An area that continues to be a University-wide challenge is finding ways of
providing meaningful, sustainable rewards and incentives to faculty for
advancing the teaching, research and outreach mission. In a climate of
continued fiscal challenge and increasing needs for accountability it is
more important than ever to offer faculty incentives that advance progress
toward college and university goals as well as to the overall mission. The
focus of this project is to identify meaningful incentives for faculty to
advance the teaching, research and outreach agenda of the University of
Minnesota. These include providing both financial and non-financial
incentives directly to colleges, departments and faculty for the purposes of
advancing instructional quality, new course development, innovation, team
teaching, increased student credit hours taught, entrepreneurism in the
classroom in addition to several relating to research and outreach
The University is positioning itself to be one of the top three public
research universities in the world. Strategic planning efforts across the
University are targeting this aspirational goal. One example of the level of
commitment is the development of the four action strategies that include
exceptional students, exceptional faculty and staff, exceptional
organization and exceptional innovation. These four strategic themes help
units align to an overall organizational strategy that moves the University
This project is directly related to the strategic theme of exceptional
faculty and staff with a particular focus on the faculty. Specifically the
University intends the following strategic result: “recruit, mentor, reward,
and retain world-class faculty and staff who are innovative, energetic, and
dedicated to the highest standards of excellence”. There are five strategic
objectives associated with this strategic result that includes the
2 online resources (PDF files): Final report and Poster presentation
President's Emerging Leadership Program
Doepner-Hove, Stacy; Rivers, Renee; Spaulding, Kent; Yan, Yelena; Zulu-Gillespie, Makeda.
Engaging Faculty for the Work of a Lifetime.
University of Minnesota.
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