The NSF ADVANCE program lays out four research questions as a framework for universities to document progress towards institutional transformation. One of these questions is, “What is the allocation of resources (salaries, start-up packages, and space) for science and engineering faculty by gender?” The Resource Allocation Committee works to answer this question.

Faculty Salary Study

The AdvanceRIT Resource Allocation Committee directs and oversees a salary gender-equity study of tenure-track faculty from across the university (including those in STEM, SBS, and non-STEM/SBS). The goal is to understand the direct and indirect effects that gender may have on faculty salary. The RAC examines salaries for potential systematic differences:

  • Discipline
  • Rank
  • Time in Rank
  • Terminal Degree
  • Benchmark Salary (based on discipline/rank)
  • Overall Performance Rating (not separate performance ratings in teaching, research, or service)

Does NOT account directly for scholarships quantity or quality, teaching evaluations, workload portfolio, experience prior to RIT, etc.

Tenured and Pre-Tenure faculty only, excludes deans and associate deans, endowed chairs

Photots from Let's Talk Money: Being Your Own Informed Advocate event

Impacts-Future Goals Graphic



  • Annual salary after annual merit review and market adjustments for approximately 700 T-TT RIT faculty.

External Consultant: Center for Higher Education at Ohio University, hired in the first year of RAC (2015) through transparent Request for Proposal (RFP) process

  • RIT Human Resources/Ohio University protocol for data exchange
  • Preprocessing of data
  • RAC only saw aggregate results

Statistical Methodology:

  • Regression model to observe effects of independent variables in explaining salary


  • Request for Proposal (RFP) – document which was developed and used to hire the external consultant [link here]
  • Scoring Rubric – document which was developed and used to determine which external consultant to hire [link here]
  • Executive Summary template – document which was developed and used for campus-wide dissemination of faculty salary equity study results [link here]


Journey Has Just Begun


  • Executive Summary of findings emailed to all faculty; Presentation emailed to Deans 
  • Open campus presentations; Some colleges have requested presentations 
  • RAC poster has been developed
  • Salary workshop offered in 2018 by AdvanceRIT and Human Resources

Moving Forward 

  • Engage more faculty in the dialogue
  • Continue analyses with more complex models

Committee Members:

Co-Chair: Margaret Bailey

Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Founding Director/PI of both AdvanceRIT and WE@RIT
Kit Mayberry

Co-Chair: Kit Mayberry

VP, Strategic Planning and Special Initiatives & Professor, English and American Literature

Kathryn Schmitz

Senior Associate Dean, National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Christine Licata

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs & Professor, Business Studies, NTID
Joan Graham

Joan Graham

Assistant VP of Institutional Research
Carol Marchetti

Carol Marchetti

Professor, School of Mathematical Sciences

Pengcheng Shi

PhD Program Director in Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

Christine Ross

Assistant Director of Compensation