UND General Info | UND Medical School | UND Discussion | Other Sites | Look Back


A UND political science faculty member, involved in a 31-year-old salary dispute has agreed to be transferred to the philosophy Department this summer.

Longtime associate professor Donald Poochigian said the transfer would be the final resolution of his case, which at one point went before the state Board of Higher Education.

He said Wednesday, "I'm happy about this more, and I'm really looking forward to the new future in the philosophy department. There's probably no place use in the country I can get the same opportunity I will in this situation.

Under the agreement between Poochigian and President Thomas Clifford and other university administrators, a new philosophy teaching position is being opened up in the College of Arts and Sciences. However, the political science department has lost Poochigian's position.

The department wasn't given enough funds to replace him, political science chairman Ronald Pyon said.

Poochigian originally had complained about receiving a 1985 salary increase much smaller than other members of the political science department had received.

After Clifford decided there were insufficient grounds for a grievance. Poochigian and the North Dakota Education Association appealed to the Board of Higher Education. But soon after that, he and the UND administration agreed on one-year assignment in the humanities program., then a one-year paid leave of absence. Poochigian has taught the past year in the political science department.

The new agreement provides for his salary to increase from $28,455 to $30,600 in the next school year.

In his earlier formal grievance, Poochigian complained that his 1985 salary increase of 8.4 percent was too low compared with others on the eight member political science faculty. Some had gotten raises in the 20 percent to 40 percent range.

Bernard O'Kelly dean of the College of Arts and Sciences said Poochigian will join the philosophy faculty Aug. 15. He said his talents make him suited to teach in that field, as well as political science.

Poochigian will teach introduction to ethics philosophy of law and political philosophy.

Grand Forks Herald, May 18, 1989