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Class and labor, through the faculty lens

In October 2013, Provost Claire Sterk charged a committee to examine class and labor concerns related to faculty on behalf of herself and Mike Mandl, executive vice president for business affairs. This spring, the Class and Labor Faculty Committee -- cochaired by Nadine Kaslow and Gray Crouse -- delivered its 351-page report on the ways in which class (and its related distinctions of power and status) affects the life and work of faculty members at Emory, along with 43 recommendations.

Specifically, the committee's task was to focus on four areas: (1) the role of class at the university, (2) Emory as an employer in the academic labor market, (3) recruitment, promotion, advancement, and professional development, and (4) the role of non-tenure track (NTT) faculty.

In each area, committee members investigated questions and gathered data to meet the charge. They explored, for example, how class is a factor in influencing the life and relationships of faculty members, the association between and impact of status and respect, and the ways in which university policies and procedures affect the faculty employment relationship. Their research led them to characterize the academic labor force and its related labor market, including a comparison between compensation for Emory faculty within its schools and colleges as well as between Emory and its peers. They also investigated factors associated with faculty hiring and retention, along with the availability and nature of mentoring programs. Finally, they looked closely at the principles that guide decisions about appointment track and rank, completed a comparison between NTT faculty at Emory and their tenure-track peers at the university as well as NTT faculty at benchmark schools.

The University Senate will undertake a formal review of the report in the fall 2016 semester. Senate members will consider the recommendations and the priorities that the committee believes should be undertaken within the next one to two years. Public release of the report will follow the Senate's review.