Faculty Excellence Advocate

The primary responsibility of the CANR Faculty Excellence Advocate (FEA) is to promote consistency, transparency, equity and inclusion with regard to policies, practices, and procedures for faculty and academic staff.  The FEA’s work creates a more transparent and supportive work environment for CANR both fixed term and tenure system faculty as well as academic staff. Key areas are supporting improvements to annual review; reappointment, promotion, and tenure; and creating/sustaining a positive work environment. To promote faculty and academic staff success, the FEA provides information, resources, and support for faculty and academic staff on reappointment, promotion/tenure, annual review, mentoring, and career success.  The FEA listens to faculty concerns, gathers and organizes information and documentation, and shares their perspectives with college leadership, while maintaining confidentiality. The FEA provides information, guidance, and resources to all faculty and academic staff and provides a safe way for them to share their experiences. The FEA also identifies and gathers data on inequities or barriers to success that exist across the college. Based on information learned, the FEA works with CANR Deans, Directors, and unit leaders to chart and implement changes to college and unit policies, procedures and practices.

The current CANR FEA, Rebecca Grumet, is a tenured professor in the MSU Department of Horticulture.