Which means I’m still making at least 7K/year less than people who were just barely tenured last year (disclaimer: this is still a lot of money, but I am relatively underpaid). Not only that, but I didn’t get any other raise– departments were limited at the university level to only giving merit raises to a small percent of faculty (which is ridiculous on so many levels) and apparently I didn’t make the cut-off. Everyone I talked to about my inequitable salary (head, dean, associate dean, random full professors) agreed it’s a problem, but when push came to shove, the dean came up with a bunch of excuses to not do anything about it.
I was recruited for a targeted position last year — tenured full professor with a raise, but I declined to apply because I didn’t want to move there. Now I’m regretting having made that decision, and perhaps regretting more that I was convinced to tell my department chair (who then told the dean) about it. So… I guess I’ll be looking at the JOE (Jobs for Economists) this year. I don’t know if I’ll end up applying anywhere, but maybe I will. It’s hard to say.
On the plus side financially, DH’s next paystub is supposed to be at full pay and they’ll be reinstituting the retirement match. So yay money.
When I get some time, I’ll write a post or two about the soul-searching and mid-life identity crisis that this lack of raise has triggered. But for now, this just sucks.