Minutes of November 19, 1998 Meeting
The meeting convened at 10:07 a.m. in room 817 Cathedral of
UPBC members present were: Mary Ann Barber, Frank Cassell, James
Cassing, Jerome Cochran, Richard Colwell, Joel Cornfeld, Ingrid Glasco,
Van Beck Hall, James Maher, Arthur Ramicone, Michael Stuckart, and Bruce
Williams. Also present were: Rich Henderson, Jeffrey Liebmann, and Robert
UPBC members not present were: Carolyn Ban, Nathan Hershey, Arthur
Levine, Carol Neuner, Josephine Olson, Richard Pratt, Margaret Rechter,
Ellen Beam Rudy, Alec Stewart, Alyson Wallach, Susan Whitney, and Philip
Approval of the Minutes and Report of the Chair
The minutes of the September 28, 1998 UPBC meeting were approved.
Maher stated that approvals for faculty position searches for the coming
year have been announced. He reported that the new process for submitting
requests for searches, which includes a more comprehensive application and
the goal of setting target faculty sizes for each academic unit, has
improved the turnaround time for approval. Maher added that the goal for
next year is to have established faculty target sizes in every unit, but
that approvals would not likely occur earlier than September given the
need for faculty input.
Maher also reported that FY 2000 planning instructions were being
prepared for the units reporting to the Provost. Responses to the FY 1999
planning submissions were sent out in July, and instructions will now be
unique by unit, based on their varying circumstances. The deadline for
submitting FY 2000 planning documents remains March 1 for all units.
Discussion of the University Salary Policy
Maher announced the membership of the UPBC subcommittee charged
with examining the University's salary policy and emphasized that
participation is open to all UPBC members. He reported that the UPBC's
recommendation to follow the current policy for the FY 1999 salary
increase was adopted by the University. Maher cited some of the goals of
the salary policy, including the desire to compensate fairly and to
compete with peer institutions, while not ignoring cost of living
pressures. Hall cited concern over inequities that have arisen over time
due to promotions and faculty hires that have occurred during times of
fiscal constraint. Maher noted that, given the recent history of
Commonwealth support for operating expenses and the constraints on tuition
increases, the current policy is not flexible enough to address such
issues, particularly at the department level. He added that the
definition of "equity" is unclear and that, perhaps, less judgmental
language could be found.
Barber cited concern over the manner in which salaries at the
regional campuses are set. She suggested that faculty salaries at the
regionals should be comparable to those at the Pittsburgh Campus,
especially given that the criteria for achieving tenure are the same.
Ensuing discussion raised the question of the definition of "market,"
particularly relative to specific units. In response to a question on the
timeframe of the work of the subcommittee, Maher noted that any
recommendations must be submitted to the UPBC by March 1, 1999 if a
revised policy is to be used for FY 2000 salary increases.
The meeting adjourned at 10:55 a.m.