Provost Cruz’s Monthly Report – March 2014
Update on Selected Internal & External Meetings, Conferences, Communications
Welcome to the March 2014 edition of Provost Cruz’s Monthly Report. The objective of this report is to keep you informed about the Provost’s activities and perspectives on the various strategic and operational issues facing the Division of Academic Affairs and the University at large.
To view past monthly reports, announcements, op-eds, remarks and emails to the campus community, please visit Provost Cruz’s blog, http://provostblog.fullerton.edu/.
- Convened a meeting with the Council of Deans on March 5. The agenda included the following items/topics: 1) UPS 210.001 Recruitment of Full-Time Faculty; 2) FY 2014-15 and 2015-16 Faculty Recruitment Plans; 3) Provost’s Faculty Fellows Program; and 4) Spousal Hiring Policy. The minutes are available here.
- Held the first Conversations with the Provost meeting with department chairs for the spring 2014 semester. These informal meetings provide an opportunity for chairs to connect with one another; discuss college activities; and share their respective department’s projects, challenges, and opportunities with me and with one another.
- Participated in the Planning, Resource and Budget Committee meeting on March 7. The following topics were discussed: 1) AS Bylaws and UPS 100.201 subcommittee report and 2) Governor’s Budget Awards/Chancellor’s Graduation Incentive/DoE’s FIPSE Grant Program.
- Assisted the Libraries of the Future committee with organizing several focus groups and a campus-wide open forum on March 19 and March 20. The LOFT committee and Pfeiffer Partners Architects representatives met with Library faculty and staff, the Library senate committee, administrative leaders from each division, undergraduate students, library partners and center directors, deans, associate deans, assistant deans, and graduate students to hear their views regarding the library.
- Participated in the Academic Senate meeting on March 20. Provided introductory and background remarks with Vice President Berenecea Johnson-Eanes on the “Graduation Initiative – A Campus Conversation” presentation led by Dr. Lynn Sargeant and Dr. James Rodriguez. More information about the Graduation Initiative can be found here.
- Convened the WASC Interim Report Kick-Off meeting on March 24. Joined President García in presenting the charge for the steering committee and the four subcommittees tasked with developing our University’s WASC Interim Accreditation Report. The report is due in April 2015. For a list of committee members, please visit here.
- Had lunch with the Associate Deans on March 28 to discuss college activities and hear updates on their respective college’s projects, challenges, and opportunities.
- Convened the first meeting of the search committee for the next permanent Associate Vice President for Research, Creative Activities and Technology Transfer (AVP RCATT) on March 4. The search committee is chaired by Shari McMahan (Dean, Health and Human Development/Interim AVP for Research, Creative Activities and Technology Transfer) and includes the following members: Sheryl Fontaine (Dean, Humanities and Social Sciences), Jim Taulli (Arts), Susamma Barua (Engineering and Computer Science), Katherine Powers (Graduate Studies Office), Terri Patchen (Elementary and Bilingual Education), Binod Tiwari (Civil and Environmental Engineering), John Gleaves (Kinesiology), Merri Lynn Casem (Biological Science) and Gayle Brunelle (History).The search is being conducted with an expected appointment date of July 1, 2014 for the new associate vice president.
- Announced to the campus that Dr. William Briggs, dean of the College of Communications, will be retiring at the end of the current academic year on March 17. The University will launch a national search for a permanent Dean of the College of Communications in the fall of 2014, and in consultation with the Senate Executive Committee and faculty and staff within the College of the Communications, I will appoint an interim dean to serve until the permanent dean is in place. The email communication is available here.
- Hosted open forums with both the College of the Arts (March 21) and the College of Communications (March 25) to gather feedback regarding the interim dean appointments and the searches for new permanent deans. Met with department chairs and associate deans in each college to hear their recommendations and insights.
Meetings and Events
- Convened meetings of the Stewards of Place Strategic Task Force on March 4. The committee is continuing work on the University’s Carnegie Engagement Classification application.
- Attended Pizza with the President and the President’s Advisory Board meeting on March 4.
- Attended the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) National Conference in Costa Mesa, CA on March 6. The theme was “America’s Prosperity: The Academic Success of Hispanics.” Presented “CSUF: The Power of Intentionality” at a pre-conference workshop.
- Presented opening remarks at the GE Pathways to Success 1st Faculty Workshop on March 7. The workshop provided an opportunity to discuss the strengths and areas of opportunity of our current GE program and brainstorm new ideas for improving GE pathways.
- Attended the American Council of Education Conference in San Diego, CA from March 8-11.
- Gave opening remarks at the 5th Annual OC Latino Education Conversation Conference on March 14.
- Met with the directors of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) on March 19 to discuss how to best leverage the efforts of OLLI on behalf of the University’s strategic goals and objectives and how to best support their work.
- Attended the NSM-ICC Symposium Keynote Presentation featuring Bill Nye “The Science Guy” on March 20. More information about the event can be viewed here.
- Presented opening remarks at the HACU STEM Summit on March 21. The HACU STEM Summit is part of the University’s efforts as a Hispanic-Serving Institution to prepare Latino STEM students to compete more effectively for corporate sponsorships and jobs in STEM fields. This was the initiative’s first pilot program.
- Provided remarks at the annual Faculty Recognition Teaching Awards on March 26. This year’s event recognized 77 full-time faculty members, both tenure-track and lecturers, for their outstanding efforts as teachers, collaborators, and mentors. My opening remarks are available here.
- Attended the Women’s History Month 2014 Women of Distinction Award ceremony honoring our colleague, Dr. Berenecea Johnson-Eanes, vice president of Student Affairs, on March 29.
- Provided an update to the campus community on March 4 regarding the searches for five open positions within Academic Affairs (Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences; Dean of the College of the Arts; Deputy Provost; University Librarian; and Associate Vice President for Research, Creative Activities and Technology Transfer). Email communication is available here.
- Announced to the campus on March 11 the University-wide Library of the Future (LOFT) effort. Provided background regarding the CSU LOFT effort and CSUF’s LOFT steering committee, introduced Pfeiffer Partners Architects consulting firm, and welcomed wide-spread participation and feedback from all campus constituents going forward. Email communication is available here.
- Commented on how CSUF’s efforts are aligned with Chancellor Timothy White’s seven areas of priority in an op-ed titled “CSUF: Already Leading the Way” (Orange County Register, Mar. 10, 2014).