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Recruiters Target Florida Professors, State Universities Suffer

May 15th, 2008 by flanews

Some of Floridas best and brightest professors are leaving for jobs outside of the state. Budget cuts and heavy out-of-state recruiting are to blame. As Whitney Ray tells us, many of the professors will take thousands of research dollars with them when they leave.

Hear it Here: Recruiters Target Florida Professors, State Universities Suffer

Florida State University Professor Charles Figley wanted to retire in Tallahassee, but with funding cuts to higher education becoming an annual event, hes packing his bags.

Weve taken so many cuts, we had to keep pushing back and pulling back, said Figley

Floridas Universities are cutting budgets and positions creating concerns about pay raises and job security. Out-of-state schools are taking advantage of the situation and recruiting Florida professors. Figley gave in to advances from Tulane University. He says other FSU professors are looking at their options.

Numbers of people, when they hear that Im going, say that they are in the process of moving or they are aggressively investigating job opportunities, Figley said.

Administrators at FSU were too busy to talk on camera about retaining quality professors. Students said theyre seeing more classes being taught by student teaching assistants.

Sometimes I have TAs that dont even have graduate degree. So it frustrates me to have a TA over a professor, said Stacie Brodsky, an FSU Junior.

Im sure everybodys really concerned about if theyre going to get the same education that they use to, said Senior Rachel Dent.

Not only are universities losing professors theyre also losing research dollars. When Figley leaves hell take along this picture as a reminder of his 19 years in Florida and a grant hell now use at Tulane.

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