Provost candidate discusses faculty involvement

Amadeus Smith

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This afternoon, Robert G. Frank, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost candidate, discussed faculty involvement in big decisions and a new process of faculty review.

Faculty expressed concern over a lack of representation when it comes to big decisions – as in the hiring of Kent State President Lester Lefton. Many agreed faculty opinion is often ignored and unappreciated.

“I believe that faculty wisdom is wisdom to pay attention to,” Frank said.

As for faculty review, Frank suggested each faculty member be reviewed every year instead of the current tenure track.

Stephen Mitchell, professor in the School of Exercise, Leisure and Sport asked the candidate to discuss the Boyer Model, which suggests the roles of educators change throughout time.

Frank said he believes the model illustrates why an annual review would be beneficial.

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