As Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Robert Granfield is the senior executive officer responsible to the Provost for all matters pertaining to UB’s faculty. He and his staff help facilitate a culture of faculty excellence at the university in the areas of research, teaching, and service. The primary duties of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs include coordinating the university’s promotion and tenure process; welcoming and orienting new faculty to UB; assisting deans, department chairs, and faculty with issues associated with hiring and retention; building programs to orient new department chairs and improve their management skills; facilitating the nomination process for national, internal, and SUNY awards; and partnering with the Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence to develop proactive strategies for enhancing faculty diversity.
Non-tenure track faculty in qualified ranks at UB play vital roles in support of the university’s mission as clinical, research, and teaching faculty. To provide important input to the focus and efforts of the Office of Faculty Affairs in supporting faculty engagement, professional development, and faculty success, the vice provost has convened an Advisory Council consisting of non-tenure track faculty representing different schools across UB.
The mission of this council is to advise the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and to give input on all matters that are relevant to the work, satisfaction, and institutional support of UB faculty in qualified ranks. Topics for consultation of the council include departmental integration, mentoring, access to resources, opportunities for development, promotion, and growth, as well as current and future trends in higher education that may specifically or strongly affect non-tenure track faculty. Depending on the issue at hand, the council will offer perspectives, feedback or suggestions that will guide the Office of Faculty Affairs in strategic planning and in discussions with senior and unit leadership on policy, practices, and development of new initiatives.
The application deadline for most awards is September 15. The annual cycle of the US Scholar Awards competition for each academic year opens in February.