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HIGHER EDUCATION NOTEBOOK: Women’s pay surpasses men’s at UND

On average, female professors at UND made more than their male counterparts last year.

According to data from an Association of American University Professors survey compiled by the Chronicle of Higher Education, female professors made an average of $106,500 in 2013 while males in the same position made $102,700 at UND. This is the first year at the institution where female professors made more money, according to survey data that goes back as far as 2007.

The statistics encompass total salary and benefits and are adjusted for inflation.

The trend also holds true for employees classified as “instructors,” with women making $51,900 while men made $50,100. This is the second year where female employees in that rank have made more money.

At the same time, male associate and assistant professors made about $5,000 more than their female counterparts in 2013.

Other news

  •  UND Law School Dean Kathryn Rand and Associate Provost Steven Light have published an update to their book, “Indian Gaming Law and Policy,” the university said. The new edition incorporates updates on U.S. Supreme Court decisions and updated information on current gaming practices.
  •  UND alumna Alexandra Ciaccio has had a play, “Entering the World Stage,” published in the undergraduate journal “Skyline,” the university said. Her work focuses on female athletes breaking stereotypes in the 1970s, undermining lesbian stereotypes and the idea that only men played sports.

“I struggled to develop a topic at first,” Ciaccio said in a news release.  “But after deciding to research what was happening globally for women in soccer, I came to the decision of focusing on the 1970’s as this was a major time for women worldwide.”

Ciaccio, a former UND goalkeeper, is now an assistant soccer coach at Finlandia University in Michigan.

  •  Helen Volk-Schill, a North Dakota State University Extension Service agent in Pembina County, is part of a three-state team honored for its work on the Marketing Hometown America program, NDSU said. The program, which encourages people to talk to one another to help their community grow, received the 2014 Innovative Program Award by the Community Development Society at a recent conference in Dubuque, Iowa.

As a result of the program, Edmore, N.D., for example, is planning to reopen a community café.

Other NDSU Extension members on the team are Jodi Bruns, a community vitality specialist in Ellendale, N.D., and Kathy Tweeten, retired director of the Center for Community Vitality in Fargo.

More info: Share higher education news at; include “Higher ed notebook” in the subject heading. To see more regional higher education news, visit the websites of UNDUniversity of Minnesota-CrookstonNorthland Community and Technical CollegeMayville State University and Lake Region State College. Herald Staff Writer Dani Meyer contributed to this column. 

Anna Burleson

Anna Burleson is the higher education reporter for The Grand Forks Herald. She is a 2013 graduate of the University of South Dakota's Mass Communication program and is originally from Watertown, S.D. Contact her with story ideas or tips by phone, email or Twitter, all of which are listed below. Examples of her work can be accessed here.

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