President Jerry Gilbert is hosting a series of informal discussions with faculty. The series, called “Faculty Coffee with the President,” includes at least three programs each semester, with each program offering 12-15 faculty members the opportunity to participate.
The discussions focus on a variety of timely higher education topics, and President Gilbert distributes articles to the participants in advance as a way to jump-start the discussions. Possible topics for this semester include free speech on campus, faculty collegiality, campus climate for students, student and faculty evaluations, and relationship boundaries for faculty.
“We are not necessarily trying to solve a problem, but just have a discussion,” said Gilbert. “It is an opportunity for me to get to know faculty members better and for us to interact in an informal, casual setting.”
Participation in the discussion groups is balanced so at least one faculty member from each college has the opportunity to participate in every event. Faculty members may voluntarily request to have a seat in the discussion by contacting the Office of the President. If the response for any session is greater than the available seats, a waiting list is established.
The next “Faculty Coffee with the President” will be Wednesday, March 28, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the South Charleston campus. To request consideration to be included in the discussion, please call Cora Pyles at 304-696-2300.