A committee charged with looking at the University System of Georgia’s (USG) 24-year-old post-tenure policy plans has begun its work and hopes to have a report ready for the Board of Regents in January.
“We held an organizational meeting last Friday, and the process is underway,” said Regent Harold Reynolds, one of two members of the BOR chosen to serve on the committee. “We have been tasked with reviewing the current policy and ensuring integrity. It’s been some time since the policy was written and updated, so I would agree that the review is due, if not overdue.”
Reynolds said he is looking forward to his work on the committee and gaining a better understanding of the purpose of tenure — “from the perspective of the institution, those receiving tenure and the students.”
“I spent over a decade serving on the State Board for the Technical College System of Georgia, and there is no tenure system there,” Reynolds said. “I am the type of person who likes to begin with the why and move forward from there. That is how I am addressing this review, and I look forward to analyzing and understanding what has taken place in the past and determining if it aligns with the current directives.”
As reported in an earlier story on InsiderAdvantage, the working group is charged with reviewing and recommending updates to the current board policy and campus practices “to ensure all faculty remain productive throughout their career,” according to information released by the USG.
Periodic evaluation of tenured faculty provides critical information and helps assess whether faculty continue to stay current in their field, engage in service to their campus and community and teach effectively. Officials said the overall purpose is to encourage faculty development after tenure.
“We have good representation on this committee, and I am sure it will be a learning experience for all of us,” said Reynolds. “I really do enjoy learning — that’s one reason I am excited about being part of this process. I am happy to do what I can to help. I also believe we will have a lot of feedback from others not on the committee that will provide us with additional insight.”
The working group will be chaired by Dr. Kathy Schwaig, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Kennesaw State University. It will include faculty leaders from all USG sectors, USG staff, and Board of Regents members Reynolds and Erin Hames.
Reynolds said Dr. Schwaig is expected to release the full meeting schedule soon.