More detailed data on individual startup packages for specific disciplines for new hires starting in 2000-01 are available in the 2000-2001 Council of Colleges of Arts & Sciences New Hires Survey. Average startup packages for assistant professors from this survey, as well as from the 2000 Big 10+ Chemical Engineering Chairs Survey, are provided for selected disciplines in Table 4. It is felt that these startup packages are low, in part because CU-Boulder competes for faculty recruitment with institutions above the average of public R1 (Research 1) universities and in part because many of the schools surveyed did not report the nonequipment (such as graduate students, postdocs, and summer salary) part of startup packages.
Table 4 - Average startup packages for assistant professors in selected fields starting in 2000-01 at public R1 (Research 1) universities (sources: 2000-2001 Council of Colleges of Arts & Sciences New Hires Survey and 2000 Big 10+ Chemical Engineering Chairs Survey).
Biology $190,000 $ 27,000 $ 4,000 $221,000 Chem. Eng. $225,000 $164,000 $ 5,000 $394,000 Chem./Biochem. $231,000 $ 14,000 $ 5,000 $250,000 Communications $ 8,000 $ 2,000 $ 3,000 $ 13,000 Comp. Sci. $ 51,000 $ 35,000 $ 4,000 $ 90,000 Economics $ 6,000 $ 17,000 $ 5,000 $ 28,000 English $ 3,000 $ 3,000 $ 3,000 $ 9,000 Geology $119,000 $ 0 $ 4,000 $123,000 History $ 3,000 $ 2,000 $ 3,000 $ 8,000 Philosophy $ 4,000 $ 3,000 $ 3,000 $ 10,000 Physics $156,000 $ 20,000 $ 4,000 $180,000 Political Science $ 4,000 $ 5,000 $ 3,000 $ 12,000 Psychology $ 35,000 $ 9,000 $ 3,000 $ 47,000 Sociology $ 5,000 $ 4,000 $ 4,000 $ 13,000
*includes graduate student support ($140,000) and summer salary ($24,000) for chemical engineering; other disciplines also include postdoc support, renovations, and travel, but many schools left off such 'other support' in the survey
The above data show that typical startup packages in engineering and natural sciences are very large (≈$200-400K), those in selected other technical fields (such as computer science, geology, and psychology) are moderately large (≈$50-150K), and those in arts, humanities, and social sciences are relatively small (≈$10-20K). At CU-Boulder, there is a substantial need for additional startup funds to be provided at the college and campus levels, especially when considering that CU-Boulder's competitors for faculty hiring are well above the average of public universities (Appendix B). For example, the College of Engineering and Applied Science currently provides $40K startup per new faculty member, plus an additional $20K from the new pool of startup funds provided by academic affairs; these amounts represent only 10 percent and 5 percent, respectively, of the total startup package required in chemical engineering to be competitive with Big 10+ institutions. Moreover, interviews with the BFA Faculty Affairs Committee (Appendix E) reveal that the current startup packages in arts, humanities, and social sciences are too small, with approximately $30,000 needed for computers, summer salary, professional travel, relocation, research assistants, and library collections.