• Wednesday, January 13, 2016

    Chair Talk #8

    Chair Talk #8 Welcome back for another semester – it’s going to be a busy one! Campus climate, quality in teaching and scholarship, student retention, designing a fair compensation policy, open access, the make-up of the general faculty – these are just some of the items on the agenda of your faculty officers this semester.  There will be some major choice-points, and it will be our intention to use the Faculty Poll function on our website to solicit faculty opinion whenever possible.  We exhort you to make your voice heard by participating in these polls, and in other activities when and... Read More
  • Monday, January 11, 2016


    General Faculty Spring 2016 Primary ElectionNOMINATION PHASE The General Faculty Primary Election will take place in February. Now is the time when candidates must get their nominating petitions  Many of the top positions in faculty governance will be decided in this election, including Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary of the Faculty. Shared governance is a very important part of what makes the UA special. We have a say in what happens here. But this influence completely depends upon the faculty – us – stepping up and participating at all levels of the governance structure. It is critical that... Read More
  • Wednesday, December 16, 2015

    Chair Talk #7 December 2015

    Chair Talk #7             Looking Back It’s been a very busy semester.   In addition to the regular work of faculty governance, many of you have stepped up to help with two significant projects.  First, 50+ faculty have participated in “Quality” brainstorming sessions, with the aim of defining quality in both scholarship and instruction.  These groups met twice, had fruitful discussions, and draft documents have been generated.  This process will pick up again after the break, with the hope of bringing something to Faculty Senate early in the Spring semester.  Our ideas will broadly inform th... Read More
  • Friday, November 13, 2015

    Chair Talk #6 - Scholarship

    Chair Talk #6:   Scholarship Maintaining quality in scholarship is our most critical challenge – so say the 300+ faculty who responded to our recent Faculty Priorities Poll.  They fear both our ability to maintain scholarly excellence, and to nurture it well into the future.  Higher education, and research universities in particular, are defined by scholarship, and by their roles in both discovering and disseminating the fruits of that scholarship – knowledge and wisdom about the world and how to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives.  Scholarship includes research, both wet and dry, in l... Read More
  • Friday, October 23, 2015

    General Faculty Special Election for a Senator-at-Large

    NOTICE OF GENERAL FACULTY SPECIAL ELECTION FALL 2015 Nominating petitions for one Faculty Senate at-Large Representative replacement will be available from the Faculty Center (621-1342) or online at the Faculty Governance website, (click on Nominating Instructions and Petitions) beginning on Monday, October 26, 2015 continuing through Friday, November 13, 2015. The term is for January 2016 through May 2017, as Senator Ayoun will be on Sabbatical. Voting members of the General Faculty may nominate themselves. All petitions must be retur... Read More