Mary Jane Saunders received a warm welcome from faculty when she arrived at Florida Atlantic University in 2010, but the honeymoon appears to be over.
Faculty members panned her performance in a recently released United Faculty of Florida survey. Nearly half of those who responded – 46 percent -- rated her performance as below average or poor, while 28 percent said she's above average or excellent.
Last year, 23 percent gave her unfavorable marks; 39 percent rated her favorablely. That year, she had given faculty members a 3 percent pay increase.
About 16 percent of faculty responded to the survey, which was administered last spring in the midst of budget cuts. The university had just announced reductions in summer school classes, which in turn cut faculty pay, and recommended the closing of several branch campuses, including downtown Fort Lauderdale.