Submitted to Academic Council, May 1,
Chairperson: Mark S. LeClair, Professor of Economics
Committee Membership: Eric Mielents, Sociology
Susan Rakowitz, Psychology
Carl Scheraga, Dolan School of Business
Meredith Wallace, School of Nursing
Attendance: The Faculty Salary Committee met
approximately 16 times. Most Committee members were present for
Dates of Meetings:
Four meeting dates in the Fall,
September 22nd, October 13th, 20th, and November 10th. Then
Fridays, from mid-January through the last Friday in March. These
include “full” FSC meetings (Administration included), as well as
meetings of just the faculty representatives.
The principle business of the FSC was
to establish a salary increment for 2007-08 in negotiations with the
administrative team. The agreed upon 2.5/3.5% was then
incorporated into next year’s MOU.
The FSC attempted to secure some degree of
compensation within the MOU for past differences between CPI and
Sustained Merit. The administration team was opposed to
this. Although the FSC brought the final salary split to the
faculty (April 13, 2007 meeting), the committee was split 3:1:1 in
favor of allowing the faculty to review the MOU without endorsement
from the FSC, due to the unresolved issue of recovering past shortfalls
in Sustained Merit.
The FSC also engaged the administration in
discussions on the possibility of a housing subsidy plan for
faculty. Three possible avenues were discussed: The
University providing preferential lending rates, the University
providing an equity pool for faculty purchasing houses (forgivable over
a long time period), and the co-investment in housing by the faculty
and University These discussions did not reach fruition, as
it became clear that housing subsidies would become part of total
compensation reported to AAUP, and would impact overall faculty
FSC is ultimately
going to be involved in the revisions of the health care plan at
Fairfield University – whether changes that affect the faculty are
ultimately agreed upon or not - since these changes impact ranges and
discussion of a housing subsidy plan, given the potential for increased
difficulties in hiring new faculty, and the potential for faculty
departures based upon the cost of living in Fairfield County.
Future Agenda Items:
Determining a forecast for the
95th percentile based on past data, to prevent shortfalls, such as the
one that occurred in Full Professor salaries this year.
Possible rewrite of the FSC survey of faculty to elicit better guidance
Addressing inconsistencies in the Merit Plan that lead to inequities
when faculty members are promoted in rank.