Performance Step Salary Increases (Second Revision)
PERFORMANCE SALARY STEP INCREASES (PSSI)
Academic Senate Policy #S97-194b
At its meeting of May 13, 1997, the Academic Senate
approved the following revised policy on performance salary step increases (replacing
interim policy #F96-194, Performance Salary Step Increases):
This policy complies with Articles 31.17 - 31.42
of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the California State University
and the California Faculty Association, as formally accepted by both parties
on October 4, 1995. See sections 31.11,
31.14 and 31.17-31.42 of the CBA for additional information regarding the Performance
Salary Step Increase Program.
I - Funding for the Performance Salary Step Increase (PSSI) Program
The Vice President for Academic Affairs shall make available, as a guideline,
the number of PSSI steps which could be funded for the University as a whole,
using the value of a step increase for the median faculty step as an approximation
of the cost per step. It is recommended that as many individuals as possible
receive an award, and that these awards be allocated equitably among the College
and equivalent units.
For the purposes of this policy, the ten college-equivalent units are: College
of Behavioral and Social Sciences, College of Business, College of Creative
Arts, College of Education, College of Ethnic Studies, College of Health &
Human Services, College of Humanities, College of Science & Engineering,
the Library, and Student Services Faculty/Professional Staff (Unit 3 counselors
II - Eligibility & Application
All Unit 3 employees are eligible and will receive
copies of this policy and an application/
nomination form. To be considered for a PSSI award,
a faculty member must either apply or be nominated by unit employees or academic
administrators on the approved application/nomination form (see section X).
The application/nomination form must be signed by the applicant/nominee attesting
to the truthfulness of the statements contained in the application/nomination
form. No more than one application/nomination may be submitted for
any eligible employee.
Application/nomination materials will consist of the application/nomination
form, a written statement of up to five pages (double spaced, single sided)
of the applicant's record to support the award, and a curriculum vitae which
covers the time period of the application (up to five years). This may include
work done at other institutions. No supplementary materials may be submitted.
III - Standards and Criteria
The criteria for the award of a PSSI are (a) teaching
performance, (b) professional achievement and growth, and (c) contributions
to campus and community. The primary emphasis is on excellent performance in
teaching (or in one's primary assignment, if other than teaching).
There is no order of priority between the other criteria. Faculty whose employment
is related to only one of the above categories may use that category as the
sole criteria to demonstrate excellent performance. Applicants/nominees must
address all areas of assigned workload.
The period of review will be the five years preceding the deadline for submission
of applications/ nominations, or the time since the last PSSI application/nomination
which resulted in the awarding of a PSSI.
IV - Composition of PSSI Review Committees
All PSSI review committee members must be tenured faculty. A faculty member
cannot serve on more than one PSSI review committee during a review period.
A faculty member submitting an application/nomination is ineligible to serve
on a PSSI review committee charged with reviewing his/her application/nomination.
Each College/Library/Student Services faculty unit shall form a PSSI review
committee from among the tenured faculty of that unit, composed of one representative
selected by each department within the unit. If qualified faculty are not available
from a department, the department may select a representative from among
the qualified faculty in related academic disciplines. If a department does
not select a representative, the Dean of that College (or equivalent unit administrator)
may appoint a qualified faculty person to represent that department on the College
faculty review committee. Library and Student Services units will select their
PSSI review committees in accordance with the internal organizations of those
units. This shall be completed by no later than October 3, 1997. These
College/Library/Student Services PSSI review committees will be the highest
level of faculty review for the PSSI program. Each PSSI review committee shall
be composed of no fewer than three members.
V - PSSI Review Procedures
All information and deliberations regarding the PSSI
review are considered confidential. Five copies of the completed applications/nominations
must be signed and submitted to the Department Chair and one copy to the President
(or designee) no later then October 3, 1997. Departments must immediately forward
all applications to the appropriate College/Library/Student Services unit review
committee. Those unit review committees must forward all applications and evaluations
to the College Dean or equivalent unit administrator no later than October 31,
1997. All applications/
nominations received by a review committee must be evaluated and categorized
as highly-recommended, recommended or not-recommended.
A majority vote, taken by secret ballot, shall be required for any committee
recommendation. In units which employ lecturers, the committee will make separate
recommendations for tenure-track faculty and lecturers utilizing the above process.
Thus, those committees will forward two sets of recommendations, one for tenure-track
faculty and one for lecturers.
The committee will make its highly-recommended, recommended or
not-recommended review decision and the reasons for that decision known
to each candidate at the time it forwards its recommendations. The Committee
will, at the end of its deliberations, present a summary description of its
work which identifies the primary characteristics associated with highly-recommended,
recommended and not-recommended applicants/nominees. Within units
with lecturer applicants/nominees, the summary will also include characteristics
associated with applicants/nominees highly-recommended, recommended
and not-recommended in that category. The descriptions will not identify
individual applicants/nominees and shall be submitted to the Senate no later
than the second Friday in February.
VI - Review by the Dean
Each Dean or equivalent unit administrator will write a report about each of
his/her applicant pool(s) of no more than three pages providing a review of
the College faculty committee's recommendations. These reports will accompany
the committee's recommendations, which shall be submitted to the President no
later than November 14, 1997. Any recommendations in these reports regarding
individual candidates will be made known to them.
VII - Review by the President
The President or designee shall review all of the applications/nominations
which have been submitted, and select the recipients of the increases from among
the candidate pools by December 12, 1997. All applicants shall be notified of
the President's decision no later than December 22, 1997. The President or designee
shall also determine the appropriate number of steps to be granted, consistent
with the limitations provided in the California Bargaining Agreement.
VIII - Peer Review of Performance Salary Step
Peer review shall be conducted in accordance with articles 31.37 through 31.42
of the California Bargaining Agreement. All requests for peer review must be
submitted to the Vice President for Academic Affairs no later than January 16,
IX - Reporting of Awards
PSSI awards shall be reported to the California Faculty Association in accordance
with Article 31.34 of the California Bargaining Agreement, with a copy of the
report submitted to the Academic Senate. The report shall include a statistical
summary similar to that presented in the annual report of the University Promotions
Committee, presenting the total number of applicants in each college/equivalent
unit, the number given each type of recommendation by the committee, the number
in each of those categories given positive and negative recommendations by the
dean, the number in each of those categories awarded a PSSI by the President,
the number of appeals, and the outcome of the appeals. This report shall be
submitted no later than February 13, 1998. In the event that the outcomes of
some appeals are still undetermined, that portion of the report will be submitted
upon completion of the appeals process.
X - Performance Step Salary Increase
- Application/Nomination Form
(To be submitted as a cover sheet on all applications/nominations)
Date of Application/Nomination:
Date of Prior PSSI Award (if received in last five years):
Department or Equivalent Unit:
College or Equivalent Unit:
My signature signifies that the information on this Performance Step Salary
Increase Application/Nomination Form and the attached statement is true to the
best of my knowledge.
Signature of Applicant/Nominee Date
Signature of Nominator (if applicable) Date
This candidate satisfies the criteria for excellence in teaching.
Department Chair's Signature
**APPROVED BY AMENDED BY PRESIDENT CORRIGAN ON JULY 24, 1997**