NAC&U Awarded Grant to Prepare and Evaluate Faculty

Teagleheader-logoThe Teagle Foundation’s Board of Directors has awarded a $15,000 planning grant to The New American Colleges and Universities for the project, “Preparing and Evaluating 21st Century Faculty: Aligning Expectations, Competencies, and Rewards.” The goal of the grant is to develop a plan that would enhance student learning and success by re-conceptualizing and systematically implementing faculty development and evaluation processes that better align faculty competencies and institutional policies with 21st century best practices.

Belmont University, Drury University, Hamline University, Hampton University, The Sage Colleges, Samford University, University of Evansville, Wagner College, Westminster College and Valparaiso University will collaborate on the project.

“These institutions are used to collaborating, which is particularly vital on a project of this scope,” said Lynette Robinson, executive director of the consortium. “There is a synergy that comes from bringing together institutions from across the country that share a common mission but have distinctive characteristics, strengths and challenges.”

This grant advances prior scholarship that was undertaken more than a decade ago when NAC&U members published “The New Academic Compact, Revisioning the Relationship between Faculty and Their Institutions.” The belief was that investments in faculty effectiveness would allow colleges to more successfully serve students. As challenges and economic constraints have changed, the consortium is eager to develop a new conceptual framework and systematic approach that will lead to substantive institutional change, especially in the way faculty members are prepared, evaluated, and rewarded for meeting 21st century challenges.

About The Teagle Foundation

The Teagle Foundation provides leadership for liberal education, mobilizing the intellectual and financial resources that are necessary if today’s students are to have access to a challenging and transformative liberal education. The Foundation’s commitment to such education includes its grantmaking to institutions of higher education across the country, its long-established scholarship program for the children of employees of ExxonMobil, and its work helping economically disadvantaged young people in New York City—where the Foundation is based—gain admission to college and succeed once there.