By Jack Grove
Times Higher Education - 1 January 2015
Pay cuts for Bilkent University scholars who disappoint peers 1 January 2015 | By Jack Grove Private university in Turkey neglects research metrics for external views on academics’ performance
Universities should consider reducing the salaries of academics who
fail to impress experts in their discipline, according to a university
president who has pioneered the practice.
Abdullah Atalar, the
rector of Bilkent University, in Turkey’s capital of Ankara, said that
his institution had chosen to ignore research metrics when assessing
whether an academic deserved a pay rise or a promotion.
university leaders would canvass opinion from experts in the academic’s
discipline from outside Bilkent about how well an individual scholar had
performed in recent years. “We will ask leading universities in the US
if they would hire this guy or promote him,” Professor Atalar said. “If
they say they would not promote him, then we do not promote him.”
salaries of senior professors are also contingent on these external
views, with Bilkent sometimes lowering pay for underperformance,
Professor Atalar added.