Saturday, November 21, 2009

Links ...

  1. Charu Sudan Kasturi in The Telegraph: Read storybooks & get more marks, suggests CBSE:

    India’s largest school board has asked affiliated institutions to include reading habits among parameters to be used in the comprehensive and continuous evaluation (CCE) of students in English, and has even proposed a reading list.

    The CCE, already in place till Class VIII and extended now till Class X, is aimed at reducing a student’s dependence on his performance in term-ending examinations to secure good marks.

  2. Tamar Lewin: A Crown Jewel of Education Struggles With Cuts .

  3. Chronicle of Higher Education: Average Faculty Salaries By Field and Rank at 4-Year Colleges and Universities, 2007-8: In engineering, new assistant professors made $71.8 k, and the salaries of assistant professors, associate professors and full professors were $ 72.7 k, 82.8 k and 107.1 k, respectively.

  4. Chronicle of Higher Education: AAUP Faculty Salary Survey: Ten years of average faculty salaries at more than 1,200 institutions.

  5. Cory Doctorow at Boing Boing: Love of Shopping is Not a Gene: exposing junk science and ideology in Darwinian Psychology.


  1. Anonymous said...

    Just a note that listed US salaries are for 9 months academic year. Faculty can generate 3 summer months of salary through research grants. Some faculty do summer teaching also but that's not so common and also does not pay well.

  2. Anonymous said...

    So Management profs and Legal prof earn the maximum. I always thought mathematics and philosophy are the toughest fields. But profs there do not earn that much. But Management looks to me like a easier discipline but management faculty earn maximum. Why?

  3. Abi said...

    @Anon (#2): That was a rhetorical question, right? ;-)

  4. Anonymous said...

    @Abi: Actually I was analysing the economics of faculty salary with my limited economics knowledge. If there is less supply compared to demand for management profs, then since management is an easier field to do research(assuming), more people will do management phd and become profs. So management profs should not receive premium salary. However assuming that in mathematics it is difficult to do research and get phd, this will be an entry barrier for people to get into the field. Hence they should receive premium salary. But there appears to be some flaw in this arguement as things are not happening this way.

  5. Abi said...

    @Anon: I'm not sure management research is any easier than mathematical research. Is music easier than painting (or vice versa)?

    What I am sure is that one part of the explanation must lie in the number of people who go to grad schools (which depends on how attractive non-grad school or 'real world' opportunities available to them). Another part lies in the number of PhDs and the kinds of non-academic opportunities available to them.

    Graduates -- at all levels -- in new, growing, applied, more professionalized and / or hot fields (and sub-fields) will always enjoy this salary advantage in the US (to my knowledge, European universities do not have such huge disparities in salaries).