• Wednesday, February 1, 2017

    Chair Talk 3.16 - Presidential Search Update

    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

    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

    Chair Talk 3.14 - What Is and Is Not Academic Freedom  Faculty Colleagues:  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

    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·         Faculty Learning Communities focused on evidence-based teaching strategies·          A Task Force on Teaching Quality (see·         the Facult... Read More
  • Monday, December 19, 2016

    Chair Talk 3.12 Civic Engagement on Inauguration Day

    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