Office of the Provost


Items of Interest to Faculty

Image of Lincoln portrait bust in Uris Library.

Studying under the Lincoln portrait bust in Uris Library reading room.

Faculty Work Life Survey, Fall 2010

In the fall of 2010, tenured and tenure-track faculty at Cornell were invited to complete the Faculty Work Life (FWL) Survey. This survey asks faculty about the work they do and how Cornell does or does not support it, perceptions of departmental climate, intentions to stay at Cornell, and how life outside of Cornell meshes with faculty responsibilities. The first analysis of survey results examining satisfaction with work responsibilities and resources is available below. Subsequent reports of survey results focused on other facets of faculty work life will be posted here as they become available.

The first FWL survey was conducted in the fall of 2005. Links to survey results and to themes derived from faculty focus groups, are provided below.

Report on the Cornell Council for the Arts (pdf)

Provost Fuchs released the Review Committee's Report on the Cornell Council for the Arts (CCA). The report was written by a committee of ten faculty from arts disciplines and made recommendations to strengthen the arts at Cornell. The provost accepted the committee's key recommendations, increased the annual budget, and asked Dean Kent Kleinman to provide leadership for CCA. (Coverage from the Chronicle - October 2010)

Ithaca/Weill Research Collaboration Graduate Student Transit Fund

The Provost's office will provide funding for faculty whose graduate students travel to and from Ithaca and Weill Cornell Medical College on the Campus to Campus bus for collaborative research and grant activities.

To receive funding, sponsoring Ithaca faculty should send a brief description of the Ithaca/Weill research project to the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Research to the attention of Kelly Strickland, in advance of any student travel. Reimbursement to department accounts will be made before the end of the fiscal year based on a summary of the graduate student trips made on the Campus to Campus bus. (January 2007)

Report on the Survey of Faculty Interaction with Undergraduate Students, Spring 2004

This survey was administered to Cornell faculty members in the spring of 2004. The survey asks them about the nature and frequency of their out-of-class interactions with undergraduate students, the factors that support or inhibit these interactions, and the impacts these interactions have on the faculty members.

Land Grant Review, January 2003

In the early part of 2002, Cornell initiated a comprehensive, substantive review of the university's land-grant mission in the twenty-first century. Five panels of faculty, staff, and Board of Trustee members charted directions for the future. A presidential commission oversaw and coordinated the work of the panels, addressed cross-cutting issues related to the land-grant mission of Cornell, and re-assessed the implications of this review for Cornell as a private university with a public mission.

Shaping the Academic Future, September 2002 (PDF)

A September 2002 report from Provost Martin outlining Cornell University's institutional priorities and strategic agenda for making Cornell the best research university for undergraduate education.

The Cultivation of Knowledge: Cornell and the Changing Face of the Humanities, May 2002 (PDF)

Cornell has long had strong programs in the arts and humanities, and these programs remain at the center of university life. This publication highlights a number of Cornell's activities and achievements in the humanities.

Faculty Compensation, 2002 (PDF)

This review of faculty salaries on the Ithaca campus of Cornell University was completed by the Division of Planning and Budget in 2002.