I would like to express my deep disapproval of the treatment of adjunct professors in the whole University of Alaska system.
I vividly recall the arduous fight during the 60’s and 70’s of the last century for the basic rights of the faculty. Matters such as tenure, sabbatical leave, promotional rights, the establishment of faculty representation in the form of faculty assembly and later the faculty senate were fought for to bring UAF up to modern standards of intellectual endeavors.
During the 70’s, a fight for equal salaries for men and women with equal qualification was started, and after almost 50 years had not progressed very far. Please keep in mind that during those years the difference of the salary paid to the lowest paid instructor and the President (Wood at that time) was the difference between $6000 and $34,000.
There are many members of today’s administration occupying important positions who profited from all the gradual improvement in their academic status. Today’s range of salaries goes between $12,000 and $360,000, with the administration top-heavy and growing.
After 37 years of professional service within the state wide system of the University of Alaska, and after teaching more than 15,000 students, I cannot condone the present day leadership of our alma mater. I cannot understand those of my former colleagues who sold their souls to shiny mammon and have forgotten their academic and moral obligation to higher education. Your blind acceptance of the inhuman treatment of the adjunct professors and female faculty members represents discrimination within our intellectual citadel.
I appeal to your conscience and your humanity to return our Alaskan system of higher education to the ability of fulfilling its highest goal.
Professor Emeritus University of Alaska, 1960-1997