The University of Arizona is an engaging and dynamic workplace, recognized for its boundless interdisciplinary programs and its ability to link academic initiatives to regional interests unique to the Southwest. As one of the top-ranked research universities in the country, this land-grant institution provides an extraordinary environment for employees to teach, serve, and discover.
The University of Arizona has a strong commitment to supporting and improving teaching quality. The Office of Instruction and Assessment (OIA) supports many faculty activities on campus. They offer a wide variety of workshops and classes on topics such as assessment techniques, designing and using rubrics, and effectively using instructional technologies. They also work with individual instructors to develop and improve learning outcomes, develop tools to assess student learning, and to discuss teaching ideas or concerns in one-on-one consultations with faculty developers. OIA also offers extensive assistance with D2L, the UA’s course management system, along with a variety of other classroom technologies.
Academic Affairs, a unit of the Office of the Provost, offers Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) for small groups of faculty to meet periodically throughout the semester to discuss and learn about evidence-based teaching practices. Given that extensive research has found that students learn more with active learning strategies, Collaborative Learning Spaces (CLSs) have been created that facilitate active learning. In these spaces, faculty can use innovative teaching and learning strategies to promote better understanding.
To support faculty members’ ability to create inclusive classrooms that are welcoming to students from diverse backgrounds, the Office of Faculty Affairs and the Office for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence offer the Diversity in the Classroom workshop series. These workshops address topics such as reducing unconscious bias, managing difficult issues and hot topics in classroom discussions, and designing effective courses for diverse learners.
The Grant, Information, Facilitation, and Training (GIFT) Center supports University of Arizona faculty, staff, and development personnel with non-governmental charitable grant-seeking activities. Our on-site and online resource center, guest speakers, and expert staff provide guidance on private grant-seeking and campus development.
Tenure-eligible UA faculty are hired as tenure-track faculty. These faculty members demonstrate a promise of excellent performance in teaching, service, and research. Within these general guidelines, promotion and tenure criteria are to be developed by the faculty members and the department head in each department, and approved by and filed with the Dean and Provost.
The University prizes an inclusive view of scholarship and recognizes that knowledge is acquired and advanced through research, synthesis, practice, and teaching. Given this philosophy, sabbatical leaves are granted to further any of the following objectives:
- research and publication;
- teaching improvement (including the creation of teaching materials such as new textbooks, software, multimedia materials, or casebooks);
- intensive public service clearly related to the applicant's expertise; and
- integration and interpretation of existing knowledge into larger interdisciplinary frameworks.
What are the success rates for promotion and tenure at the University of Arizona?
Ninety-two percent of tenure-eligible faculty were successful in their tenure application during the 2016-2017 academic year. Faculty Affairs in the Office of the Provost oversees the promotion and tenure process. They provide ample promotion guidance and resources and annual review information. Read more here.
What resources are available to junior faculty at the University of Arizona to support their success?
The University has extensive resources to support teaching and research. The Campus Connections workshop series offers a comprehensive set of faculty development workshops. The New Faculty Mentoring Program offers mentoring to junior faculty. All UA faculty are able to create free accounts for the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD). Read more here.
I am a finalist for a faculty position and I would like to discuss my options for a potential partner/spousal hire. How should I proceed?
The University of Arizona supports spousal and partner hires when possible. In a survey of UA faculty conducted by COACHE at Harvard, faculty assessments placed the UA in the top 30% of COACHE colleges and universities for work-life programs, including spousal and partner hiring. However, these types of hires take time, as both new hires should be a good fit within their respective units. Having more lead-time can make it more likely that a partner or spousal hire will work. Disclose this information to the search committee as soon as you feel comfortable doing so.
How can I learn more about the students at the University of Arizona?
The UA provides data on students by college, degrees awarded, diversity, and retention and graduation. The UA offers various programs for tutoring, academic support, and supplemental instruction for students, such as the Think Tank, the Writing Skills Improvement Program, Center for English as a Second Language, and the Disability Resource Center. Students can also find community and support in the Cultural and Resource Centers. There are many opportunities for students to get involved on campus through clubs and organizations and student government.
How can I learn more about the faculty at the University of Arizona?
Faculty Affairs within the Office of the Provost oversees everything related to faculty. University Analytics & Institutional Research provides faculty data and demographics. The University of Arizona practices shared governance. Periodically, surveys of faculty are conducted to ensure their satisfaction.
Where can I learn more about faculty governance?
The University of Arizona practices shared governance with its faculty, appointed personnel, staff, students, and the Arizona Board of Regents through Faculty Senate, the Strategic Planning and Budget Advisory Committee (SPBAC), and the Committee of Eleven. Faculty members not only share in the traditional role of recommending academic curricula and academic personnel policies, but also in the strategic and financial planning process, and in developing policies and procedures relative to the general operations of the University.
What resources are available at the University of Arizona to support families?
The University of Arizona also offers various award-winning programs for families. Life & Work Connections offers childcare resources, eldercare resources, employee assistance, and employee wellness. In a survey of UA faculty conducted by COACHE at Harvard, faculty assessments placed the UA in the top 30% of COACHE colleges and universities for UA’s stop-the-clock policies, flexible workload and modified duties, spousal/partner hiring program, family medical and parental leave (including paid parental leave), and tuition waivers and reductions for employees, spouses or domestic partners, and children.