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:
- Pre-tenured professors should enjoy reduced teaching and/or service responsibilities.
- Pre-tenured professors should receive additional, tangible incentives — fewer advisees or summer research stipends.
- All ranks of professors should have access to research assistants if your program has graduate students.
- All ranks should have a teaching schedule that allows at least one free day per week so that you can do research.
- 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.