Emphasis on education and knowledge transfer
FSE sets up tenure track for teaching professors
The faculties efforts are aimed at fixing the continuing lack of teaching capacity. It’s also aimed at improving the quality of education. The plan is part of developments at the UG to emphasise individual research achievements less and emphasise education and knowledge transfer more.
In a regular tenure track situation, researchers are hired temporarily in the function of assistant professor. If they perform well in their research duties, they are eligible for a permanent position as associate professor and can ultimately become a full professor. It gives people a clear view of their potential career.
But UG staff whose main job is teaching have no such perspective. The faculty wants to change this. Employees on a teaching tenure track are required to spend 60 percent of their time on teaching, 30 percent on research, and 10 percent on administrative tasks.
Unlike regular tenure track employees, they will not receive funding to pay for a PhD. Employees on a teaching tenure track have no need for their own research group, and they aren’t required to bring in any subsidies. They will not automatically get the right to grant PhD degrees when they’re promoted to associate professor. However, they will get the opportunity to set up innovative education projects.
The FSE faculty council likes the plan. However, they wonder if current research groups will be happy to have colleagues who don’t bring in any subsidies.
Dean Jasper Knoester acknowledges the risk. ‘We’re starting out with groups for whom this won’t be much of a problem’, he says. He emphasised that ‘each educational director will need the expertise’. He also hopes that the new tenure tracks will make people appreciate the development of new teaching methods more.