Faculty Members React to Rewards and Incentives Report

Posted: March 26, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jeremy Lasich

George Mason faculty members gathered yesterday during an open forum to respond to the Faculty Rewards and Incentives report produced by a Board of Visitors ad-hoc committee. Discussion primarily revolved around the balance between teaching and research in the tenure process, and the future of adjunct, contract, and tenure-line faculty at the university.

Several speakers, including Mack Holt, director of the Honors Program in General Education, argued against creating separate tenure tracks for teaching and research. “A university is a place to create knowledge, and those who create knowledge through research are in the best position to profess it,” Holt said.

Opposing views were also shared on how adjunct faculty members are compensated, how many adjunct faculty should be employed by the university compared to contract faculty, and the process by which faculty members are promoted to administrative positions.

The draft report contains a series of proposals, including a tuition benefit for dependents of all faculty members, six concepts for fixed-term faculty, seven proposals for adjunct faculty, a proposal for discussions on how to award tenure for excellence in teaching and competence in research, and several Faculty Handbook modifications.

Provost Peter Stearns will lead a discussion for all full-time faculty members regarding promotion and tenure at George Mason tomorrow from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Mason Hall, Room D3. Stearns will present his reflections on the current policies and the future of tenure at Mason.

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