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Archive for Thursday, October 27, 2011

Heard on the Hill: Renderings of the new GSP renovations available; statistics show breakdown of tenured vs. non-tenured faculty; School of Music’s Halloween concert set for Friday

October 27, 2011

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• KU’s Gertrude Sellards Pearson hall is closed for renovations for the 2011-12 school year.

But it’ll be back open in 2012, and I recently stumbled on these architectural renderings that help show what the place will look like when it does.

New features, according to KU Housing, include a new dining room, a seating area open for 24/7 studying and a late-night dining option.

As we’ve reported, KU sought $13.1 million in bonds from the Board of Regents (to be repaid from housing revenue) for the project.

The big change, of course, is that the all-women’s hall will become co-educational when it reopens. Corbin Hall will be the only KU residence hall after the switch that won’t be co-ed — it will remain for women only.

• I asked yesterday about the breakdown of KU’s tenured and non-tenure track faculty, and I should have known better.

That’s because KU’s Office of Institutional Research and Planning knows everything (or at least close to it).

Here’s a breakdown of a whole bunch of faculty statistics. The Lawrence campus faculty features about 56 percent tenured faculty, 16 percent of faculty in a tenure track position and about 28 percent non-tenure track employees.

The 1,564 faculty members are paired with the 1,038 graduate teaching assistants.

You might notice a significantly higher number of non-tenure track faculty positions at KU Medical Center on the chart. I suspect that’s because all physicians who work at KU Hospital are required to be members of the KU Medical Center faculty.

• The KU School of Music will sponsor a “cowboys vs. aliens” themed Halloween concert and costume contest on Friday at the Lied Center.

The costume contest starts at 6:30 p.m. and the symphony orchestra starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for general admission, and $5 for students and seniors.

• Your random fact of the day, courtesy of KU Info’s Twitter feed from earlier this month: Until the early 1940s, only unmarried women were admitted to KU's nursing school, and had to remain single until they completed the program.

• If you’d like to send me a tip for Heard on the Hill, go ahead and send me an email at ahyland@ljworld.com. I’ll be thinking of what to wear this year for Halloween. I’m thinking about trying to find a way dress up like Fraser Hall…

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oakfarm 2 years, 5 months ago

This is not very illuminating: "The Lawrence campus faculty features about 56 percent tenured faculty, 16 percent of faculty in a tenure track position and about 28 percent non-tenure track employees." If a tenured faculty member teaches two courses a year and the non-tenure track faculty member teaches eight, the use of a simple headcount grossly under-represents the role of the non tenure-track faculty. Better to use a measure of students taught, or salary costs to represent the true impact of these disparate groups.

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