World-Class Faculty Strategic Planning Committee to Hold Public Forum

GW community members invited to share feedback on how to best recruit, retain and promote a top-notch faculty at Oct. 16 forum.

October 14, 2019

The World-Class Faculty Strategic Planning Committee is soliciting feedback that will inform its recommendations for a five-year plan to preeminence in attaining and supporting a first-rate faculty.

The public forum will be held Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Executive Case Room on the seventh floor of the Milken Institute School of Public Health, 950 New Hampshire Ave. NW. An ID is required for access.

The World-Class Faculty Strategic Planning Committee—one of four committees tasked with developing recommendations for each of the strategic plan’s pillars—is charged with “developing a strategy to recruit, retain and promote an intellectually vibrant faculty that leverages our history, location and emerging opportunities.”

In the public forum, the World-Class Strategic Planning Committee will be looking for feedback on the following questions:

  • What factors should be considered in determining an optimal mix of faculty as well as determining the right size of faculty in your discipline?
  • What value should be attached to leveraging our location by attracting distinguished adjunct faculty, and how should we go about realizing this potential competitive advantage?
  •  What do you see as the biggest tools for and impediments to recruiting or retaining world-class faculty members at the junior and senior level, bearing in mind national trends and issues?
  •  What metrics characterize a world-class faculty across disciplines, levels of seniority and levels of full-time engagement?
  •  What do you see as the biggest tools for and impediments to successfully using different categories of faculty?

The committee is chaired by Scott Kieff, professor of law. Nancy Gaba, professor and chair of obstetrics and gynecology, serves as vice chair.

“I look forward to working with my great faculty colleagues on the committee and across the university to ensure that our diverse professional expertise is reflected in a comprehensive report that can help guide university leadership in their vital strategic planning for our future,” Professor Kieff said.     

“I was delighted to be recruited to join GW a decade ago, because I was so impressed with the university’s top-notch community, and I am confident our faculty’s ongoing commitment to excellence and shared university governance will be essential to developing this pillar of the strategic plan,” he said.  

Those who cannot attend in person can join through WebEx (password is faculty; meeting number access code is 734 699 068) or by phone at 1-855-282-6330. Feedback can also be submitted through the strategic plan website. Additional information regarding the strategic planning process is available at


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