Culture and Governance
Although searches were initiated for 32 new faculty positions, due to the effects of the pandemic, faculty searches were placed on hold in April 2020. Ultimately, 20 new stellar faculty were hired from top research institutions such as California Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Northeastern University, the University of California at Santa Barbara and at Los Angeles, Michigan State University, and the University of Texas. Of the 20 new faculty members, nine are women, representing 45% of the total. Twenty seven percent of the total full-time faculty at Stevens are now women, which represents a 1% increase over the previous year. This year, a new faculty activity report system was launched which enhances the faculty activity reporting process. In a continuing effort to improve faculty and staff satisfaction and instill pride in Stevens success, a number of new initiatives were developed including telework policies and procedures as Stevens transitioned to remote operations. Stevens conducted annual benchmarking of staff salaries, and salary adjustments were made, as warranted.