This Week's Message
Welcome to Week 2! I hope your first week of classes were exciting and energizing. It is great to have all the faculty and students back on campus bringing this place to life.
In his opening passage in A tale of Two Cities (1859), Dickens wrote:
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, ........., it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us"
We have a lot of work that lies ahead of us this year. However, I strongly believe that it is up to us to seize the moment and decide that this is the "spring of hope" and that there is "everything before us." I say this acknowledging that we face tough challenges in these economic times but we have much to be proud of and much to build upon. I ask for your active participation in the coming year at many levels. Some of the most immediate issues include:
- Curricular and Workload Reform. Please take a moment to click on the hyperlinked text and complete the survey created by your colleagues in Nomination and Rules to participate in the process of redesigning our curriculum in a way that will allow us to, (a) reduce faculty curricular load to two courses each term, and (b) improve our students' educational experiences through an intentional, integrative focus on student learning outcomes and increased opportunities for one-on-one interactions.
- Discussion of the Library book deaccessioning policy available HERE: Join our discussion of this policy at the September 2, 2011 Friday conversation series in the Wilson Center at 4.00 p.m.
- IDEA Center Student Rating of Instruction. Use this new tool in all classes, and participate in ongoing conversations about how to use IDEA resources most effectively to improve student learning in all our courses and programs. Please contact Jon Clauss and Mark Salisbury for additional information.
I am looking forward to the tough but thoroughly engaging, discussions that lie ahead of us. Thank you!
Dean of the College