Stewardship in Salary Setting: A Reply to C. Stephen Layman

Todd P. Steen

In response to C. Stephen Layman's argument that faculty at Christian colleges should not receive differential pay solely based on discipline Todd Steen questions Layman's critique of market arguments for differential pay and suggests that technical equity cannot be the sole consideration in administration decisions concerning faculty remuneration. Using the principle of stewardship, this writer suggests that salary setting at colleges must attempt simultaneously to fulfill a variety of norms for human life including justice, love, faithfulness and frugality, while at the same time preserving the institution's possibilities for the future. This process may result in pay differences between similar faculty members in different academic disciplines or those with different amounts of financial need. Mr. Steen teaches in the Department of Economics at Hope College.

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