Better Teaching, Better Institutions

Teaching and learning aren’t just at the heart of higher education—they drive the institution. ACE Senior Vice President Philip Rogers looks at ACE’s partnership with the Association of College and University Educators, whose courses on comprehensive teaching methods helps faculty become more effective educators.

Developing Deans and Chairs as Leaders

Chief academic officers Kathy E. Johnson and Mary K. Boyd write that the key to transforming the academic enterprise is cultivating a team of capable leaders committed to aligning their program or school with the institution’s mission and priorities.

CUPA-HR Releases Annual Report on Professionals in Higher Education

The College and University Professional Association for Human Resources recently released this year’s edition of the Professionals in Higher Education Annual Report, which discusses the median salaries, predominant areas of employment, gender, and race and ethnicity of higher education professionals

Florida HBCU Works to Advance Its Women STEM Faculty

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University has launched an initiative to improve the campus climate for women faculty in STEM and social and behavioral science fields.

Faculty Salaries Up Slightly for 2019, Report Shows

Analyzing data from approximately 850 higher education institutions on nearly 260,000 faculty members nationwide, the new faculty survey from CUPA-HR found the median salary increase for all faculty over the past year was 1.67 percent.

ACE2019: Creating, Calculating, and Communicating the Value of Higher Education

In the ACE2019 session “The Three Cs: Creating, Calculating, and Communicating the Value of Higher Education,” panelists discussed how a commitment to instructional quality generates educational, financial, and reputational value. They asserted that we create value for our students every time they experience powerful teaching and learning and, upon graduation, send into the world champions of our value.

ACE2019: Faculty Impact on Career Readiness

Representatives from Strada Education Network, the Career Leadership Collective, and the Association of College and University Educators joined forces to facilitate the session “From Impactful Classes to Rewarding Careers: The Unique Influence of Faculty on Students’ Career Readiness and Satisfaction” to a packed room of highly engaged attendees at ACE2019.

Increasing Representation of Underrepresented Groups Among STEM Faculty Members

Just as important as creating interest in STEM among students is achieving a more diverse STEM faculty. Having more role models can help students better imagine a similar career trajectory for themselves. Suzanna Rose of Florida International University looks at how institutions can pursue equity and representation among their faculty.

Female Department Chairs Help Narrow Gender Gaps for Faculty and Students

A new working paper by Princeton University’s Andrew Langan provides evidence on the effects of female department chairs on workforce composition, gender pay gap, and academic department promotion.

Columbia University Faculty Equity Study Provides Trends and Recommendations

The Policy and Planning Committee of Columbia University released an equity study on university-wide and core division trends for faculty of color and women faculty based on online surveys, in-person interviews, and department- and university-level data.

AAUP Report Documents Changing Tenure Trends in U.S. Higher Education

A recent report by the American Association of University Professors finds a decline in tenure-track positions at U.S. institutions, which could change the culture of higher education.

Disconnections Between Research and Practice in STEM Education

An overarching goal of STEM education research is to identify how to improve STEM learning environments through the lenses of education and social science. To make this work most effectively, this research needs to be shared with individuals directly involved in teaching or managing STEM courses. Ahlam Lee of Xavier University discusses how to make this happen.