UNC School of the Arts will rank its faculty for the first time ever

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Faculty rank at UNC School of the Arts — which, if implemented, would make compensation packages for teachers more competitive — moved a step closer to reality after trustees made it policy in the faculty manual on Friday.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that the vote was unanimous.

Provost David Nelson told trustees that a committee had already begun ranking the entire faculty. He said a proposal for faculty rank won the support of the UNC board of governors and Tom Ross, president of the UNC system, of which UNCSA is a part.

There never has been a system for ranking faculty at UNCSA, which began operating in 1965. Faculty members all have the rank of instructor, which keeps their average salary fairly constant at about $62,000 a year.

The salaries of instructors at UNCSA would increase at least 11 percent and as much as 75 percent if faculty rank is implemented, bringing them more in line with the school’s peer or competitor institutions, administrators said.

Read more: The Winston-Salem Journal.