1947 and led to Wake Forest's participation in the Teachers Insurance
and Annuity Association's retirement program; by 1950 the college
was paying half of the annual pension premiums. In 1951 Wake
Forest inaugurated coverage under the Social Security system, which
involved both employer and employee contributions. In 1957 the
college began paying 75 percent of the TIAA retirement and
insurance premiums, and a major-medical insurance plan was initiated
without cost to the employees. These bits of extra consideration, when
added to salary, made the total 1967 compensation for full professors
$18,000, an increase of 233 percent over Tribble's first year in office;
for associate professors it was $13,800, up 187 percent; and for
assistant professors it was $12,800, up 184 percent.
Modest as they were, these steps were taken at a time when the
faculty was being expanded considerably, giving particular attention
to the recruitment of young teachers with doctorates from well-
respected graduate programs. In 1950 the faculty consisted of
seventeen professors, thirteen of whom (77 percent) held doctorates;
twelve associate professors, with nine (75 percent) doctorates;
nineteen assistant professors, with nine (48 percent) doctorates;
twenty-five instructors, none having yet earned a doctoral degree. In
all, the faculty consisted of seventy-three members, with thirty-one
(43 percent) holding a doctorate.
Comparative figures for 1967 are: forty-nine professors, with forty-
six (91 percent) doctorates; forty-four associate professors, with forty
(91 percent) doctorates; thirty-nine assistant professors with thirty-
five (89.7 percent) doctorates; thirty-seven instructors with one
doctorate. In all, the faculty was made up of 169 members holding
122 (72 percent) doctoral degrees.
Statistics tell a cold story, but the addition of names and faces
would speak of steady growth not only in the number of teachers but
in their classroom and research capability. Many of the young recruits
enjoyed teaching at Wake Forest, and despite the relatively low pay,
they planned to make their careers at the college. An Old Gold and
Black survey in January 1965 showed a reasonably content faculty,
with special appreciation for the opportunity to teach one's specialty.
Dr. John A. Carter, assistant professor of English, who was a graduate
of the University of Virginia with a doctorate from Princeton, said, "I
don't want to go someplace where the pressure
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