2015 Draft Strategic Plan

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2015 Draft Strategic Plan Information

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From the Dean

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.

Post date: April 8, 2014 - 5:39pm

CEHD's New Development Officer
Mr. Jody Ford will assume the position of CEHD development officer on April 10. Jody has served as assistant director of development and as interim director of development in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, director of scholarship programs for the Texas A&M Foundation, and more recently served as regional director of major gifts for the Foundation. Jody is a former student of our College, receiving his M.S. degree in Educational Administration. Please stop by the eighth floor of Harrington to introduce yourself and welcome him to the College. 

Faculty News
Dr. Bruce Thompson, Distinguished Professor of Educational Psychology, has been selected to receive the American Psychological Association 2014 Jacob Cohen Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Mentoring. This award is presented each year to an individual who has demonstrated excellence in teaching and mentoring within the areas of assessment, evaluation, measurement, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and/or statistics.

Staff News
Congratulations to the Staff Advisory Council on hosting another successful Staff Development Conference. Staff with 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years of service to the College were recognized, along with the SAC award recipients: Stephanie Linder, student relationships; Kelly Freeman, outstanding staff support; and Justin Smith, outstanding staff supervisor.

The Brazos Valley Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) has recognized several members of the dean’s office communications team. In the category of Digital Communications Channels, Allison LaRocca and Amy Powell were recognized for our Education and myCEHD websites; in the Publications area, Kathy Koza and Heather Pitts were recognized for our Transforming Lives publication; and in Publication Design and Photography within a Communication Vehicle, Heather was also recognized for her work on Transforming Lives and PEAP facility materials. 

Diversity Awards
Congratulations to the College’s Committee on Diversity Initiatives (CODI), who will be recognized with a University Diversity Award on Tuesday, April 15 at 3:00 p.m. in 2300C MSC.  The awards are sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Office of the Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity, Department of Multicultural Services, Department of Disability Services and Aggie Allies. The Diversity Awards acknowledge and honor the efforts of students, faculty and staff who strive to promote understanding and appreciation of diversity in its multitude of forms at Texas A&M University.

Upcoming Events
A farewell reception for David Byrd will be held Wednesday, April 23, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at Forsythe Gallery. Remarks will begin at 4:00 p.m.

The University’s Distinguished Achievement Award ceremony will be held Monday, April 28 at 1:30 p.m. Dr. Rafael Lara-Alecio, Professor of Educational Psychology, will receive an award in Research and Dr. Lisako McKyer, Associate Professor of Health Education, will receive an award in Graduate Mentoring. The awards are sponsored by The Association of Former Students.

Until next month,

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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. 

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