iROC Lecture

What, if anything, is a faculty?

April 03, 2014 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
Library Café, Dominican Center

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 Library Café.

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

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