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Transforming Initiative III

Transforming Initiative III

Developing a Distinguished Faculty

Toward 2016 gives development of the Fordham faculty a prominent place among the strategic initiatives: “We recognize that the true measure of a University’s success in achieving excellence is its ability to attract and retain a faculty distinguished for teaching and scholarship.” The University is taking several steps to increase the financial support for the faculty and to enhance their teaching and research, and to increase research sponsored with funds from outside the University.

Reduce Teaching Load. Fordham is reducing teaching loads from six to five courses a year, enabling faculty to spend more time conducting research and meeting with students outside of class. The University is phasing in the reduction in teaching loads—critical to recruiting and retaining promising and accomplished scholars—so that it will be complete in 2011.

Develop a Culture of Grantsmanship. Toward 2016 sets a goal for grant funding to reach $75 to $90 million by 2011. Fordham has reorganized the Office of Research and hired new staff to support the faculty in obtaining external grants for research. Grant awards have risen from $20 million to $32 million between 2004 to 2007—a 60 percent increase, and the number of applications for grants has also risen. It is surprising in the light of these increases that the number of awards has dropped slightly. (See Figure 13.)

Figure 13

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