College to Seek 8 Tenure-Track Faculty
May 10, 2013
President Kent Chabotar has announced that in fall 2013 Guilford will conduct searches to fill eight tenure-track faculty positions, all of them replacing retiring or departing faculty or converting currently filled temporary full-time positions to tenure track.
No new full-time faculty positions are being added by these tenure-track searches. Searches will be conducted for these eight positions:
- Community and Justice Studies
- Religious Studies
The President based his decisions to conduct these searches on three factors:
- Recommendations forwarded to the president in March from the Clerk’s Committee,
- The results of the academic program prioritization initiative concluded in December 2010, with emphasis on the likelihood that enhancing these programs will help the College recruit and retain students who achieve the learning outcomes articulated in the strategic plan.
- Although some programs and Clerk’s Committee made good cases for new positions on the merits, the budget is too precarious at this time to authorize a search for new positions. We have had to reduce the budget by $1 million this year and possibly another million next year depending on enrollment and this does not include the instructional positions eliminated. As enrollment trends for ’13-14 become clearer in the next month or so, and if they look sustainable into ’14-15, this decision may be reversed and other searches authorized.
In spring 2013, following procedures outlined in the Faculty Handbook, the Clerk’s Committee received 11 proposals from academic departments requesting new tenure-track positions. The committee reviewed the proposals and developed a prioritized list with their rationale which was forwarded to the president, who made the final decision.
The English search had been tentatively authorized for 2013-14 as a result of the 2011-12 process. Four of the eight authorized searches (accounting, biology, English, and history) will support programs designated as high priority in the fall 2010 academic prioritization report.
In addition, geology provides support for environmental studies, a program that was designated as high priority. The overall effect of these searches is expected to be budget-neutral.
Department chairs and interdisciplinary program coordinators who were not authorized for searches in fall 2013 are being encouraged to resubmit proposals in 2013-14 for tenure-track searches that may be conducted in 2014-15, depending on prevailing economic circumstances and other factors.