The attrition of faculty and staff creates opportunities for the University to reallocate and realign resources to meet the strategic needs and priorities of the Institution. The Division of Academic Affairs has the institutional flexibility to determine how these funds are allocated. It is important to maintain a process that will provide a record of these reallocations and demonstrate Divisional accountability for the investment of these resources. Thus, when a faculty line becomes vacant in any College, it is subject to reallocation to another department and/or College.
Lines that remain vacant at the end of the fiscal year will be transferred to a single, central account within the Provost series of accounts. The College can anticipate the full salary savings from the line in the first year via a budget transfer. However, the College should not anticipate that the line will automatically be reallocated to the College.
A call for faculty line requests will be made by the Provost in January of each year. The College Deans should plan on completing a faculty line request utilizing the "faculty line request template" for each line requested. The Dean should also indicate the priority of the line request. The Dean should make requests based on the needs of the College regardless of available funds in the Division. A line request should also be completed for any anticipated vacancies. After requests are received, the Provost and Vice Provost will review the requests. Enrollment growth, departmental productivity, and overall strategic priorities for the Division will be considered in the decision-making process. These decisions will be announced no later than May of each year so that approved faculty searches can get underway early in the Fall.
All visiting faculty lines will be reviewed by the Provost and Vice Provost as part of this process. Enrollment growth and teaching productivity of the department will be a significant consideration in the decision-making process to renew a visiting appointment in the current academic department or to reallocate the line to another department.
The approval of all lines will be reflected in the official faculty hiring plan for each College. When a line becomes vacant in a College after the initial faculty hiring plan has been approved, the Dean should make a request to fill the line utilizing the "faculty line request template" and submit it to the Vice Provost for consideration. If approved, the line will be added to the faculty hiring plan for the year.
Funding for lines will be provided at salary amounts required to recruit at the Assistant Professor level. If the Dean chooses to hire at a higher rank the difference in rate will be the responsibility of the College. The current CUPA salary ranges by rank and discipline can be accessed at this link. http://uwf.edu/aabudget/salary/full-time.cfm These ranges are updated in August of each year with the most recent CUPA data available and are provided to assist the Dean in salary negotiations. Many factors influence the starting salary of a candidate including the individuals education, unique qualifications, and experience. All of these factors should be considered by the Dean during the salary negotiation process. The Dean can request other CUPA data for use in salary negotiations by contacting the Academic Affairs Budget Office.
Last updated: January 2014