Fixing a Gender Pay Gap Can Lead to Faculty Discord

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James Buck, MLive, Landov

Western Michigan U.'s faculty union, an affiliate of the AAUP, voted to censure the provost this month after a delay on promised salary adjustments and other communication issues. Above, Bill Warren, a professor of history and an officer of the AAUP chapter, speaks at a meeting of the university's trustees in September.

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James Buck, MLive, Landov

Western Michigan U.'s faculty union, an affiliate of the AAUP, voted to censure the provost this month after a delay on promised salary adjustments and other communication issues. Above, Bill Warren, a professor of history and an officer of the AAUP chapter, speaks at a meeting of the university's trustees in September.

Institutions that discover widespread pay disparities by gender, with female professors earning less than their male counterparts, and then try to remedy the gap can find themselves mired in a process that is fraught with tension and results in faculty discord.

Most recently some professors at Western Michigan University clashed with the institution's provost over the issue as up to 300 tenured female professors awaited a promised pay increase meant to put their salaries on a more