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Competitive Salary Adjustment May 17, 2016

Dear Professor,

As you may know, the Provost has begun a three year initiative to provide funds for a competitive salary adjustment for those tenured and tenure-track faculty members whose 9-month academic salaries are below (< 95%) the national average of their colleagues in similar disciplines at other Carnegie Designated Tier One universities. Funding from the Provost for these salary adjustments are separate and distinct from the university faculty and staff merit salary pool also planned for each of the upcoming three years.

To ensure an open, fair and transparent process for distribution of these funds, earlier this semester the Provost appointed a 12-member Faculty Competitive Salary Advisory Committee to recommend eligibility criteria for centrally funded competitive salary adjustments. The committee developed a process and a set of eligibility criteria determining which faculty members would be eligible for a centrally funded adjustment (see 2016 Competitive Salary Adjustment Process Guidelines).

Based on the Committee's criteria you have been recommended to receive a centrally funded competitive salary adjustment in the 2016 Cycle. As of Sept 1st 2016, your adjustment will increase your base 9 month academic salary by $3,000.

The amount of centrally funded competitive salary adjustment available in the 2016 Cycle has been capped at a maximum of $3,000, although this amount may increase in subsequent years depending on available funding. You will be informed of the Provost's final decision once all salary recommendations (including merit salary increases) have been approved by the Board of Regents later this summer.

If your salary continues to remain below 95% of the national average of your peers at other Carnegie Designated Tier One universities you will remain eligible for consideration of additional centrally funded competitive salary adjustments in the remaining two years of this initiative based on eligibility criteria to be determined for the 2017 and 2018 Cycles. Please do not hesitate to contact me by email at if you need clarification concerning this process.


Mark S.F. Clarke, Ph.D.
Associate Provost
Faculty Development and Faculty Affairs
Office of the Provost