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Monday, November 16, 2020

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From the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Posted: Monday, November 16, 2020

Report from Arts and Sciences Task Force Available for Viewing November 18

I am pleased to report that the 15-member task force, established to create the foundational structure for the college’s new School of Arts and Sciences, has made significant progress this fall.

The group, which is meeting regularly, most recently revised the guidelines for renewal, promotion, and continuing appointment. The revisions reflect responses faculty and staff members within the schools of Arts and Humanities (A&H) and Natural and Social Sciences (NSS) provided in the anonymous Qualtrics surveys sent to them last month.

The task force presented a draft of the work completed thus far to President Conway-Turner and me on November 6. We’re in the process of reviewing the document that includes the school’s mission, vision, and values statements and the tenure and promotion procedures.

The updated document will be available on the School of Arts and Science Task Force web page starting Wednesday, November 18.

However, this document is not final. Constituents within A&H and NSS will have the opportunity to provide final comments anonymously about the tenure and promotion procedures. A second Qualtrics survey will be e-mailed this week to faculty and staff members for their feedback.

Meanwhile, the search committee for the school’s dean conducted the first round of interviews with candidates this week. They plan to hold a second round during the two weeks following Thanksgiving. The goal is to have a new dean in place by January 2021.

I will keep you apprised of other developments as they occur. Thank you for your patience and support with this important process.

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