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UNM Faculty Moonlighting Policy Changed

By Martin Salazar
Copyright © 2008 Albuquerque Journal; Journal Staff Writer
    The University of New Mexico spent 18 months wrangling over a new moonlighting policy after a business professor earned nearly $84,000 outside her teaching job— which paid about $130,000 a year.
    What regents finally came up with keeps limits on outside work, but gives faculty members greater leeway to moonlight if they do it within the university.
    UNM regents approved the policy changes last month. Under the new rules, only work conducted outside of the university will be counted toward the one-day-a-week limit, giving faculty who do work for other UNM departments the opportunity to earn more money.
    The changes are largely due to a faculty member at UNM's Anderson School of Management who internal auditors determined had engaged in three times the allowed consulting work during the 2005-06 academic year.
    Auditors based their calculation on the amount of money she earned rather than the days she said she worked.
    The audit report, released in October 2006, didn't identify the faculty member or how much she had made. Documents released by UNM last month at the Journal's request identify her as professor Jacqueline Hood, who currently serves as president of UNM's Faculty Senate.
    Hood told auditors during a September 2006 interview that she had not been aware of the limits on outside compensation.
    "Not only did the administration know I was doing it, but they asked me to do it," Hood told the Journal last week, noting that UNM made 25 percent overhead on her work.
    She said she considered the extra work part of her UNM job because it benefited the Anderson School's reputation and was a service to the business community.
    UNM's Internal Audit Department handed over most of the working papers from the audit in response to a public records request submitted by the Journal in February.
    The documents reveal that Hood earned an extra $83,956 during the 2005-06 academic year, the period auditors probed. She earned the extra money by consulting for various companies, teaching noncredit courses for the Anderson School of Management Foundation and for work on a contract with the New Mexico Department of Transportation.
    The nearly $84,000 was in addition to the roughly $130,000 she earned as a tenured faculty member and chair of Anderson's organizational studies department during the fall and spring semesters.
    A university-appointed task force spent more than a year tweaking UNM's policies on outside and extra compensation, with regents pressing them to complete the work.
    The changes were presented to regents in February, but, after a lengthy debate, the board asked UNM President David Schmidly for additional changes.
    The new policy went before regents April 30 and was approved without discussion.
    The changes maintain many of the provisions of the old policies: a 39-day limit on moonlighting for faculty on nine-month contracts and 52 days for faculty members with 12-month contracts.
    The limit is equivalent to one day per seven-day week. Among the other changes:
   
  • Anyone caught intentionally violating the policy is subject to discipline, up to termination.
       
  • The policy applies to full time faculty members of all types.
       
  • Time spent working inside UNM but outside the faculty member's department is no longer counted against the limits but must be cleared by a dean and department head.
       
    What the audit found
        The audit was requested by David Harris, who at the time was the university's interim president. According to the working papers, Harris was concerned that some Anderson faculty were being paid more than $200,000, which he felt may have been out of line with faculty pay in other departments.
        Charles Crespy, the Anderson dean at the time, was reportedly trying to clamp down on outside consulting and have faculty spend more time in the classroom.
        Internal auditors looked at teaching loads of Anderson faculty and determined that they were in line with the rest of the university.
        They also noted that Hood— along with two other faculty members who exceeded the 39-day limit by much more modest amounts— met or exceeded expectations on their evaluations and that all of the extra work appeared to have been satisfactorily completed.
        Auditors also noted that all extra compensation had been approved by university management.
        Auditors did, however, express concern in the manner in which Hood received payment from the DOT contract, saying UNM may have violated federal regulations and could be forced to repay part of the money.
        According to documents, Hood was receiving administrative pay from the contract for running a resource center. Auditors found that it was a center of one and that Hood did not have significant administrative duties.
        DOT was notified, but UNM spokeswoman Susan McKinsey said the agency never requested repayment.
        According to UNM documents, Hood wasn't disciplined because a previous dean and provost had signed off on how the DOT contract was being handled.
        Some Anderson faculty viewed the internal audit as punishment for holding a July 5, 2006, referendum on Crespy.
        The internal audit department was asked to conduct the audit five days after 23 of 42 Anderson faculty voted "no confidence" in Crespy's leadership.
        Crespy stepped down as dean seven months later. He didn't respond to a call seeking comment.