Faculty makeover at U of Scranton

by E Wayne Ross on October 26, 2010

The Chronicle: Fitting In: U. of Scranton Revamps One-Third of Its Faculty

A wave of early retirements and the creation of new positions for fast-growing programs had, in large part, given Scranton the chance to revamp a major proportion of its faculty.

But hiring what turned out to be 82 professors in a five-year period—about one-third of the institution’s tenured or tenure-track faculty—was not without its own risks. It had the potential to trigger generational conflict, compromise the university’s Jesuit identity, and water down its commitment to undergraduate teaching. Faculty members right out of graduate school “might be more passionate about their research agenda rather than teaching,” says Father Pilarz.