Auburn University Strategic Plan

Priority 4: Developing Our People
Recognizing that faculty and staff are central to the life of the University, the Auburn University System will redouble its efforts to support, develop and strengthen our people.


Initiative 2: Enhancing faculty professional development

GOAL 38: Auburn University has provided opportunities to eligible faculty for sabbatical programs.

"Development and implementation of a faculty study policy will encourage further faculty skill development. Very few faculty members have had the opportunity for a study leave, and Auburn is atypical in this respect. Our policy should allow faculty to take one semester every seventh year at full pay or two semesters at half pay. With the large number of faculty who would be eligible based on national standards, interim policies will be developed to address the backlog over time."

Summary of Progress Achieved:

  • The Provost's Office has provided opportunities to eligible faculty for sabbatical programs; half of the faculty who applied for sabbaticals received awards.
GOAL 39: Auburn University has established a process for faculty to report on consulting and provided an award for outstanding service to government or industry.

"AU encourages faculty consulting and will annually recognize engaged faculty who are contributing to professional organizations, business and industry, state and federal agencies, etc."

Summary of Progress Achieved:

  • The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment has created a Consulting Report on faculty consulting accomplished during the 2009 calendar year, the sum of consulting hours (from OIRA) is 4,420.25 hours from 91 different consultations.  The median number of hours consulted was nine; the most common length of a consultation was eight hours.
  • The Provost's Office established the External Faculty Consulting Award in 2009, recipient were awarded in 2010 and 2011.
GOAL 40: AU has enhanced instruction through improved teaching reviews by implementing a peer and student review system to evaluate teaching, and has established a post-tenure review triggered based on annual reviews.

"We are designing improved reviews of teaching, performed by faculty peers as well as students."

Summary of Progress Achieved:

  • Auburn University has enhanced instruction through improved teaching reviews by implementing a peer and student review system to evaluate teaching.
  • Beginning fall 2011, Auburn University will transition from a paper-based student evaluation process to an online format, resulting in increased efficiency and cost savings.
  • All academic departments have implemented plans for a "peer review system" to evaluate teaching.
  • Auburn University also established a post-tenure review triggered based on annual reviews.  A committee of faculty leaders helped revise the University's post-tenure review policies and  procedures and recommended a new policy whereby post-tenure review will be triggered by two unsatisfactory faculty annual reviews during any six-year period; the new policy went into effect during the 2008-2009 academic year.
GOAL 41: Auburn University has provided small grants for AU to increase faculty international experiences.

"As part of our study leave program for faculty, we will design a structured, University-wide program that encourages faculty to work and study internationally."

Summary of Progress Achieved:

The Provost's Office has established a process for awarding faculty international travel grants.  Faculty grants were awarded in 2008, 2009, and 2010.

Last Updated: Nov. 17, 2011

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