Monday, February 19, 2018
Chair Talk 4.9 Some Good News
Two kinds of good news to report: first, there is increased interest in participating in shared governance. Elections for faculty officers and other faculty governance roles are underway right now, and I urge all faculty to vote. There is competition for some of the positions, including that of Chair of the Faculty, and one can hope that the presence of choice motivates as many faculty as possible to have their say at the ‘ballot box’.
As I think I have mentioned before, the Chair of the Faculty is an invited guest at the meetings of ICAC (Intercollegiate At... Read More
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Chair Talk 4.8 In Case You Weren’t Wondering
I want to start with an apology to those faculty members, and others, who felt it was inappropriate of me to send out Chair Talk 4.7 yesterday. In no way did I intend to add to an environment in which it can be hard for legitimate grievances to be aired, but I accept that my saying what I said yesterday, from my perch as Chair of the Faculty, had that effect for a significant number of you. For that I apologize, full stop. I was also wrong to imply anything about pay equity issues at the UA – I thought I had stayed away from it, but apparently... Read More
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Chair Talk 4.7 In Case You Were WonderingIn 1992-3, as Interim Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences, I interviewed a candidate for a faculty position in Geography - one Andrew Comrie. I can’t say I remember having met him.
For at least the past 15 years or so I have had lots more meetings with Andrew Comrie that I do remember. In many of these meetings we were two amongst many, although he was often in a lead role. I have never, not once, seen Andrew treat anyone with disrespect as a function of gender, race, sexual orientation, status – you name it. I have seen him talk over people,... Read More
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Chair Talk 4.6 - Welcome to 2018
Hope you all had a refreshing and rewarding holiday break – for a number of reasons, some discussed below, this is likely to be a pretty turbulent semester. I started 2018 in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego – about as far south as you can get and still find a good meal, and this week saw the birth of my 6th grandchild, half a planet away in Australia. Our concerns at the UA are not as vast as Patagonia, nor as distant as my grandchild, but they are many, and they seem to multiply. One concern is how we, as faculty, govern ourselves, and shar... Read More
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Chair Talk 4.5 Launching a Strategic Planning Process
I know. Seriously? Another strategic planning exercise? The short answer is “yes,” and I’ll say straight out that I’m totally behind this, and deeply engaged in it already. I write this Chair Talk to explain why I think this is exactly what the UA ought to be doing right now, how I believe the process is going to play out, and to describe how you can contribute your voice to the process.
I will try to be concise. Public higher education is under siege, and it is highly likely that only a handful of public Research 1 universities will... Read More