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Priority 5

Priority 5

Enhance opportunities for faculty rewards and recognition

WVU must incentivize faculty to be engaged, productive and collaborative and to contribute to the University’s mission.

To remain a competitive institution that attracts a range of students, we must consider how we incentivize our faculty to be engaged and collaborative and to contribute to the University's mission by appropriately and consistently rewarding them for their achievements in the classroom and beyond.

The Faculty Rewards and Recognition Committee is utilizing both internal data (e.g., salary structures, faculty workload agreements, available benefits, annual review data) and external data (e.g., analysis of promotion and tenure process at peer institutions) to guide their process.

This effort will also recognize the importance of faculty contributions in the areas of diversity and inclusion and will ensure that under-represented and minoritized faculty are equitably valued and rewarded.

By examining our current processes and identifying new areas of need and of opportunity, we will improve our current system and reward faculty for their excellence and impact.

Results to Date


  • Established University faculty workload guidelines with feedback from key stakeholders.
  • Reviewing and approving college-specific workload guidelines.
  • Worked with the Teaching Assessment Committee to design and propose a new University instrument for early and final student feedback on instruction to replace the current electronic student evaluation instrument.
  • Drafted revision of promotion and tenure document; gathered and incorporated from key stakeholders; and clarified parameters and processes for faculty member reviews, performance improvement plans and non-continuation of appointment.

Next Steps


  • Continue to partner with colleges and units to develop college- and department-level faculty workload guidelines to ensure equity, consistency and accountability in determining work assignments.
  • Offer workshops for academic leaders to assist in the development of faculty workload guidelines.
  • Conduct series of “town hall” discussions regarding proposed changes to the University’s promotion and tenure document; gather and incorporate feedback; and prepare for Faculty Senate vote by end of calendar year.

  • Review Draft Procedures Document

  • Launch pilot of alternative student evaluation of instruction instrument; continue additional pilots in spring semester.

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