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Pilot Programs

Nearly 150 years ago, TCU was formed as a premier institution of higher learning. Since then, TCU has evolved and advanced to stay essential to our environment, community, culture and student body.

There are fundamental changes and exciting new directions ahead as we lead the way in restructuring old programs and implementing new ones. Here are some of the Pilot Programs being discussed, confirmed and carried out under the Provost’s direction.

 

Academic Affairs Pilot Programs

 

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE FUNDS 

DESCRIPTION
To bolster scholarship following the pandemic, in addition to TCU’s committed funds to research and teaching support the Provost asked each school and college to detail existing opportunities or provide new ones to fund for research and teaching support.

TIMELINE
November 2021: Deans submit existing funds. December 2021: Deans provide plans for new funds. January 2022: Funds announced.

DEI SCHOLAR FELLOWSHIP

DESCRIPTION
The DEI Scholar Fellowship recruits emerging scholars from a range of disciplines who are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching students’ education. DEI Scholar Fellows receive a competitive annual salary and benefits, and additional support for research and professional development. The appointment is for up to two years with a focus on research and publishing.

TIMELINE
2021: Developed. 2023-2025: Provost will award each college/school one DEI Scholar Fellowship, three per year, renewable for one additional year. Colleges must submit an application by June 1 prior to the year in which the college will initiate the interview and hiring process.

FACULTY HIRING CHECKLIST

DESCRIPTION
The eight-step Faculty Hiring Checklist facilitates efforts by hiring managers and search committees to attract and hire the best, most diverse faculty consistent with TCU’s high standards of inclusive excellence. The checklist encompasses the entire hiring process, step by step, from beginning to end, including committee selection, recruitment, job postings, interviews, hiring, onboarding, and submitting required documents via PageUp and a designated TCU Box folder.

TIMELINE
2018: AddRan College created and piloted a hiring guide. 2019: Provost’s Office consulted with the Office of Equity and Inclusion and College Diversity Advocates to draft a university-level guide. 2020: ongoing work and status reports to Chairs Council and Provost Council. 2021: Harris College piloted guide in spring, status report presented to Faculty Senate, and hiring managers consulted. December 2021: Faculty Hiring Guide implemented.

SHARED-COST HIRING INITIATIVE

DESCRIPTION
The Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs will provide up to 50% funding with a cap of $50,000 for newly hired tenured or tenure-track faculty who meet TCU’s established objectives of transforming faculty diversity at TCU. increase the number of meritorious teacher-scholars across all disciplines from underrepresented faculty. Our transformative goals are to foster an inclusive university community, achieve greater diversity in our professorial ranks, and expand the number of teacher-scholars engaged in innovative cutting-edge research.

TIMELINE
FY21 through FY25

MERITED LEAVE FOR PPPs AND INSTRUCTORS

DESCRIPTION
Provost plans to launch a merited leave program for Professors of Professional Practice and instructors as a three-year pilot program, to provide non-tenure-track faculty time off to refresh their teaching.

TIMELINE
February 2020: Announced to Faculty Senate. Summer 2021: Paused to await a clearly articulate faculty workload equity policy. The Provost remains committed to this program and will engage Faculty Senate in its formulation in the 2022-23 academic year.