Implementation of Assistant Professor Steps V and VI and
Associate Professors Steps IV and V at UCLA

August 13, 2009

Overview

•    These steps will be available for personnel actions in the Regular and In-Residence faculty series with effective dates of July 1, 2010 and later, except for faculty who are members of the School of Law and School of Medicine Compensation Plan.

•    Normal time at Assistant Professor will continue to be 7 years (or less in some Schools) and normal time at Associate Professor will continue to be 6 years.

•    Criteria for promotion to Associate Professor, Professor and Professor Step VI will be the same as they are now.

•    As indicated by the accompanying “Normal Paths of Progression” chart, typical (i.e., non-accelerated) progression will be from:

    Assistant IV to Associate I
    Assistant V to Associate II
    Assistant VI to Associate III
    Associate III to Professor I
    Associate IV to Professor II
    Associate V to Professor III

New Appointees

Units are urged to hire faculty at the same Rank and Step as they have in the past.  Faculty should not be hired at Assistant Professor V or VI, or Associate Professor IV or V, unless they are transferring from another UC campus.  Rather than hiring an experienced Assistant Professor at Step V or VI, they should be hired at Step III or IV and offered an appropriate Off-Scale Salary.

Assistant Professors

•    Faculty coming to UCLA at Assistant II will typically advance through Assistant V, and be promoted to Associate II.  They would typically spend two years each at Associate II, III, and IV before being promoting to Professor II.

•    Faculty coming to UCLA at Assistant III will typically advance through Assistant VI, and be promoted to Associate III.  They would typically spend two years at Step III, three years at Step IV, and one year at Step V before being promoted to Professor III.
•    Faculty who have been at Assistant Professor IV for two or more years, who are not going forward for promotion to Associate Professor, and who are due for their two-year contract renewal, will be eligible for a merit increase to Assistant V.  Two years later, if they are still not going forward for promotion (and are not required to based on the Eight-Year Limit), they will be eligible for a merit increase to Assistant VI.

•    Accelerations that involve skipping a step or spending less than two years at a step in the Assistant Professor ranks are discouraged. Salary issues can be dealt with through off-scales. Faculty who are progressing quickly may wish to consider early promotion to Associate Professor.

Associate Professors

•    Faculty who enter the Associate ranks – either as a new recruitment or through the Assistant ranks – at Step II would normally spend two years each at Steps II, III, and IV before being promoted to Professor II.

•    Faculty who enter the Associate ranks – either as a new recruitment or through the Assistant ranks – at Step III would normally spend two years at Step III, three years at Step IV, and one year at Step V before being promoted to Professor III.

•    Faculty who have been at Associate III for two or more years and who are not going forward for promotion to Full Professor, will be eligible for a merit increase to Associate Step IV.  Those at Associate IV for three or more years and who are not going forward for promotion to Full Professor, will be eligible for a merit increase to Associate Step V.  The UCLA CALL will not (as it does now) require any extra teaching for those using Associate Steps IV and V.

•    Faculty who, upon implementation of the new steps, were already at Associate Professor Step III for two years, and who are advancing to full Professor Step I, would not be considered to have accelerated, even if they had spent less than 6 years at that rank.  For example, some faculty in the past have been promoted from Assistant Professor Step IV to Associate Professor Step II (a two-year acceleration).  Now normal progression for them would be two years at Step II and two years at Step III before a normal promotion to Professor Step I.

•    While approval of on-time merit increases to Associate IV and V are Deans’ Finals, the Vice Chancellor will retain final salary authority for all Off-Scale Salaries at these two steps for actions with an effective date of July 1, 2010 — even those where the proposed adjustment does not result in a higher off-scale percentage.

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