Campus News

New Applicant Tracking System Chosen as Part of Effort to Streamline Recruitment Process

The Division of Human Resources has selected Cornerstone OnDemand as the University's new provider of the applicant tracking system used in recruiting faculty and staff. The move aims to streamline the recruitment process. "We heard from our community that there is a strong desire to find an applicant tracking system that automates recruitment processes and simplifies hiring," says Helena Rodrigues, associate vice president for human resources.

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Awards of Distinction Recognize Excellence in Teaching, Mentoring, Research

Seven faculty members and a staff scientist were honored for excellence in teaching, mentoring and research at the annual Awards of Distinction. The awards were presented by the Office of the Provost, the Honors College, the Graduate College, and the GIFT Center at the UA Foundation. This year's ceremony included two new awards, Excellence in Postdoctoral Mentoring and Outstanding Postdoctoral Scholar.

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Norton School Welcomes Laura Scaramella as Director

Laura Scaramella, a Tucson native and UA alumna, comes to the UA from the University of New Orleans, where she has been chair of the Department of Psychology for the past three years. Her research focuses on parenting and child development.

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Strategic Plan Leaders Seek Feedback on Campus Climate

A series of workshops aims to collect feedback from employees about campus climate. The workshops are a follow-up to the Occupational Health Index survey sent to employees in the fall, and were organized by Andrea Romero and Sara Knepper, co-chairs of the strategic plan's Reinforcing Our Cultural Aspirations initiative. "We thought the first step was getting a little more input from people before we just come and say, 'Here are the things to work on,'" said Romero, vice provost for faculty affairs. "We really want to make sure it's not just top down – that it really is all of us coming together and agreeing on what are the areas for action."

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The Doctor Will See You Now – On Your Phone

How would you like to receive urgent care without having to actually go to an urgent care facility? UA employees can now do just that with the Doctor on Demand service, which connects patients to doctors, psychologists and psychiatrists via their computer, smartphone or tablet. "It's like Uber for urgent care," says Thomas McDonald, director of strategic initiatives in the Division of Human Resources. The service, which is open to anyone, is discounted for benefits-eligible UA employees.

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New UA Center Helps Students Thrive, Not Just Survive, College

A new UA center is dedicated to helping students learn how to thrive during their college years – in and out of the classroom. With that mission in mind, it's no surprise how the Thrive Center got its name. "We really wanted to communicate that we want students to do more than just survive college – that we really want them to thrive during college," says Cynthia Demetriou, associate vice provost for student success and retention innovation. "That means that they're growing not just intellectually, but also socially, emotionally, and that they're building a network and planning a pathway so that they're thriving overall as individuals."

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Construction Begins on Student Success District

The Student Success District will integrate the Main Library, the Albert B. Weaver Science-Engineering Library and Bear Down Gymnasium along with a new building, which is being constructed immediately south of Bear Down. Some disruption due to construction is to be expected. "We are certain the temporary inconveniences will be well worth the end result: an integrated approach to student success that will benefit every UA student for generations to come," says Jeff Goldberg, interim senior vice president of academic affairs and provost.

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Faculty Senate Approves Statement Affirming Free Expression at UA

A statement approved by the Faculty Senate is intended to be a proactive step to ensure freedom of expression at the UA. Daisy Pitkin, assistant professor in the Honors College and a member of the Faculty Senate, said the statement "is pretty much in line with what we already do and promote and value at the UA."

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New Fellowship Develops UA Leaders While Advancing HSI Efforts

A new fellowship centered on the University's HSI designation has a dual purpose: to help the fellows develop leadership skills and – through the fellows' work – to expand the UA's capacity to serve Hispanic students. "One of the interesting things about the HSI designation is that it really is what the University wants to make of it," says Marla Franco, assistant vice provost for HSI initiatives. The first cohort of 10 fellows will spend the spring semester working on three HSI-related projects.

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Robbins Asks University Employees to 'Lean Into' Strategic Plan

In a Q&A with the Appointed Professionals Advisory Council, UA President Robert C. Robbins encouraged employees to share their thoughts on the strategic plan and to complete the organizational health index survey. "I would encourage everybody to lean into the strategic plan," he said. "There are plenty of opportunities to get your thoughts known."

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