UO Administration posts late and incomplete salary reports 8 hours after faculty vote to accept modest raise package

A bit less than half the members voted, with 95% approving the administration’s offer of 5/2/3 % raises. Voting closed at midnight. Sure enough, at 8:00 this morning I got the email below (with my response at the top) telling me that the administration had finally posted a partial salary report, here.

From: harbaugh harbaugh@uoregon.edu
Subject: Fwd: Fall salary info
Date: December 13, 2021 at 8:39:16 AM PST
To: Jamie Moffitt jmoffitt@uoregon.edu
Cc: J P Monroe jpmonroe@uoregon.edu, Mike Schill mschill@uoregon.edu, Avinnash Tiwari tiwari@uauoregon.org

Hi Jamie – In the email chain below I asked

Hi Jamie, back when the salary reports were posted quarterly, they would include all pay during the quarter – so for example summer pay, bonuses etc.

When IR switched to semi-annual reporting, they no longer included all of this – for example the summer pay I got for being Senate Pres was no longer reported.

I’m writing to request that, when this report is next made, it includes all payments made to all employees (including those no longer employed) over the preceeding 12 months.

You responded

Hi Bill –

I’ve talked to JP about this issue and he is planning to post a salary report this fall that will include the entire prior year.

Jamie

However the salary report that has just been posted does not appear to include any summer pay or bonuses.

I’d appreciate it if you could encourage JP to provide this information.

Thanks, Bill H

Begin forwarded message:

From: J P Monroe jpmonroe@uoregon.edu
Subject: RE: Fall salary info
Date: December 13, 2021 at 8:00:32 AM PST
To: William Harbaugh harbaugh@uoregon.edu

Dear Professor Harbaugh. The Fall 2021 salaries have been posted to IR’s website: https://ir.uoregon.edu/salary

From: William Harbaugh harbaugh@uoregon.edu
Sent: Friday, December 10, 2021 9:54 AM
To: J P Monroe jpmonroe@uoregon.edu; Chief Human Resources Officer chro@uoregon.edu
Cc: Mike Schill mschill@uoregon.edu; Jamie Moffitt jmoffitt@uoregon.edu; Avinnash Tiwari tiwari@uauoregon.org
Subject: Re: Fall salary info

Hi JP, I notice the IR website says

“Note: The Office of Institutional Research publishes salary data for all employees in all unclassified and classified position classes as of November 1. The report will be available in mid-November.”

As you know the union has an upcoming vote on a salary MOU. Will you be able to get this report out today?

Bill

On Nov 30, 2021, at 2:09 PM, J P Monroe jpmonroe@uoregon.edu wrote:

Hi Professor Harbaugh. I noticed in the email chain that Jamie references using October payroll for the reports. That was our previous practice, however, starting this year, we are switching to using November payroll because it provides a more complete set of records. I apologize for the confusion.

From: William Harbaugh harbaugh@uoregon.edu
Sent: Tuesday, November 30, 2021 12:33 PM
To: J P Monroe jpmonroe@uoregon.edu
Cc: Mike Schill mschill@uoregon.edu; Jamie Moffitt jmoffitt@uoregon.edu; Avinnash Tiwari tiwari@uauoregon.org
Subject: Re: Fall salary info

Hi JP, wondering when we can expect this. Thanks Bill

On Nov 28, 2021, at 11:37 PM, William Harbaugh harbaugh@uoregon.edu wrote:

Hi JP, wondering when we can expect this. Thanks Bill

On Oct 14, 2021, at 12:58 PM, Jamie Moffitt jmoffitt@uoregon.edu wrote:

Hi Bill –

I’ve talked to JP about this issue and he is planning to post a salary report this fall that will include the entire prior year.

Jamie

Jamie Moffitt
Vice President for Finance & Administration and CFO
University of Oregon
jmoffitt@uoregon.edu
541-346-3003

From: William Harbaugh harbaugh@uoregon.edu
Sent: Wednesday, October 6, 2021 2:55 PM
To: Jamie Moffitt jmoffitt@uoregon.edu
Cc: Mike Schill mschill@uoregon.edu
Subject: Re: AAUDE faculty salary comparisons

Hi Jamie, back when the salary reports were posted quarterly, they would include all pay during the quarter – so for example summer pay, bonuses etc.

When IR switched to semi-annual reporting, they no longer included all of this – for example the summer pay I got for being Senate Pres was no longer reported.

I’m writing to request that, when this report is next made, it includes all payments made to all employees (including those no longer employed) over the preceeding 12 months.

Thanks for considering this,

Bill

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16 Responses to UO Administration posts late and incomplete salary reports 8 hours after faculty vote to accept modest raise package

  1. cruel irony duck says:

    “bonuses”?? UO gives bonuses?! Who gets them?

    • uomatters says:

      Full profs get 10% of the tuition for every student who gets an A+, paid out every term after you submit your grades. They didn’t tell you about that?

  2. Bright Eyes says:

    I don’t understand. Was the timing of this deliberate? It comes across as contemptuous disregard for the faculty, union, and bargaining process. As an institution so concerned with optics, shouldn’t they have waited a week?! It’s hard not to interpret this as a middle finger from the administration of an institution we have been working so hard for under excruciating conditions for two years.

    • uomatters says:

      It’s contempt, pure and simple. Also our Institutional Research department is run by an incompetent, whom Brad Shelton and Jamie Moffitt keep employed because they are threatened by the thought that anyone else might have independent access to institutional data.

  3. just curious says:

    Does anyone know why Hal Sadofsky has a (nominal) salary of $125K as an associate professor when the salary for associate professors in the math department is <$100K?

    • uomatters says:

      Presumably he got a permanent salary boost for being CAS Nat Sci Dean.

      • Dog says:

        slightly off topic
        but today Cornell University announced it was shutting down
        due to rapid rise of covid cases.

        and of course, Hal is worth every extra penny …

      • just curious says:

        Apparently this happened when the position was renamed from “associate dean” to “divisional dean” along with an actual salary increase as administration. So then his nominal faculty salary increases too even though his academic rank is the same? Why? Very strange.

    • anon says:

      Permanent salary boosts associated with being a Dept chair ,Dean, Provost, etc are quite normal. Just look at what Patrick Phillips got along the way to being provost, and for being provost.
      One wag called these ‘GOLDEN PARACHUTE PROFESSORSHIPS’, because they kick in when one quits being dean, etc and returns to being a faculty member. They are perfectly legal.

      • Anonymous says:

        quite correct; consult Banavar’s salary as a “Professor” in physics

      • just curious says:

        I hadn’t doubted legality, I was just wondering what the rationalization was. So in addition to the other perks, becoming an administrator is a way to end-run academic promotions and get the salary of a full professor without actually being one. Good to know, thanks for the explanation.

      • Anonymous says:

        For department heads “quite normal” apparently is no longer true, at least in CAS. They just posted an updated compensation schedule for directors and heads. There is still a stipend while you are active as head. But they used to also offer a percentage boost to your base salary, that has gone away.

        https://casweb.uoregon.edu/department-head-and-large-program-director-compensation-schedule

        • uomatters says:

          Sounds like the department heads need a union.

        • anon says:

          These numbers seem quite low to become a dept head, particularly during summer, and the removal of opportunity to get a boost in base salary removes a major incentive to become chair. At least the regulations recognize the spread in typical teaching assignments across depts, and adjust the teaching releases accordingly.
          patrick phillips will return to Biology with a salary ca 280K, so this represents what UO is willing to pay for a distinguished evolutionary biologist; If my memory is correct, his prior full prof salary was about 50-60% of that. His boost recognizes several admin positions, but you get the point.
          Apparently salary negotiation is only allowed for some admin positions.
          In the spirit of equality I presume.
          ANIMAL FARM equality.

          • Dog says:

            ah but there are so many other opportunities for advancement from being a DH, as well as those cherished interactions with you
            subordinate faculty and the ever gracious CAS admins all about
            improving the quality of education at the department level …