Provost Phillips emails TTF about long delayed gender equity raises

8/22/2019:

This is a bit confusing. His email below is not about the upcoming external equity raises for TTF. These will calculated soon on the basis of an update to the data here, and will be paid starting Jan 2020 to TTF where salaries are less than 90% of comparators by department/rank. There will also be a 1.625% merit pool.

Our provost’s email is about the TTF gender/race equity raises, which were supposed to be distributed last January. It turns out it takes longer than you’d think to hire a consultant for $120K and get them to run a few regressions. Since those regressions and some subsequent massaging found only 12 cases of inequity by gender and race, the bulk of this pool will be paid out in across-the-board raises to TTF, per the contract language (page down). Expect about 0.7% to be added to the 1.5% ATB you already got.

For Career/NTTF, because there’s no reliable comparator data, these percentages were already paid as part of the ATB raises in 2019 (2%), and will be paid as part of the 2020 merit raise pool of 2.125%.

Keep in mind that the Western US CPI has been increasing at 2.5-3%, so after these “increases” faculty will still get real pay decreases.

Dear Tenure-Track Faculty members,

I am writing to inform you that as a result of the findings of the Faculty Salary Equity Study Work Group, a dozen tenure-track faculty members will be receiving an equity adjustment increase to their salaries. The increases will be applied retroactively, with an effective date of January 1, 2019. The funds will be distributed starting at the end of this month. We have notified faculty members who are getting increases by email.

In addition, all tenure track faculty will receive an additional across-the-board increase under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) for United Academics. That money comes from the remainder of the equity pool that was set aside to cover any salary adjustments as per the CBA. Information about that increase is available on the employee labor relations website.

As many of you know, the Faculty Salary Equity Work Group presented its report to the provost for review and approval, and the group’s recommendations were not finalized until after the university was able to meet and confer with United Academics.

While all tenure-track faculty were notified and given routine updates over the last year about the work group’s efforts, I wanted to highlight a couple of key facts. The work group included faculty, administrators, and United Academics representatives. It partnered with an outside consultant to create, review, and determine the impact of a regression study that analyzed tenure-track faculty salaries.

After that work was completed, the group produced a report that explained the process, along with its rationale for who should be adjusted and by how much. That report can be found here.

Sincerely,
Patrick Phillips
Provost and Senior Vice President

Here’s the raise language from the HR website:

Fiscal Year 2019

  • Tenure Track Faculty: 1.25% across the board increase and 0.75% pool to address equity.
    Individuals receiving an equity adjustment will be notified directly, and their increase will be retroactive to January 1, 2019.
    If there are funds remaining in the equity pool after equity increases are applied, those funds will be applied as an additional across-the-board increase to all TTF, also retroactive to January 1, 2019.
  • Career Non Tenure Track Faculty: 2.0% across the board increase.

Fiscal Year 2020

  • Tenure Track Faculty:  1.625% merit pool and 0.50% external equity pool for academic departments, which are significantly below peer departments at AAU public institutions.
  • Career Non Tenure Track Faculty:  2.125% merit pool.

6/3/2019: UO pays equity consultant ~$120,000 to give 12 faculty $4,700 raises

The blame for this debacle should be shared between the UO administration and the UAUO faculty union. The faculty union, however, has learned to never again get involved in something that involves 50 hours of meetings with administrators and a consultant who makes a living telling administrators what they want to hear. Looking at the new Faculty Tracking Software scheme, it seems the administration took away a very different lesson.

Long story short, 2 years ago then UAUO President Michael Dreiling signed an MOU with new UO Pres Mike Schill for a 1.5% ATB raise for TTF in Jan 2019, with another 0.75% sent aside for “equity raises” – meaning raises directed at underpaid women and minorities, as identified by a standard regression model with department, rank, and time in rank as dependent variables. Any remaining funds were to go to ATB raises. It took UO about a year to hire a consultant. It took the consultant about a year to run a regression and interpret the outliers.

So, in fall, 12 TTF faculty will get equity raises averaging $4,700 each. The rest of the TTF will get ~0.5% retroactive, all with interest. UO has paid the consultant ~$120K, and burned through maybe 500 hours of OA and faculty time let’s call it $250K altogether, to transfer ~50K to 12 people. It may or may not be equitable, but it sure isn’t efficient.

More interestingly, at the same time UO was paying consultants to go through this process, which was almost entirely based on the premise that professors in the same departments with the same rank should be paid similarly, it was paying lawyers to argue, in the Jennifer Freyd case, that professors in the same department with the same rank do such different jobs that their work and salary cannot be compared.

It will be interested to see how the courts reconcile any lawsuits that might come out these equity raises with the Freyd lawsuit, which has been appealed to the 9th circuit.

Meanwhile Missy Matella, who ran the Gender Equity Project, won’t give me the regression results unless I pay her ~$400, but they’ve posted a lot of descriptive stuff here.

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4 Responses to Provost Phillips emails TTF about long delayed gender equity raises

  1. 120k says:

    120k for some bar charts and bullet points that could have been slapped together by an RA in about a week’s time.

  2. just different says:

    It ain’t about money. It’s about who gets control.

  3. Anonymous says:

    A report without showing any data is a) not very useful and b] typical of the low standards of accountability at the UO

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