President Corrigan's ViewPointThis is a special Viewpoint column for January 29, 2001. EXT 8-1665. firstname.lastname@example.org
I am pleased to announce that after far too long a wait, the CSU faculty are about to receive their 2000/2001 salary increases. This good news resolves one of the most painful aspects of the protracted bargaining impasse that has marred our year. At its
meeting last week, the CSU Board of Trustees unanimously supported Chancellor Charles Reed’s decision to reject the non-binding Fact-Finding Report on the faculty contract negotiations (as the CFA did two years ago) and to implement the existing contract, providing faculty with their well‑earned salary increases. Let me say frankly that I agree with the Chancellor’s rejection of the Fact‑Finding Report and urged his implementation of the current contract.
- At each rank, San Francisco State faculty currently earn the highest average salaries in the CSU. Our Full Professors have averaged $76,500 (vs. $73,100 for the CSU); Associate Professors, $64,000 ($55,700 for the CSU), and Assistant Professors, $52,000 ($43,500 for the CSU).
- This year, factoring in 2000/01 FMIs, our campus average increases from $70,240 to $74,645— well above the CSU systemwide estimate of $72,000. Full Professors will now average
- Associate Professors $70,700, and Assistant Professors $56,800. (See chart in Jan. 29 CampusMemo for complete 99-;00 and 00-;01 SFSU/CSU comparison.)
- In part because of faculty merit increases, this campus has not only been able to close the CPEC compensation gap for Assistant and Associate Professors, but has actually exceeded the CPEC projected averages for these two ranks—by 10% (or $6,500) for Associate Professors, and by 7.6% (or $4,000) for Assistant Professors. To be sure, Full Professors will still lag the CPEC average by $7,600, but the gap has been reduced from 11.8% to 8.5%, and may well disappear entirely by the end of the next contract.
- The entire 6% compensation increase (not including the appeals pool, of course) is initially applied to the salaries of existing faculty and used for no other purpose.
- In the two years that this campus has participated in the FMI program, substantial numbers of faculty have received a higher award from the president than was originally recommended by the department—525 faculty in 1999/2000, and 251 in 2000/2001.
- Despite a rocky start for 1999/2000, SFSU departments have developed and have used reasonable criteria for evaluating and rewarding faculty performance.
- There has been no discrimination against women on this campus. Whether measured by the average percentage increase or by actual dollars awarded, women have received higher FMI’s than their male counterparts in both 1999/2000 and 2000/2001. (For detailed information by rank, see my December 2000 Viewpoint column and accompanying chart, available online.)
- Similarly, the campus data show no evidence of discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity. In each of the last two years, faculty of color have generally exceeded the average FMI across tenured/tenure-track ranks. Again, I refer you to the detailed data in Viewpoint.
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