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Bill 10-A-08 Faculty Merit Pay and Tenure and Promotion Policy Modifications (Vetoed)

FACULTY SENATE SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY

FACULTY SENATE BILL 10-A-08

Approved by the Faculty Senate
April 21, 2010

Denied by President Dobbins
May 4, 2010


WHEREAS: The Faculty Merit Pay Policy (Bill 08-A-05) and Faculty Tenure and Promotion Policy (Bill 08-A-04) described in the Faculty Handbook currently determine yearly salary increases for faculty, and

WHEREAS: the Faculty Merit Pay Policy states "The annual review will identify faculty who are meeting minimum expectations, as determined by departmental criteria. These faculty will receive a salary increase funded by a pool consisting of at least 75 percent of the aggregate amount of each year's faculty salary increase determined through the annual budget review process", and

WHEREAS: the Faculty Tenure and Promotion Policy states "A faculty member who receives promotion or post-professorial merit shall receive a base pay increase and a one-time individual professional development allocation (in addition to existing professional development funding). The base pay increases will be funded by a pool consisting of no more than 25 percent of the aggregate amount of each year's faculty salary increase determined through the annual budget review process", and

WHEREAS: these two policies establish a linkage between monies allocated for Faculty Merit pay (yearly salary increases for faculty not receiving promotion or post-professorial merit) and Faculty Promotion and Post-professorial Merit Pay increases, and

WHEREAS: the budget recommendations of the University Budget Review Committee for FY 10, and approved by the Board of Regents, stipulated allocation of monies for promotion but not faculty merit pay, and

WHEREAS: the budget constraints present in 2009 did result in no pool of monies subject to division in the manner specified by the two policies regulating salary or promotion increases, and

WHEREAS: similar budget constraints are present in 2010 and will likely result in no pool of monies subject to division in the manner specified by the two policies regulating salary or promotion increases for FY 11, and

WHEREAS: the action taken by the University Budget Review Committee and by the Board of Regents regarding the FY 10 Budget was inconsistent with both the Faculty Merit Pay Policy and the Faculty Tenure and Promotion Policy, and

WHEREAS: To avoid future inconsistencies with the Faculty Handbook and policies specifying faculty salary and merit increases, monies allocated for promotion and post-professorial merit should be separate from those allocated for faculty merit pay.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the following modifications to the existing language of the Faculty Merit Pay Policy and the Faculty Tenure and Promotion Policy will be made:

1. The current language of the Faculty Merit Pay Policy "...faculty will receive a salary increase funded by a pool consisting of at least 75 percent of the aggregate amount of each years' faculty salary increase determined through the annual budget review process", WILL BE REPLACED BY, "...faculty will receive a salary increase funded by a pool of monies allocated for each years' faculty salary increase determined through the annual budget review process. Any monies allocated for Promotion or Post-professorial Merit will not be included in the calculation of the percentage salary increase for faculty reported to any and all media outlets."

2. The current language of the Faculty Promotion and Tenure Policy "The base pay increases will be funded by a pool consisting of no more than 25 percent of the aggregate amount of each year's faculty salary increase determined through the annual budget review process", WILL BE REPLACED BY, "The base pay increases will be funded by a pool of monies included in the University's annual cost of continuing determined through the annual budget review process. The amount specified in each year's budget will be determined by means of a computed rolling average based upon the monies required to fund promotion and post-professorial merit each year for the past four years (beginning in FY 07) for the FY 11 Budget.

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