KU News Release

Nov. 29, 2010
Contact: Jill Jess, University Relations, (785) 864-8858

KU a top 10 public university for new faculty

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas is among the nine public doctoral/research universities listed as best in the nation for junior faculty in a new report from the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education based at Harvard University.

KU, which also was one of five universities cited as an “exemplar” for its clarity of institutional expectations for tenure, was recognized as a top place for beginning faculty in COACHE’s last report in 2007.

The new report, based on a survey of 15,000 pre-tenure faculty at 127 colleges in the United States, evaluated institutions on tenure practices, the balance between work and home, collegiality and the quality of the school as a place to work. Overall, 32 institutions were cited as exemplars among three groups — undergraduate, master’s and doctoral/research institutions — in at least one of eight categories. To qualify as an exemplar, institutions needed scores that were notably higher than similar institutions.

KU is the only institution in the Big 12 Conference and in the state of Kansas cited by the report.

“KU is a great place to work, to teach, to do research and to serve the public,” said Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little. “This kind of national recognition is gratifying and will help KU compete for the best new generation of scholars. Recruiting and retaining top young faculty to KU is vital to giving our students the best education possible.”

Other exemplar doctoral/research institutions in the report are Auburn University, Brown University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Lehigh (Pa.) University, North Carolina State University, North Dakota State University, University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa, University of Chicago, University of Connecticut, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Iowa, University of Notre Dame and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. The other institutions cited as exemplars for tenure clarity are North Carolina State University, North Dakota State University, University of Connecticut and University of Iowa.

University Governance developed and former Chancellor Robert Hemenway approved comprehensive reforms of the promotion and tenure standards and procedures at KU in 2008. The revisions were aimed at improving the transparency of the process and clarify the roles of participants at all levels. It also addressed the appeals process.

Based at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and supported by member institutions, COACHE gathers peer diagnostic data for chief academic offers to improve the recruitment, retention and development of faculty at colleges and universities.

KU was named a best place to work by the Chronicle of Higher Education in 2008 and KU Hospital was named to Modern Healthcare magazine’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2009.

The University of Kansas is a major comprehensive research and teaching university. University Relations is the central public relations office for KU's Lawrence campus.

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