• Wednesday, March 8, 2017

    Chair Talk 3.20-Possible Senate Resolutions

    Chair Talk 3.20   Possible Senate Resolutions   Faculty Colleagues,   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 Results-General Faculty Primary Election

      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

    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
  • Monday, February 27, 2017

    Chair Talk 3.18

    Chair Talk 3.17    Presidential Search Progress  An update on the status of the search for our next President: meetings were held Feb 17-18 with a number of potential prospects.  The search committee had the opportunity to gauge the suitability of these prospects to be serious candidates for the position.  I participated fully in the interviews via phone from Australia – from roughly 3am to 11am each day, my time, managing to stay awake throughout.  Based on input from faculty in response to my previous Chair Talk, I asked every one of the prospects the same multi-part question – to discuss t... Read More
  • Wednesday, February 15, 2017

    Chair Talk 3.17

    Chair Talk 3.17    Expressing Opinions  Many faculty colleagues have expressed an interest in participating in the upcoming March for Science, and were wondering how they should approach this event, and other interactions in the public sphere, as an employee of the UA.  In order to provide some guidance, I recently talked at length with staff in the Office of the General Counsel at the UA, and several others, to gather the best information I could about what can and cannot be done.   Faculty may use their title and university affiliation to establish their credentials, but should make clear, i... Read More