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From the Provost's Office

Richard A. (Rick) Caulfield, PhD

COMMENCEMENT CELEBRATIONS!—Sitka (April 29), Ketchikan (April 30), Juneau (May 1)
Chancellor Pugh and I will be participating in each of these exciting events. Please join in celebrating the success of our students. All faculty are encouraged to wear regalia as part of the celebration. Details can be found at www.uas.alaska.edu/commencement/ceremonies.html

UAS MISSION AND CORE THEMES ON JUNE 2011 REGENTS AGENDA
The proposed new UAS mission statement and core themes are on the agenda for Board of Regents consideration at their June 2011 meeting in Fairbanks.

CELEBRATING FACULTY SUCCESS—MONDAY, MAY 2
A celebration will take place on the Juneau Auke Bay Campus on Monday, May 2, 2:30-4:00pm (Glacier View Room; program begins at 3pm) at which we’ll recognize the following retiring/departing tenured and long-time term faculty:  Jonathan Anderson, Jane Terzis, and Clive Thomas. Moreover, we’ll recognize the following recipients of UAS Faculty Excellence Awards for the 2010-11 academic year:  Marquam George (Teaching), Eran Hood (Research), Kevin Maier (Service), Fran Polumsky (Adjunct Instruction).

NEW FACULTY HIRES IN ARTS AND SCIENCES
Jason Amundson has accepted our offer for Assistant Professor of Physics.  Jason is currently in a post-doc at the University of Chicago.  He earned is PhD in Geophysics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is active in researching glacial calving, glacial seismology, and subglacial processes. He has previously worked on both the Taku and Mendenhall Glaciers.  Jason, his wife, and new baby will be relocating this summer.  Jason’s wife is an artist.

Glenn Wright will be joining us as Assistant Professor of Political Science.  He is currently completing his PhD at the University of Colorado.  Glenn also has an Alaska background: his BA is from UAF, he has an MAT from UAS, and he completed the UAS legislative internship while he was an undergraduate.  Glenn has an interest in studying public goods provision and common pool resource management, decentralization and local governance, and forestry policy, among other things.  Glenn has done research in Central and South America and speaks Spanish fluently.  Glenn and his wife, an attorney, will be moving to Juneau at the end of the summer.

Amanda Sesko is our new Assistant Professor of Psychology.  Amanda is finishing her PhD in social psychology at the University of Kansas this summer.  Amanda did her undergraduate work in psychology at the University of Wisconsin.  She has taught online courses as well as local courses.  Amanda’s research interests include stereotyping, categorization, and discrimination based on race and gender.  She is quite interested in building a strong undergraduate research program here at UAS. Amanda will be coming to Alaska in August.

REMINDER ABOUT UAS POLICY ON INCOMPLETE GRADES
As Spring Semester grading takes place, please remember to follow the approved UAS policy on use of Incomplete (I) grades. Note that for a student to receive an “I” grade they should have completed a majority of the course with a C grade or better. Moreover, the faculty member must complete an Incomplete Grade Contract and provide that to the student. In no case can the grade extend beyond 12 months. For details and a copy of the form, see uas.alaska.edu/provost/AcademicAffairsPolicies/2011BORUASPolicyIncompleteGrades.pdf

UPDATING UAS FACULTY HANDBOOK
A working group from faculty leadership and the Provost’s Office are nearing completion of a project to update and clarify the contents of the UAS Faculty Handbook. Those involved are Faculty Senate President Sherry Tamone, Priscilla Schulte, Nina Chordas, Maria Moya, and Rick Caulfield. The goal is to have a final updated version that will be available by the end of the semester in a pdf version for use in the coming academic year.

FUTURE SUMMER PROGRAMS AND COURSES ON JUNEAU CAMPUS
A brainstorming session will take place on May 10, 2-4pm, Auke Bay Campus (Glacier View Room), about future opportunities for summer programs and courses. This builds on our UAS Strategic and Assessment Plan 2010-2017 which calls for greater attention to “signature programs” that help UAS meet its mission.

FUTURE LEADERSHIP IN UAS SCHOOLS OF MANAGEMENT AND CAREER EDUCATION
I continue to meet with faculty and staff in SOE and SOM about leadership for the coming academic year. Recruitment for a one-year interim Dean, SOM, is now underway and open until filled (first review: April 28). Our goal is to have the leadership plan in place by mid-May.

BIOBLITZ ON UAS AUKE BAY CAMPUS—A UAS PARTNERSHIP ACTIVITY
UAS is a founding partner of the Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center (ACRC), which is holding an exciting “BioBlitz” community education event on the Auke Bay Campus, June 18-19, 2011. For more details see the ACRC website at http://acrc.alaska.edu/

SAFETY MINUTE
As the weather improves and more of us are on the water, it is important to have a suitable PFD (personal flotation device) for all passengers on board vessels, large and small. For current US Coast Guard information about PFDs, see http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg5214/pfdselection.asp#faq
 
Richard A. (Rick) Caulfield, PhD
Provost & Dean of Graduate Studies and Research
University of Alaska Southeast (UAS)
11120 Glacier Highway
Juneau, AK 99801
 
racaulfield@uas.alaska.edu
907.796.6486

 
 

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