Provost champions faculty inclusion in big picture conversations
- Birmingham-Southern Provost Michelle Behr holds monthly meetings with faculty to discuss topics around higher education culture, governance and technology in an effort to make members more educated on global views of college administration.
- Faculty members are invited to submit proposals for potential institutional improvements, as well as ideas to address issues affecting higher education at large.
- The strategy to spur faculty innovation and feedback accompanies a recent survey which suggests that college business officers believe faculty to be sparingly involved in campus budget decisions.
Shared governance is a common theme in higher education, but most leaders consider the idea on efforts of academic development and improving student outcomes. Rarely are faculty engaged in policy impact, technological development, fundraising strategy and external relations.
Leaders who engage faculty in comprehensive institutional perspective, particularly in soliciting feedback for performance, build trust, generate free consultation from experts in campus culture and encourage faculty to extend administrative vision in teaching, research and outreach.
- Inside Higher Ed Helping Faculty 'Get It'