Dear Friends and Colleagues,
As we approach the Thanksgiving break, we would like to take a moment to reflect on the many exciting Arts and Sciences initiatives underway, from our newly announced fundraising plan to the numerous faculty searches authorized during the IBS process, this fall has been busy.
This year we welcomed two new divisional deans, Dean of Humanities, Sharon Marcus, and Dean of Social Science, Alondra Nelson who join Dean of Science Amber Miller to continue on the legacy of service the divisional deans have come to provide over the years. With the appointment of Dean Marcus and Dean Nelson, we are accelerating towards increased divisional planning and communication centered on the advancement of their individual divisional initiatives.
Earlier this summer, as many of you know, President Bollinger announced an Arts and Sciences fundraising initiative and, an accelerated academic planning exercise, undertaken across all 27 departments, is now in progress to prepare for this. With the Science Initiative launch 18 months ago, and its subsequent success, it provides a solid foundation for the natural sciences, and stands as an important and meaningful guide for the rest of the Arts and Sciences. The College’s Core to Commencement campaign has already begun as well and complements the new Arts and Science fundraising initiative in myriad ways. We look forward to reporting progress on both fronts as the year progresses.
We are also pleased to announce that with support from the President and Provost, there will now be authorization for replacement hires for all positions associated either with faculty retirement, unsuccessful tenure cases or departures of another nature. The divisional deans and and the Executive Vice President are working with the department chairs to develop a specific plan for implementation.
Looking forward into the remainder of the 2014-2015 academic year, we have substantial support from central administration for the authorization of a number of faculty searches that represent a significant increase across all three divisions. With this support, we have the opportunity to address some exciting hiring opportunities that can propel us to new heights.
In the immediate future, we look forward to seeing you at the next faculty meeting, to be held Monday, November 10, from 12-2 p.m. in the Faculty Room in Low Library.
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. & Alma Schapiro Professor in The Humanities