'Growing Pains' Seen In University Of Iowa Faculty Track Policy

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Friday, July 29, 2011

The implementation of a new faculty track policy has allowed the University of Iowa to attract some top researchers, but there are concerns, President Sally Mason said.

The research track provides for non-tenure-track positions for scientists who want to focus on research and not teach. So far, more than 25 people, many of whom worked at the U of I in another capacity, have been hired under the research track.

Though compensation is similar for researchers in faculty and staff positions, U of I Associate Provost for Faculty Tom Rice said the faculty position - and thus the academic title of professor - often carries more clout, particularly when applying for grants and contracts.

"So far, it's worked very well, but there have been some growing pains," he said.

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