Wednesday, September 14, 2016
DATE: September 14, 2016TO: University of Arizona Faculty
FROM: Lynn Nadel, Chair of the Faculty Alex Braithwaite, Chair, Nominating Committee
RE: Annual Faculty Survey: Opportunities for University-level Service and Participation in Shared Governance
Your participation on faculty committees helps to protect and improve the quality of this University and the rights of your faculty colleagues. Your voice is needed as we deal with a rapidly changing landscape in teaching, research, information techno... Read More
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Chair Talk #3.4 Presidential Search – Definitely Read This One
This message is meant to bring faculty up-to-date on the Presidential search process. I met recently with the Chair of the Presidential Search Committee (Regent Ridenour) and was impressed both by his commitment to this task, and his desire to make certain we get the best President we can. There will be faculty representation on the Search Committee – exactly what will be determined shortly.
Regent Ridenour asked for our input, to help the committee define its search ‘image’. In a nutshell, we have been asked to pro... Read More
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Chair Talk #3.3 Getting Off to a Good Start
What happens to students in the first few weeks of a new academic year really matters – so I’m going to focus the first part of this Chair Talk on a few things faculty can do right now that make a difference to student success.
First and most important is to engage every student in the learning process. Easier said than done in large classes of course. One thing we do know is that students who access D2L more than 3 times in the first two weeks of class are 10% more likely to persist at the UA. Assuming you use D2L to manage course con... Read More
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Chair Talk Vol. 3 #2
Inclusive Excellence is the UA diversity strategic initiative designed to create a welcoming environment for all. At the core of the university is the undergraduate classroom – particularly for first and second year students. Facilitating a diverse and inclusive campus starts there.
Those of you who were here last year know about the Listening Tours and the issues that surfaced in their wake. You also know about the commitments we have made, as an institution, to better live up to stated values around diversity and inclusion.
The C... Read More
Monday, August 15, 2016
Chair Talk Volume 3 #1 WELCOME BACK
Welcome back to all my old friends, and to new colleagues – methinks this is going to be an interesting academic year. These are times of change in higher education – change that is both challenging and necessary. At the UA we pride ourselves on being ready for, and open to such challenges, or as they say, “opportunities.”
To highlight just a few of these opportunities:
· We are going to have the chance to live up to our values in the areas of diversity and inclusive excellence. New initiatives in this area will involve faculty in various w... Read More