There’s one more chance this semester to have your lunch at an
iROC seminar when Andrew (Drew) Weiss presents What, if
Anything, is a Faculty? on April 3rd at 12:45 pm in the
The term “faculty” is broadly used and loosely applied – so much
so that the idea of the faculty has lost some of its historic and
institutional meaning as a body with a collective identity, with
vested institutional responsibilities and with members who have a
distinct status in the institution. In some cases it has come to
mean little more than the list of teachers (full- and part-time):
employees with a particular job description who comprise the “the
academic staff.” On the other hand, in some places the faculty
functions as a self-conscious collegiate body with a clear, and
clearly delineated, relationship to the institution as such.
This IROC talk will discuss the idea of the faculty, focusing on
what it does and how it is organized. Drew will discuss the
characteristics of the faculty as a body and how those
characteristics relate to what a faculty is expected to do. He will
look at how the idea of the faculty has drifted over time and how
it differs across institutions, as well as the implications these
changes have for the nature of academic work, the idea of
scholarship, and the role of the faculty as a collegiate body.
Andrew Weiss is chair of the School of Business at MSMC. His
presentation will take place on Thursday, April 3rd at 12:45 pm in
the Library Café in the Dominican Center. Refreshments will be
served. All are welcome.
For more information about this or any of the iROC
presentations, or to volunteer as an iROC speaker, please contact
Dr. Doug Robinson, Assistant Professor of Biology and coordinator
of the iROC program, at 845-569-3648 or firstname.lastname@example.org.