February 25th, 2017
Guilford’s Board of Trustees today approved the revisions we proposed to the tenure and promotion process today after a brief discussion. Several trustees expressed appreciation for the hard, long, and thorough work of the faculty in reaching this goal. FEP, the Dean, and the faculty were specifically commended.
Congratulations and thanks to all who have worked on this process over the past decade or more, particularly to the members of FEP, whose language makes up much of the newly approved standards. I look forward to our present and future Guilford colleagues working under a rigorous but also much clearer and more flexible promotion and tenure system that better sustains their careers and that appreciates the breadth of faculty contributions to our students, to the national discourse, and to the pursuit and application of knowledge.
October 8th, 2016
Ione Taylor, chair of the Academic Affairs committee of the Board of Trustees, just noted to the full board in their public meeting the need for improving faculty salaries to match our peers and competitors. She referred to this as ‘deferred people maintenance,’ naming it as a need equivalent to the deferred maintenance of our buildings and physical resources.
This represents a change in focus and in role compared to past Academic Affairs reports, and gains us a level of advocacy on the board that I have not previously seen. Ione is not alone in this. The other members of Academic Affairs have also made very encouraging statements.
June 16th, 2016
The following notes are from Tim Kircher, faculty representative to the Board of Trustees. He will provide an in-person report at our next faculty meeting after the fall term opens.
Download here: Board of Trustees June Meeting Notes