Faculty Assembly Presidentís Report

February 2007

Tom Napierkowski





1. Faculty Retreat

Thanks to those of you who took time out of your busy schedules to attend the January 26 Faculty Retreat. It is important that the faculty of our campus recognize the changes which are affecting not only UCCS but virtually every institution of higher education in the United States and that the faculty enter into a conversation with campus and university administrators about the impact of these changes. This is especially true as the campus searches for a Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Special thanks to Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Peg Bacon and her administrative assistant Kathy Englund and to the Retreat Planning Committee: Associate Vice Chancellor David Moon, Dean Tom Huber, Professors Sherry Morreale and Connie Staley, and Dr. Kathy Andrus.


2. Dr. Cathy Trower of Harvard

This Thursday, February 8, in Denver Dr. Cathy Trower of Harvard University, a leading researcher on faculty employment issues, will address the University of Colorado Faculty Senate on the implications of CUís new tenure policies and on a range of other topics such as the CU Systemís changing faculty demographics, pre-tenure faculty, the clarity of promotions and tenure criteria, professional development opportunities, and the equity of policies and practices. Elected representatives of the UCCS Faculty Assembly have been invited to attend a web stream broadcast of Dr. Trowerís presentation. Please direct any concerns you may have on any of these issues to your Assembly representative(s); those in attendance will have an opportunity to ask questions of Dr. Trower.


3. UCCS Academic Strategic Plan

The UCCS Representative Assembly and the Assemblyís EPUS Committee continue to work with the campus administration in preparing an updated UCCS Academic Strategic Plan. I urge all faculty to take advantage of every opportunity to become involved in the process. I especially ask all representatives to the Assembly to confer with their constituencies on the Academic Plan.


4. UCCS Draft Proposal on Diversity

In a similar vein, all faculty should examine the Draft Proposal of the UCCS Diversity Plan which has been circulated to all of us. The committee which drafted the plan is seeking wide input from the campus community before presenting the Proposal to the Chancellor. The Minority Affairs Committee has already endorsed the draft; the EPUS Committee still has the plan under review.


5. Search for the UCCS Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

As the search for the UCCS Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs enters its final stages, it is incumbent upon the faculty to be involved at every appropriate stag\e of the remaining selection process. We have a large stake in the selection of this new administrator who will play a leading role in shaping the future of this campus and in directing faculty activities.