The Faculty Senate represents the
South Orange faculty in maters of faculty compensation with the
university administration. As such the Senate has a responsibility to
inform the Faculty on matters of compensation. On that account the
Faculty Senate Executive Committee, upon direction of the Faculty
Senate, provides the following statement on current position matters:
The University embarked on a comparative
study of Seton Hall South Orange faculty and peer and aspirant
institutions of its choosing. A study was conducted by the Sibson
Consulting Company. Median peer salaries by college/department, rank,
and years in rank were collected by Sibson and were compared to SHU
faculty data. The University administration earmarked $650,000 in AY
2005-2006 in order to begin to bring Seton Hall faculty compensation
levels in line with designated peer and aspirant schools. (To learn
more about the CUPA median see the “Faculty Salary Study” on the Faculty
The Faculty Senate urged the university
administration to distribute the $650,000 as follows:
Using data obtain by the Sibson study, determine those faculty
whose salaries are $6,000 or more below the CUPA median for their
respective disciplines, ranks, and total years of service. Apply to the
base salaries of each of these individuals $2,000.
Funds remaining from the $650,000 shall be allocated to the base
salaries of all faculty, including those receiving the $2,000 increase
in base, as a percentage of the difference between the CUPA medians and
their actual salaries. All faculty members shall receive the same
percentage of their difference, with no faculty member who is above the
CUPA median receiving an increase in base salary from this allocation.
The percentage of funding allocated shall be determined after the
initial increase in base is paid and will reflect the residual funding.
At the invitation
of Provost Travis, the executive committee met with the deans and
presented the rationale for the Senate’s distribution plan. At that
time it became clear that a number of deans were advocating for a
distribution of the $650K based on performance/merit. The Provost
stated that he would weigh both options and make his decision by the end
At the Faculty
Senate of March 3, 2006, the Provost announced that the additional
compensation beyond the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for faculty who
are beneath the CUPA median will be distributed according to the
Senate's proposal, but that some faculty, approximately 1% - 2%, would
not receive this additional compensation.
According to the
Provost, faculty who have not meet minimal performance requirements in
the areas of teaching, service, and scholarship for the past three
years, and for which their dean was able to provide documentation, will not receive the additional compensation
from the $650K.
members will still receive their 3% COLA.
The Faculty Senate
is pleased to be moving forward with the distribution of the $650,000 in
However, the Senate argued strenuously against a plan that leaves some
faculty out, especially without a process for those decisions that has
faculty input or is supported by the Faculty Guide.
In short, the Faculty Senate
respectfully disagrees with the Provost’s decision to withhold funds for
some faculty. The Senate has long held the position that concepts such
as merit pay and external review cannot be implemented until all faculty
salaries are at the agreed-upon median. In the interests of the
faculty, the Faculty Senate will continue to work with the Provost on
future compensation distributions.