• Thursday, November 30, 2017

    Chair Talk 4.5 - Launching a Strategic Planning Process

    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
  • Tuesday, October 3, 2017


    THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA®Committee on ElectionsFaculty Center1216 E. Mabel St. - PO Box 210456621-1342   Fax: October 2, 2017 Press Release Special Fall 2017 Constitution & Bylaws Revisions Results The Committee on Elections verified the results of the Fall Special election to revise sections of the UA Faculty Governance Constitution and Bylaws and is pleased to announce the results of the Fall 2017 Faculty Special Election. A total of 541 ballots, representing 16.16% of the voting faculty, were received. The results are below. Fall 2017 UA Facult... Read More
  • Monday, October 2, 2017

    Chair Talk 4.4 - Academic Freedom and Open Inquiry

    Chair Talk 4.4     Academic Freedom and Open Inquiry  In the good old days, the academy was under attack mostly on budgetary grounds.  This Chair Talk is focused on some serious current challenges to institutions of higher education that are not about money.  It will address two very different kinds of challenges the academy is facing today: (1) who has the right to a podium at the UA; and (2) who gets to determine what gets said at that podium. As it happens, the first question brings up mostly freedom of speech issues, as codified in the First Amendment.  And the second issue focuses mor... Read More
  • Wednesday, September 6, 2017

    Chair Talk 4.3

    Chair Talk 4.3              The University Club Project  As many of you know, we’ve been planning for a University Club for some years now, to provide a versatile social and meeting space for our community.  As I indicated in my last message, the plan we had been working on that looked so promising has simply taken too long to reach fruition so we are moving off in another direction.  President Robbins is strongly supportive of a Club that also serves as a potential Alumni Center and perhaps as an on-campus convention area and small hotel.  Such facilities exist on many university campuses and... Read More
  • Thursday, August 24, 2017

    Chair Talk 4.2-Shared Governance

    Chair Talk 4.2              Shared Governance The first Faculty Senate meeting of the year (next Monday) will begin with a re-signing of the “Guidelines for Shared Governance,”, a Memo of Understanding first agreed to by then-President Likins and faculty leaders 20 years ago.  This symbolic act reconfirms that “in an era of significant educational change, the success of the University and the positive morale of the faculty and administration are dependent upon continued use of the collective intelligence of the university community in planning and decision-making.” Many faculty are, understand... Read More