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Diverse Group of Fellows Picked for Academic Leadership Institute

Twenty-six UA leaders have been selected to participate in the next Academic Leadership Institute, a yearlong professional development program. The 2018-19 cohort will begin the program in August. "More than anything, I'm really hoping to meet other leaders and potential leaders on campus to hear about their perspectives and their ideas and to also share my perspectives and my ideas," says incoming ALI fellow Jessica Summers, an associate professor in the College of Education and chair of the UA faculty. "The more people I know, the better I can serve the faculty."

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Nearly 300 UA Retirees Honored for Service

Nearly 300 UA retirees who have worked a collective 6,300 years at the UA were celebrated last week at a dinner hosted by the Division of Human Resources. "Each of you has been an integral part of the University's success," UA President Robert C. Robbins told the honorees. "You have prepared our students for a changing world, launched discoveries that make Arizona and the world better, and built memories that will last a lifetime."

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New UA Faculty Chair Seeks to Create 'Marketplace of Ideas'

Jessica Summers, an associate professor of teaching, learning and sociocultural studies, hopes to apply what she has observed as an educational psychologist to her newest role: chair of the UA faculty. "People want to feel comfortable and know that it's a safe space to express their thoughts," Summers says. "That's what I'm aiming to achieve in this position – a marketplace of ideas where everyone's input is valuable."

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Awards to Recognize Excellence Among Employees, Units

Employees and teams that have gone above and beyond their usual responsibilities to advance their units and the University will be honored Friday at the Awards for Excellence ceremony. The awards are sponsored by the Classified Staff Council, the Appointed Professionals Advisory Council and the President's Cabinet.

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More Than 300 Turn Out for Second Annual Inclusive Excellence Symposium

The UA's second annual Inclusive Excellence Symposium drew more than 300 for a day of workshops and talks by diversity and inclusion experts from the UA and beyond. "The work that we are doing here today at this symposium is not simply a matter of comfort and convenience," said Damon A. Williams, a national expert in strategic diversity leadership who delivered the symposium's lunchtime keynote. "It's also about how do we embrace this notion that in a changed world, this is the work of excellence?"

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For First Time, Career-Track Faculty Included in Survey About Job Satisfaction

Administrators hope a faculty survey will help identify the needs of those working off the tenure track, as well as those in tenured and tenure-track positions. "It's absolutely essential that we get half the faculty to respond so that we can make sure we have a broad sense of their needs," said Tom Miller, vice provost for faculty affairs. "If faculty want their needs addressed, they need to make them known."

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