Faculty and Staff:
A faculty member recommended the book Nebraska Moments. In the mid-1800s groups traversing the Oregon Trail faced different challenges, but as one Oregon Trail traveler observed, “The plain fact of the matter is we have no time for sociability.” My hope is that last month’s Faculty and Staff Information Fair provided a few moments for sociability in an otherwise challenging time.
If you were unable to attend the Information Fair and would like to discuss items promoted by the Fair or any other items, I will be available in the LLC, near Book Ends, from 8:15-9:15 am 24 March 2016, Thursday.
- MAP Priorities and Projects on Chadron State 2020
- Visit the VPAA Update archive versions on the VPAA website: http://csc.edu/vpaa/snaresreleases/index.csc.
Faculty searches in progress: 3 Business; 1 Science; 1 Art; 2 ESP (HPER & Rangeland); 2 Graduate (Counseling & Education).
Planning for Fall 2016
At the 11 February 2016 Annual Faculty and Staff Information Fair Luncheon and within the 16 February 2016 VPAA UPDATE, I requested feedback on the following documents: Academic Events Prior to First Day of Classes and Opening Day, 19 August 2016.
Thank you for your feedback; it has been incorporated into the documents, and the revised documents accompany this correspondence. Please review them; they may assist you in planning.
The Graves New Faculty Showcase
The Graves Lecture Series teamed up with the New Faculty Orientation Program this semester to showcase the work and interests
of CSC’s newest faculty. So far, the response has been very good. Both McKay Tebbs and John Buttiglieri packed the house. If you haven’t attended any of the Graves Lectures this semester, consider attending one in March and April:
Terrie Wood, “Business Success: Pain or Pleasure” – March 22, 7-8 pm, LLC 111
Janice Haynes, “Romance and Marriage Plots: Restoration for Family in Narratives of Single Mothers” – April 5, 7-8 pm, LLC 111.
For more information, visit the LLC Blog: http://academic.csc.edu/llc/blog/?page_id=50.
Professional Development for Faculty
If you’re interested in techniques that support student learning, register for one of the four Teaching & Learning Center offerings in March and April:
“Object-Based Learning; Or, Can We Really Touch That?” – March 15, 3-4:30 pm, ADM 030 “Reshaping Student Mindsets to Support Academic Success” – March 16, 3-4 pm, ADM 030 “Untangling the Web: Blogging for Academic Success” – April, TBD, ADM 030
“Academic Study Table” – April, 14, 3-4 pm, ADM 030
Visit the TLC Website for more information and to register: http://csc.edu/tlc/workshops/.
Nebraska’s Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education (CCPE)
In January 2016 meeting, CCPE approved the following CSC existing programs:
- School Counseling (MEd)
- Community Mental Health Counseling (MAE)
In March 2016 meeting, CCPE approved the following CSC existing programs:
- Sports and Recreation Management (BA)
- Health and Physical Education (BSE)
Nebraska Higher Education News
University of Phoenix has closed all Nebraska campuses. UNL has discontinued the Center for the Study of Higher Education in the College of Education and Human Services. Doane College has a name change: Doane University.
Master Academic Plan (MAP) Oversight of Priorities – Managers
- Continue to implement and improve the Essential Studies Program (ESP): Jim Margetts, Matt Evertson, Sherry Douglas
- Define, develop, and promote co-curricular experiences that foster undergraduate and graduate student engagement: Jim Margetts, and Pat Beu
- Create and implement a strategic vision(s) for teaching and learning technologies, teaching and learning center (TLC) and the library learning commons (LLC): Susan Hines
- Evaluate campus-wide processes for student recruitment, advising and retention; recommend a plan for continuous improvement: Joel Hyer & Jamie Hamaker, & Jim Powell
- Study, create, and implement a strategic vision for the graduate studies program: Joel Hyer & Kathleen Kirsch
- Evaluate campus-wide processes for faculty and staff recruitment and retention; recommend a plan for continuous improvement: Jim Powell, Teri Haynes, and Anne
Feedback From Faculty and Staff Information Fair Luncheon
At the Information Fair many of you provided feedback. Here are the results of an anonymous survey:
- 58 faculty and staff responded (of the ~150 attendees); 28 identified themselves as faculty and 30
- 58% found the Information Fair as highly beneficial, and 35% indicated it was somewhat
- 60% responded that communication within and across departments/units is good or excellent, 26% stated it is fair, and 10% indicated it is
- The main reason individuals continue to work at CSC relates to liking the people with whom they work and liking their work at CSC, 67% and 47% A desire to be in the Chadron area was also important to 25% of the respondents.
Thank you for your feedback. This information is very useful in helping us determine whether to continue the Faculty and Staff Information Fair Luncheon in 2017.
In the spirit of the Fair, I would appreciate your continued efforts to reach out and work with your colleagues, consider the views of your colleagues, and reconsider your own assumptions. It is a challenge to overcome “the fundamental attribution error” (www.psychologytoday.com/blog/real-men-dont-write-blogs/201406/why-we-dont-give-each-other-break). Those who traversed the Oregon Trail experienced a challenging environment that tested their limits. Similarly our limits are tested, albeit for us it is the higher education environment.