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Thriving Faculty Initiative

The long-term success of Marian University depends upon the interplay of a talented, dynamic, and diverse faculty and the ability of the university to deliver high quality academic programs built on student engagement. Our ability to provide an education distinguished in its ability to prepare transformative leaders for service to the world will be rooted in our faculty’s ability to foster transformative relationships with our students. 


A task force of elected faculty from across the university was brought together to assess how we support, retain, and evaluate our faculty in order to build a dynamic, thriving faculty. Their charge included addressing the following: 

  • Identify the conditions that enable faculty to thrive. 
  • Identify the conditions that hinder the ability of faculty to thrive. 
  • Align development opportunities, resources, and policies needed for faculty to flourish with the mission and values of Marian University. 
  • Review Marian’s process for rewarding and recognizing faculty performance (e.g. annual review, promotion, tenure, contracts, etc.) to ensure that the process is fair, equitable, and transparent. 
  • Guide the implementation of our new faculty activity reporting and workflow system, Digital Measures, which will be used to capture and share our faculty members’ efforts in teaching, research, and service. 


The task force made several recommendations in the following four specific areas 1) Documenting and defining the work of faculty; 2) Mentoring faculty through their work; 3) Recognition and rewarding of work of faculty and 4) Assessing the work of faculty. This resulted in the creation of the Development Model for a Thriving Faculty (click to expand).

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