of Medicine Base, Supplement and Incentive (BSI) Plan, which was initially
approved by the Board of Regents in 1995, describes the salary components and
salary adjustments for full-time faculty members (instructors and above who are
at least 50% FTE) in the School of Medicine. Full-time faculty members in all
three series (regular faculty, research professor and clinical practice)
participate in the BSI Salary Plan. Regent
Policy 11C governs the policies and procedures pertaining to salary
The university permits salary adjustments for full-time
faculty members once a year. Consideration of salary increases occurs in the
spring, for salary changes that will take effect on July 1st. In
recent years, the regents have granted an additional opportunity to adjust
salaries, which occurs in the fall (for salary adjustments that will take
effect on January 1st). January 1st salary adjustments
are permitted only for schools and colleges that have adopted a BSI
compensation plan. Outside of these two opportunities, full-time faculty
salaries are generally not adjusted at any other time during the year.
Salaries for all faculty members must be approved by the
regents. All salary recommendations are submitted to the regents through a
process managed by the individual schools and colleges. A “salary pool” is
provided for use during the process, and all adjustments are required to fall
within that pool. Typically, individual faculty salaries are based on merit and
cost-of-living factors and cannot increase more than a pre-determined
“threshold,” unless the department and the School of Medicine provide written
justification. For example, a large salary increase may be denied unless it can
be justified based on a substantial change in the faculty member’s
responsibilities, market demands or equity considerations.
Decreases in a faculty member’s salary are occasionally
recommended, and these adjustments follow the same processes and timelines.
According to BSI guidelines, a faculty member’s salary cannot be lowered more
than 15% in a given year without approval by the dean and chancellor. Faculty
salaries cannot generally be decreased below the pre-determined School of
Medicine base salary.
Stipends for specific
administrative duties (e.g., program director, assistant dean, department
vice-chair) are handled separately; they can be processed at any time during
the year and require development of a new letter of offer outlining the
additional administrative responsibilities.