A new article by Mr. Jason F. Arnold, director of global health programs and director of operations for special projects in the department of global health and environmental sciences, and Ms. Julia Cartwright, chief of staff, senior associate dean for communications, promotion and public affairs, clinical associate professor of social and behavioral sciences with New York University College of Global Public Health was published in The Department Chair, “How One College Is Adopting a Culture of Collegiality”.
According to the article, over the past decade, the issue of collegiality in higher education has received considerable attention in the academic literature and mainstream press. Educational institutions have shown an increasing interest in the topic of collegiality, and there is a growing consensus that responsible faculty members and university staff should embrace a spirit of collaboration and constructive cooperation. In 2016, for example, the American Association of University Professors issued a revised statement “On Collegiality as a Criterion for Faculty Evaluation.”
In 2015, New York University’s (NYU) Board of Trustees voted to create a new College of Global Public Health. Recognizing this as a strategic opportunity to develop a culture of collegiality at the outset, the college dean convened a working group (WG) to create a blueprint of conduct for its faculty, staff, and students. Their mission was to ensure that the college is safe for open discourse about its work while also balancing the critical need to be welcoming and inclusive. The article describes the process by which WG members were selected and the steps they took to research the topic of collegiality in higher education. Mr. Arnold and Ms. Cartwright present a summary of the WG’s recommendations and discuss the steps the college has already undertaken to support a culture of collegiality. They also provide recommendations for future research.