Campus News

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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Four Professors Honored for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring

Four professors who have excelled in teaching and mentoring were honored at the annual Awards of Distinction ceremony on Monday. They are: Edgard Ore-Giron, instructor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese; Michael Kothke, associate professor of practice in the School of Architecture; Ronald Breiger, professor in the School of Sociology; and Aleksander Ellis, professor in the Department of Management and Organizations and the Stephen P. Robbins Chair in Organizational Behavior.

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Inaugural CUES Fellows Aim to Revolutionize Teaching and Learning

Six UA faculty members will explore ways to revolutionize teaching and learning across an array of disciplines as the inaugural Center for University Education Scholarship Distinguished Fellows. The fellows will present their projects during an interactive event on April 6. Debra Tomanek, CUES director, says she hopes the event sparks "a feeding frenzy" around ideas related to teaching and learning.

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UCAP Reaches Milestone With Draft of Job Functions and Families

A framework for UA job functions and families has been developed, marking a milestone in the University Career Architecture Project. "The framework will provide the structure required to make informed compensation decisions, create a shared language for common career models, and define career possibilities for the vast array of professions at the University," says project director Jan Myers.

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'Meetups' Will Take Deeper Dive Into Strategic Planning Ideas

Ten "meetups" will be held in the coming month to further explore the ideas that have emerged so far in the UA's strategic planning process. With topics ranging from "Agile Wildcats" to "H2Onward," the conversations "will center around specific clarifying questions related to student experience and success and the UA playing a leading role in tackling the big, bold challenges created by the Fourth Industrial Revolution," says strategic plan co-chair Lisa Ordóñez.

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Strategic Planning, Branding Discussed at Faculty Senate

President Robert C. Robbins thanked Faculty Senate members for their participation in the strategic planning process, and gave updates on two senior vice president searches. Tony Proudfoot, interim senior vice president for marketing and communications, gave an overview of plans to create a brand platform for the UA.

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Awards & Accolades

Congratulations to these recent honorees: Andrei Sanov, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Susan Brown, Department of Management Information Systems; Jeffrey Pyun, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Robert Norwood, College of Optical Sciences; Manisha Sharma, School of Art; and Nancy Odegaard, Arizona State Museum.

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Robbins Calls on Campus Community to Help Shape the Future of the UA

Everyone who cares about the University can and should participate in the strategic planning process, President Robert C. Robbins told classified staff and others at a Q&A session last week. During the hourlong forum, Robbins answered questions about the UA's strengths and challenges, as well as the role it should play locally and globally.

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