<>For over seven years, I have worked very hard educating the
citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, my new home state.I have
earned degrees from three top universities, including a Ph.D. from one
of the top programs in my field, and I have several years of
private-sector experience, in addition to teaching experience at
several major universities.>
<>I teach very well, guide my students, serve my community, publish regularly, and give presentations locally and internationally. When I attend statewide conferences, I see former students in positions of service and leadership.My salary is below $50,000 per year. In South Texas (my previous home), this would have been fair. In Southeastern Massachusetts, it is a daily insult, especially since my own hard work contributes to a great quality of life and, by extension, a high cost of living. The insult is compounded by the knowledge that I will only be eligible for one more raise in my entire career, and that will not be more than three or four thousand dollars.>
The Board of Higher Education is led by people who say they are guided by private-sector models, but no private operation would pay its talented workers this way.
I invite you to really engage state-college faculty, staff, students, and administrators in conversation. Please find out what we are doing, how well we are doing it, and why we deserve to be treated fairly.