COVID-19: Information for Faculty

2 thoughts on “COVID-19: Information for Faculty

  1. How do we give exams? I heard no effective solution so far. Take home exams and papers are not appropriate for every course.

  2. These policies may already be in the works, but I am writing to ask that the University consider several additional high-level policies that are vital to some of our more vulnerable community members.

    1. All tenure-track Assistant Professors should be given an automatic 1-year extension of their tenure clocks. (In theory, I would support allowing those who want to come up on their normal time frame to do so, but I fear this would lead to differential perception and treatment—aka, invisible “bonus points” for those who do not opt for the extension. For parallel issues, see the differential impacts of family leave on male v. female faculty and tenure rates.)

    2. I hope that the University and Graduate School will look into ways to provide an additional semester of funding for graduate students currently enrolled.

    3. It would be useful for the University to lobby granting agencies (NSF, NIH, NEH, Mellon, etc.) to give an automatic 1-year extension to all grants and allow up to 1-year deferrals, if successful applicants choose to defer for 1 year.

    As I’m sure all of you already realize, travel restrictions, closure of libraries, and many other factors will limit the ability of faculty to conduct research and publish in the coming weeks and months, but some will be penalized more than others. Travel restrictions particularly affect scholars working outside the US and those conducting long-term fieldwork; even the cancellation of talks, workshops, and conferences have professional repercussions. These factors, among others, will slow, if not entirely stop, research progress, related publications, and, for some, public engagement. In addition, more challenging personal situations amid this crisis (child care responsibilities with long school and daycare closures, elder care, distant families, etc.) will likely disproportionately affect faculty of color, women faculty, and first-generation faculty. Of note, many of the above considerations also affect many of our graduate students.

    I realize that this rapidly-evolving situation has made it very difficult to develop policies. The priority is, of course, the “fires.” However, I respectfully ask that the University also address some of the long-term repercussions of COVID19 by developing policies like those outlined above.

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