The Office of Faculty Affairs exists to help faculty members achieve professional excellence as we build a world-class public research university. The Office of Faculty Affairs supports all aspects of the faculty experience on campus, from recruitment through retirement and emeriti engagement. Generally, we facilitate communication between faculty and administration.
The work of the office is focused on five main areas:
The office provides staffing, guidance and oversight for promotion of tenure-track, tenured, and professional-track faculty, including facilitating changes to policy and procedures, and organizing the campus level committees that review promotion cases and make recommendations to the Provost.
The office facilitates the nomination and consideration of faculty for such campus awards as Distinguished Scholar Teacher, Professional Track Faculty Excellence, and the Distinguished University Professor title, along with University System of Maryland awards such as the Board of Regents awards and the Elkins professorship. Additionally, the office tracks, broadcasts, and organizes limited-submission national and international external awards.
The office presents workshops and materials for a number of different areas of the faculty experience, such as mentoring, aspects of leadership, and networking. The office also prepares and manages various orientation activities for faculty and regular forums for academic administrators. Participation in the Big 10 Academic Alliance programs overseen in this office exposes faculty and administrator fellows to leadership training and networking with peer institutions.
The office manages documentation for many aspects of faculty worklife, such as leaves, sabbaticals, and tenure delays. The office also staffs various review committees, such as dean’s reviews, task forces and investigations, and appeals of the tenure process.
The office develops, supports, and leads a number of data analysis and reporting efforts regarding faculty, including faculty achievement, demographics, leaves/sabbaticals, and promotion and tenure.