[Athen] Position: Adaptive Technology Specialist at University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jean Salzer jeano at uwm.edu
Tue Apr 3 13:55:34 PDT 2007

Hey I totally agree with you on the poor pay, but it's Madison, not
UW-Milwaukee! We're so poor at UW-Milwaukee, we can only divvy out the
AT needs between people! The fact they can afford a whole person is
amazing to me (other than the poor salary).

Charlie Jordan wrote:

>I hope ATHEN can, as a secondary goal, have impact on administrators'

>perceptions about reasonable salaries and job responsibilities.


>With respect to UWM's advert, even a _minimum_ of $34K seems low when

>requiring a Masters, ability to provide desktop support, expertise in

>adaptive hardware/software, experience with a variety of disabilities,

>alt format production AND webmastering.


>A disturbing perception I've encountered - and that I try to counter --

>is "well, it has to do with a computer, so you must be an expert in it,

>right?" No! Can the auto mechanic do expert upholstery? Not likely.

>And yet it seems that many expect AT specialists to fix the squeaks,

>tune the engine, clean and wax to a shine, soup up the tranny, write the

>owner's manual, teach the student to drive, make and pump the gas, AND

>argue with Motor Vehicles about bad driving laws.


>Granted, university budgets are often tight and we need to offer a

>spread of competencies; we do have to wear many hats. But, really, in a

>time of increasing complexity in hardware and software and the rapidly

>changing tools available, it is impossible to "do it all" well. But it

>seems that are increasingly asked to; and for that, we get 34K?


>Adaptive tech specialist? With much respect to the individuals at UWM

>who probably face tough choices, thanks, no. I'll stay with my IT role

>where I have to have many hats, but at least get paid (somewhat) for



>Am I being unreasonable? I don't intend to be, but I do believe that I

>have a responsibility in effecting change and that means speaking up





>Charlie Jordan --

>ASU's West campus


>-----Original Message-----

>From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On

>Behalf Of Alice Anderson

>Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2007 12:53 PM

>To: Access Technologists in Higher Education Network

>Subject: [Athen] Position: Adaptive Technology Specialist at University

>of Wisconsin-Madison


>ATHEN list ... I want to share with you an


>Excellent opportunity in a great city - Adaptive Technology

>Specialist Position <http://www.ohr.wisc.edu/pvl/pv_055949.html>


>In achievement and prestige, the University of Wisconsin-Madison has

>long been recognized as one of America's great universities.

>A public, land-grant institution, UW-Madison offers a complete

>spectrum of liberal arts studies, professional programs

>and student activities. Spanning 933 acres along the beautiful

>southern shore of Lake Mendota, the campus is located in

>the city of Madison <http://www.wisc.edu/about/location.php>



>Alice Anderson, Director

>MIDWEST Alliance for Science,Technology, Engineering and Math





>Technology Accessibility Program (TAP)

>Division of Information Technology (DoIT)

>University of Wisconsin-Madison

>1210 West Dayton Street (3124)

>Madison, WI 53705


>Telephone: 608.262.2129




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>Athen at athenpro.org





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