Faculty Compensation FY2020

Faculty Compensation FY2020


Faculty Compensation


Standing Committees of the Faculty Senate


This committee monitors issues and develop proposals surrounding the levels and distribution of faculty salaries, services and other benefits, communicates with faculty and administration concerning personnel policies affecting faculty. 

Membership: The Committee on Faculty Compensation shall be composed of five members of the Faculty appointed for staggered three-year terms and an ex-officio representative from the Office of the Provost.


Chair: Mark Holder, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (2020)
Hossein Saiedian, Engineering (2022)
Josh Arpin, Business (2022)
Cambrey Nguyen, Pharmacy (2020)
David Weis, Chemistry (2021)

Ex-officio member,
Chris Brown, Vice Provost, Faculty Development


Approved by FacEx: June 7, 2019
Approved by Faculty Senate: September 12, 2019

For further information or to schedule a meeting with FacEx to discuss charges or the committee’s work, contact FacEx Chair Shawn Alexander.

  • Minutes of each meeting should be e-mailed to the Governance Office (govern@ku.edu) as they are approved.  The minutes will be posted to the Governance web site.
  • If the committee is recommending a change to university policy or rules, FacEx must officially receive that recommendation by March 31, 2020 in order to meet timeline requirements for full review by Governance.
  • Please send a report of the committee’s actions on each of the charges, as well as any recommendations the committee wishes to make concerning charges or membership for the following academic year, to University Governance, at govern@ku.edu, and submit the final report by April 17, 2020.  

Standing charge:

  1. Collect information on levels and distribution of faculty salaries. Report and make policy   recommendations to FacEx and the Faculty Senate, including a 1-page executive summary of the Final Report.

Specific charge:

Possible Charges based on final report:

  1. Examine the OIRP report (it should be run in late spring or summer of 2019) on equity in salaries of all faculty (tenure track and non-tenure track, including unclassified academic staff).
  2. Work with OIRP to design a set of metrics to follow related to detailed teasing apart of changes in salary levels at KU. Specifically:
    1. statistics about factors that could influence salary (bearing in mind that some of these may require permission to use data that is richer than simple average salaries for each rank);
    2. comparative cost of living measure at peer institutions based on the Runzheimer index;
    3. research how the voluntary separation incentive policy will affect data in the next few years; and
    4. information about total compensation (salary plus monetary value of benefits) to provide a more holistic summary of faculty compensation.
  3. Obtain the basic data for the standing charge from OIRP in early 2020.
  4. Write the committee’s report with comments on the equity analysis and basic salary data.
  5. Work with OIRP to assure that an analysis of factors contributing to salary changes is run in the spring or summer of 2020.
  6. Meet with Staff Senate to obtain information on the Employee Tuition Assistance Proposal and report on current status of the proposal.