U.Va. President Calls For Academic Changes

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan is calling for measures aimed at improving faculty and changes in curriculum, including peer review and merit-based raises.

Media outlets report that Sullivan discussed her proposals Tuesday night during a meeting of the Faculty Senate, where she was greeted with a standing ovation. The meeting marked the first time Sullivan addressed faculty members since she was forced to resign and was then reinstated in June.

"Having a great faculty is the essential precondition to the success of any university," Sullivan said.

Changes also are needed in the way faculty members are hired. The university should consider overall long-term teaching needs instead of directly replacing departing faculty members, she said.

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