On the road again
October 9, 2000
Rest assured, Interim President Dr. Sherry Hoppe says. Regardless of whether fall's final enrollment increases or flattens out, funds for professional development and research-related travel will be available next yearâ€”for tenured and nontenured faculty, as well as for staff.
Based on the recommendation of the Budget Committee (comprised of tenured faculty, students and staff), Austin Peay's travel budget for 2000-2001 was reserved for nontenured faculty, so as not to jeopardize their movement up the tenure track.
The unfortunate result was that more than nine of 10 requests for travel authorization are being returned unapproved. To some degree, this has affected faculty with grants requiring travel.
Funding for travel is a benefit provided by the University to allow faculty and staff to improve themselves professionally, Dr. Hoppe notes. And under more stable fiscal circumstances, APSU supports such travel.
“Rest assured that the financial constraints of this year will not set a precedent,” she says. “We will begin Fall 2001 with a clean slate and, hopefully, a better cache of travel money.”
Watch your mailbox for a memo from Dr. Hoppe regarding travel concerns.