1Senate Committee on Faculty AffairsTuesday, February 26, 2013
Senate Committee on Faculty AffairsTuesday, February 26, 20132:30 – 4:30238A Morrill Hall
Present: Scott Lanyon (chair), William Beeman, Ben Bornsztein, Kathryn Brown, Sophia Gladding,Rishabh Mishra, George SellAbsent: Arlene Carney, Dann Chapman, Randy Croce, Jennifer Fillo, Carl Flink, Joseph Konstan,Frank Kulacki, Amy Lee, Theodor Litman, Karen Miksch, Benjamin Munson, Joe Ritter,Pamela Stenhjem, James Wojtaszek Guests: noneOther: Ole Gram (Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs); ChristineLepowski (Ph.D. Candidate from the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy andDevelopment)[In these minutes: (1) salary instructions; (2) update on Office of Human Resources activities; (3) postdocmembership on the committee]
1. Salary Instructions
Professor Lanyon convened the meeting at 2:30 and welcomed Vice President Brown.Vice President Brown observed that traditionally this Committee is consulted on the annualcompensation plan, the instructions for which are to go out later in the week. The 2013-14 plan provides for a compensation pool of 2.5%, but with a caveat: If all goes wrong at the legislature and University fundingis unsatisfactory, it may be necessary to reconsider the increase. As in the past, individual units may add tothe 2.5% pool to give larger increases, and each unit is required to provide a compensation plan (theacademic unit plans will be reviewed by the provost; she will review the administrative unit plans, and the president will review the coordinate campus plans). Any individual salary increase greater than 5% willrequire a business case justifying it.The compensation plan also provides that all employees (who are not in a bargaining unit) are to beevaluated on the basis of merit starting in 2014-15. The advance notice allows for a year to developevaluation plans and for employees to be informed about them. This change affects some Civil Serviceemployees in particular, many of whom have traditionally received across-the-board increases (althoughsome are already on a merit-based plan). The president believes that merit pay is the appropriate way toreward people who are performing well.
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