Number of Faculty in Leadership Positions in Professional Organizations

2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

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Objective 1.
Maintain a highly competent faculty.

Action: Fill vacant and new faculty positions with the most highly qualified individuals identified through nation-wide search processes, following University governance guidelines, giving consideration to candidates’ service potential and experience. Ensure that newly hired professors have adequate resources to initiate a quality research program and progress toward tenure and promotion.

Action: Encourage faculty development through involvement in sabbatical and other leave programs and conferences, short courses, workshops, and seminars. Acquire funding to support faculty development activities on and off campus, including activities that expose faculty to international issues and problems and renowned experts that present seminars, workshops, etc.

Action: Encourage consulting activities, adhering to DAFVM guidelines, that result in professional development for scientists.

  1. Develop expertise listing and post on FWRC web site and in appropriate printed materials.

Action: Encourage and facilitate faculty and staff participation in professional service (e.g., editorships, advisory boards, review teams, etc.).

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Objective 3.
Achieve undergraduate and graduate student enrollments consistent with college and MSU goals, fiscal resources, and societal needs for professionals in forestry; forest products; and wildlife, fisheries, and aquaculture.

Action: Increase student participation in academic, scientific, and relevant professional organizations.

  1. Establish a fund for undergraduate students to attend professional meetings that may be matched by student organizations by 2012.
  2. At the college-level, establish a competitive grants program for graduate students to attend key professional meetings and give poster and/or paper presentations by 2012.
  3. Promote oral and poster presentations by graduate students at professional meetings and encourage faculty to facilitate the process. Data will be reported by Department Heads to Metrics Manager.

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Objective 5.
Continuously improve the effectiveness, relevance, and quality of programs.

Action: Maintain effective partnerships and other collaboration with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, Division of Academic Outreach and Continuing Education, other units on campus, industry, state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and international entities.

  1. Ensure that programs attract and fulfill continuing education needs of CFR alumni and other constituents.

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Objective 6.
Increase the visibility of the research, teaching, and extension programs.

Action: Publicize student and faculty activities and accomplishments. Encourage high-visibility activities. Publicize technology transfer, technical assistance, and continuing education activities and accomplishments. Awareness should be addressed on campus, within the state and region, and nationally and internationally where appropriate. Use electronic media as well as other media effectively in this process.

  1. Publish a college-level annual report and periodic newsletters comparable to the FWRC annual report.
  2. Publicize faculty and staff receiving awards through brochures, the CFR web site, and other appropriate media.
  3. Continue the Dean’s Notes for internal use.

Action: Develop and implement a publicity action plan.

  1. Recognize scientists receiving research awards, patents, copyrights, and other major accomplishments through brochures, the CFR web site, and other appropriate media.

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Objective 7.
Develop and maintain operating procedures, administrative structure and processes that promote excellence.

Action: Recognize excellence with an annual award in research and service. Recognize and reward excellence in technology transfer, educational and technical assistance activities; planning and contributions to continuing education programs; service to scientific and professional organizations and other constituent groups; and service within the University, the College/Center, and within departments.

  1. Assess nomination and selection process and revise accordingly on a continuing basis.
  2. Publicize award winners.
  3. Identify and implement additional means to encourage and recognize excellence.
  4. Nominate faculty, staff, graduate students and others as appropriate for internal and external awards.
  5. Seek to monetarily compensate faculty who garner extraordinary achievement awards that do not automatically reward recipients.

Action: Develop and implement procedures for annual performance reviews of employees (i.e., administrators, scientists, and staff) that follow Human Resources guidelines. Ensure that adequate importance is placed on service-related activities by department heads during the annual performance evaluations.

Action: Ensure the distinction among service, consulting, and continuing education activities, as they relate to compensation, is communicated and enforced.