April 18, 2003
Geoffroy: Salary increases probably will be self-funded
by Linda Charles
President Gregory Geoffroy wants to give faculty and staff a salary increase
next fiscal year, even if the Legislature does not provide the funds.
Speaking to the Faculty Senate April 8, Geoffroy said, It is very likely,
based on everything we know, that the salary bill will not contain any
allocation or appropriation for Iowa State or any of the regent
But we do want to give a salary increase to our faculty and staff, and well
work to put that salary increase package together using revenues from new
tuition, Geoffroy said. Hopefully, well be able to put together a pretty
good, reasonable salary increase package this year.
However, he warned that as the Legislature winds up the budget process, its
quite possible the state budget might not balance.
If thats the case, Geoffroy said, what they will do is balance it by
applying an across-the-board budget reduction to all components of state
government. Weve heard that there is a possibility that may occur and it
could be as large as 3 percent.
If we do take that budget cut, Geoffroy added, thats going to have an
impact. It will make it more difficult to give the same level of salary
increase, but well still hope that we can do one. It may mean that we will
have to do some budget reductions selectively in the university, although I
dont think they will be of a very large magnitude.
Life sciences reorganization
The senate also approved the first phase of a reorganization of the
biological sciences, clearing the way for the proposal to be sent to the
Board of Regents, State of Iowa, for final approval.
Under the plan, the biological sciences would be regrouped around biological
complexities: organisms and populations, cells, and molecules. The new
departments would be co-administered by the colleges of Agriculture and
Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Phase 1 required senate approval of the names and mission statements of two
new departments: genetics, development and cell biology (GDCB) and ecology,
evolution and organismic biology (EEOB).
Two other departments that fall under the reorganization need no approval
because they already exist. They are the departments of biochemistry,
biophysics and molecular biology (BBMB) and natural resources and
environmental management (NREM).
The senate also approved the elimination of six departments that will be
absorbed by the new departments. If the regents give their approval, the new
names would go into effect July 1.
Before the senate approved the new departmental names and mission
statements, it sought and received assurances from the provost and college
deans that there would be a cooperative, integrated approach to research and
curriculum under the reorganization.
The second phase of the reorganization will include curricular reform,
development of department structure (such as promotion and tenure documents,
and grievance procedures), space reorganization and development of new
research interest areas. These areas have yet to be acted on by the affected
faculty, and in many cases, will require senate and regents approval.
The senates next meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, at The Hotel at
Ames, Iowa 50011, (515) 294-4111
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