• 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
  • Friday, August 18, 2017

    Chair Talk 4.1

    Chair Talk 4.1   Starting Again  The start of a new academic year is always exciting, but this year promises to be more exciting than most.  I felt some of that excitement at the new faculty orientation the other day - a room full of fresh young (and not so young) faces that represent the future of the UA. For the benefit of our new colleagues a few words about these Chair Talks.   I write them sporadically to bring important issues to the faculty’s attention, and also to reflect on things going on at the UA and beyond.  They will appear in your inbox as the spirit and events move me, and you... Read More
  • Thursday, July 13, 2017

    Call For Nominations for Regents' Professorship