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Johnson, Dwight A. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 51, Number 1 (Oct. 1949)

Faculty,   pp. 15-17

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for instance, are now paid 70 per
cent over the 1940-41 level (civil
service pay is up 71.5 per cent).
Others are behind-assistant pro-
fessors get about 62 per cent over
pre-war, associate professors get 58
per cent, professors 51, associate
deans and directors 49.5, deans 40.
  Additional pay is given     when
faculty members transfer from a 10-
month employment period to a full
calendar. y e a r. Sixteen persons
received pay boosts under these cir-
I According to Vice-President Ira
L. Baldwin, age and experience are
important in   determining   salary
levels. But considered even more is
the value of the individual as a
teacher, research worker, and public
tative salary budgets are drawn up
for each department by a committee
of membert professors. They decide
who should get what and submit
their recommendations through the
departmental chairman to the appro-
priate dean. The dean may make
changes because he must equalize
the requests of the departments and
merge their budgets. Next, the com-
bined budget goes to the President
for consideration, and then to the
   Five times a new salary is chal-
   Committees, incidentally, are or-
ganized differently in different de-
partments. In one case, all associate
and full professors may get together
and decide salary recommendations;
in another, a sub-committee may act
for the group; in a third, full pro-
fessors may recommend the salaries
for associate professors; and there
are other methods.
   PROMOTIONS, too, are recom-
mended by departmental committees
and go over much the same obstacle
course as salaries. An extra step is
added when assistant professors are
made associate professors and when
associate and full professors are
hired from the "outside." Here the
recommendations must be OKed by
the executive committee of the ap-
propriate division-physical s c i -
ences, biological sciences, s o c i a 1
studies, or humanities.
   This year the following promo-
tions were approved: 29 from asso-
ciate to full professor, 47 from as-
sistant to associate, 46 from instruc-
tor or lecturer to assistant profes-
   Graduate assistants, instructors,
and assistant professors are given
annual appointments; associate and
full professors have tenure-no an-
nual reappointment is necessary,
they are "permanent."
   Considerations of age and expe-
rience are important in promotions.
Records of accomplishment, research
work, and other qualifications are
also factors here as in salary recom-
"'The State Is Poorer"
  TWO of Wisconsin's contemporary
famous died last summer. They were
Dr. Homer Adkins, 57, distinguished
University scientist and 30-year vet-
eran of the chemistry faculty, and
Carl E. Johnson, 53, associate pro-
fessor of sociology and administra-
tor of educational work in Wiscon-
sin's penal institutions.
  Dr. Adkins was known through-
out the world for his brilliant con-
tributions to the field of organic
chemistry. During both World Wars
he made important scientific contri-
butions to the nation, and in World
War II he was cited by President
Truman for his work with a na-
tional research committee.
  "He was the kind of man who
makes a University distinguished;
... as a teacher he was precise,
lucid, and interesting," President
Fred said of him.
  Professor Johnson, one-time de-
puty warden at Waupun state pri-
son, was the founder of campus and
extension  courses for men     and
women interested in making careers
of work in correctional institutions.
At the time of his death University
students were becoming interested
in the new field of study, and well-
trained young penologists w e r e
being turned out.
  "The state is poorer because of
his death," wrote the Wisconsin
State Journal editorially.
  Dr. Helen C. White, University
English professor, was given the
$2,500 achievement award of the
American Association of University
Women last June. The award is
presented annually for scholastic
achievement by women.
Professors Emeritus
  THREE     long-time members of
the University staff were last July
granted emeritus professorships by
the Board of Regents:
  Harold Bradley, emeritus profes-
sor of physiological chemistry. In
addition to his many years of serv-
ice to the University, Dr. Bradley
and his wife have given to the Uni-
versity, in memory of their daugh-
ter, Mary   Cornelia, the Bradley
Memorial hospital.
  Ralph M. Waters, emeritus pro-
fessor of anesthesia. Under Dr.
Waters' leadership, his department
has grown to a stature so univer-
sally recognized that students from
all over the world are drawn to it
for specialized study. He pioneered
in establishing the medical school's
teaching and training program in
  Frederick E. Yolk, emeritus pro-
fessor and emeritus librarian of the
College of Engineering. Professor
Volk came to Wisconsin in 1910
after a year spent in the testing lab-
oratories of General Electric Co. He
has served as secretary of the engi-
neering faculty and as librarian for
the College of Engineering for many
  Together, the three have served
the University 105 years.
  Henry Ladd Smith, professor of
journalism, was early this fall
elected president of the American
Association of Teachers of Journal-
ism at the closing session of its an-
nual convention in Minneapolis.
EDWARD A. BIRGE, acting presi-
dent of the University long before
its mushrooming growth under Van
Hise and again president during
the era of the flappers in the roar-
ing twenties, spent his 98th birth-
day Sept. 7 with a few friends and
neighbors in his home at 2011 Van
Hise Ave., Madison.

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