Newsletter March 2008: “The Salary Scale Adjustment”


“Over the past 25 years, the UC Salary Scale has often been cited as a model of equity in the academic world. When it was first conceived, the goal was for all faculty at all ranks at all of the campuses of the University of California to be treated alike. Research and scholarly excellence were rewarded with the same salary level whether in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, or Business & Engineering: the same level of achievement, the same reward. The Salary Scale had a clear internal timetable for review that allowed faculty to move up the ladder in a systematic and timely manner. This system seemed much fairer than the more typical one-on-one annual ‘compensation meeting’ between the chair or dean and the faculty member to work out next year’s salary based on performance over the past year.”


Presented by the 2007-2008 SBFA Executive Board

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