February 12, 2004
plan to hire more faculty soon
of the 16 new faculty planned for fall 2004 are expected
to be hired this semester.
Sixteen new faculty positions will be divided among seven
schools in part to help improve the student to teacher
ratio, university officials said.
William Koehler, provost and vice chancellor for Academic
Affairs, worked with the deans of several colleges to
decide which schools would get new faculty and how many.
We have allocated the faculty positions based on
the student demands within the departments, Koehler
The new faculty positions were approved by the Board of
Trustees Jan. 30.
Chancellor Victor Boschini said more than $1 million will
be spent on new faculty.
These positions were created or opened to begin
to more accurately reflect the enrollment we currently
have, Boschini said.
Ann Sewell, assistant provost, said in an e-mail that
the College of Humanities can hire five new faculty members,
one for each of the following: Economics, modern language,
political science, sociology and religion.
The School of Nursing can hire two new faculty, Sewell
said. Rhonda Keen-Payne, dean of the College of Health
and Human Sciences, said enrollment in the nursing school
has increased dramatically due to the shortage of nurses
and the salary increase in that field.
The new faculty were not optional, they were a necessity,
Allison Liw, a nursing sophomore, said she thinks hiring
two new nursing faculty will help lower the student-teacher
ratio. Liw said she will probably have to make adjustments
to be able to pay for the tuition increase.
I was in a little bit of a shock when I read the
e-mail about the tuition increase, but I see that our
money is not going to waste, Liw said. People
cannot come to school expecting to pay the same tuition
for four years because of our economy.
The College of Communication can hire two new faculty;
one for radio-TV-film and another for communication sciences,
The College of Fine Arts can hire one new faculty for
voice and an assistant director for the TCU Band, Sewell
The School of Business can hire a new faculty member for
management, and the College of Science and Engineering
will be able to hire one new chemistry faculty, she said.
Colin Contreras, a freshman biology major, said a new
chemistry faculty will come in handy.
We have to take a chemistry class that has around
150 people in it, Contreras said. Having another
chemistry teacher would probably help make that class
The School of Education can also hire a new faculty member,
Koehler said the hiring process is scheduled to start
this semester and faculty are expected to start in the