U. of Georgia Professor Gets Salary Increase in Settlement

September 22, 2008

A professor of marketing whom the the University of Georgia said had violated a campus antibias policy received a $57,000 salary increase as part of a settlement that also includes her early retirement and an agreement not to sue the university, the student newspaper reported today.

Barbara Carroll, an associate professor of marketing and distribution, was found in violation of nondiscrimination and antiharassment policy after complaining that the department head at the time, Rajiv Grover, and the director of the center of marketing studies, Srinivas Reddy, favored “Asians as new tenure-track hires,” according to documents obtained by The Red and Black. Mr. Grover now is a dean at the University of Memphis.

An investigation by Georgia in the summer of 2007 discovered no truth to Ms. Carroll’s claims. Moreover, after interviews with her co-workers, the university decided that she was in violation of its nondiscrimination policy for creating what was described as “a disruptive, harmful, hostile, and intimidating work environment.”

As part of the agreement, the newspaper said, Ms. Carroll will retire in January 2011, assume a lighter course load, and dedicate her time to research projects. She is now set to earn $144,667 annually, compared with her 2007 salary of $87,660.

The university’s retirement benefits are based on the largest salary made in a period of 24 consecutive months. As a result, Ms. Carroll, who will work 36 months under her new contract, will retire with a more lucrative benefits package. —David DeBolt