UW-Madison’s highly ranked School of Pharmacy was turned down for all but one of the faculty job offers it made last year, according to a university report released this week.
Six of seven offers made in the 2016-2017 academic year for tenured or tenure-track positions at the pharmacy school were declined, computing to a 14 percent acceptance rate.
The acceptance rate for jobs offered to tenured and tenure-track faculty by UW-Madison was 60 percent overall, compared to a 10-year average of 71 percent.
The number of rejected proposals for the pharmacy school is an anomaly, said Alyson Kim, associate dean for marketing and communications for the school.
“The School of Pharmacy made very competitive offers to faculty candidates, none of whom indicated dissatisfaction with our offer packages,” Kim said in an email. Personal reasons accounted for half of the declines, Kim said. And while the others did not specify a reason, they stayed at the institutions where they had been working, she said.
The median salary campus wide was $95,000 for tenured and tenure-track faculty who accepted job offers in 2016-2017, according to the report, which did not break down the figure for different areas of study. The median salary for a pharmacy professor last year was $166,600, according to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.
“The School of Pharmacy is proud to retain leading researchers and is confident in attracting top faculty talent as a nationally recognized Top 10 pharmacy school,” Kim said. U.S. News and World Report ranked the school ninth in the country for the past two years.
The acceptance rate at other health related schools was near the campus average: 61 percent for the School of Medicine and Public Health, and 63 percent for the school of nursing.
Kim noted that the pharmacy school had made more job offers last year. And at 175, more job offers were made campus wide last year than the average 139 over 10 years.
UW-Madison Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf told the Wisconsin State Journal that the campus was able to recruit more professors because of new revenue it took in from out-of-state students.
The campus also reported Wednesday on it efforts to retain faculty now working at UW-Madison.
A total of 132 efforts to retain tenured and tenure-track faculty were made campus wide in 2016-2017.
Of those, 92 were responsive actions with a faculty member actively being recruited by another institution; 74 percent of these were successful. That rate matches the 10-year average.
The campus had seen a jump in efforts to “poach” UW-Madison faculty by other universities in 2015-2016, as news about budget cuts and the diluting of tenure protections made headlines. Retention efforts totaled 232 that year, and expenditures in salary and research support reached $23.6 million.
Nearly two-thirds of respondents in a 2016 survey on campus worklife said they had been approached by another university or headhunter about leaving.
Salary was the most common issue reported as a consideration in outside offers in 2016-2017. To retain faculty, $1.1 million was committed for salary increases and $15.4 million for non-salary purposes.
An additional 40 retention efforts were made last academic year to faculty with a high likelihood of being recruited away in the near future.
From 2007-2016, 232 faculty were recruited away from UW-Madison, according to the report. Of these, 56 percent went to public universities, 27 percent to private universities and 17 percent to other employment.