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Bonus pay proposal set for presentation to faculty and staff

March 18, 2003

After a nearly yearlong process, a committee of Austin Peay administrators, faculty and staff have assembled a proposed bonus pay plan.

Goals of the proposed plan include rewarding high performers, improving teaching and service to the University, boosting morale and providing monetary incentives.

Bonus could take two forms under the proposal: extra compensation or professional development travel funds.
March 18, 2003

After a nearly yearlong process, a committee of Austin Peay administrators, faculty and staff have assembled a proposed bonus pay plan.

Goals of the proposed plan include rewarding high performers, improving teaching and service to the University, boosting morale and providing monetary incentives.

Bonus could take two forms under the proposal: extra compensation or professional development travel funds.

Bonus money would be distributed to departments in pre-determined "shares," or sums of money under the plan. Individuals being awarded would get at least one full share, along with an additional monetary award if they're considered particularly meritorious.

Faculty and staff would learn who's to receive bonus pay in October. The awards would be based on performance in the previous evaluation period.

Faculty awards would be based primarily on annual performance reviews by chairs, according to the proposal. Individuals identified as exceptional will be asked to submit a current vitae. In most years, quality teaching would be the main criteria, though in some years, deans, administrators or departments may identify other criteria.

Under the proposal, chairs and a committee of not less than three members would nominate members of the department to be considered for bonus pay. If more names are sent forward than there are bonus shares, the committee and chair would be asked to rank nominees.

Like faculty, staff members would be considered for bonuses based on their annual review. Any employee with an average score of 2.2 on a 3.0 scale is eligible. First-line supervisors will rank employees scoring over a 2.2 on their evaluation by order and forward the list to the next-level supervisor, who may elect to re-order the names. The second-tier supervisor will award bonus shares to employees.

The proposal will be discussed at a town hall meeting to be held from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m., April 1 in UC 303 and 305, and from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. April 2 in the UC Ballroom. All faculty and staff are invited to join in the discussion.