To apply for a Faculty excellence salary adjustment, a Faculty submits to the Department a merit file of accomplishments for the merit period. That merit file is to contain all the data to be evaluated and the Faculty member is entirely responsible for the completeness of that file. The merit file can contain an introductory statement/narrative (typically one or two pages) that provides perspective and context; the rest of the file provides itemized accomplishments such as, but not limited to, those described below. Each individual FAC member should privately review each merit file and come to an initial evaluation and ranking of the files. Then the FAC should meet, discuss the evaluations and rankings submitted from each FAC member, and then vote to determine a net FAC recommendation and ranking. With this in mind, the Chair's recommendation is then made to the Dean, and communicated to the Faculty.