FAQ: UA MOU - Career Faculty Renewals

NEW: How does term by term FTE impact my pay? For example, if I have 1.0 FTE in the Fall, but then teach two classes in Winter and no classes in Spring, will I receive pay for 1.0 FTE in the Fall and then .66 FTE in the Winter, and no pay in Spring?

Unless faculty have a voluntary 12-month pay agreement in place, faculty are paid for the work performed at the time it is performed. That means that if you work 1.0 FTE in fall term, you will be paid for 1.0 FTE in fall term and if you work .66 FTE in winter term, you will be paid for .66 FTE in winter term.

NEW: Where can I find out more about 12-month pay agreements?

The Business Affairs Office website: https://ba.uoregon.edu/content/twelve-month-pay-option

NEW: Will I get to keep my benefits if my FTE falls below 0.50 in a given term?

Regardless of a career faculty’s actual FTE in any term in AY 20-21, career faculty who received a renewal notice with an annualized FTE of .5 and above will continue to receive health insurance through AY 20-21 if they had health insurance throughout AY 19-20.

NEW: Will I get a new contract if my FTE is increased?

Career faculty who received renewal notices in early March have .55 or .11 annualized FTE contracts. FTE provided under annualized contracts can be allocated across terms based on enrollment need. Allocation of FTE does not require a change in the underlying contract but the university will give faculty information regarding their actual FTE for each term. Notice of actual fall term FTE will be provided no later than two weeks before the start of fall term. The university is working to provide information before that date and will continue to communicate with career faculty on this issue.

Why is my renewal only for one year?

Career faculty up for renewal this year are receiving one-year extension of their current contract. Career faculty will be eligible for multi-year appointments in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement next year.

Will my renewal FTE or non-renewal impact my health insurance?

Unless PEBB’s eligibility rules change, renewed career faculty who were benefits eligible in spring term AY 19-20 will continue to receive health insurance through at the least the end of October (including health insurance over the summer), regardless of their actual FTE for fall term.

Career faculty will also continue to receive health care to the extent their actual FTE in any term is .5 or above. Career faculty may also be eligible for health care under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). ACA eligibility for calendar year 2020 is based on the faculty member’s FTE from October 2018 through September 2019. If you would like to understand whether you are ACA eligible, please reach out to the university's benefits office.

Additionally, regardless of a career faculty’s actual FTE in any term in AY 20-21, career faculty who received a renewal notice with an annualized FTE of .5 and above will continue to receive health insurance through AY 20-21 if they had health insurance throughout AY 19-20.

Non-renewed career faculty who received health insurance spring term will receive health insurance through the end of July 2020. Career faculty members who lose university health insurance coverage are eligible for COBRA coverage. For more information about COBRA, please reach out to the benefits office.

Will my renewal FTE or non-renewal impact my extended pay over the summer?

Renewed career faculty who signed up for extended pay over 12 months in AY 19-20 will continue to receive pay over the summer. Non-renewed faculty will receive any deferred pay in their final paycheck.

Will my reduced FTE or non-renewal allow me to receive unemployment insurance benefits?

Unemployment insurance is managed by the State of Oregon Employment Department, which provides information and resources on its website. Human Resources has also compiled information and links to helpful resources on the Unemployment Insurance Benefits webpage. The rules for academic year employees can be different and are in flux so we encourage employees to reach out to the unemployment office with their questions.

When will I know what my actual Fall FTE is?

No later than two weeks before the start of Fall term AY 20-21, the university will assign available increased fall term FTE to career faculty who received a renewal notice on May 8th.

What is the criteria for FTE increases?

Available FTE increases will generally be distributed based on curricular and programmatic need and performance, as evidenced by objective criteria. Whenever possible, faculty in their highest rank will be given preference for FTE increases over faculty not in their highest rank. Similarly, whenever possible, faculty in the second highest rank will be given preference for FTE increases over faculty who have not achieved promotion. Over the coming months, the university will also provide additional information to career faculty regarding the criteria for providing available increased FTE.

How does this impact my current salary?

The MOU does not impact the current salary for faculty. The MOU extends provision in the collective bargaining agreement related to salary increases associated with promotion and post-tenure review. There will not be annual increase for represented faculty in AY 20-21.

How does this impact FTE for funding contingent faculty?

FTE for funding contingent faculty is not covered or impacted by the MOU.