A "foggy climate" is one where expectations and criteria for success are not clear. Thus the goals of the WAVES Foggy Climate Initiative are to reduce ambiguity around workload expectations and high stakes decisions that affect faculty lives.
Since proposed action steps need support from the upper administration, our Deans of Engineering and FAHSS co-chair this aspect of the WAVES transformation effort. As a unionized campus, we work closely with the Massachusetts Society of Professors (MSP). The Foggy Climate Initiative involves three main thrusts:
The following are recommendations for the operation of UMass Lowell Personnel Committees at all levels (departmental, college and university). These recommendations are not binding, but are meant to serve as a helpful guide to committees as they go about the critical task of evaluating candidates for tenure and promotion. We encourage committees to keep a record of the process they choose to follow and to share any suggestions/recommendations to be included in these guidelines to help guide future committees.