Deaton shares tentative plans with MU Faculty Council

Thursday, April 4, 2013 | 8:05 p.m. CDT; updated 8:47 p.m. CDT, Thursday, April 4, 2013

COLUMBIA — MU Chancellor Brady Deaton shared tentative plans for MU's future in a campus update Thursday at the MU Faculty Council meeting.

These plans might be a preview to what faculty members could discuss at this semester's general faculty meeting at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Jesse Wrench Auditorium.

Deaton told the council how MU is working to improve its status within the Association of American Universities, of which it has been a member since 1908. Faculty Council Vice Chairman Kattesh Katti will lead a committee that will look at four indicators, evaluated annually, that help determine AAU ratings:

  • competitively funded federal research support;
  • membership in the United States National Academies;
  • faculty awards, fellowships and memberships;
  • and academic citations.

Deaton also announced plans for a hiring strategy to attract and retain top faculty members. He said he is looking to increase salaries and create a comprehensive benefits package to compete with those of other universities.

In the next five years, he said he wants to hire 100 tenured and tenure-track faculty and 100 nontenure-track faculty, which would require increases in state support and the reallocation of MU funding. These faculty members can only be hired if MU has space for them, he said.

Deaton also said he will meet Friday with Nuclear Science and Engineering Institute faculty members, Provost Brian Foster and Graduate School Dean George Justice to discuss the future of the institute.

The institute is now a unit within MU's College of Engineering after the institute was dissolved last March. Deaton said students are being admitted into the program again and that the degree's curriculum remains unchanged.

"I think we will have a strong nuclear engineering degree program 20 or 50 years from now," Deaton said.

Faculty Council members also discussed a host of other issues, including:

  • The ongoing search for a University of Missouri System vice president for academic affairs. The search was discussed at last month's Intercampus Faculty Council meeting, associate professor of psychology Dennis Miller said. Some MU Faculty Council members raised concerns about the amount of faculty representation on the search committee.
  • A resolution to establish a Budget and Planning Committee to advise the chancellor.
  • A resolution concerning the Nuclear Science and Engineering Institute, which was tabled because of Deaton's scheduled Friday meeting with the institute's stakeholders.

Supervising editor is Zach Murdock.

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