Update on Selected Internal & External Meetings, Conferences, Communications
- Hosted viewing sessions on February 5 and 21 for department chairs and associate deans of the Educational Advisory Board’s webinar on performance-based funding titled “Performance Based Funding 2.0.” Provided background and context about performance funding in relation to Cal State Fullerton’s strategic plan. These meetings are an attempt to start a university-wide conversation on how we can best position ourselves for impending changes to our enrollment-based (FTEs) funding model. The webinar can be accessed by anyone with a fullerton.edu account by visiting the following site: http://www.eab.com/Research-and-Insights/Academic-Affairs-Forum/Events/Webconferences/2013/Preparing-for-Performance-Funding-20
- Met with the Libraries of the Future committee on February 5 to frame the work ahead. The committee, co-chaired by Dr. Angela Della Volpe (Interim Deputy Provost) and Amir Dabirian (Vice President of Information Technology), has been working for the last several months on developing a draft for a strategic vision statement and organizing a communication campaign for the University. The committee’s deliverables for spring 2014 include: organizing focus groups with campus constituents, creating and maintaining a LOFT website, and finalizing the library’s vision statement. Other members of the committee include: Susan Tschabrun (Library), Kim Apel (VPAF), Jay Bond (VPAF), Cliff Cramp (Arts), Peter Fashing (Anthropology), Ann Roll (Library), Heather Tunender (Library) and Pauline Knox (IT).
- Participated in the Academic Affairs/Academic Senate Spring Retreat in Fullerton on February 7. The retreat focused on the topic of general education, including assessment of the GE program and proposed GE Program learning goals. My opening remarks are available here.
- Presented a “Provost Update” at the Academic Senate meeting on February 13 on this year’s sabbatical leaves. From 72 sabbatical applications received, 69 were positively recommended for funding if funding were to be available. While the campus baseline allocation for sabbaticals would have only allowed us to fund 45 awards—the minimum required for compliance with the CBA—we were able to support 61 awards (close to 90% of those favorably recommended.)
- Met with consultants from Rodgers Associates on February 18 to formally launch a consultative process that will help shape the future of the Irvine Campus. In preparing their recommendations, the consultants will conduct interviews and focus groups with various campus constituencies through the month of March. The work of the consultants will be managed by a steering committee chaired by Dr. Anil Puri, Dean of the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics. Other members of the committee include the following faculty members and academic senators: Jessie Jones and Pete Evanow.
- Participated in the Planning, Resource and Budget Committee meeting on February 21. The meeting agenda included the following topics: 1) School Proposal Review – School of Risk Management and Insurance; 2) Updates on the Strategic Plan Task Forces 2013-14 progress and 2014-15 priorities.
- Convened a meeting with the Council of Deans on February 26. The Council discussed the following items/topics: 1) UPS 210.001 Recruitment of Full-Time Faculty; 2) Irvine Branch Campus Consultation Process; 3) Campus Climate Survey.
- Presented a “Provost Update” at the Academic Senate meeting on February 27. Provided updates on both faculty hiring and ongoing executive searches.
- Convened the first meeting of the search committee for the next permanent Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences on February 18. The search committee is chaired by Anil Puri, Dean of the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, and includes the following members: Emily Bonney (Liberal Studies), Peter Fashing (Anthropology), Euraldo Gonzalez (Chicana and Chicano Studies), Lea Jarnagin (Student Affairs), Alina Mircea-Trotz (Development – Colleges and Campaigns), Eliza Noh (Asian American Studies), Jessie Peissig (Psychology), Irena Praitis (English, Comparative Literature and Linguistics), and Steve Stambough (Politics, Administration and Justice). The search is being conducted with an expected appointment date of July 1, 2014 for the new dean.
- Convened the first meeting of the search committee for the next permanent Dean of the College of the Arts on February 18. The search committee is chaired by Ann Camp, Chief of Staff, and includes the following members: William Briggs (Dean, College of Communications), David Bowman (Dean, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics), Bill Meyer (Theatre and Dance), Arnold Holland (Art), Pamela Madsen (Music), Debra Lockwood (Theatre and Dance), Charles Grieb (Art), Theresa Davis (Development—College and Campaigns) and Ken Walicki (Music). The search is being conducted with an expected appointment date of January 1, 2015 for the new dean.
- Convened the first meeting of the search committee for the next permanent Deputy Provost on February 20. The search committee is chaired by Kari Knutson-Miller (Child and Adolescent Development) and includes the following members: Amir Dabirian (VP Information Technology), Lisa Kirtman (College of Education), José Cervantes (Counseling), Stephen Mexal (English, Comparative Literature and Linguistics), Shawn Wang (Computer Science), Mira Farka (Economics), Rebekah Smart (Counseling), Jack Bedell (Sociology) and Zair Ibragimov (Mathematics). The search is being conducted with an expected appointment date of July 1, 2014 for the new Deputy Provost.
Meetings and Events
- Presented at the campus-wide Strategic Plan Town Hall meeting on February 4. Updated the campus community on the Stewards of Place task force, which is currently drafting the University’s Carnegie Engagement Classification application, compiling an inventory of all community engagement activities and partnerships on campus, identifying roadblocks that currently impact community engagement, and working to achieve transparency with both internal and external constituents in regards to communications. Collected feedback from the campus on how the Stewards of Place task force can best serve the University.
- Joined a Cal State Fullerton delegation led by Dr. Dean Kazoleas, Director of the Maxwell Center for International Communications and Media, as it traveled to Havana, Cuba to sign a memorandum of understanding with the University of Havana. The agreement, signed during the February 9-12 visit, is the first step towards formalizing several faculty and student collaborative programs between the two universities. The delegation also included the following colleagues from the College of Communications: Dr. Bill Briggs, Mr. Ricardo Chavira and Dr. James Collison.
- Presented opening remarks at the Ed.D. Educational Symposium on February 18. Congratulated the students on the quality of their dissertations and thanked everyone involved in the program for their commitment to approving educational programs.
- Hosted a celebratory gathering on February 20 for faculty involved in the online graduate programs from the colleges of Engineering and Computer Science, Education, and Business and Economics for having their respective programs ranked as among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for 2014. More information here and here.
- Provided opening remarks at the annual Author Awards program on February 27. This year’s event honored 37 faculty authors who authored or edited books published last year. My opening remarks are available here.
- Served as a speaker for the “Equity and Outcomes: Institutional Strategies for Improving Access and Success for Underrepresented Students” Educational Symposium on February 27, organized by the College of Education’s Doctorate in Educational Leadership Program and the Center for Research on Educational Access and Leadership.