Job-hunting handbooks recommend that, when it comes to negotiating salary, you name a range, from the least you would accept to the most that would be reasonable for someone in the job you are after. These data sources will help you identify what a typical assistant professor makes at the type of institutions where you may be interviewing. Keep in mind that the “average” assistant professor has been teaching for a few years and that salaries vary by field.
Published annually, The NEA Almanac of Higher Education provides current information on the entire scope of American higher education. It contains up-to-date information on faculty salaries and benefits, the economic conditions in the states, faculty workload, trends in bargaining, and information on non-faculty professionals on campus.
The American Association of University Professors’ Annual Salary Report details average faculty salaries, by type of academic institution, region of the country, and academic rank. The report summarizes the current results from the annual AAUP survey of full-time faculty compensation. The analysis enumerates the overall trend in employment status, examines pay for part-time faculty members, and presents an entirely new dataset on the compensation and working conditions of full-time non-tenure-track faculty members.
The Chronicle’s Almanac of Higher Education, published annually, gathers an assortment of key data about the most important trends in higher education. The Chronicle makes the data easy to retrieve with interactive tools that provide access to the compendium of college and university data.
The National Science Foundation began supporting ADVANCE initiatives in 2001, and has awarded over $130M in funding for a variety of programs. The most significant efforts seek to create permanent institutional transformation.
Professional disciplinary groups allow members to meet, engage, and share knowledge. This effort is particularly important to foster supportive, collaborative networks among scientists from under-represented groups.
We have compiled multiple publicly available databases of the published research related to NSF ADVANCE program efforts to increase diversity in STEM education and the STEM labor force. These include the literature on implicit bias, mentorship and other topics.
Balance is real challenge facing many faculty, particularly women with children. The perception (and reality) of the inflexibility and rigor of an academic career is one cause for the lack of diversity in STEM disciplines.