Faculty Handbook: Policies Governing Faculty Service
Employment and Compensation
Faculty members are typically appointed for a nine-month period, although faculty and administrative personnel may be appointed for a twelve-month or other period, depending upon the needs of the unit concerned or the nature of the research or administrative work being done. All instructors of record must be appointed at a percentage commensurate with their load. Department heads, chairpersons, and chairholders typically have twelve-month appointments. The appointment period for nine-month employees is the academic year. The beginning and ending dates for nine-month appointments for the next five years are made available in Academic Policy 1200.20. The Academic Calendar is made available at the policy series web site: http://provost.uark.edu/policies/120020.php.
The appointment period for twelve-month employees is from July 1 to June 30, inclusive, which corresponds to the university’s fiscal year. Nine-month employees are paid a one-half month salary for August, one-ninth of the nine-month salary at the end of each month from September through April, and the remainder at the end of May. Twelve-month employees are paid one-twelfth of their annual salary at the end of each calendar month. Nine-month employees (on one-half time or greater appointments) may receive their annual salary on the basis of twelve equal installments, provided that no monthly installments shall commence earlier than the first day of the month in which the employee begins work.
Deductions from salary payments will include some or all of the following: federal and state income taxes, employee Medicare and OASDI taxes, payments to retirement plans, medical insurance premiums, dental insurance premiums, and deductions for the flexible medical spending account. Employees choose some deductions and some withholding amounts. Each employee is informed of the amounts withheld and for what purposes they are withheld by means of a monthly earnings statement.
In special circumstances certain categories of employees may earn additional pay for additional work as outlined in Fayetteville Policy and Procedures 407.0, Extra Compensation Policy, available at the web site for the policy series, http://vcfa.uark.edu/policies/fayetteville/hmrs/4070.php
Faculty members on nine-month appointments may be appointed to teach during the summer. The salary rate for a full-time teaching load (six hours or its equivalent) during one summer term of five weeks is an amount equal to 15 percent of the individual’s previous nine-months salary. Compensation for appointments for periods other than a five week term will be on a prorated basis. While nine-month teaching personnel do not ordinarily teach both terms of the summer session, they may be appointed to do so with the recommendation of the dean of the school or college. Employees on nine-month appointments will be compensated for any summer research employment on a basis proportionate to the salary of the previous nine months. For example, full-time summer employment other than for teaching for the entire period between the ending of the previous nine-month period and the beginning of the following nine-month period will be compensated by an amount equivalent to 33 1/3 percent of the previous nine-month’s salary, and part-time employment will be at a proportionate rate.
If a nine-month employee is assigned to a twelve-month position with the same title and duties, the twelve-month salary will be 1.25 times the nine-month salary. In the event an employee on a twelve-month appointment is assigned to a nine-month position with the same title and duties, the nine-month salary will be 80 percent of the twelve-month salary, consistent with Board of Trustees policy 435.1.