Salary Adjustment Policy Overview: Talking Points - Faculty

Annual review

In accordance with the Faculty Handbook,, faculty members are reviewed annually by the department chair on the basis of their position responsibility statement (PRS).

  • This review serves as a basis for determining performance-based, merit adjustments.
  • This review is required even when there is limited or no funding for a performance-based, merit adjustment.
  • All reviews should be in writing and the review should be evaluative, not just descriptive.
  • The purpose of the written performance review is:
    • Recognition of performance
    • Acknowledgement of accomplishments beyond the PRS
    • Identification of deficiencies or area needing improvement
    • Suggestions for improvement/professional development
    • Appraisal of progress toward tenure and promotion
  • The written performance review should:
    • Include meaningful and constructive comments
    • Note strengths and document weaknesses
    • Be accurate and factual
    • Review and possibly reference previous year's evaluation and reports
    • Reference measurable indicators when possible

Performance-based, merit adjustment

The resulting performance-based, merit adjustment (per Faculty Handbook 4.1.1) should conform to the Salary Adjustment Policy. The policy states that for minimum satisfactory performance a minimum adjustment is required (a percentage as promulgated by the annual budget development parameters).

Post tenure review

In accordance with the Faculty Handbook 5.3.4, a post tenure review should be done periodically, at least once every seven years, for faculty on full-time or part-time appointment.

  • The review should address the quality of the faculty member's performance in the areas of teaching, research/creative activities, extension/professional practice, and institutional service, consistent with the faculty member's position responsibility statement.
  • Ideally, the review shall result in recommendations for enhancing performance and provide a plan for future development.


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