It seems pretty obvious that posting professor salaries online, as Florida Governor Scott has done (“Posting of profs’ salaries online draws scrutiny“) is an act of aggression against what he no doubt sees as his natural enemies in the academy. It’s part of a long-term campaign to disparage public employees, and, no doubt further weaken academic freedom of speech and tenure.
The governor fails to mention, of course, that the majority of teachers are either adjuncts or part-time. The salaries don’t seem particularly exorbitant, either, and are below the national average. As the article notes, too, the information is inaccurate in some cases, because the highest paid professors are not professors, they are administrators, like Neil Fenske, who’s paid more than a million a year.