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Monday, March 27, 2017
Chair Talk 3.22 Modeling Good Citizenship
There is much talk amongst academics about how we can do a better job at preparing our students to be engaged citizens, armed with a respect for facts and evidence-based decision making, and ready to participate in improving civil society. Many of us are excited by newly energized student activism, and what it portends for the future. We hope that the next generation will actively work to change society so that it serves the entire community. Those of us who are not quite ready to blow up the system understand that the best hope for the futur... Read More
Monday, March 13, 2017
Chair Talk 3.21 Next Steps in Faculty Senate Statements re Immigration and Related Matters Faculty Colleagues,Having received overwhelming support (96%) from the more than 100+ faculty who responded to the previous Chair Talk and the first drafts of several possible Faculty Senate Resolutions, we have decided to move ahead and introduce revised versions -- now simplified and written as Statements -- to the Senate for adoption. Thanks to those of you who responded - your suggestions for changes were incorporated where possible. Those paying close attention will notice that a third Statement... Read More
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Chair Talk 3.20 Possible Senate Resolutions
We are considering bringing the following resolutions to the Senate – but first I wanted to quickly survey faculty feelings about doing so. They are based on resolutions developed at another institution (FIU), but we decided there is no need to reinvent the wheel – these seem quite appropriate to us.
I understand that not very many of you respond to my Chair Talks, but I am asking this one time for a significant response. Please let me know how you feel about this – yea or nay! If there is a substantial no response we wi... Read More
Monday, March 6, 2017
Spring 2017 Faculty Primary Election ResultsThe Committee on Elections verified election results the week of February 27, 2017 and is pleased to announce the results of the Spring 2017 General Faculty Primary Election. There were 480 voters of the 3,246 eligible to vote, or 15%. The results are below.
COMMITTEE ON ACADEMIC FREEDOM AND TENURE*Deanna Fitzgerald*Dante Lauretta*Dian Li*Monica PastorStephen ArnoldMichael BresciaPearce Paul CreasmanJoe Gerald
COMMITTEE OF ELEVEN*Javier Duran *Aileen Feng*Moises Paiewonsky*Steven Schwartz*Marlys Witte*Arthur Sanders-1 year to complete the term... Read More
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Chair Talk 3.19 – The Presidential Search
As most of you no doubt know, the search is down to two candidates, whose identity is known: Sethuraman (Panch) Panchanathan and Robert Clayton Robbins. Based on my interactions with them during the process I believe we have a choice between two excellent alternatives, each of whom could bring something new and exciting to the UA.
The Regents will be making the final decision early next week. I am hereby issuing a call to all of you to look closely at the candidates, do your due diligence, and let me know what you think about each of them. I will... Read More