The University of Virginia's compensation philosophy emphasizes the University's investment in employees and recognizes that employee talent is our greatest asset. Our compensation philosophy supports the University's goal of attracting, developing, and retaining employees through the use of market-relevant salary ranges and pay practices to reward performance and employee development. University Human Resources provides the information, tools, and training necessary to assist management and our high-performing and diverse workforce.
HR collaborates with schools and departments to manage pay for all full- and part-time University Staff, using the eight components of UVa's compensation management program:
Market-based pay ranges
Competitive Starting pay
Reward and Recognition
Incentives – exceptional recruitment, retention and project based
Strategic Compensation Alignment
Below is the text of a statement on freedom of speech that Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer Susan Carkeek sent to all faculty and staff on April 11, 2011. It is included here specifically to make it clear that freedom of speech includes compensation issues.
To all academic staff and faculty:
Concerns have been raised about the ability of University employees to exercise their rights to free speech without fear of retaliation. The First Amendment right to freedoms of expression, association, and inquiry is a founding principle of our country and of this University. The University of Virginia will continue to support the right of faculty and staff to engage in lawful freedom of expression. The Board of Visitors reaffirmed this commitment when they approved the University Code of Ethics, which states specifically "..... we support an environment that respects the rights and opinions of all people which, in the words of our founder, promote 'the illimitable freedom of the human mind'. Complaints of discrimination, harassment and retaliation are investigated and when warranted appropriate corrective action is taken and disciplined in accordance with University policy and applicable law." Faculty and staff who, in good faith, engage in constitutionally protected freedom of expression should do so without fear of reprisal.
Susan A. Carkeek
Vice President, University Human Resources
University of Virginia
914 Emmet Street P.O. Box 400127
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4127