1. When provided for in the CBA, the University will establish an additional salary pool for the purpose of recognizing documented meritorious Faculty performance. The parties agree that the purpose of merit awards is to both reward meritorious performance during the period reviewed and motivate future meritorious performance.
Three (3) broadly-defined categories of documented meritorious Faculty performance, consistent with the mission of the academic unit/campus and the evaluative criteria and relative weighting defined in the academic unit/campus section of the Faculty Handbook, are to be recognized through merit awards: (1) documented meritorious performance in research and/or creative activities; (2) documented meritorious performance in teaching; and (3) documented meritorious service to the unit/campus, college, University, and/or academic profession.
2. When merit awards are available, pools for this purpose shall be established separately for the Kent campus (the “Kent Campus pool”) and for the Division of Regional Campuses (the “Regional Campus pool”). In each year, the Kent Campus pool shall be equal to the designated percentage of the previous academic year’s base annual contract salaries of Faculty members eligible for consideration for a merit award under Section D below. In each year, the Regional Campuses pool shall be equal in per capita amount for eligible Faculty members from the Division of Regional Campuses to the per capita amount calculated for eligible Faculty members from the Kent Campus by the application of the above formula.
3. Each academic unit on the Kent Campus and each Regional Campus will determine what percentage of the merit award pool shall be used to support awards in each of the three (3) categories identified in Section 4.A. of this section. However, no academic unit or Regional Campus shall allocate less than 20% of the merit award pool to support any of the three (3) categories. This determination shall be made by each academic unit and campus prior to the review of materials submitted by Faculty members applying for merit awards and shall be included in the academic unit/campus section of the Faculty Handbook.
4. To be eligible for consideration for a merit award, an individual must be a current member of the bargaining unit and have been a member of the bargaining unit for the majority (more than 50%) of the period established as the review period for the awards. Only documented meritorious performance that took place while the individual was a member of the bargaining unit may be considered when allocating merit awards. In the case of long term projects, some portion of the work, including its final phase, may have been undertaken while the Faculty member was not a member of the bargaining unit. In such cases, only the portion of the work that was undertaken while the Faculty member was a member of the bargaining unit may be considered when allocating merit awards.