Calculating years in rank

For new tenure/tenure track faculty, lecturers and professorial ranks appointments without review.

It is UBC’s practice to count years in an equivalent rank at another institution or equivalent experience in determining where a new appointee should begin on the career progress increment (CPI) scale for the purpose of salary increases. Applicable ranks include all tenured/confirmed, tenure track/probationary and without review appointments, and Lecturers (not including Sessional Lecturers). A Years in Rank form should be completed for every new appointment that has prior service.

An equivalent rank should include ranks with equivalent experience; for example, a new Assistant Professor at UBC would be considered to have previous years in rank if they had previous experience in teaching, research and service in previous appointments. If the new hire does not have all three areas of experience then the experience is not equivalent.

It is necessary that the number of years in an equivalent rank be determined at the time of hire, and communicated to the new appointee in writing, preferably in the offer letter so that the new hire can indicate acceptance with their placement on the CPI scale.  Alternately you can provide a copy of the completed Years in Rank form. 

This process is important to ensure that starting salaries are appropriate. It is also an important step to ensure that all appointees are treated fairly and to avoid future salary anomalies and inequities; new appointees with prior experience who are placed at the bottom of the CPI scale are placed at an advantage over new appointees whose experience is solely at UBC.

If you have any questions regarding this procedure, contact Faculty Relations.

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