Monday, December 19, 2016
Chair Talk 3.12 Civic Engagement on Inauguration Day
In the wake of the presidential election, many among us are concerned about our community and its most vulnerable members. At universities across the country, students and faculty alike are engaging in a variety of activities to educate and learn from each other, and to foster safe, inclusive environments where everyone can thrive. These activities have taken many forms.
Here at the UA, several faculty and community members have planned an event on January 20th highlighting nonviolent protest and a commitment to unity and solida... Read More
Friday, December 2, 2016
Chair Talk 3.11 Speaking Up for All Our Students
I have been working with others at the UA and ASU on a letter to be sent to the Regents concerning the DACA students - the text is below. We want to gather as many signatures as we possibly can -- the letter must be delivered Monday morning. If you would like to add your name to this letter please let me know ASAP by replying to me at "email@example.com". I'm hoping we get over a thousand signers.
Lynn NadelChair of the Faculty
LETTER TO BE SENT TO ARIZONA BOARD OF REGENTS
PREFATORY NOTE: We write this as employees of the Arizona universi... Read More
Monday, November 14, 2016
Chair Talk 3.10 Our Responsibility
The long, fractious presidential campaign and divisive election have challenged us as a nation, and prompted many of us to reflect upon our values and ideals. Who are we as a nation? How can our perspectives be so divergent? How can we forge consensus and unity?
Regardless of our political beliefs, we have some important questions to consider: Will we reaffirm our commitment to being a community that respects and cares for all of its members? Will we take the lead in creating safe spaces for dialogue and spirited conversation? Will we use our teaching, r... Read More
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Chair Talk 3.9 Early Thanksgiving
One of the things I get to do as Chair of the Faculty is participate in Honorary Degree ceremonies. Last Friday the UA awarded a Doctorate to Edward Villella, arguably the most important American male ballet dancer ever. In recent years he has become a friend of the UA, coming often to teach our students. I participated in the ceremony, met the man himself, and watched a video outlining his life's accomplishments. How inspiring it must be to our students to have the opportunity to work with this living legend -- it will change the lives of most of them.
A... Read More
Friday, November 4, 2016
Chair Talk 3.8 Survey on Course Content
Giving students a 'heads-up' about certain kinds of course material -- so-called 'content warnings' -- has been much discussed in higher education recently. As with most things, there are arguments both pro and con, and before we take a position at the UA we want to gather as much data as we can about how our own faculty feel.
Some days ago access to a survey about this issue was sent out to Department Heads -- they were asked to forward it to all instructors in their units. If you did not hear from your Head about this, please ask for it to be forwa... Read More