Dear Friends and Colleagues,
With the term soon coming to a close, we write to provide you with updates on recent discussions in the chair meetings as well as other news items. The semester has been full of activity and we can report progress and success on many fronts. We have worked closely this past semester with the Policy and Planning Committee (PPC), the Educational Policy and Planning Committee (EPPC), and the department chairs. These faculty groups have helped us progress important conversations that impact the lives of faculty and departments in the Arts and Sciences and we look forward to continuing to work together in the spring semester. We would like to thank the members of these committees for their tremendous service to the Arts and Sciences and the faculty that they represent.
The Office of the EVP is working to expand the level of service we provide to faculty and to departments. To this end, this past semester, we revised the orientation for both new faculty and new chairs and are working closely with the ADA steering committee to improve communication and support for departmental operations. We now have a newly elected Junior Faculty Advisory Board and look forward to their contributions. And, on the heels of our second successful faculty distinction reception, we're planning for a reception next year that will heighten the way faculty achievements are recognized.
Academic planning in the social science and humanities divisions proceeds apace. In the months ahead we will craft fundraising themes that can inform both the Arts and Sciences fundraising initiative and the Core to Commencement campaign. President Bollinger is personally engaged in these efforts. The divisional deans and the Executive Committee continue to work closely toward reaching our fundraising goals and increasing support both for students and for faculty and faculty-led initiatives.
Planning ahead for the spring semester, we are preparing a presentation on the Arts and Sciences budget at the January 22nd faculty meeting. We are also preparing for the Lenfest Faculty Awards, the highest faculty honor the Arts and Sciences bestows, and will announce the recipients in the spring term.
Thank you for all your dedication and hard work. We look forward to welcoming you at the next faculty meeting on Thursday, January 22, 2015.
Executive Vice President
Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Professor of Statistics
Dean of Columbia College
Vice President for Undergraduate Education
Henry L. and Lucy G. Moses Professor of Chemistry
Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Vice President for Graduate Education
Morris A. and Alma Schapiro Professor in The Humanities