Here at CSU-Pueblo, my building sits next to the Hassan School of Business. The business professors work in a much nicer building than mine. Unlike mine, their offices have windows. Every one of them (even the assistants), all make more money than I do. I understand how labor markets work. Those folks have to be paid more otherwise the private sector would swoop them up. Nevertheless, I’ve never quite understood why the pay gap between us has to be quite as big as it is.
Yet do you want to know how bad things are here at CSU-Pueblo right now? I feel sorry for our business professors.
Business and nursing are the two programs from our university that are participating in the first stages of Colorado State University’s South Denver campus. I just talked to our Dean of Nursing. Their Nursing Completion Program there will be staffed by new hires in the South Denver area. The Business faculty, on the other hand, had to submit their CVs to Fort Collins so that they can decide which of them has to commute up north. Yes, you read that right. CSU-Pueblo business faculty will be forced to commute to Denver at least twice a week. On a good day, that’s two hours each way. On a bad day (which means you hit rush hour), it’s much worse. Don’t even start with me on what happens when it’s snowing.
Like the rest of us, the business professors (at least in theory) have to teach a 4-4 starting next year. This is going to be the “4″ for many of those professors. Has anybody decided who’s paying for their gas? No. Has anybody decided on who’s actually paying their salaries (since this is a Fort Collins controlled program)? No. Has anybody decided whether these people will be compensated for their travel time? No. I was just talking to a colleague over in business. Apparently, they were told this was coming a year ago and then told to “make it happen.” They’ve received no other guidance at all.
If anybody reading this works for a journalistic organization that would like to do a story on this, please let me know. I can forward you some e-mails. I can’t guarantee they’ll all talk on the record, but I’ll bet you anything they’ll talk. These folks are even angrier than the rest of us around here, and the sad thing is that they have every right to be.