The National Science Foundation (Advance Award:1463898) has funded a three-year experiment among natural science, math, engineering, and social science departments to design and implement department-based organizational practices that make faculty workloads more transparent and equitable. The University of Maryland is partnering with public higher education institutions in Maryland, North Carolina, and Massachusetts to recruit 42 STEM and Social Science academic departments. Half of the departments will serve as a control group, while the other 21 departments will be designated as experimental departments that will engage in four workload interventions over the course of three years.
The Faculty Workload and Rewards Project is a knowledge-sharing network within three states and across three states. By taking advantage of established relationships between institutions regionally, as well as new, cross-state interactions among three accrediting regions, we gain the benefits of working from existing relationships and learning from new approaches to explaining, managing, and understanding faculty work.