Santa Clara University


Faculty Salaries

For sponsored projects, faculty salaries will be determined following standard policies for most federal awards unless 1) sponsor terms and condition restrict salary levels, 2) a funding limit imposed by the sponsor results in the need to use quarterly part time rates for course releases, or 3) an exception is approved by the Associate Provost for Research Initiatives.

For summer salary, faculty salaries will be calculated as 1/9 of the annual salary and mandated benefits for each month of summer salary unless otherwise limited by the terms and conditions of a sponsor.

During the academic year, one course release will be calculated as 10% of the annual salary and full benefits unless otherwise limited by the terms and conditions of a sponsor.One course release is based on a standard quarter course of 5 units.The salary equivalent for a release for a semester, course of less than 5 units or more than 5 units would be determined by multiplying 10% of the annual salary and benefits by an appropriate factor (1.5 for a semester course, 0.6 for a 3-unit course, 0.4 for a 2-unit course, and 0.2 for a 1 unit course). {Note: in the College one standard course is typically 4 or 5 units.}All course release requests must be approved by the responsible Chair and Dean prior to submission.

The cost reimbursement to the University is for the time and effort of the faculty member on the sponsored project. Using a simple quarterly part-time replacement rate does not accurately compensate the University for time and effort on a sponsored project.Using 10% of salary and benefits (1 month of time and effort) for a course equivalent provides more reasonable compensation to the University for sponsored projects.