Update from the Dean's Office
Cooler weather has finally arrived and with it new students, returning
faculty, and fall classes. August was a busy month as we prepared for
the new academic year, and had a number of important meetings involving
decisions on the College's 25-year plan, and new faculty members. Here
is the latest news from the Office of the Dean.
- On August 27, we presented the College's 25-year master plan to the
Board of Governors for their review and approval, which they gave with
enthusiasm. The plan now goes to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.
With CCHE approval, the plan will go before the Colorado State University
Development Council for their review and approval. We hope to have all
approvals and the final go-ahead in place by the end of October 2003,
approximately two years from the initial start date of our work on the
master plan. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel! (See a related
article on the 25-year plan in the July 2003 edition of E-Insight http://www.cvmbs.colostate.edu/Insight/2003/july2003/master_plan.htm
- The Council of Deans had its annual retreat on Aug. 21. Though no
new decisions were made affecting the College, we discussed a range
of issues that will set the Council of Deans' work agenda for the coming
year. Topics included budget concerns, potential tuition increases,
the structuring of graduate education, and enrollment management with
particular emphasis on how to handle the heavy impact of service courses
on four of the colleges (Liberal Arts, Applied Human Sciences, Business,
and Natural Sciences).
- The College Executive Committee retreat will take place on Sept.
4. As opposed to a planning retreat, we will use this time as an orientation
for the four new department heads and new hospital director to get to
know the College culture better and become more familiar with policies
and procedures. The new leadership team also will have time to get to
know each other better, as well as other members of the Executive Committee.
- On Aug. 28, the College Executive Committee met to determine faculty
position allocations for each department based on current faculty vacancies
college-wide. Three times each year, departments are asked to submit
requests and rationale for additional faculty positions. The Executive
Committee ranks all requests and then works together to make decisions
on how to best allocate the positions depending on the College's critical
needs. The Executive Committee also sets pay packages and start dates
so faculty searches can begin with clear information, and launched within
the rules and regulations of the Provost's Office and the Equal Employment
At the Aug. 28 meeting, the Executive Committee approved four positions
for the Department of Clinical Sciences, and two positions for the Department
of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology. Clinical Sciences will be
recruiting two faculty members for oncology, one equine orthopaedic
research scientist, and one feedlot food safety researcher. MIP will
launch searches for an arthropod vector biologist and a molecular immunologist.
- The Annual Faculty/Staff Meeting will be held on Thursday, Oct. 23,
4:15-5:30 p.m., at the Holiday Inn on Prospect Road. I'll provide a
State of the College address reviewing progress made on this year's
goals and set new goals for the coming year. Come join us and find out
what the new year holds for the College.