2015 Draft Strategic Plan

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2015 Draft Strategic Plan Information

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Post date: December 11, 2014 - 1:09pm

CEHD Strategic Plan 2015-2020
As noted in my December 4 email, the CEHD Strategic Plan has been finalized and submitted to the Provost. I appreciate the various individuals and groups who accessed the online document and provided feedback for the leadership team’s consideration. 

Each department head, in consultant with their faculty and staff, is now in the process of creating a strategic plan for their department with anticipated final versions during the spring semester. 

PwC Recommendations
The PwC recommendations also have been submitted to the Provost. Pending the review by the Provost and President, reports from across the University (including academic colleges and other units) will be compiled and presented to the Board of Regents and PwC representatives in February. 

Faculty News

  • Congratulations to Dr. Beverly Irby, Professor in Educational Administration and Human Resource Development, for being selected as the 2015 recipient of the Living Legend Award from National Council for Professors of Educational Administration. 
  • Congratulations also to Dr. Amy Sharp, research scientist in the Department of Educational Psychology and assistant director of the Center on Disability and Development, who was among four recipients awarded the 2014 Service to the Organization Award by the Association of University Centers on Disabilities. 

Staff News

  • The Staff Advisory Council Community Service Committee has several events lined up for the remainder of the school year including a food drive in March, to coincide with the annual Staff Development Conference. A special thank you to Kristie Stramaski, chair of the Community Service Committee, for leading the coordination of these events. 
  • As a reminder, the Penny War will continue until April 1 with the proceeds benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project. 

2015 Climate Matters Conference
Registration is now open for the 2015 Climate Matters Conference: A Dialogue on Climate, Inclusion and Respect. The conference will begin at 12:30 p.m. of Monday, March 9 at with a preconference workshop and a keynote address by Professor Carmen Gonzalez of Seattle University School of Law. A reception and book signing will follow her presentation. A full day of sessions will be held on Tuesday, March 10. There is no cost to attend and all faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend. 

As we near the end of another semester, I wish you all a peaceful and relaxing holiday break. 

Until next month,

Post date: October 23, 2014 - 12:43pm

College Strategic Plan
As I outlined in my “Welcome Back” luncheon presentation, the college leadership team has drafted a strategic plan for 2015-2020 and seeks your input and feedback. Please note that the proposed seven goals do not represent all College-level initiatives or outcomes to meet the CEHD mission of Transforming Lives but reflect areas of development which will receive more focused attention and resources. 

Please familiarize yourself with the goals and strategies which are proposed. Feedback will be accepted until October 31, and the final plan will be submitted to the Provost in December. We have had over 500 views of the proposed plan and a number of individuals have provided input thus far. 

Follow Up from the PwC Report
Last June Interim President Hussey appointed a Leadership Steering Committee to evaluate the comprehensive Administrative Review of the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report commissioned by Chancellor Sharp. President Hussey accepted all the recommendations from the steering committee and tasked both academic and non-academic units to plan for greater coordination to improve key services including IT, business services, communication, and undergraduate academic advising. The following is a brief summary of actions to date:

  • Information Technology. To comply with the president’s directive and to support coordination of services, the three HLKN IT staff now report to the dean’s office and their salaries, student worker salaries, and costs of servers and software have been absorbed by the dean’s office. This activity allowed freed-up funds for HLKN to use for their core mission.  
  • Business Services. Discussions are ongoing with Assistant Dean Carr, department heads and academic business administrators about creating efficiencies and balancing duties in the finance areas.
  • Undergraduate Advising. Associate Dean Cunningham is chairing a working group of faculty, staff and administrators to review functions such as advising services, processes, and reporting structures. The group meets every two weeks and meeting minutes are posted on myCEHD.
  • Communications. Communications Manager Allison LaRocca is meeting with department heads and dean’s office administrators in the design of a College communications structure to address the needs of the departments and the College as a whole.  

The Provost has requested that a plan be submitted to her by December 1, which should include an assessment component to monitor the effectiveness of our initiatives. 

CEHD Climate Matters Conference
Registration is now open for the March 9-10, 2015 Climate Matters Conference: A Dialogue on Climate, Inclusion and Respect. The kick-off address will be Monday, March 9 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., followed by a wine and cheese reception, and a full day of conference events on Tuesday, March 10. The conference is presented by the College of Education and Human Development, the Dwight Look College of Engineering, and the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Dean Search
The Search Advisory Committee recently held airport interviews and is working to organize campus visits for the finalists. Full details will be provided by Dr. Jose Bermudez, committee chair, once finalized. 

Faculty News

  • Dr. Yvonna Lincoln, distinguished professor of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development, was recently presented the 2014 Eminent Scholar Award by the Women Former Students’ Network.
  • Health and Kinesiology department head Dr. Rick Kreider has been chosen as a 2014-15 SEC Academic Leadership Development Program fellow. He is one of 48 faculty and administrators named from the 14 universities in the Conference. 
  • Dr. Luis Ponjuan, associate professor of higher education administration, was recently invited to a Hispanic Heritage Month event at Vice President Joe Biden’s residence in Washington, D.C.  Dr. Ponjuan was recognized for his outstanding work within the male Latino community. 

Staff News

  • The Staff Advisory Council has announced the 2015 Staff Development Conference will be held March 26 at The Greenbranch in Bryan.
  • The Penny War, sponsored by the SAC Community Services Committee, is in full swing and will continue until April 1. Proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. 

Until next time, 

Post date: May 7, 2014 - 11:26am

Leadership Team Changes

  • Dr. Chris Cherry will begin June 2 as Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs.  Chris received his bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. from Texas A&M and is currently Executive Director of Student Success at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. 

  • ​Due to Dr. Mary Alfred’s increased responsibilities relating to the Educating Leaders Grand Challenge,  Dr. George Cunningham will assume research oversight for the college on June 1. His title will be Associate Dean for Research and Academic Affairs. Dr. Alfred will continue to serve as Executive Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs. 

Facilities Update

  • At their May meeting, the Board of Regents approved adding the Human Clinical Research facility to the System’s Capital Plan. The facility will be near the PEAP building and adjacent to the proposed HLKN academic building. The facility will include meeting rooms, rehab areas, assessment rooms and nursing stations.  Architect bids will be requested this month. Once an architect is chosen, the facility is expected to be open in two years. 

  • ​Dean Carr is working with architects to renovate Milner Hall. This project will begin by the end of the year and take approximately a year to complete. Once renovated, Milner will house TCALL and the Counseling Assessment Clinic.

Faculty News
Due to the extraordinary generosity of friends and colleagues, the Douglas J. Palmer Endowed Chair in Educational Psychology has been established. In recognition of his exceptional record as a researcher and educational leader, Dr. Victor Willson, head of Educational Psychology, has been named the inaugural holder of the Palmer Chair.    

Staff News
Applications are being accepted for the Peggy Ritchey Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded annually to a child or grandchild of a current or retired member of the CEHD support staff. Application deadline is July 16. Contact Jessica Alvarado for details. 

Wellness Initiative
The Bryan-College Station Chamber of Commerce is hosting a 5K Fun Run/1 Mile Walk on Thursday, May 29 at 4:00 p.m. All interested faculty and staff are encouraged to participate. While employees should obtain approval from their supervisors to leave work early, you are not required to take annual leave to attend the event. Registration deadline is May 22. Since the University is a Chamber member, the registration fee is only $12. 

Commencement Ceremony
CEHD graduation will be held Saturday, May 10 at 9:00 a.m.  My thanks to our faculty and staff who have provided instruction and guidance to the 830+ students who will graduate this semester. 

As the semester winds down and the summer officially begins, this will be my last newsletter until September. Please mark your calendars for our annual welcome back luncheon scheduled for Wednesday, August 20. Exact start time and location to be announced.

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  • Congratulations to Dr. Mandy Rispoli, associate professor of special education in the department of Educational Psychology, who was awarded the Dr. Deanna and Thomas Yates Faculty Fellowship in Educational Psychology. 
  • During December 2014, there were more than 100 million hits to CEHD news items posted on various websites around the country.  Many of these hits are attributed to Dr. Jamilia Blake, associate professor of educational psychology, about research she has conducted on young Black girls who face racial bias in school discipline. Her comments have been quoted in various sites including the New York Times, MSN.com, BET online, and Essence.com.
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