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On Summer Contract Pay

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    Date Posted: April 30, 2013


    Here is an excerpt from the AGENDA ITEM on the adjuct faculty compensation formula that is recommended by the working group on faculty summer/ overload pay scale, made up of the following: VPAS Joseph Habuchmai, VPIA Mariana Ben Dereas, Senate President Christopher Ross Perkins, Human Resource Director Rencelly Nelson, Business Office Representative Doman Daoas and Dean of Academic Programs Karen Simion. 

    CLICK HERE to view the entire document (in pdf).



    SEE also WORKING GROUP REPORT2 ADJUNCT FACULTY COMPENSATION COLLEGE OF MICRONESIA-­FSM MAY 2013 for details of the work done and procedures followed by the working group in comming up with its recommendation.





    Date Posted: February 27, 2013


    The new proposed formula for temporary instructor rates for full time faculty is as follows (this would include overload pay and summer pay):


    (Your hourly rate) x 2 (1 teaching hour and 1 prep. hour) = $______ x 16 weeks = $_____ x 20% (incentive) = $_______ (temporary instructor rates per credit)*



    For example: Instructor X makes $11.00 an hour.


    $11.00 x 2 = $22.00 x 16 = $352.00 x 20% incentive(+70.40) = $422.40 (per credit)



    $422.40 x 3 credit class = $1,267.20 (per 3 credit class)


    Part-time instructors, who are not full time with COM-FSM, would use a baseline hourly rate that will be developed by HR. This rate will be based on the 20th market percentile.


    *This formula is based on the old (1997) temporary instructor rates.  It has been modified to be in line with the 20thmarket percentile.


    Once again, we encourage all concerned to please post your comments below this wiki page, or contact your representatives.




    Date Posted: February 18, 2013


    LINK:  (PDF document - will open in new window)




    From Ross Perkins, via email:
    For your information, I suggested in the working group yesterday that while looking at faculty summer pay we should also look at part time instructor and overload pay.  All three are based on the same salary schedule.  The business office is looking into the overall impact that this would have on financial side of the college.
    From Dana Lee Ling, thru the senate wiki:
    Dana_Lee_Ling says:
    @Rafael: Thanks for the feedback on summer pay options document you posted. Complex issue with some fundamental problems. The faculty favors an option that no longer makes sense because the old salary schedules are no longer in use. I gather that there is no approved "new" temporary rate? What is the way forward on this issue?
    Posted 11:22, 19 Feb 2013




    Date Posted: January 23, 2013


    The table below shows (4) different scenarios concerning faculty summer pay that are currently being considered by a working group assigned to look into this matter.

    The senate is soliciting feedback from the faculty concerning these scenarios for submission back to the working group as soon as possible.  The group is planning to meet Wednesday next week to discuss comments and suggestions.



    Please post your comments below, email your senate, or contact your faculty representatives asap.



    Date Posted: May 16, 2012


    The college will implement for this summer only, the same incentive provided last summer, a 20% increase above the current compensation schedule.


    COM-FSM President Joseph M. Daisy communicated this information to the working group that was tasked by the Senate's Faculty Subcommittee to meet with him last April 27, 2012 in order to discuss the Summer contract pay.  The group was composed of Senate President Resida Keller, Dr. Richard Womack, and Prof. Dana Lee Ling and Rafael Pulmano.


    In his email message, the president said he was pleased to have met with the group several weeks ago and to learn of the concerns related to the summer pay for faculty. He expressed appreciation for the perspective that they provided and also the professional and respectful tone exhibited throughout the discussion.


    According to the president, as this issue will likely take many more minds to appropriately address, he encourages representatives from the faculty to engage in further discussions and plans for consideration to permanently resolve the summer pay issue for faculty.


    He said that, as promised, he had looked into the options available now, that a 20% increase at this time is merely a temporary solution, and that he looks forward to a timely resolution of concerns related to the summer compensation for faculty.






    Date Posted: April 30, 2012


    In behalf of the faculty senate, Prof. Richard Womack, Dana Lee Ling, Resida Keller and Rafael Pulmano, met with President Joseph M. Daisy at his office on April 27, 2012 at 3:00 PM.  The president welcomed the group, and Dr. Womack began by providing background information about the salary situation at COM-FSM from long before the recent job audit up to the present.


    President Daisy listened intently, asked questions, thanking the group for sharing this information while at the same time giving assurance that he'd been doing his homework and is looking at possible options.


    After learning that some faculty had to teach extra classes and also teach during Summer to cope with the high cost of living in the FSM, the president expressed that faculty shouldn't be working on extra load to make a living. The president wants to have salary options with costs presented to him. He is open to ideas, he "gets" that the faculty are underpaid and the ramifications for recruiting and retaining qualified faculty.


    The president indicated he realized full-well the recruitment and retention issues are serious, as well as a declining sense of  "good morale". Womack noted that with having to maintain overloads make ends meet--working paycheck to paycheck when announcements like---the accreditation course shall be put in one's evaluation and the work many are doing is NOT put in one's "permanent file"--it rubs folks--the wrong way. Faculty are perhaps becoming too sensitive---but for a reason.


    Lee Ling suggested that the college avoid going back through another salary study and use the current tracks which are four percent per step, one percent per substep, and simply extend the track beyond step 20.  That would not incur any immediate cost.  He also suggested "cutting off" the bottom of the track and hiring in "higher" on a track to make salaries more competitive.  Womack argued that the cut-off should result in a salary on par with Marshall islands.


    The president noted that the step increase freeze would have to remain in place for now. He noted that the FSM Congress is looking to appropriate $700,000 to assist the college and that it would not look appropriate if the college received the 700K and then turned around and used it to pay for step increases. Womack noted that the faculty had expressed a willingness to make a one year sacrifice, but that an end date to the step freeze was desired. Recruitment and retention are already problematic, the freeze only exacerbates the problem.


    On Summer contract pay and committee work, the president noted that for Fall and Spring, regular full-time faculty are being paid regular pay spread over 12 months, while peforming various tasks in addition to actual teaching - serving on committees, advising students, etc. During Summer, full-time faculty sign special contract with job basically confined to teaching only.


    The president expressed an interest in exploring whether summer pay could simply be regular term pay. This would obviously be for the future. He presented a number of possible scenarios under consideration, and asked the faculty to also come up with options of their own for management's consideration. The president wants committee work to continue during the summer, and suggested maybe a stipend for non-teaching faculty who have committee work during the summer.


    Lee Ling noted that all faculty are currently part-time in the summer and part-time faculty do not have committee duties at the college, thus the stipend might be due to all faculty who serve during the summer.


    The president said he would ask Academic Program Director Karen Simeon and Comptroller Danny Dumantay to put numbers on his desk to find out as to what a 20% incentive would cost. He requested that he be given until Monday (April 30, 2012) to look into the financial implications of a similar increase in summer pay given last year, but expressed his desire for a continuing dialogue. 

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