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College Business for Spring Semester 2016

We have a full agenda for the months ahead and I look forward to working with each of you as we move the college forward.

  • Budget Hearings: Throughout the first few weeks of the semester we are engaged with departments in budget hearings in preparation for the college budget hearing for FY17 scheduled with Provost Martin on March 11.
  • Faculty and Student Campus Visits: We’re hosting a number of faculty candidates this semester and we will also be hosting graduate students here for campus visits as we progress through the admission cycle for new graduate students. Prospective undergraduate students and their parents may also be among our visitors.

Let’s all be mindful of the value of showing pride in our college and our campus as these guests visit. It is incumbent on all of us to showcase our campus as a welcoming community and an attractive place to live and work.

  • Annual Reviews: In the college we are working on completion of the annual personnel review cycle for 2015-16. The review of faculty is now complete and we will be turning next to the evaluation of administrators and staff.
  • Promotion and Tenure: The portfolios of faculty candidates for tenure and promotion this year have moved through the departments and now await review by the college and provost offices. The college Tenure and Promotion Committee is already engaged in reviewing these files.
  • Lecturers: The promotion process for lecturers will be launched this month. We will also begin the search process for new lecturers for the 2016-17 academic year.

Although we will be working hard on the semester’s business, I encourage all of you to try to find time to enjoy the many speakers coming to campus this term and to partake of the cultural events on campus and in the community.

Within the college, our visual and performing arts units offer a rich array of opportunities. The School of Music offers more than 200 recitals and concerts per year. Click here for schedule Concerts & Events. Clarence Brown Theatre has three shows scheduled for the semester—Titus Andronicus, A Lesson Before Dying, and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific. Our School of Art has fascinating exhibits in three galleries—Ewing Gallery, Downtown Gallery, and Gallery 1010.