Department Head and Program Director Compensation

Last update: 09/15/2019 - 3:25pm


CAS department heads and program directors are eligible for several types of compensation. Compensation is standardized for fairness and transparency, and we do not negotiate separate arrangements. See the Department Head and Large Program Director Compensation Schedule and the Program Director Compensation Schedule for details about stipends and course releases. Three-year averages of data will determine directors' and heads' compensation in these schedules. The Dean's Office initiates the paperwork for all department head compensation.

Salary Increases

Most first- and second-time heads are eligible for an increase to their 9-month annual rate upon assumption of the headship or large-program directorship: a 3% permanent increase to base salary for those serving their initial three-year term as department head and a 2% permanent increase in base salary will be given to those who serve a second three-year term as department head (or director of a large program). The second term does not have to be consecutive. Interim positions are not eligible. If a head does not serve their full three-year term, the permanent 3% (or 2% in the case of a second term) increase to the faculty member's base rate will be reduced in proportion to time served as head. Someone serving as head in a different department from their home department will be eligible for these increases as a new head even if they have served as head in their home department in the past. The Dean's Office will prepare the PRFs to initiate these increases and send copies to the units.

Academic Year Stipends

Incumbent heads and directors receive 9-month stipends while they are in the position. The Dean's Office will prepare the PRFs to initiate these stipends (and end them when applicable) and send copies to the units. Stipend amounts vary based on department size. There is no stipend for summer session coordination.

Summer Term Stipends

The department head and some program directors will also receive a summer term stipend, paid in August payroll. The Dean's Office will generate this PRF. If part or all of the summer head/directorship stipend will be paid to another faculty member, the unit must send an appointment letter to the faculty member, including dates of service and amount of stipend to be paid. Please send a copy of the appointment letter for any interim Summer heads to the Dean’s Office by July 1st. 



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