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.