To Be Implemented

  1. Someone who knows more than the sources

    Let’s fact-check this, just for fun.

    3 categories: true, false, and “misleading.”

    -Bob Jones University will soon institute a scaled system of pay among its faculty.

    True

    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”.

    False; there are four ranks, just like nearly every other tenure-granting institution.

    -All current faculty, regardless of experience or degrees held, will begin the new program at the lowest level, ”Teacher”.

    False; That’s not what it’s called, and not everyone is starting there.

    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.

    Misleading; almost all professors who make it above the bottom level will get a raise. Many who don’t make it out of the bottom level will cause problems for SACS anyway.

    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.

    Misleading; they’re not leveling the playing field. If anything, they’re tilting it toward the faculty with the experience and credentials. Also, getting to “Professor” will be really hard, just as it is at most universities.

    -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.

    True

    Thus a faculty person’s lifestyle would be as much examined as their teaching skills.

    False

    -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.

    Almost certainly false

    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.

    Almost certainly false, though it’s hard to know what the “sources” meant by this statement. Obviously one’s educational attainments matter, no matter how long ago they occured.

    It’s not known whether these changes are some requirement of the University’s SACS ambitions, or if they are a cost-cutting maneuver.

    False on both parts, so generally false. Notably, this probably isn’t going to save the school money, especially in the short term.

    More news to come on this.

    Or you could go to the faculty ranking system (tenure system) for pretty much any other university in the country and see something almost exactly like this.

  2. bjunews Post author

    Your “fact check” was, like the original article, mostly conjecture. Except mine came from two verified sources within the faculty and you’re…about 300 miles away from there if I’m not mistaken.

    Also, you missed one major detail between BJU and the other schools you’re comparing it to: BJU has no tenure and won’t under the future system. It was specifically announced there will be NO tenure.

    That being said, some of your conclusions might be right in the end. We’ll see.

    1. Polaris

      But of course we all know that distance doesn’t have anything to do with reliability. You being in Michigan will not make you more or less reliable. Wait, what’s that you say? It all comes down to who and what you know? Yep, I’m putting my money on “someone who knows more than the sources.”

  3. Still know more than the sources

    In fact, almost none of my check was conjecture (why would you think I don’t have sources?), but I’m not going to explain on a public blog.

    If you know where I live, then you must know how to contact me and thus how to check my knowledge. Maybe your email went to my spam folder. But I’m not sure why distance should matter in any case.

    1. sarcastic man

      this is my comment to the person who supposedly “knows more than the sources”

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