In an op-ed published yesterday in the Dallas Morning News, Rick Cherwitz, director of the Intellectual Entrepreneurship program and professor in the Moody College of Communication, address current challenges with faculty accountability in higher education.
Rather than dividing faculty into two separate roles (one for teaching, the other for research), he proposes the concept of a faculty contract. This business approach, he argues, would avoid two unequal classes of faculty citizens stemming from the current hierarchy among the three parts of a university’s mission: research, teaching, service.
The contract would be created at the departmental level, in which faculty, in consultation with their departments and colleges, negotiate and then, over the course of time, renegotiate their work product.
Although it isn’t a magic bullet solution, Cherwitz believes the contract method is a move in the right direction. Read the full op-ed here.