Campus Innovations for Supporting Non-Tenure Track Faculty

Transforming Culture, Resources, and Practices that Enable Inclusion and Student Success 

March 21, 2022

The Delphi Award, given in partnership by AAC&U and the Pullias Center for Higher Education at the University of Southern California (USC), recognizes two campuses each year for outstanding innovation in creating institutional change to support non-tenure-track faculty. This webinar showcased the winners of the 2021 Delphi Award: the University of Denver and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Panelists discussed how they created policies and practices to support contingent faculty at their institutions, including tenure-track faculty lines for teaching, multiyear contracts for non-tenure track faculty, and participation in campus governance. In addition to guiding the discussion, moderators from AAC&U and USC provided background on the Delphi Award and application information for interested campuses.



  • Ashley Finley

    Ashley Finley

    Vice President for Research and Senior Advisor to the President, AAC&U
  • Adrianna Kezar

    Wilbur Kieffer Endowed Professor and Dean’s Professor of Leadership, Director of the Pullias Center for Higher Education, and Director of the Delphi Project, University of Southern California


  • Kristin Boudreau

    Kristin Boudreau

    Professor of English and Former Chair of the Committee on Governance, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Tanja Dominko

    Tanja Dominko

    Professor of Biology and Biotechnology and Former Secretary of the Faculty, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Mark Richman

    Mark W. Richman

    Secretary of the Faculty and Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Laura Sponsler

    Laura E. Sponsler

    Clinical Associate Professor, Higher Education, Morgridge College of Education, University of Denver
  • Alison Staudinger

    Alison Staudinger

    Director of Faculty Development and Career Advancement, University of Denver
  • Kate Willink

    Kate Willink

    Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Associate Professor of Communication, University of Denver