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Faculty Affairs Update

Office of the ProvostNov 21, 2016
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NTT Task Force Report Update

  • Titles and Promotion
    One of the major recommendations in the NTT Task Force Final Report addresses the development of a pathway to advancement for lecturers. On December 8, the Academic Council (AC) will vote on Faculty Handbook language that clarifies titles and proposes a pathway for promotion for lecturers. The proposed titles and advancement criteria will be available in the December 8 AC agenda.  
  • Continued Charge
    Overview of Faculty Support and Development On November 17, the NTT Task Force was given a charge to continue their work. Specifically, the Provost has charged the Task Force with recommending, by March 17, 2017, a compensation methodology for Pacific's non-tenure track faculty that is tied to excellence in teaching, that is competitive with our geographic peers and reflects how Pacific values the NTT teaching professionals across our three campuses. Potential gender equity issues will be addressed through a mechanism that does not include this Task Force. The Provost and VP Business and Finance will consider the plan in the context of institutional affordability and extend a recommendation to the Board of Regents.

Faculty Compensation Task Force Update
As previously reported, this fall the Task Force was organized into four subcommittees, each of which has been working diligently and making significant progress toward their charges. The Task Force is on track to complete its charge with a report to the Board of Regents in May 2017. With two members of the Board on the Task Force, the Board is kept apprised of progress and the Board Human Resource Committee is engaged at multiple touch points during plan development.  The Board Human Resource Committee approves compensation philosophies and plans for all Pacific employees.

Subcommittee updates for November:

  • The Philosophy subcommittee is currently revising the draft document after discussion at the November meeting.
  • The Peer Institution subcommittee is building a process to identify peer institutions.
  • The Compensation Models Tied to Excellence subcommittee has done extensive work and has explored models of compensation; it will make recommendations that align with the philosophy statement once completed.
  • The Holistic Compensation Variables subcommittee is gathering data regarding non-salary compensation and will perform a robust analysis once peer institutions and a philosophy are defined and approved by the Board. 

Women Faculty Development Conversations
In order to develop programming supportive of all women faculty in all disciplines and phases of their careers, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Berit Gundersen invites you to university-wide conversations about women faculty development programs and the opportunities that would be most helpful at Pacific.  

It is important that we collectively identify professional development opportunities to support our women faculty in their careers as their goals change, including support for leadership development. This will help to ensure that the programs we design reflect the particular areas of need and interest at our own institution.

Conversations will be held at the following campuses on the following dates with video links available on November 29 and 30:

Sacramento Campus
Monday, November 21
Room S-20, 3:00-4:00pm

Stockton Campus
Tuesday, November 29
Library Community Room, 4:00-5:00pm

Stockton Campus
Wednesday, November 30
Library Community Room, 2:00-3:00pm

San Francisco Campus
Tuesday, December 6
113 Dorfman Lecture Hall, 1:00-2:00pm

If you would like to participate remotely on any of these dates please contact Ava Hammond ( to coordinate.  If you are unable to attend any of these conversations, or have additional ideas you would like to share please email Vice Provost Gundersen ( or use the Development for Women Faculty Form. Input also may be provided anonymously by sending an email to (the sender information will be de-identified before it is shared). Please provide input by Wednesday, December 7.   The ideas gathered will be summarized and reported back by Wednesday, December 14.

We will use the information we gather to develop opportunities for spring 2017 while continuing to work on a comprehensive professional development plan for women faculty to begin in Academic Year 2017-18.

Faculty Awards Recognition Reception
On Thursday, December 1, Pacific will honor six faculty members for their exemplary teaching, scholarship and service at Pacific at the annual Faculty Awards Recognition Reception. The Provost invites you to attend this reception, 4:30-6:00 p.m. in the Presidents Room (Anderson Hall), to help celebrate your colleagues for their achievements. Please RSVP to by November 22.

The awards being presented that night are:

  • United Methodist University Scholar/Teacher of the Year
    • Tanya Storch, College of the Pacific
      • The University Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church recognizes outstanding faculty members for their dedication and contributions to the learning arts and their institutions. Selection is based on exceptional teaching, concern for students and colleagues, scholarly contribution and high professional and personal standards.
  • Faculty Research Lecturer
    • Roshanak Rahimian, Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
      • The Faculty Research Lecturer award was established by the Faculty Research Committee to recognize faculty with a record of meritorious research or artistic contributions during their service at the University.
  • Eberhardt Teacher/Scholar
    • Bálint Sztáray, College of the Pacific
    • Luke S. Lee, School of Engineering and Computer Science
    • Arturo Giraldez, College of the Pacific
    • Mark P. Walberg, Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
      • The Eberhardt Teacher-Scholar Awards recognize both exemplary teaching and scholarship.

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