UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTONOFFICE OF THE FACULTY SENATE
March 20, 1998
|TO:||Selected Chairs and Directors|
ad hoc Advisory Committee on Faculty Salaries
|RE:||Request for information on your department's procedure for the allocation of merit salary increases|
The Provost, in consultation with the Faculty Senate, has set up a committee to review current University policy on faculty salaries and to advise him on what should be the UW approach to faculty salaries. Our task is not to plan strategies to pursue with regard to the state legislature, but to consider what should be the internal policy of the University.
As background to our work, we are assembling data on the salary levels and trends over the last decade relative to our peer institutions. We are also collecting information from a sampling of academic units on how merit is evaluated as part of the distribution of faculty salaries in their unit. At this time there is no comprehensive picture of how the process operates across the University.
Your academic unit has been selected as part of a limited sample, so a brief account of the merit review process used in your department (or school) to determine the distribution of faculty salaries is essential to our study. We very much appreciate your effort in helping us acquire reliable data available by no other means.
In your account, please describe the following:
Please include, if possible, any forms used and a flow-chart of the process.
We would also appreciate your evaluation of your departmental merit review process. What problems have you encountered? How might the process be improved?
Our committee is fully aware of the time costs of this request, and of the many burdens you already have put upon you. But this information is absolutely critical for the work of our committee, especially since we are asking for information from only a sample of units, and we know of no other source to obtain it. We hope that our final report will assist the University administration to provide better guidance for salary policies and perhaps use the data you supply to show the diversity of innovative approaches used by different departments at the University.
In order to allow the committee sufficient time to review the responses, please return your response no later than April 10, 1998. Please send your response to the ad hoc Advisory Committee on Faculty Salaries, c/o Faculty Senate Office, Box 351271.
Please feel free to add any general comments you might have on salary policy at the University as distinct from that in your department.