Retention Offers and Salary Increases

Last update: 09/24/2018 - 4:19pm


When a faculty member in your unit is being actively recruited by another institution, or is considered a retention risk for other reasons, the department head should notify the Divisional Dean as soon as possible. 

Work closely with the Divisional Dean throughout the retention process, referring to the procedures outlined by the Office of the Provost (see link to the left). Retention offers approved by the Dean must be submitted to the Office of the Provost with the “Retention Request Approval Form."

Any requests for retention raises must be made through the appropriate department or program head. Retention offer requests will be considered by the Dean in the context of elements such as 

  • an official, written outside offer
  • recruited faculty member’s relative merit within the department
  • outside offer compensation relative to compensation structure within the department (compensation includes such things as salary, start-up funds, research accounts, facilities, course releases, etc.)
  • quality of institution making the outside offer
  • comparability of the institution making the outside offer to the UO
  • comparability of the position to the faculty member’s current position (for instance, an administrative position is not typically comparable to a research/teaching faculty position)
  • cost of living differential between Eugene and outside offer location.

For example, an outside offer from an institution that is not comparable to the University of Oregon or at a compensation level below the current compensation level of the faculty member will not be countered. 

The Dean will consider retention offers for an individual only once in a five-year period. 

Salary Increase 

If a salary increase is approved, the department is responsible for submitting the Payroll Request Form for the salary increase. PRFs are due to Human Resources by the 15th of the month prior to the PRF effective date in order to guarantee timely pay. This means that PRFs should reach CAS by the 5th of the month prior to the PRF effective date.