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Problems with Faculty Service at Guilford

September 13th, 2015

Clerk’s is taking up discussion of faculty service on committees and in other roles at Guilford, and I tried to put together an image of how it looks currently. The result is below. Each square on the diagram is one faculty position on a committee or in another role.

Some of these positions count as the one-committee service requirement. Some have extra cash stipends. Some have course releases. Some have both.

There are 153 positions listed, and we currently have 88 tenured and tenure-track positions with a few searches underway, so I’ve indicated roughly how many of these position could be filled by our existing faculty pool.  Of course, as we know, this means many people are serving in extra capacities, sometimes with compensation, but often without, and some of our non-tenure-track faculty and librarians are serving. The amount of work each position represents is wildly unequal, and where compensation or release time is given, it sometimes seems arbitrary, with no balancing of effort to reward. Many potential course releases are just not taken due to program restraints and teaching obligations.  It’s a mess.

If I’ve forgotten a position, which is likely, please let me know in the comments section below. Also, if you have any ideas for how we could address this complex issue, please let me or your Clerk’s representative know, or post a comment here.

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