ERIC Number: EJ822803
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 0
Don't Forget the Faculty
Baldwin, Roger G.
Trusteeship, v16 n4 p26-29 Jul-Aug 2008
Trustees have a full plate of concerns whenever they meet on campus. They must attend to budget issues, endowment management, capital projects, presidential leadership, and fund-raising. That is a lot to address in a one- or two-day meeting, even at the smallest or healthiest institutions. Yet trustees are neglecting a very important responsibility if they do not regularly ask how their faculty members are doing and how they are getting the support they need to implement their institution's mission. Some trustees assume that the chief academic officer will take care of maintaining and supporting the faculty, but the author encourages trustees to question that assumption. Because of the critical roles faculty members play in their institutions, professors' well-being should be a concern of executive leadership, but it also should be a priority interest of trustees. A board's primary responsibility, ensuring the health and adaptability of a higher-education institution, depends directly on the condition of its faculty.
Descriptors: Trustees, Leadership, College Presidents, College Faculty, Higher Education, Institutional Mission, Deans, College Administration, Colleges, Undergraduate Study, Professional Development, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Tenure, Student Diversity, Educational Environment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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