Some faculty members are dissatisfied with their limited office space and the distance between their offices and classrooms, but university officials say they are taking steps to remedy the situation.Four AddRan departments have all of their faculty offices in Reed Hall, but there are only 11 classrooms in the building, associate professor of history Kathryne McDorman said.
“Our classes are scattered all over campus,” she said.
Faculty in the sociology and economics departments have offices in temporary buildings located adjacent to the library parking lot, which they refer to as the “trailers.”
“The only rooms that are not being used as offices are the conference room and two bathrooms,” said Pam Spells, an administrative assistant in the sociology building.
One solution to the problem has been the addition of nine faculty offices in the new Design, Merchandising and Textiles Building. This entire department moved out of the Bass Building and into a former retail store at 2722 W. Berry St. this semester.
“We finally have space to maneuver,” said Jane Kucko, an associate professor of interior design who has an office in the building. “We were so cramped before we moved in here.”
Additional space has been added in the basement of Foster Hall, which has been converted into a classroom and faculty offices for the music department.
These offices are “quasi-permanent,” said Nowell Donovan, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.
“We have a sardine problem,” Donovan said. “We can always cannibalize something, but I don’t want to cannibalize much more.”
Brown-Lupton Student Center will be converted into academic space upon completion of the new student center, which will break ground next summer, he said.
“The idea is to move all the AddRan departments into the current Student Center,” he said. “That’s where the humanities and social sciences will come together.”
The Student Center’s 89,000 square feet of space will house faculty offices, classrooms, labs and administrative offices.
“One of the problems is that not every office is in the right place,” Donovan said. “That’s why the renovation of the Student Center is so important. It has a domino effect all the way across campus.