Investing in our People – Faculty Initiatives
Full-time, Non-tenure Track and Part-time Faculty
Working in partnership with the Academic Assembly (AcA), Seattle University has invested in a number of new initiatives to support full-time, non-tenure track and part-time faculty over the past several years. They include the following:
- Funding was secured to implement a $5.6 million Faculty and Staff Market Equity program that includes full-time, tenure-track (FT TT), full-time, non-tenure-track (FT NTT) and part-time (PT) faculty to bring salaries to competitive levels with our peers. For FT NTT faculty this means that through this program, we moved FT salaries in some areas of the university, which were as low as $24,600 per year, to a minimum of $45,000 per year without the terminal degree and $48,000 with one as of AY14-15. For PT faculty, that means $4,000 without terminal degree or $4,300 with terminal degree, effective July 2014. The increase of $500 or more applies to 100 to 150 PT adjuncts. (See #9 below).
- The Division of Academic Affairs moved the minimum salary for FT NTT (1.0 FTE) faculty to $45,000–$48,000, with a goal of $48,000–$50,000.
- FY15 & FY17 budgets included funding to alleviate office space issues. Work is underway to create additional office spaces.
- A set of policies and procedures was created that outlines roles, expectations, terms and a career ladder for all FT and PT faculty. The Seattle University Faculty Handbook was approved by the Board of Trustees during its meeting on September 17, 2015, with a resolution for the new handbook to go into effect retroactive to July 1, 2015, at https://www.seattleu.edu/academicaffairs/policies/.
- Seattle U created opportunities for PT faculty who teach the equivalent of more than four regular courses a year to hold modified FT appointments with enhanced compensation based on a percentage of a FT salary and benefits, as opposed to simply being compensated on a course-by-course basis.
- In 2014, access to subsidized health benefits was further enhanced for PT faculty by removing the requirement of teaching in three consecutive quarters in order to be eligible. Faculty with at least a half-time appointment spread over two or more academic year quarters may enroll.
- Seattle U modified its planning process in the colleges and schools to support continuing FT NTT faculty. Prior to 2011, continuing FT NTT faculty did not receive contracts to teach until just before the start of the fall term; now they receive their contracts in April for the following academic year similar to FT TT faculty.
- FT NTT faculty in non-law programs have the opportunity to hold multi-year appointments for as long as three years with the possibility of renewal.
- A PT Faculty Initiative further addresses PT faculty salaries, professional development and job satisfaction. The Division of Academic Affairs’ FY15 budget included a pay raise for PT for 3- to 5-credit per quarter courses, effective academic year 2014-2015: $4,000 without terminal degree or $4,300 with terminal degree. The AcA changed its bylaws in AY14-15 to provide PT faculty with a voice and a vote on its body (N=2 seats; FT NTT faculty are already represented on this body), a decision we strongly support. Services have been and will continue to be expanded in the Center for Faculty Development to promote the professional development and job satisfaction for all faculty, including FT NTT and PT faculty.
- Faculty members have a voice on matters relating to the budget as two members representing the AcA serve on the university’s Budget Advisory Committee.
- The university appointed a faculty ombudsperson in 2013. The ombudsperson serves as a resource, facilitator and consultant, helps faculty resolve disputes, identifies appropriate channels for concerns and addresses other issues and challenges related to their work at Seattle U. The ombudsperson reports to the chief financial officer/senior vice president for Finance and Business Affairs and is impartial and neutral, neither representing the university administration nor individual faculty.
Fall Quarter 2015 Faculty Breakdown
- Full-time faculty: 65%
(Tenure track 48%, Non-tenure track 17%)
- Part-time faculty: 32%
(The percent of part-time faculty ranges from a low of 31% in Fall 2013 to a high of 36% in Fall 2009 and 2010.)