Vision and Near Term Emphasis Areas 

Vision: To cultivate a culture at Clemson University where every faculty member is valued, empowered, and equipped to advance their career and support transformative change, from the local community to the global stage, by actively promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our academic community. 

Mission:  Our mission is to support personal and institutional development through the adoption of data-driven policies while leveraging the institutional supports necessary to enable Clemson faculty - and their diverse intersectional perspectives and identities - to fulfill their professional aspirations both within and beyond our institution.  

Values: The Office of Faculty Advancement values the following: 

  • The commitment of our faculty to attain and maintain national recognition in the realms of instruction, research, mentoring, engagement, and service.
    • Fostering opportunities and a culture where equity, inclusivity, and belonging are promoted.
    • The importance of the diverse perspectives, intersectional identities, and lenses that faculty members bring to their scholarly activities.
  • The individual effort each faculty member exerts to advance their career through professional development.
  • Our commitment to meet the objectives set forth in Clemson Elevate strategic plan. 
  • Collaborations and partnerships that promote inclusivity among all members of our faculty community.


Near Term Emphasis Areas for 2023-2025

Best Practices in Faculty Review 

Decision-making processes and systems supporting faculty evaluations are critical contributors of faculty success across career stages, opportunities, and spaces. Clemson University intends to work diligently and intentionally to employ principles and best practices in our systems and decision-making processes. This focus area team will build upon the TIGERS Advance Senior Advocates program and the TPR pilot workshop program to produce programming on faculty review systems. Programs will focus first on the evaluations of teaching effectiveness, goal-setting and annual reviews, and tenure-promotion-reappointment (TPR).

Mid-Career Faculty Mentoring 

Faculty mentoring is a core component of faculty success and professional advancement. The Office of Faculty ADVANCEment will examine trends in mentoring research and best practices as well as organize and lead an existing university-wide network of senior faculty mentors to support mid- and later-career faculty. This is a priority identified by groups who participated in the TIGERS Advance Trailblazers program.