We are revising some of our policies. I am interested in what policies/practices are out there in our state related to faculty who are on 9 or 10 month contracts, who want to practice one day a week.
· Is their salary adjusted due to time away from the College and that they are being compensated from the practice side?
· Does their salary remain the same, and they receive additional compensation from the practice side?
Thanks so much,
Barbara C. Sorbello, PhD, RN, NEA-BC
Professor and Dean of Academic Affairs
Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing
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Richmond, VA 23227
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Barbara,Currently, we encourage all clinical faculty (faculty teaching clinical courses) to stay active (clinically relevant). Several faculty are required to due to licensure or certification standards. As such, faculty are able to take up to one day a week as a "professional development" day. Most use this day to work in a clinic or in acute care. Some weeks it may be used for personal research or even to attend a conference.Salary is not adjusted, but the expectation is that the day is used to stay up to date on current clinical practice needs or grow professionally in a way that positively impacts student outcomes and success.Shanna
Faculty practice at R-MC falls within the scope of faculty scholarship for the College in maintaining clinical expertise. Faculty have the option to practice as it fits with their teaching and College responsibilities (and keep what they earn in practice). As we roll out our BSN program and our PA program starts soon, we may develop a more defined faculty practice plan.
At Mercer University, faculty had two options. They could remain a full FTE and fit practice around their teaching and program responsibilities but no course scheduling considerations were made for these faculty members. The second option was to be a 0.8 FTE and have a protected day for practice. The salaries for these faculty reflected the reduction in teaching workload and their actual teaching workload was reduced by 20% based on their rank. For both of these practice options, faculty kept the earned income from practice. About half of our faculty teaching in the NP program opted for the 0.8 FTE option. It worked very well.
Cindy Rubenstein, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC
Director of Nursing and Professor
Department of Nursing