Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Professors' bill of rights

Over at Inside Higher Ed, Michael Bugeja and Lee Wilkins argue strongly for a set of principles for professional development of the faculty members. Here are the first five, and read the article for the rest:

  1. Pre-tenured professors should enjoy reduced teaching and/or service responsibilities.
  2. Pre-tenured professors should receive additional, tangible incentives — fewer advisees or summer research stipends.
  3. All ranks of professors should have access to research assistants if your program has graduate students.
  4. All ranks should have a teaching schedule that allows at least one free day per week so that you can do research.
  5. You should have a somewhat flexible professional development fund, not only enabling you to travel to a conference but also to pay membership dues in at least one flagship association related to your discipline.


  1. gaddeswarup said...

    I would also add 6) training in teaching.