Article XXI (H)(5) of the State-wide Agreement between the State of New Jersey and the Council of New Jersey State Colleges Locals, AFT, AFL-CIO for July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2015, provides the following:
There shall be a range adjustment program at each College/University where full-time faculty are employed. Full-time faculty members who meet or exceed the merit-based criteria established for range adjustments are eligible to be considered for and may apply for a range adjustment within rank. The merit-based criteria will be established by the College/University and published for the understanding of affected employees. The procedures for consideration will be negotiated between the College/University and the Local Union. The procedures for consideration utilized in the College/University, if universally applicable, or in a division, department or similar unit in which the faculty member is employed, shall be fairly and equitably applied to all applicants and nominees.
The following guidelines, criteria, and procedures have been established by the University for implementation of the range adjustment program for eligible full-time faculty members at William Paterson University.
I. General Guidelines
- The President of the University or his/her designee, after consultation with the Union, shall announce the number of available range adjustments at each rank, on or before October 1st.
- Applications will be filed and processed in the spring of each academic year based on the established calendar for the Faculty Range Adjustment Program. The President, after negotiations with AFT, Local 1796, shall develop a calendar setting forth range adjustment procedures which shall be published and distributed annually to all eligible full-time faculty. Candidates shall adhere to the dates set forth in the calendar.
- Faculty members interested in applying for range adjustments should review Article XXI (H)(5) of the Statewide Agreement and the Faculty Range Adjustment Program included herein. William Paterson University shall provide copies of the Faculty Range Adjustment Program, the Eligibility List (as provided at the beginning of each academic year) and calendar to all faculty members.
- Although the review committees may request additional information to assist in their evaluation, it is the responsibility of candidates to provide the documentation to support their record of activity in rank or range across the merit-based criteria. Documentation of activity at a prior rank, range or employment activity at William Paterson University, or another organization or institution of higher education shall not be submitted as evidence of meeting the merit-based criteria. The Administration will provide to the UFRAC a list of applicants, which will include faculty appointment date, last promotion and/or range adjustment date(s), if any, and a printed copy of the Faculty Range Adjustment Program.
- The Administration will provide a list to all faculty members notifying them of their eligibility status. Prior to distribution of such list, the Administration will provide to the Union for its review this list, which will include faculty appointment date, and last promotion and/or range adjustment date(s) if any.
- All range adjustment applications are reviewed initially at the department level. On or before the date set forth in the established calendar, applications must be submitted to the Department Chairperson who will forward the portfolio to the Department Faculty Range Adjustment Committee (DFRAC) for review, recommendation and transmittal to the University Faculty Range Adjustment Committee (UFRAC).
- The DFRAC Chair forwards the department’s recommendation to the UFRAC for review, recommendation, and transmittal to the Provost and Senior Vice President.
- Candidates for range adjustments shall not serve on either their department DFRAC or UFRAC during their candidacies.
- The names of faculty who receive faculty range adjustments shall be included in information provided by the University to the All-University Promotion Committee.
II. Faculty Range Adjustment Program - Eligibility
- Full-time faculty members who have completed at least four years in their current rank or range, and who have not been promoted or received a range adjustment within the preceding four years shall be eligible to apply for range adjustments.
- Promotion from Instructor to Assistant Professor as a result of completion of a terminal degree or equivalency will not be considered a "promotion" for purposes of this policy. Time at the Instructor rank will be counted toward completion of the four-year waiting period in rank required to apply for a Faculty Range Adjustment.
- A full-time faculty member shall not be awarded a promotion and range adjustment in the same academic year.
III. Faculty Range Adjustment Program Merit-Based Criteria
A. To be eligible to apply for a range adjustment within rank, a faculty member shall:
1. meet professional responsibilities,
2. exceed criteria (be exceptional) in teaching, and
3. exceed criteria (be exceptional) in one of the following and meet criteria (be effective) for the other:
a. research/scholarship/creative expression,
b. university/community service.
B. The candidate shall indicate, on the required form, the category in which s/he considers him/herself to be exceptional (exceed criteria) (subsection C-1-c). The criteria are defined in the Faculty/Staff Handbook, Faculty Promotions, IV-C, 1-6 and Scope of Assessment, Attachment I.
C. Candidates shall provide documentation of their performance on all three merit-based categories of criteria outlined in III-A above during the previous four years in rank or range. Candidates may choose to submit evidence of their performance on the merit-based criteria for their entire length of service in their present rank or range.
D. Evidence of achievement of the merit-based criteria in a prior rank, range or employment activity at WPUNJ, other organization, or institution of higher education shall not be submitted for consideration of a range adjustment.
Candidates shall develop a portfolio that includes the required Faculty Range Adjustment Application Checklist, a curriculum vita, two student and two peer teaching evaluations from the previous four semesters of application (excluding the semester in which the application is made), a cover letter indicating the candidate’s accomplishments related to the specifically applicable merit-based criteria and supporting materials and documentation the candidate chooses to submit to the department chair who will forward it to the DFRAC chair.