Wake Forest strives to provide the very best campus environment for our faculty to teach and research. Since 2007, the Undergraduate College added one new endowed chair and several faculty fellowships and Strategic Funds have generated over $100,000 to build a more engaging resource collection in diversity and inclusion, political science and film studies.
Our distinguished scholars can take advantage of two new funds for travel and attendance to conferences, the Provost’s Supplemental Travel Fund and the Provost’s Fund for Academic Excellence. The Office of the Provost is also committed to sponsoring an annual national conference and this April, the Race and Sports Conference brought over 50 lawyers, professors, journalists and media commentators to campus.
Renovations improved the working and teaching spaces in many of our existing academic buildings. In 2009, a new lobby and kitchen were added to Tribble Hall, and 20 classrooms saw physical improvements. This summer, high definition videoconferencing units will be added to DeTamble and Tanger Auditoriums and the Tribble Hall wireless system will be upgraded.
A new lobby was also added to Scales Fine Arts Center in 2009, and a new dance studio was completed in 2010.
Faculty development programs such as, CRADLE, for junior faculty, EXPERT, for senior faculty and the Aspiring Leaders Program, for academic leadership and staff, have all seen participation increases and the Teaching and Learning Center provides University-wide programming and University-wide representation on the faculty advisory board.
University administration is reviewing the Faculty Handbook to establish a tenure and promotion process that is fair, transparent, and reflects the highest standard of the teacher-scholar ideal. Administrators also worked to create new system of joint appointments between schools, departments and programs across campuses.
The Administration improved the maternal and parental leave program, announcing a new Family Policy in 2009 and the new spousal employment assistance program now coordinates dual career recruitment between the Reynolda Campus and Wake Forest Health Sciences. Our graduate programs are more competitive and diverse and thanks to additional stipends, health insurance, professional development and post-doc programming.
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