Improving the quality of professorial life
More office space, money for travel and help with offsetting high housing costs were some of the items on a wish-list voiced by faculty to Susan Ernst, dean of Arts & Sciences, during the February 26 arts, sciences and engineering faculty meeting.
Ernst said she is examining issues related to faculty development. Faculty offered the following suggestions:
Tufts has a transitional housing program that makes two-bedroom apartments available for new faculty through Walnut Hill Properties, a real estate arm of the university. The three-year-old program has been able to rent two-bedroom apartments at the "low end of market rate" to faculty in the Medford/Somerville area, according to Margery Davies, director of diversity education and development for Arts & Sciences. So far, the program has been able to accommodate anyone who needs such housing. Faculty may reside in the housing for two years.
In addition, Davies said the old Hillside School on Capen Street, adjacent to the Medford/Somerville campus, is being renovated into apartments for faculty.