Bicentennial Priority Two: A Community of Scholars
Indiana University will renew its commitment to the university as a community of scholars that attracts and retains an excellent faculty.
Bicentennial Action Items
- IU will foster a culture that promotes a scholarly community on all IU campuses and across the arc of faculty members’ careers, including support for mentoring, active engagement with colleagues and students, and opportunities for professional development. In support of the scholarly community, faculty are urged to consider and adopt clear expectations for active engagement with students and colleagues which reflect the missions, student needs, and faculty responsibilities of the relevant academic units.
- IU will create and maintain networks of IU faculty members across all campuses, the subjects of which may be disciplinary, interdisciplinary, shared research or creative activity, teaching and learning, or other scholarly subjects. The establishment of such networks is particularly important for regional campus faculties, which are typically smaller and have greater teaching responsibilities.
- IU will encourage broader use of, and enhance where needed, IU’s existing resources in instructional development, with special attention to supporting part-time faculty and the effective use of new technologies in face-to-face and online environments.
- IU will add to existing academic and staff leadership development programs that identify and prepare individuals for leadership positions and offer advancement in leadership career paths at IU.
- IU will encourage and support the convening of academic conferences at Indiana University, which bring scholars to IU and further diversify and enrich our community of scholars and learners.
- Number and subjects of continuing intercampus networks and number of faculty members involved
- Number of faculty and staff members participating in all types of professional development programs
- Number of academic conferences held at IU which bring to IU scholars from other institutions
- Faculty statements of expectations for engagement with students and colleagues
- Renew IU’s historical commitments to individual academic freedom and to effective shared governance
- Employ existing academic policies to ensure continued productivity throughout faculty members’ careers
- Institute comprehensive faculty orientation programs to communicate values, expectations, compliance obligations, and available resources
- Emphasize recruiting candidates with a diversity of backgrounds, experience, and perspectives, in conjunction with the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (OVPDEMA)
- Provide competitive benefits and working conditions for faculty