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Spring Quarter 2019 Updates

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Colleagues,

Welcome back from what I hope was a fun, restful break. As we move into a new quarter, I want to share some updates from the past quarter.

  • Daniels Dean: After much thoughtful, hard work on the part of the search committee and meaningful engagement with the Daniels community, the search for a new Daniels dean is now in its final stages. Numerous candidates visited DU, with one visit remaining. The search process is expected to wrap up in mid- to late April, and the results will be shared in an announcement at that time.
  • Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs: An internal search for this position is underway. The search committee, comprising Johnny Kim (faculty co-chair), Corinne Lengsfeld (chair), Roberto Corrada, Tayana Hardin, Jennifer Karas, Bobbie Kite, Lavita Nadkarni, Nancy Sasaki, and Ingrid Tague, has begun reviewing applicants’ materials and will conduct a short list of confidential phone interviews within a few weeks. Finalists will give job talks, open to the campus community, in mid-May—we’ll share this schedule when available.
  • Vice Provost for Internationalization: A search for this position is underway, and we have hired search firm Greenwood/Asher & Associates to help launch a successful search. Once our search committee has been finalized, the search firm will come on campus to gather information from key constituents prior to initiating a national search. Interested candidates from the campus community should contact search committee chair, Corinne Lengsfeld ([email protected]).
  • Senior Diversity Officer: A search committee is being formed for this position, and Faculty Senate will help appoint individuals to this committee. More details will be shared soon.
  • Budget Development: The University’s budget for fiscal year 2020 is taking shape and on track for its upcoming review and ultimate approval by the Board of Trustees in June. Earlier this year, the Chancellor and I shared an update with the campus community and posted on PioneerWeb under the “Employee” tab. Vice Provost Linda Kosten and I will present a budget development update in coming weeks, and more information will be shared soon.
  • Core Curriculum: The Faculty Senate and the General Education Review and Inquiry Committee (GERI) worked very hard this past year to advance our core curriculum. Recent feedback from faculty sent a clear message to decelerate this process, which I firmly support. I have asked GERI to continue to work on a proposal that can be considered by the faculty during fall 2019. I and others will work with deans and department chairs to identify the financial resources needed to support the proposal, and we will provide that information to the Faculty Senate in fall 2019. It is my hope that Faculty Senate and Undergraduate Council will work diligently together during the fall quarter to approve a new core curriculum, ensuring we plan ample time for implementation.
  • Upcoming Summits: You may have seen invitations to the upcoming AI Summit to be held Thursday, April 11 and Internationalization Summit to be held Friday, April 12. Both events offer unique opportunities to engage with timely topics and help answer some of the University’s biggest questions. I encourage everyone to register, attend and participate as your schedules allow.

As always, I appreciate your interest and partnership in the various efforts that reach across campus and bring us together to accomplish our shared goals. I’m looking forward to a productive spring quarter for us all!

Sincerely,

Jeremy Haefner

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor