Dear Q Editors,
I wanted to thank the Q for writing about the financial state of the college and how it is being handled by the administration. Faculty have been working under difficult conditions for several years. Our salaries are significantly lower than that of our peer institutions, and we have yet to see our benefits fully re-instated to pre-recession levels. We understand how hard the recession has hit our students’ families, because our families have been hit too. It is particularly difficult to know that we could get paid more elsewhere, yet most of us stay at Goucher because we love the students and the college. We work longer hours and make do with less. It is within this context that we recently learned of the administration’s “faculty right sizing” plans. It hurts us deeply to know that some us will be losing our jobs, exponentially increasing the economic hardships we have been facing. Thank you for taking the time to learn about and report on the financial state of the college and how it is negatively affecting our faculty.