Faculty rights tip of the week: Lecturer reclassification to a higher salary

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This weekly CFA Headlines feature offers a brief “faculty rights tip” or short information piece about the faculty contract.


Many Lecturers are not given information about the CSU salary ranges at the time of their initial appointment. In some cases, they may be appointed at a salary below that for which they are academically qualified. Each time a Lecturer’s appointment is renewed for all three appointment types (term, 1-year, and 3-year appointments), there is an opportunity to request a reclassification to a higher salary. See Articles 12.9 and 12.11 of the contract.

Many 3-year Lecturers are unaware that their opportunity to ask for a higher salary only comes around every three years and that they should approach their chair in the last Spring term before a roll-over 3-year appointment. 

There is nothing in the Collective Bargaining Agreement that prevents such a request. While it may not necessarily be granted, it is appropriate to make such a request when the new appointment letter comes.

For more information on how Lecturers may apply for a reclassification to a higher salary at each new appointment, we urge you to contact your local CFA chapter faculty rights representative.

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