Fixed-Term and Research Faculty Advisory Committee

In the spring of 2004, revisions to the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences' Constitution called for the establishment of a standing Fixed-Term and Research Faculty Advisory Committee. This committee provides avenues for the fixed-term and research faculty to serve as a group in discharging the aims and objectives of the college, and to submit proposed actions through appropriate channels to the college and University administration.

In short, the Fixed-Term and Research Faculty Advisory Committee serves as the primary fixed-term and research faculty liaison to the dean. The Fixed-Term and Research Faculty Advisory Committee is composed of representatives from each academic department, institute and alliance in the college. Committee members serve three-year terms that are staggered to ensure institutional continuity.

Fixed Term and Research (FT&R) faculty augment the extent and range of activities performed by tenured faculty. FT&R faculty currently make up a significant percentage of the total faculty in the college, are found within each unit, and perform a wide variety of functions. There are approximately 130 tenured faculty and 130 FT&R faculty. Each FT&R faculty has their own responsibilities unique to their job description. Some FT&R faculty focus entirely on conducting research, others on teaching or administration. Many are involved in a mixture of these responsibility areas, and these responsibilities may change over time. In general, FT&R faculty's duties and responsibilities target specific categories as determined by their funding source.

In the spring of 2005, the College of EMS established conditions of appointment, evaluation and promotion for research and instructional faculty members who are not subject to the provisions of tenure. This 2005 policy standardized ranks and provided a promotion track for FT&R faculty who would like to make a career of their positions in the college. The 2005 policy established a review process for the upper ranks and delegated the details of the promotion review process for the entry ranks to the departments and institutes. The department/institute policies are listed below:

In 2012, the Fixed Term and Research Faculty Advisory Committee developed a Promotion Guidelines Document to guide the promotion process and supplement the college and department/institue policies.

Email Todd Bacastow, Chair FT&RF Advisory Committee

Committee Members

The Fixed-Term and Research Faculty Advisory Committee is composed of representatives from each academic department, institute and alliance in EMS. Committee members serve three-year terms that are staggered to ensure institutional continuity.

Todd Bacastow Todd Bacastow
Professor of Practice
John A. Dutton e-Education Institute
425 EESB
814-863-0049
tsb4@psu.edu
Robert Nicholas Robert Nicholas
Research Associate
Earth and Environmental Systems Institute
217C Earth & Engineering Sciences
814-865-4484
ren10@psu.edu
Eliza Richardson Eliza Richardson
Associate Professor of Geosciences
Department of Geosciences
409 Deike Building
814-863-2507
eur10@psu.edu
Scott Richardson Scott Richardson
Senior Research Associate
Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science
414 Walker Building
814-863-1038
sjr17@psu.edu
Erich Schienke Erich Schienke
Lecturer
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
205 Sparks
814-863-2907
ews11@psu.edu
Gregory Thomas Gregory Thomas
Assistant Director, Geospatial Intelligence
John A. Dutton e-Education Institute
434 EESB
814-867-1471
gat5@psu.edu
Yi Wang Yi Wang
Senior Scientist
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
325 Steidle Building
814-863-9957
yuw3@psu.edu
Ron Wasco Ronald Wasco
Research Assistant
EMS Energy Institute
218 Academic Projects
814-863-5384
rxw19@psu.edu