In September 2022, the Faculty Senate voted to create a multi-year Teaching and Professional Faculty committee with the goals to improve faculty success, governance representation, and professional development for faculty in the teaching and professional faculty (TPF) series. The committee is being seated with the intention to include appointed faculty members from all TPF lines (Professorial Series in University Libraries, Teaching Professorial Series, Clinical Professorial Series, Professor of the Practice Series, Research Professorial Series, Visiting Professorial Series, In-Residence Series), across various ranks, and with attention to compositional diversity and representation from different units.
The 2022–2023 TPFC has the following charges:
- Using the framework from the White Paper, the committee will reassess using current data and information to measure progress towards institutionalization, specifically drilling down to the unit-level institutionalization and evaluate instruments such as the Delphi Project Department Cultures instrument to improve our institutional data regarding TPF faculty.
- Review and refine the design and assessment of the first year of training for campus leaders, chairs, and associate deans related to TPF reappointment, mentoring, and career trajectories.
- Solicit and articulate priorities for TPF faculty development needs.
- Contribute to new faculty orientation/faculty learning communities (FLCs) for TPF faculty and assess the implementation of the MOARS TPF lifecycle.
The committee is being led by Dr. Barbekka Hurtt, Teaching Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences and Chair of the Faculty Senate Personnel Committee; and Dr. Laura Sponsler, Clinical Associate Professor, Higher Education and Resident Scholar for Teaching and Professional Faculty, Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs.