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CNM Will Welcome Largest Group of New Full-Time Faculty in Fall

June 12, 2014 -- When the Fall Term begins, CNM will welcome the largest group of new full-time faculty members the college has ever seen in a one-year period.
CNM Will Welcome Largest Group of New Full-Time Faculty in Fall

Jul 16, 2015

 On Aug. 25, the first day of the 2014-15 academic year, 55 new full-time faculty members will welcome students into their classrooms. And of the 55 new full-timers, 32 are coming from the current CNM part-time faculty ranks.

“We’re thrilled that a high percentage of our new full-time faculty members were hired from within the college,” CNM Vice President for Academic Affairs Sydney Gunthorpe said. “The part-time faculty that we’ll be welcoming as full-timers this fall have been doing a great job for us and we’re looking forward to the great impacts they’ll make as full-time faculty members.

“We’re confident that all of our new full-time faculty members will be great additions to the strong foundation of teaching excellence that already exists among our faculty. Our instructors are among the best in the country, and they are the most instrumental factor in our students’ success.”

Of the 55 full-time positions that have been filled, 23 are brand new full-time faculty positions – the rest were vacated positions.

Gunthorpe, who has been working at CNM since 1991, said there have been many years when CNM has not been able to hire any new full-time faculty members. “It’s very gratifying that we were in a position to hire this many full-time faculty members this year,” he said. “And I’m glad that the deans were able to identify so many part-time faculty members who were deserving of full-time positions.”

But it wasn’t easy hiring 55 new full-time positions. Going through the job postings and hiring processes for so many faculty members was highly unusual, and it took a major commitment from all of the deans, as well as their faculty chairs, hiring committees, school staff and Human Resources staff. 

“It took a significant amount of work and leadership from the deans to accomplish the hiring of this many faculty members, so I want to thank them for their commitment,” Gunthorpe said. “I’m also very proud of the faculty chairs and staff from each of the six schools who put forth tremendous effort in these hiring processes. It’s a major task to hire that number of people, especially while you’re keeping up with everything else you’re doing at the college.”

To help new faculty members transition to CNM, many of them will participate in the New Faculty Institute, which operates through the Cooperative for Teaching and Learning.