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Faculty Assembly

Personnel and Benefits Committee

November 6, 2006

 

Present:  Mary Ann Kluge, Judith Rice-Jones, Ted Baldwin, Mike Kisley, Pam Carter, Tom Zwirlein

 

1.  The Personnel and Benefits Committee would like to put more information regarding non-monetary benefits for faculty on a web site.  The issue is what web site and who will keep it up-to-date.  Possible candidates include the Human Resource Office webpage or the Faculty Assembly.  Ted will check with the HR office to see whether it is viable to put information on their web site and Judith will check with Sue on the Faculty Assembly web site.  Tom will check with Rosemary regarding legal implications.  Examples of items that could be posted include discounts on cell phones, wellness information, Phil Long Ford information, the faculty scholarship money and the YMCA. 

 

2.  Update on the Compensation Committee.  Tom updated the committee on the activities of the Compensation Committee.  The committee continues to examine methods to increase the compensation pool.  The committee is also looking at ways to ensure that NTTF receive salaries that are above the floor salaries as discussed in last yearís document on uncompensated merit.  The P&B committee concurs that this is an important issue and that starting salaries for all NTTF should be above the floor salaries established in last yearís uncompensated merit document.  In addition, the floor and recommended salaries should increase by the annual rate of inflation.

 

3.  Wellness issues.  PBS is talking about wellness and wellness programs more than it has in the past.  They are working with more of the carriers than in the past to help promote and distribute information about wellness.  Hopefully, this will result in a web based publication by PBS for all faculty.  The web site would be monitored by PBS.  P&B would still like to see more data on utilization so that any wellness programs could be designed to specifically address the areas where utilization is greatest.   In other words, let the wellness program be data driven.

 

4.  Summer salaries.  A new item was added to the P&B agenda.  The question is whether faculty who teach in the summer should receive flat compensation of a fixed amount determined by each college or whether summer salaries should be based on a percentage of a personís 9-month salary.   The P&B committee will start collecting data on the costs and benefits to each method.  One benefit to paying higher salaries is that it may attract senior faculty to the summer program.  Senior faculty would receive more pay but are more experienced and bring more to the table.  The question is whether the deans of the colleges will prioritize and hire lower cost faculty to save money?  A suggested target percentage may be 10% of the nine month salary for teaching a course in the summer.