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Strategic Themes

For the past eight years, Emory has focused its attention on five strategic themes, which link to the success of the schools and units and align with one or more of the University's goals. The themes leverage Emory's multiple strengths and provide opportunities for positive, transformative impact on Emory's community and the broader world. The strategic themes recognize faculty, student, staff, alumni, community resources and needs, while at the same time delineating an intellectual agenda that drives the reputation of the University.


As indicated in the strategic plan framework, each theme has three University-wide initiatives. Initiatives describe the specific means through which the University will accomplish its goals. Each school, academic, research, and major operating unit is central to the implementation of each of the strategic themes and play a major role in forming and advancing the University-wide initiatives.



faculty

Strengthening Faculty Distinction

Faculty members are a central and essential resource for achieving our vision of an inquiry-driven, ethically engaged, and diverse intellectual community. Through teaching, research, and service, scholars and teachers of all ranks and disciplines leave an enduring imprint on those whose lives the university touches. To strengthen faculty distinction, Emory has invested in faculty development, tenure and promotion, and recruitment and retention.   

Faculty Development

  • Foster successful faculty career trajectories by providing development programs that address teaching, research and service to the institution and the discipline at the domestic as well international level
  • Nominate outstanding Emory faculty for prominent awards and membership to prestigious organizations such as the National Academies and celebrate faculty accomplishments

Tenure and Promotion

  • Ensure university-wide criteria and processes for faculty promotion and tenure and provide the resources that ensure a successful progression along the faculty career ladder
  • Provide an environment that is conducive to faculty advancements in terms of their own career but also in terms of their discipline, the academy and society at large

Recruitment and Retention

  • Employ the Faculty Distinction Fund (FDF) to recruit outstanding faculty whose contributions support university-wide priorities


Progress Report (PDF 159KB)


scholars

Ensuring Highest Student Quality and Enhancing the Student Experience

Students are the primary focus of the second theme, Ensuring Highest Student Quality and Enhancing the Student Experience.  Developing and implementing cohesive enrollment management strategies, creating and investing in a signature education for undergraduate students, and continuously evaluating and invigorating curricula and pedagogy are vital components of the strategic plan.  Emory aims to produce socially conscious leaders with a portfolio of skills that are proven and value tested in community involvement.  

The theme consists of three University-wide initiatives: 

Recruitment and financial aid

  • Ensure enrollment, retention and graduation of a high quality, diverse student body

Engaged scholars

  • Provide a signature experience for undergraduate students to produce citizen-scholars

Curriculum and pedagogy

  • Provide innovative curricula and effective pedagogies to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students






community

Creating Community, Engaging Society

Emory seeks to be the preferred employer and first choice - a destination - for staff and faculty. This is the focus of the third theme, Creating Community - Engaging Society.  To do this, Emory continues to reinforce its culture of ethics, diversity, entrepreneurship, and philanthropy, develop and implement an environmental sustainability plan, and establish and promote professional and leadership development activities.  

The theme consists of three University-wide initiatives:


Progress Report (PDF 162KB)

condition

Confronting the Human Condition and Human Experience

As we look to Emory's future, we are guided by the human past. From the early days of recorded history, human beings have had to reconcile war and peace, beauty and destruction, creativity and chaos, innovation and decline, wealth and inequality, life and death.  No university that is committed to producing new knowledge can ignore confronting timeless and timely questions of the human condition and the human experience.

Emory University has brought together interdisciplinary teams of humanists, artists, scientists, and social scientists.  Those teams have been willing to tackle difficult subjects, challenge prevailing beliefs, and assert the University's role in thoughtfully addressing important issues.  To do this, Emory has invested in faculty and programs in the areas of religion, race and difference, and global health. 


The theme consists of three University-wide initiatives:

Progress Report (PDF 164KB)


frontiers

Exploring New Frontiers in Science and Technology

In the 21st century, science and technology are changing radically, with dramatic impact on the world and the human condition. Where Courageous Inquiry Leads addresses this in three specific ways, expressed as initiatives under the central theme of Exploring New Frontiers in Science and Technology. 

Emory University has brought together interdisciplinary teams of humanists, artists, scientists, and social scientists.  Those teams have been willing to tackle difficult subjects, challenge prevailing beliefs, and assert the University's role in thoughtfully addressing important issues. Emory has invested in faculty and programs in the areas of neuroscience, predictive health, and computational and life sciences. 

The University-wide initiatives are:

Progress Report (PDF 166KB)