Faculty Rights Tip of the Week—Lecturers’ Placement on Salary Scale

This weekly CFA Headlines feature offers a brief “Faculty Rights Tip” or short information piece about the faculty contract.


Upon a Lecturer’s initial appointment, the university determines the level of salary it will offer the Lecturer. This amount is negotiable, though most Lecturers don’t engage in salary negotiations at the time of their initial appointment.

Practices vary widely around the state with respect to Lecturer salary placement, even though many campus faculty policy manuals provide specific appointment criteria.  

Lecturers can negotiate (ask for) a higher salary—even one that exceeds the salary range maximum—at the time of a new appointment, although they will need department chair and dean approval. (See Article 12.11.)

In other words, if you have a one-year appointment, you can negotiate for a higher salary in the coming year. If you have a three-year appointment you can negotiate for a higher salary at the beginning of your next three-year appointment.

Here are a few samples of Lecturer salary placement criteria from around the system:

Finally, it is worth noting that Lecturers are among several unit members in “temporary” status. This advice applies to counselors, coaches, and librarians who are subject to regular reappointment.

If you have additional questions you can contact your CFA Chapter Faculty Rights Representative.  

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