Ever Elon seeks to provide faculty with more of the precious gift of time to study, create and perform, which will allow them to become even better teachers, models and mentors to one another and their students. Our particular brand of engaged learning depends on time-intensive interactions between students and faculty.
Through the year 2014, Elon plans to increase annual expenditures for faculty development by $2.75 million, providing additional travel and research grants for the summer, and much more. One telltale sign of quality is the percentage of faculty awarded sabbaticals each year; Elon’s goal is to reach 10 percent, up from the current 6 percent, to match selected peers. As a result, says President Leo M. Lambert, “Elon will be in a dramatically improved, competitive position for recruiting and retaining the faculty we want to hire and keep.” Every bit of time has a price tag. For every sabbatical granted, a temporary replacement must be chosen and additional salary budgeted. There are many, many more requests for grants than can be awarded. That’s true in the college and in every school.
We must secure our ability to recruit and retain young faculty of great promise, while recognizing and supporting those talented scholars who have since gained prestige in their fields. Investing new endowment in this area will provide new named professorships for senior faculty. Term professorships lasting several years will be awarded to emerging teacher-scholars. We plan to double the number of annual sabbaticals available to the entire faculty for professional renewal. Endowment funds also will provide stipends for research—often in the summer and often with students—and for new course development.
Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning
In conjunction with those investments in our faculty, we also seek endowment for Elon’s extraordinary Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning—a center designed to stimulate and nurture Elon’s culture of creative teaching and transformative student learning, while operating as a national focal point and model. Elon’s ongoing exploration of new approaches to teaching and innovative settings for learning will receive greater national recognition through the publications and conferences spawned by the center and spur widespread adoption of new teaching techniques.
Sample Professorships and Faculty Development Opportunities
| Named Professorships|| $1,000,000|
| Faculty Innovation and Creativity Funds|| $100,000|
| Sabbatical|| $300,000|
| Summer Research Fellowship|| $100,000|
| Naming of Center for the Advancement|
of Teaching and Learning