Elon’s greatest asset in support of the goals of the strategic plan is its talented faculty and staff, who are committed to student success, invested in the university’s future and make up the fabric of an intimate, caring intellectual community. The university will place a priority on investing in professional development for faculty and staff, fulfilling the vision of The Elon Commitment.
The report of the Presidential Task Force on Scholarship is one of the cornerstones of this strategic plan. We will continue to expand the number of faculty positions, provide greater summer research and reassigned time funding, and implement other elements of the plan to make the teacher-scholar model of faculty work at Elon a national exemplar. Through this, we will encourage and support faculty scholarship that exemplifies engagement, enriches classrooms and seeks to bring about positive change in the world.
In addition to scholarship, faculty provide leadership in their classrooms and across campus throughout their careers. These roles are critical to the university fulfilling the goals outlined in The Elon Commitment and we recognize the riches these efforts bring to our students. We will continue to support and seek new opportunities for faculty in these important roles.
Elon’s outstanding staff will be provided opportunities to enhance their leadership and service to the university by gaining new knowledge and skills, including flexibility in pursuing advanced degrees, opportunities for scholarship and engagement with professional associations, and short-term sabbatical opportunities. Staff at every level of the university provide important extensions of our classrooms and share in our vision of engaging minds and inspiring leaders.
Department chairs and staff with supervisory responsibility, as well as those who might follow in their footsteps, will benefit from a newly created leadership development program. This initiative will encourage effective mentoring and planning in departments, divisions and schools and make sure that the goals of The Elon Commitment are achieved
Finally, Elon must maintain its edge in recruiting and retaining excellent talent through an aggressive plan that provides a rewarding quality of life for our faculty and staff.