Spring Semester Updates

Jan. 19, 2017


Dear UNLV Campus Community, 
Welcome to the Spring 2017 semester, and thank you, all, for making our fall semester so successful!  As we begin this new semester I thought it might be worthwhile to provide a brief update on a few items. January begins the budget process and I have asked our college and school deans to utilize Top Tier pathway goals as a foundation for their budget requests.   As a reminder, those goals are:  Academic Health Center;  Community Partnerships;  Infrastructure and Shared Governance; Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity;  and, Student Achievement.  In fact, I think it is important to apply one or more of the five pathway goals to any new initiative. Simultaneously, Dr. Kyle Kaalberg, Special Projects Director at the president’s office, is developing an annual report this semester that will highlight areas of progress accomplished toward the Top Tier initiative through the work of the various committees. I want to thank the deans, faculty, and staff who serve on these committees, as well as everyone who has offered their ideas and suggestions.
We continue to make progress on national searches for key administrator positions on campus: dean of the College of Sciences; dean of the School of Nursing, chief diversity officer; and, vice president for research and economic development. Advertisements have been placed in The Chronicle of Higher Education and more than a half dozen other publications to reach key target audiences. Campus visits for the College of Sciences dean begin this week and continue through the end of the month, and recruitment for the School of Nursing dean, vice president for research and economic development, and chief diversity officer are well underway. I want to thank Dr. Marta Meana, Dr. Kim Metcalf, Dr. Juanita Fain, and Dr. Carl Reiber for serving as chairs of these searches, as well as all the committee members, for their thoughtful work. 
Correspondingly, the president’s office has started the search for a new athletics director. Nancy Rapoport will chair this committee. The search firm, Collegiate Sports Associates, has been hired to help us with this process. Appointments and/or elections to the search committee, as defined by UNLV bylaws, are underway and the committee’s work should begin in earnest in early February. 
Finally, as academic faculty are aware, UNLV completed the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) academic faculty satisfaction survey last year. The survey covered a wide range of topics that can be found online at https://www.unlv.edu/provost/coache.  
One of the COACHE recommendations was to form a steering committee to review the report and benchmark outcomes.  The committee was formed and it includes: 

  • Alfredo Fernandez-Gonzalez, Professor, School of Architecture
  • Russell Hurlburt, Professor, Psychology
  • Hong Lu, Professor, Criminal Justice
  • Margaret (Peg) Rees, Vice Provost, Division of Educational Outreach
  • Doris Watson, Professor, College of Education
  • John Tuman, Chair, Political Science

The steering committee is working closely with my office and the campus community to address the results of this survey and provide suggestions. A web platform for public comment regarding the report is available online at https://www.unlv.edu/provost/coache. The committee also has organized open forums for Monday, January 23rd, Wednesday, January 25th and, Thursday, January 26th,and everyone on campus is welcome to attend. Particulars on these sessions will be sent out by the COACHE committee.
I would welcome hearing from you as the semester progresses and hope to see you at my next “Coffee and Conversation” forum later this semester. We are working to finalize a date and time. 
I appreciate everyone’s efforts to make UNLV a great institution and a wonderful place to work Here’s to another productive semester! 
Diane Z. Chase, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President & Provost