The School of Public Health will phase in new policies to:
- Simplify Tenure Track appointments to reflect 12 months of work to smooth funding and provide flexibility for tenure track faculty.
- Create consistent effort guidelines for teaching, advising, and leadership and service activities regardless of track type.
- Provide flexible funding into research discretionary accounts for all faculty through a series of tiered mechanisms.
The policies were created to be equitable, consistent and simple.
Please send us your feedback using our Feedback Form:
- Effort Allocation Guideline
- Policy Summary for SPH Faculty Research Funding and Revenue Sharing Policy
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why is the School instituting these new policies?
The launch of this effort was driven by a clear signal from the NIH that effort reporting should be monitored closely, by the School's responsibility to support the citizenship of our faculty, and by our goal to provide equal opportunities among faculty in different tracks and centers.
The policies were guided by four principles:
- Everything we do must be compliant with federal regulations that are increasingly being enforced by NIH and other federal agencies;
- Policies must be compliant with rules and regulations that are being implemented by the University;
- The School should provide salary support for those academic and service activities that faculty are expected to participate in;
- Faculty should be allowed to accumulate flexible funds that allow them to explore new ideas, support trainees, and otherwise provide much needed support in lean times.
2. If I earned discretionary funding in a previous program (such as GIP), will my balance expire?
No your balance will not expire. All balances earned up to June 30, 2021 will be honored and retained in a faculty member’s local account.
3. Who is eligible for the 10% salary coverage?
(Research), Teaching Scholar, Research Scholar, and Professors of the Practice with a primary faculty appointment in a department in the School and those who have salary coverage through a research center.
4. If I have less than 100% coverage, am I eligible for the 10% salary coverage?
If you have less than 50% FTE you are not eligible for the 10%.
If you have 50-90% FTE the 10% salary coverage will be prorated.
5. What is the 10% supposed to cover?
The 10% salary covers non-grant funded activities including committee work, student/trainee advising and mentoring, and grant writing.
6. Do I have to take the 10% support?
No; the minimum salary support the School has to provide is 5% to ensure we are not utilizing federally funded dollars for grant writing. Please work with your financial administrator to ensure your activities and grant funding align with this new guidance.
7. If I am a tenure track faculty, do I have to convert to a 12-month appointment?
Tenured and tenure track faculty will be able to opt into the 12-month appointment and the new funding opportunities. Assistant professors on the tenure track will also have an opportunity to opt into the new program or they will be converted to the new structure when they are up for tenure review. Your options will be explained in your salary letter you will receive in June 2021.