Faculty Senate & Governance


Faculty councils serve as deliberative and advisory bodies for all matters of University policy, and are primary forums for faculty-administrative interaction in determining that policy. Faculty Code, Sec 42-33

FCBR shall be responsible for all matters of policy relating to faculty retirement, insurance and benefits. Faculty Code, Sec 42-44.

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Benefits summaries (by appointment type)

UW Supplemental Retirement Income (UWSRI)

The UW Supplemental Retirement Plan is a unique plan that is designed to protect UWRP participants against declines in U.S. stock market values and U.S. interest rates, which could adversely affect participants’ ability to retire. Faculty, academic staff, professional staff, and librarians of the University of Washington (UW), who participate in the UW Retirement Plan (UWRP) and who joined the University of Washington before March 1, 2011, may be eligible for retirement benefits under the UW Supplemental Retirement Plan (UWSRP). FCBR has compiled the following list of resources for those interested in learning more about this benefit:

Letters to external agencies

Letter to the WA Department of Retirement Systems concerning Monthly Employee Contributions for Washington State’s Deferred Compensation Program (DCP). (May 2019)

Letter to HCA concerning long term disability insurance maximum limit. (August, 2017). See response from Health Care Authority.

Letter to PEBB concerning review of the VEBA (Voluntary Employee’s Beneficiary Association) Plan. (April, 2016)

FCBR initiatives

Benefits Review Letter to full-time UW faculty from UW Faculty Senate Chair & FCBR Chair. (December, 2020)

Letter to Faculty Senate Chair concerning the report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Faculty Pre-retirement Planning. (May, 2018)

Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Faculty Pre-retirement Planning. (April, 2018)

Proposal to establish an ad hoc working group to recommend improvements in faculty pre-retirement planning. (May, 2017)

Transgender healthcare

Eliminating Washington transgender healthcare exclusions. Presentation by Roberta Dalley, associate professor of radiology. (January 27, 2014)

UW Benefits studies

Benefits Comparison: UW vs. other public U.S. research institutions. Report by the Faculty Council on Benefits and Retirement. (May, 2017)

UWRP/VIP Fund Review Committee

The UWRP and VIP Fund Review Committee is a standing committee defined in each plan document and authorized by the UW Board of Regents. The Fund Review Committee is responsible for selecting and recommending the plan record keeper(s) and investment options, and for monitoring their performance. Recommendations from the Fund Review Committee go to the provost and executive vice president who has the delegated authority from the regents to act on the recommendations.

The WholeU

The WholeU fosters community, shares ways to stay healthy, and promotes the great benefits and services available to UW faculty and staff. The WholeU encompasses six pillars: staying healthy, being active, eating well, life events & changes, volunteerism, and engaging personal interests.