Eligibility to apply for a range elevation is limited to temporary faculty who:
1. Are no longer eligible for SSIs in their current range and,
2. Have been in their current range for five (5) or more years
At CSUF the range elevation evaluation process is described in UPS 210.070.
The following excerpt is taken from UPS 210.070.
UPS 210.070 - SECTION VI. Comprehensive Evaluation for Range Elevation
The purpose of this evaluation shall be to determine whether the faculty member is eligible for appointment in the range higher than the current range, which shall be based on a consideration as to whether the faculty member has shown sufficient development while in range and whether his or her performance in all assigned areas while in range has been satisfactory or better. Eligibility for range elevation is defined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the CSU and the CFA; faculty members who wish to review eligibility criteria should refer to the Agreement.
B. Period of Review
Evaluations for range elevation consideration shall involve a review of the faculty member's performance in the current range, but because the time in range can be extensive (e.g., up to a decade or more), a range elevation evaluation shall normally focus particular attention on the most recent five years. A faculty member under review will normally document in his or her C.V. all accomplishments over the entire period in the current range. The period of review for range evaluation consideration shall be defined as the time period between the start of the academic year five years prior to the current academic year and the date on which the file is submitted. The faculty member will be expected to highlight the most recent five years when preparing the WPAF for review.
If a faculty member wishes to include in the WPAF evidence of performance outside this five-year period, he or she shall limit such additional material to material that (a) is relevant to performance while in the current range and (b) provides evidence of performance or accomplishments that cannot otherwise be documented within the most recent five-year period.
Applications for range elevation shall be accompanied by the WPAF that includes evidence of effective instructional performance as well as evidence of currency in the field, consistent with the faculty member’s work assignment. It is also expected that a faculty member will have developed as an instructor and as a professional during the time in a given range.
Therefore, evidence of this development during the period in range should also be provided for range elevation consideration. A terminal degree (or equivalent) may not be required of a faculty member for range elevation unless explicitly required for the position when he or she was initially appointed, required by an external accrediting body, or otherwise required by Department or College policy.
C. Range Elevation Evaluation Process
Temporary faculty members under consideration for range elevation shall be evaluated by the appropriate Department peer review committee, the Department Chair or School Director, and the Dean. The appropriate Vice President, as the President’s designee, shall make the final determination on range elevation.
Annually, at least sixty days before the file due date, the Faculty Affairs and Records office shall publish a list of, and notify, all temporary faculty members eligible for range elevation. In addition, the Faculty Affairs and Records office shall notify all temporary faculty that the period for range elevation consideration is open and inform them whom to contact if they are unsure of their eligibility. Those faculty members who wish to be considered for range elevation shall submit the WPAF (as described below) to the Department Chair by the published due date. On that date, the file shall be considered closed for the purpose of the evaluation. The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs may extend this deadline under extraordinary circumstances.
At all levels of review in the evaluation process, reviewers are responsible for evaluating the faculty member’s performance of assigned duties based on the materials presented in the WPAF and other relevant information and documentation outlined in Section VIII.C and for making a recommendation regarding range elevation in light of the specific criteria (outlined below) and any approved College or Department policies on range elevation. An evaluation of “Satisfactory” or better shall be required for a positive recommendation for range elevation.
Range elevation shall be accompanied by a salary increase of at least 5%, effective at the beginning of the academic year following the range elevation review.
Faculty members considered for range elevation shall be notified of the Vice President’s decision no later than June 15 of the current academic year. Range elevation decisions are subject to appeal, as outlined in the CSU/CFA Collective Bargaining Agreement. Appeals shall be due in the office of Faculty Affairs and Records by September 1 (i.e., shortly after the start of the following semester). The Faculty Hearing Committee shall review all range elevation decisions for which an appeal was filed, based on this policy and any approved College and Department policies on range elevation. A majority vote of the committee is required to overturn a denial of range elevation; decisions of the FPC are final and binding on all parties.
Evaluation Criteria - For further information on the evaluation criteria for range elevations, please see Section VII. Evaluation Criteria on page, beginning on Page of UPS 210.070.
If you have questions, please contact Phil Lee, Faculty Affairs and Records, at firstname.lastname@example.org.