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Faculty Compensation Policy

Faculty Compensation Policy

Authority: 
Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management
Date enacted or revised: 
Enacted February 2016
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Purpose

This policy provides general guidelines regarding compensation.  Unique circumstances regarding job duties, grant funds, or other situations may impact compensation under policies other than this one.

Compensation Indicated on the Official Letter of Appointment

The McNeese State University Letter of Appointment, which is issued upon initial employment and annually thereafter, indicates the budgeted salary (not including benefits) for each position and specific employee.   Actual pay may differ from the letter of appointment if job responsibilities change or should extenuating budget or fiscal circumstances call for a change in rate of compensation.

Advanced Study Pay Increases

To recognize educational achievements, full-time faculty will receive a $2,000 base salary increase upon earning an initial Doctorate Degree.  The increase is not retroactive unless specified in the appointment letter, but becomes effective at the beginning of the fall or spring semester following that in which the credential was earned and the Office of Academic Affairs and Enrollment Managemet received an official transcript.  All increases shall be accomplished by a memo to the provost and vice president for Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management initiated by the faculty member's supervisor following receipt of the new degree.  The official transcript must be submitted to the Office of Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management from the University awarding the degree.  All salary increases must be approved by the governing board.

Timing of Payment

Nine‑month faculty, and faculty or faculty administrative staff employed on a twelve‑month basis are paid in twelve equal payments on the last day of each month.  Full-time nine-month faculty employed prior to the 1998-99 academic year who elected to receive payment in 10 months may continue to do so.  Salary is paid through direct deposit or other means that does not require the issuance of a check.  Appropriate account or other information must be provided to the Office of Human Resources and Student Employment.

Salary of Faculty Not Completing an Academic Year

The Office of Human Resources and Student Employment determines the appropriate compensation for employees leaving an appointment prior to the end of the term of the appointment and for employees beginning an appointment after the academic session begins.  General guidelines are provided below, but actuals may differ depending upon related circumstances.
 
Faculty Departing at Mid-Academic Year

Faculty departing at the end of the first semester of the academic year shall receive one-half of the base salary for the year.

Faculty Departing or Hired During a Semester

Faculty who 1) resign during a regular semester; 2) are hired as a replacement during a semester; 3) start a semester late;  or 4) for some other reason do not complete a semester, shall be paid only for the time the faculty member has worked during the semester.  The amount paid to the faculty member for the incomplete semester shall be determined by multiplying the semester salary (one-half of the salary for the academic year) times the percentage of time worked during the semester.  All calculations shall exclude weekends, holidays and other faculty leave. 

Faculty Departing During the First Semester

The percentage of salary paid to faculty leaving the university during the fall semester shall be determined by dividing the number of days from the date of the official appointment to the departure date (inclusive) by the number of days from the date of the appointment to the official end of the semester, inclusive, which is the last date grades are due. 

Faculty Departing During the Second Semester

The percentage of salary paid to faculty leaving the university during the spring semester shall be determined by dividing the number of days from three working days prior to the date of spring freshman orientation to the departure date (inclusive) by the number of days from three working days prior to the date of spring freshman orientation to the official end of the semester, inclusive, which is the last date grades are due. 

Replacement and/or New Faculty Hired During the First Semester

The percentage of salary paid to faculty hired during a the fall semester shall be determined by dividing the number of days from the date of the official appointment to the end of the semester or appointment, inclusive, which is the last date grades are due, by the number of days from the date of the one week prior to the first day of classes for that semester to the official end of the semester, inclusive.

Replacement and/or New Faculty Hired During the Second Semester

The percentage salary paid to faculty shall be determined by dividing the number of days from the date of the appointment to the official end of the semester, inclusive, which is the last date grades are due, by the number of days from three working days prior to the date of spring freshman orientation to the official end of the semester.

Faculty Departing during the Summer Session

The salary amount received by the faculty member shall be determined by multiplying the summer session salary for the appropriate faculty rank by the percentage of the summer session worked.  The percentage of the summer session worked is determined by dividing the number of days beginning with the date of  Freshman Orientation for the Summer Session to the day of departure from the University (both inclusive) by the number of days from the Freshman Orientation for the Summer Session to the last day to turn in grades for the end of the regular summer term (both inclusive).

Replacement and/or New Faculty hired during the Summer Session

The percentage salary paid to hired faculty shall be determined by dividing the number of days from the date of appointment to the last date to turn in grades (both inclusive) by the total number of days in the session.

Summer Session Salary Schedule for Six Credit Hours (Subject to change)

Department Head: Full-Time Salary- $8,600; Full-Time Teaching Load*- 6 hours
Professor: Full-Time Salary- $7,800; Full-Time Teaching Load*- 6 hours
Associate Professor: Full-Time Salary- $7,400; Full-Time Teaching Load*- 6 hours
Assistant Professor: Full-Time Salary- $7,000; Full-Time Teaching Load*- 6 hours
Instructor: Full-Time Salary- $6,600; Full-Time Teaching Load*- 6 hours
Lab Assistant: Full-Time Salary- $4,500; Full-Time responsibilities
*Proportionate reductions are made for less than full‑time loads.

Summer Salaries and Salary Supplements Paid From Grant Funds

Grants funded through state and federal agencies must comply with regulations published by the federal Office of Management and Budget in "Principles for Determining Costs Applicable to Grants, Contracts, and Other Agreements with Educational Institutions"(A21).  This policy restricts supplemental salary payments to an amount no greater than a proportionate amount of the faculty member's base salary for work done during and outside the academic year.
In some cases granting agencies may permit faculty members to earn salaries exceeding their annual base salary.  However, unless the funding agency gives specific written approval, salaries for faculty members may not exceed their base salaries.

Grant/Sponsored Program Salary Rates for Academic Year

Charges for work performed on sponsored agreements by faculty members during the academic year will be based on the individual faculty member's regular compensation and are allowable at the base salary rate.  In no event will charges to sponsored agreements exceed the proportionate share of the base salary rate.

Grant/Sponsored Program Salary Rates for Periods Outside the Academic Year

Charges for work performed by faculty members on sponsored agreements during the summer months will be determined for each faculty member at a rate not in excess of the base salary.


Policy communicated via Academic Advisory Council, Senior Staff, and University Policy Page.