Wednesday, February 15, 2017
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
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Chair Talk 3.16 Presidential Search
A quick update on the status of the search for our next President: critical meetings will be held in a few weeks (Feb 17-18) with a number of potential prospects – as many as 8-10. I and several other UA colleagues on the search committee will have the opportunity to gauge the nature of these individuals, and their suitability to be serious candidates for the position.
I am writing to ask for suggestions about the 2 or 3 questions you think are the most important ones I could ask of these prospects. Please get your thoughts to me within a week so I c... Read More
Monday, January 30, 2017
Chair Talk 3.15 - What is Partisan Politics and What is Not
As employees of the State of Arizona we are governed by ARS 41-752, which states, with regard to political activities, that any employee may engage in the following activities, as long as they are not done “while on duty, while in uniform or at public expense”:
1. Express an opinion.
2. Attend meetings for the purpose of becoming informed concerning the candidates for public office and the political issues.
3. Cast a vote and sign nomination or recall petitions.
4. Make contributions to candidates, political parties or campaign co... Read More
Friday, January 20, 2017
Chair Talk 3.14 - What Is and Is Not Academic Freedom
In a different era (1940) the AAUP issued a Statement of Principles asserting the right of faculty members to speak or write as citizens, free from institutional censorship or discipline. At the same time it called attention to the special obligations of faculty members arising from their position in the community: to be accurate, to exercise appropriate restraint, to show respect for the opinions of others, and to make every effort to indicate that they are not speaking for the institution.
Attached is a more recent... Read More
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Chair Talk 3.13 Learning Initiatives
In the last few years, a number of initiatives have focused on the improvement of teaching and learning at UA, including:· a project funded through the Association of American Universities to improve teaching in foundation STEM classes (see http://aaustem.oia.arizona.edu/content/about-project)· Faculty Learning Communities focused on evidence-based teaching strategies· A Task Force on Teaching Quality (see http://academicaffairs.arizona.edu/sites/academicaffairs/files/task_force_teaching_quality_gb_final_1.pdf)· the Facult... Read More