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Introduction to FAQ on the Selective-Salary Review Process

Introduction to FAQ on the Selective-Salary Review Process

The Selective-Salary Review process in the WSU/AAUP-AFT Agreement remains
essentially the same as it was in previous contracts. However, a modified provision was
introduced during the most recent contract negotiations.

It was clear to the Union that the Administration wanted a review process that could
serve as the first step for certain tenured Faculty and ESS holders among the Academic
Staff to be removed from their jobs if the Administration considered them to be low
performers. In other words, they wanted the annual salary-committee deliberations to
be integrated into an Administrator-driven de-tenuring or ESS-removal process.
In contrast, the Union negotiating team countered with language stating that if a Faculty
or Academic-Staff member was found to be performing at substantially below the unit's
factors and norms, the salary committee might recommend to the chair/director/dean
that a peer mentoring committee be established. That peer mentoring committee would
work with Faculty or Academic-Staff members to help improve their performance.

The purpose of the language in the new contract was to make it clear that the mentoring
process was remedial, not punitive, and was not linked to a de-tenuring or ESS-removal
process. The following Frequently Asked Questions are intended to clarify the
remedial nature of the process. The Administration continues to have the same power,
no more and no less, than it had in the past with respect to initiating a de-tenuring or
ESS-removal process for a member of the bargaining unit under the relevant Board of
Governors’ statutes. This new contract does not grant the Administration any
new powers in this matter.
It is the hope of the Union that the mentoring process will be used in the spirit that it
was agreed to by our negotiators. It will be closely watched in any implementation of its
terms, and we will be quick to address any unfair application of its terms.
 
 
Selective-Salary Review Process FAQ
Article 24, Section C

1. What is the Selective-Salary Review process?
The purpose of the Selective-Salary Review process is twofold. It is a peer-review process to
identify and reward good performance, and to provide support and mentoring when long-term
performance substantially below disciplinary norms and unit factors is identified. The process
is not intended to be punitive. The use of the mentoring process is expected to be rare, as was
stated repeatedly by the Administration during negotiations.

2. Is it required?
Yes.

3. What happens if a member does not participate in the Selective-Salary Review
process?
If a member chooses not to participate, that member will not be eligible for the selective-salary
increase. Failure to participate in the Selective-Salary Review process two (2) times or more in
any five (5)-year period shall also result in no across-the-board raise and no selective-salary
increase for the second year. Additionally, Faculty who choose not to participate will not be
eligible for travel support and will receive no credit toward sabbatical leaves.

4. What materials must be submitted in the Selective-Salary Review process?
The Selective-Salary Review requires bargaining-unit members to submit an “annual selective-
salary report.” For Faculty, this consists of an updated professional record, a summary of the
last three (3) years of activities, a summary of current activities with expected results, and
teaching evaluations for the previous year (these are available to the committee from the
departmental office). This is no different from the report Faculty members were expected to
submit in the past. For Academic Staff, this consists of an updated professional record, a
summary of the last three (3) years of activities (instead of one year, as in the past), and a
presentation of current activities and expected results. The annual reports are NOT intended
to be extensive packets, such as those prepared for ESS, tenure, or promotion.

5. Who initiates the Selective-Salary Review process?
The unit salary committee.

For Academic Staff in departments that do not have sufficient numbers of Academic Staff with
ESS/tenure to form a committee, the salary committee refers to the School/College or division
salary committee. If the School/College or division does not have sufficient numbers, the unit
salary committee refers to the University Academic-Staff Tenure and Promotion Committee.
 
6. Who decides the outcome of the Selective-Salary Review process?
As in prior years, the unit salary committees make recommendations to the dean/director
regarding selective-salary increases.

With regard to remediation, the Selective-Salary Committee is also charged with making
recommendations for improvement when a Faculty member falls short of expectations in
research, teaching and/or administrative/University service, or when an Academic-Staff
member falls short of expectations in job performance. The Selective-Salary Committee may
recommend that a mentoring committee be established when performance is identified as
substantially below norms and factors. It can also make a judgment as to the peer mentoring
committee’s effectiveness in any annual selective-salary review and determine if mentoring
should cease or be referred to the chair/dean/director for further action.

Any actions taken by the chair/dean/director must conform to the contract and Board of
Governors’ statutes.

7. What is the role of the chair or department head?
Aside from serving on a unit salary committee with vote, the chair (or Administrator of equal
function) should only be involved if and when the salary committee recommends a mentoring
committee. At that point, s/he selects one (1) of the three (3) members of the mentoring
committee. After this, the chair is only involved if and when the salary committee concludes
(at least one year from the initiation of the mentoring committee) that the
remediation/mentoring process is not working and reports this to the chair (or equivalent
Administrator).

8. Who is on the peer mentoring committee?
The mentoring committee will consist of three (3) bargaining unit members of equal rank or
higher: one (1) chosen by the salary committee, one (1) chosen by the chair/dean/director of
the unit, and one (1) chosen by the bargaining-unit member being mentored.

9. Is there money set aside for any professional development recommended by the
peer mentoring committee?

Yes. Every year, $75,000 will be set aside for Faculty, and $25,000 will be set aside for
Academic Staff. The Provost’s Office will administer these funds and will issue an annual
report of their distribution.

10. What are the possible outcomes of the peer mentoring committee?
If the unit salary committee finds the improvement program to have been effective, then the
peer mentoring committee is disbanded. If the unit salary committee finds the improvement
program to have been ineffective, then the unit salary committee will either recommend a
continuation of the program, or refer the matter to the chair/dean/director. Keep in mind, the
committee can also recommend funding to support the mentoring process (see #9 above).
The across-the-board raise in 2013-14 is 1.375%.
In future years of this contract, it is 1.25%.
The selective-salary raise is 1.375% in 2013-14.
In future years of this contract, it is 1.25%.


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