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The Post-Virus Professoriate: Retrenched, or Reinvented?

by Kiernan Mathews

Harvard University gates with ivyThe Chronicle Review recently published a forum on the future of the academic work force. I found it to be a grim look at trends in the professoriate. Even the thought leaders I have always counted on for optimism had only some scraps of it to share. Although urgent priorities at COACHE kept me from meeting the editor’s deadline, I decided to share here my hope for tomorrow’s faculty—in the hands of today’s faculty.

Childcare for Faculty: The Babar in the Room

by Kiernan Mathews

working parents with infantI was recently contacted by Colleen Flaherty at Inside Higher Ed about plans for meeting the childcare needs of faculty now and in the coming months. After casting around for an answer, I’ve found very little to share with her--and that absence of a plan might end up being the story.  

With this post, I wanted to share a report of my (thin) findings, float a local solution—just a sketch of a solution, really—and invite reactions, hare-brained schemes or better ideas from you academic leaders who are in the thick of it.... Read more about Childcare for Faculty: The Babar in the Room

What is the Role of University Staff in Shared Governance?

by Kiernan Mathews

staff engaged in tug of warI recently asked a forum of faculty affairs leaders about university governance beyond their boards and faculty. When we talk about “shared governance” in higher ed, what does that mean for staff? What influence do they have on the direction of the institution? 

The question has a special urgency this summer as faculty were afforded (or fought for) some flexibility in coming back to campus and getting work done during the pandemic. What voice, what power (if any) do staff have in the decisions being made right now to continue, or reinvent, the work of the university?... Read more about What is the Role of University Staff in Shared Governance?

Reflections on What Would Have Been the Third Annual Seminar on Leadership of the Faculty

by Kiernan Mathews

Seminar on Leadership of the Faculty scholar imagesLast week, I was supposed to have launched the third annual Seminar on Leadership of the Faculty, the institute I host at Harvard for provosts, vice provosts for faculty, and deans. The curriculum included three extraordinary scholars with exactly the equity agenda that academic leaders need right now.... Read more about Reflections on What Would Have Been the Third Annual Seminar on Leadership of the Faculty

Adapting in Times of Crisis: Navigating Tenure Clock Stoppage

by Lauren Scungio

clock and succulent on wood tableThe coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has drastically altered the day-to-day operations of higher education institutions across the nation and globally. As quickly as the world is changing, leaders must adapt their institutions’ policies and practices to suit these unprecedented times. In an effort to draw upon the power of collective problem-solving, we have compiled an incomplete yet growing collection of policies that academic and faculty affairs administrators across the nation are adopting. In the first of what we hope will be a series of articles, we address navitaging tenure clock stoppage. 

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Guidance for Remaining Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey Communications (March 23–April 10, 2020)

by Todd Benson

Hands holding a phoneThis post serves to offer some communications guidance for the COACHE partners with three weeks remaining in the Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey period. We understand that many other priorities are in play right now: these points are offered strictly to reduce your cognitive load, not to add to it. As mentioned in Kiernan’s update last week, you do not have to do any more work.

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Considering Part-time Faculty in COVID-19 Response Planning

by Todd Benson

man giving presentationWith the sudden escalation in both public concern and genuine risk associated with COVID-19, COACHE’s team has been discussing the implications for faculty. As we discussed the issue, an important question that arose was, “Who might we be forgetting?” For us, the answer to that question was part-time faculty. As administrators grapple how to handle their institutions’ response to this global pandemic, here are some thoughts about why part-time faculty are an important consideration in these discussions and some questions that institutions might consider in their planning.... Read more about Considering Part-time Faculty in COVID-19 Response Planning

AAC&U 2020 Annual Meeting: Four Faculty-Focused Tracks Through the Agenda

group convened for panel presentationCOACHE research on the professoriate is shaping the future of higher education leadership, so we are eager to attend next week’s annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges & Universities, “Shaping the Future of Higher Education: An Invitation to Lead.” While the program is characteristically overflowing with opportunities to learn and to network, we have identified four tracks through the January 22-25 schedule where we expect to find most of our partners:... Read more about AAC&U 2020 Annual Meeting: Four Faculty-Focused Tracks Through the Agenda

A Changing Faculty Requires Change Leadership: Implications of The Gig Academy for Provosts and Deans

by Adrianna Kezar, PhD. Dean's Professor of Leadership, University of Southern California; Co-director, Pullias Center; Director, Delphi Project

A classroom chalkboard and stack of booksFor this guest blog post, we asked Prof. Adrianna Kezar to apply her research and experience to cite, critique and extend two recent Change Magazine articles on cultivating faculty leadership and indicators of institutional resilience. Kezar considers implications of her latest work, The Gig Academy, and the new edition of How Colleges Change, for leadership of and by the faculty.... Read more about A Changing Faculty Requires Change Leadership: Implications of The Gig Academy for Provosts and Deans

Where the Faculty Affairs Things Are (Now): Conferences and Convenings Updated

by Kiernan Mathews

 

People listening to a conference presentationSeveral years ago, I observed here that the assistant, associate, and vice provosts and deans with institution-wide responsibility for faculty success (I call them “chief faculty affairs officers” or CFAOs) often find themselves alone on their campuses. Without a community of practice in academic personnel and faculty development, people in these roles “set sail to distant places” to find the professional advice and emotional support that fundraisers, admissions officers, and student affairs administrators (for example) find closer to home. At the time, there was no magnetic pole for faculty affairs professionals, so I offered links to several conferences and associations where they could piece together a peer network and learning agenda.

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