In the comments, Mark Fenster asks a great question:
It would be interesting to know if any dean in a private law school or in a public which isn't required to disclose salary has chosen to do so, and what kinds of effects that had, especially if previous administrations had not disclosed.
I would also like to know the answer to that. In fact, this question came up at dinner last night and everyone at the table wanted the answer. No one knew of any school that had disclosed salary information in the absence of a requirement to do so, everyone wondered whether any such examples existed, but everyone bet that there weren’t any (or at least many). And to be clear, I'm interested in whether this information was disclosed to other faculty -- not necessarily to the general public.
So I volunteered to tap our wise Loungers for more information. Can anyone shed any light on Mark’s question? As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I’ve seen examples of schools that go beyond the technical requirements of transparency, to put that information at everyone’s fingertips. And I did not think the results were positive.
But I’d like to hear from others who might have experiences with or examples of non-mandatory salary disclosure. And if you got a sense of whether the results were positive, negative, or some of both please share that as well.