Tenured Faculty Discuss Issues at Work Life Meeting

Posted: November 3, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Tenured faculty gave their views on the areas of concern and satisfaction identified for their group by the Quality of Work Life survey at discussions held on Oct. 13 and Oct. 31. These discussions are being held with President Alan Merten and the Quality of Work Life Task Force members to flesh out some of the issues revealed through the survey. Discussions are being held for each of the six employment categories represented in the survey. Over the next few weeks, the Daily Gazette will carry a brief story on the issues raised by people in each of the categories.

Issues discussed by the tenured faculty group included infrastructure problems, and the fact that some buildings are not well maintained, with elevators subject to breakdown and regular power failures. Other faculty expressed a need for more black and white boards in their classrooms–these tools are still used extensively even with the increasing use of technology.

The survey revealed a greater than average stress level experienced by minority faculty, and this issue was discussed extensively. The tenured faculty also expressed concern about the salaries paid to adjunct faculty and wages staff. The issue of faculty workload, particularly as it affects young faculty members, was also covered.

The task force will add information gained from these discussions to the data gathered through the survey. This will form the basis for the recommendations the group will make to the president and the Executive Council in February. Recommendations will be wide ranging, focusing not only on issues that are within university control, but also on state policies that could be changed to improve work life on campus.

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