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Strategic Planning Forum to Discuss Faculty Retention at UVA

Posted: Updated: Jan 14, 2013 04:37 PM EST

The first of several strategic planning forums takes place Monday at the University of Virginia. Monday's discussion focuses on how to attract and retain a strong faculty.  

This all comes as another effort to move the university forward after last summer's failed ouster of UVA President Theresa Sullivan, and plan for the changes expected to happen over the next few years.   

A working group on faculty recruitment, retention and development is preparing for a generational change its in teachers and scholars, as it expects to hire a large number of people within the next ten years.

"There's approximately 1,000 full-time tenure and tenure-track faculty and we're going to lose about 350 of them - 35 percent - by 2020 if people retire at age 68. And that doesn't include those that might be picked off and leave for other universities," said Dorrie Fontaine, a member of the group.

Specifically being discussed at the meeting is what needs to improve on campus to keep faculty at UVA. Tough questions will be asked, such as: Does UVA have the best programs to develop talent throughout their careers?

Monday's public forum is the first of six. Other forums will focus on technology and student life.   The Strategic Planning Steering Committee will host a public forum for students on Wednesday at 7 p.m.  in the Harrison Institute.

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