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DePauw, Denison Share $60K Grant From The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

DePauw, Denison Share $60K Grant From The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

January 31, 2002

January 31, 2002, Greencastle, Ind. - The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has made a $60,000 "planning grant" to be shared by DePauw University (Greencastle, Indiana) and Denison University (Granville, Ohio) as the two liberal arts colleges study initiatives that would help faculty members enhance career growth. The institutions will hold a series of retreat-style meetings during the spring semester of 2002 at which institutional representatives will discuss how the colleges can help faculty members balance their needs for teaching, research, course development and service.

DePauw President Robert G. Bottoms (pictured below) said, "With relatively rapid change in the faculties at both institutions, we must consider how to help new faculty members become acculturated to the residential liberal arts college ethos. How will new faculty leadership be cultivated? How will relatively young professors learn the arts of chairing a department, serving on committees, mentoring younger colleagues, and supporting the growth and development of mid-career colleagues? This Mellon planning grant will help us begin bringing these issues to a focus."

"Our two institutions are similar in that we are facing major transformations," said Denison President Dale T. Knobel. "Denison and DePauw are committed to enhancing faculty salaries, managing faculty workload, and providing a student-faculty ratio of 10-to-1. At the same time we are doing this, both our institutions are facing a wave of retirements from the faculty ranks. All else remaining equal, that means we will be facing a correspondingly larger wave of new faculty members to be hired, nurtured, and mentored."

Faculty members have different needs for growth and development at different stages of their careers. Young faculty members may need to concentrate more on preparing to teach new courses, while more experienced colleagues may need to find new ways to remain fresh in their disciplines. All may need help keeping up-to-date with instructional technology and meeting institutional expectations for retention, tenure, and promotion.