Current issues being addressed by the ECFC include:

  • The ECFC members met in small teams with Department Chairs and Program Directors.  The teams had a specific set of questions to pose to the chairs/directors.  Please click to see a summary of those interviews.
  • Increases in parking rates: We have written a letter and plan to discuss with School Administration.  UPDATE:  Please click to view response letter from Melissa Rockwell-Hopkins, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Operations and Facilities.
  • On-site daycare: We have formed a subcommittee to research day care opportunities for faculty at our peer institutions and businesses and will compile a report to present to WU leadership.
  • We are working on ways to increase our visibility to medical school faculty so you know who we are and that we are advocating on your behalf.

Past issues addressed by the ECFC include:

  • The ECFC was instrumental in the establishment of the Office of Faculty Ombuds, which is a confidential resource for faculty members and medical students which offers assistance in the informal resolution of work-related conflicts, and advocates for fair treatment and process.
  • The ECFC also advocated strongly to eliminate the modifier “Research Track” in front of Assistant, Associate, Professor for all faculty on that track.  There is now no distinction of title for any School of Medicine faculty member on any faculty track.
  • The ECFC lobbied for an expansion of retirement benefits that was passed by the Executive Faculty.
  • The ECFC proposed an amendment to the bylaws to a vote of all medical school faculty that would add part-time faculty as voting members of the faculty council. The amendment passed by 89% to 11% and will now advance to the Executive Faculty. This amendment would expand the reach and diversity of the faculty council.

Issues that we are discussing this academic year include the possibility of establishing on-site daycare, consideration of a concierge service for meals and household tasks, and examining faculty salaries in relationship to AAMC data and peer institutions.