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Housing & Compensation


The lack of affordable, accessible housing weighs heavily on so many across our region, in our city, and right here at Santa Clara University. Identifying affordable housing opportunities for our faculty and staff is among our highest priorities.

That begins with the rollout of our new partnership with Landed, which will provide down payment assistance support to all eligible faculty and staff who have worked at least half time at Santa Clara for the past two years. While previously this program was available to just a certain classification of faculty, the program is now open to all faculty and staff, regardless of rank or title.

This work also includes identifying more University-sponsored housing for faculty and staff. Currently, Santa Clara has 91 residential units that serve as transitional rental housing for recently hired faculty and staff. We also are exploring a hugely transformative initiative in the 1200 Campbell project, which if approved, could include up to 290 additional new high-density units for our faculty and staff.

The rental assistance program for renewable term lecturers continues as well, with all eligible renewable-term lecturers who are enrolled receiving their rental support payments.


We know that improving our faculty’s total take home compensation is critical. We have made significant progress in just one year. Yet with far too many still struggling to live in the Silicon Valley/Bay Area, improving compensation will continue to be a priority, especially for our lowest paid faculty.

Last academic year, we allocated $250,000 in market-based, data-driven salary adjustments for tenure-track faculty and $400,000 in adjustments for senior lecturers and renewable-term lecturers. This was in addition to the 3% merit pool. And last spring, we began the consultative process to review academic year adjunct lecturers salary scales, as well.

Work continues to create more attractive full-time teaching opportunities for our faculty. Last academic year, 80% of eligible academic year candidates were offered reappointment either to a fixed-term or a renewable-term lecturer position, with 100% accepting their contract and returning to Santa Clara. Moreover, 25% of our academic year adjunct lecturers are continuing multi-year contracts and 18 academic year adjunct lecturer appointments were transitioned to renewable-term lecturer appointments. We are also grateful to welcome 16 new tenure-track faculty, two new renewable-term faculty, and 38 adjunct faculty to Santa Clara this academic year.

Santa Clara also offers significant and meaningful healthcare, retirement, and other benefits to support our faculty. For example, an adjunct faculty member who teaches five courses per year is eligible for the same benefits as tenured faculty, including medical, vision, dental, flexible spending, tuition reimbursement, short and long-term disability, EAP, retirement, and more.

This website is intended to share the work underway to address the concerns that have been raised by our adjunct faculty and lecturers. Please check back often!