Building collaboration between faculty and staff: Opinion

March 16, 2021
Faculty members are becoming more aware of the work that staff members do, writes Jenae Cohn, but many faculty still do not trust staff to take on decision-making. The article discusses the roles that staff play on campus and describes three ways to encourage collaboration between staff and faculty. The author suggests offering incentives for faculty-staff partnerships through grants, fellowships, or special groups. Cohn also suggests rethinking hierarchical traditions and creating shared experiences. “[I]f you’re going to hire highly skilled people — who have a clear and sophisticated understanding of institutional cultures and expectations — why not take advantage of our expertise?” asks Cohn. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (International)