From the Provost

Image of P.T. Vasudevan, UNH Interim Provost and VP of Academic Affairs

Dear Colleagues,

We begin again—a new semester and a new academic year. I hope you had a productive and relaxing summer.

The new academic year finds us in the midst of change—new people, reconfigured positions, and new construction not only on campus but also off campus. I would like to extend a warm welcome to Tara Fulton, Dean of the University Library; Mary Rhiel, Interim Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs; and Ted Kirkpatrick, Acting Vice Provost and Dean of Students.  As Acting VPDOS, Ted will have oversight and coordination responsibilities for Counseling, SHARPP, Health Services, Residential Life, and Community Standards.  The Assistant Dean of Students and the Chair of Behavioral Intervention Team will also report to him.

We are at various stages of two external searches, and in the process of beginning one more. In progress are searches for a new dean for the College of Liberal Arts (COLA), and the University of New Hampshire at Manchester (UNHM). We will soon initiate a national search for the position of Senior Vice Provost/Dean of Students. Victoria Dutcher, VP for Enrollment Management, is in the process of completing a search for a new Director of Institutional Research and Assessment. The office of IR&A now reports to VP Dutcher.

As a public flagship, we also take seriously our mission to partner effectively with the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH). We successfully hosted a STEM summit in April 2014 and a Humanities summit in April 2015. Plans are underway to host a Fine Arts Summit with CCSNH during this academic year.  The goal of all these efforts is to ensure a seamless transition for community college students into UNH, enabling them to graduate in two years with a baccalaureate degree after completing their associate’s degree at CCSNH.

Earlier this summer we shared the findings and recommendations of an external review of our efforts to prepare students for success after graduation. If you missed an opportunity to read the findings I encourage you to do so now: http://www.unh.edu/president/sites/unh.edu.president/files/UNH%20Curran%20Report%20on%20Careers%20%28Exec%20Summary%29.pdf.

We want the university to be a national leader in preparing our students for professional success in their lives after college, and President Huddleston and university leadership have made this a priority. We must do everything possible to ensure our students graduate and go on to have great jobs and great lives.

Over the summer the Professional Success Strategic Planning Task Force has been reviewing the recommendations and gathering information from across campus about what is currently done as well as reaching out to other institutions that are doing it well. In addition, the university will soon have findings from an extensive survey of our students and alumni conducted in cooperation with the Gallup Organization.

You will hear from me throughout the fall semester with updates on this topic. We all play a role in this important undertaking and your participation and feedback are critical to determining what recommendations we will implement. Sheila Curran will be discussing the salient recommendations contained in the report with the faculty senate in September. Please submit your ideas and feedback after you read the Curran report. Here is the link to the survey: https://unh.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_4MdKS4ctLDlXLfv

As you may know, in fall 2016, UNH will launch our year-long sesquicentennial celebration that will showcase UNH’s legacy of success, innovative research, impact and engagement. The UNH Sesquicentennial flyer, which we shared with you, lists many ways in which you can take part. At the same time we celebrate our 150th anniversary, we will launch our capital campaign, kicking off our two-year public phase, building upon record-breaking philanthropic support over the past several years.

In closing, I would like to thank you for the outstanding professional service you provide, and for your unwavering support to our students. I wish you a very productive academic year.

Best regards,

PT (Vasu) Vasudevan

   

Provost Office News

 

Acting Vice Provost/Dean of Students (VPDOS) for AY 2015-16  

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,Image of Ted Kirkpatrick

It is my pleasure to inform you that Professor Ted Kirkpatrick, currently Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts, has agreed to serve as Acting Vice Provost/Dean of Students (VPDOS) for the 2015-16 academic year while the search for a permanent replacement will open this fall. Ted will continue in his role as Associate Dean in COLA during this period.  As Acting VPDOS, Ted will have oversight and coordination responsibilities for Counseling, SHARPP, Health Services, Residential Life, and Community Standards.  The Assistant Dean of Students and the Chair of Behavioral Intervention Team will also report to him. I look forward to working with Dean Kirkpatrick during this academic year.

Best regards,

PT (Vasu) Vasudevan 


Tuesday, November 10, 2015 will follow Wednesday’s schedule

Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues,

You may recall that last spring the Faculty Senate, in consultation with Academic Affairs, approved the motion NOT to cancel classes on the Fall Break Day, and instead approved canceling classes on the Wednesday before the Thanksgiving break. Unfortunately, this combined with the fact that Veteran’s Day falls on a Wednesday this fall, has led to a discrepancy between the number of classes that are offered on TR and MW. 

In order to correct this oversight, and to ensure that we have the same number of TR and MW (28 each), we (after careful consultation with various constituents) have decided that Tuesday, November 10, 2015 will follow Wednesday’s schedule. 

Thank you,

Deborah Kinghorn – Chair, Faculty Senate

Andy Colby – Registrar

PT Vasudevan – Interim Provost and VP Academic Affairs

 


Interim Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs (SVPAA)

Dear colleagues,Image of Mary Rhiel, Interim Sr Vice Provost of Academic Affairs

It is my pleasure to inform you that Professor Mary Rhiel, currently a Faculty Fellow in COLA, has agreed to serve as Interim Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs (SVPAA). As Faculty Fellow, Mary is exposed to the full array of activities in the dean's office. As Interim Senior Vice Provost, Mary will have oversight and coordination responsibility for a wide range of academic curricula and policies, and for academic strategic initiatives, such as eUNH, and the development of the University of Choice initiative. In particular, she will oversee the undergraduate curriculum and university-wide programs including the Discovery Program, Honors Program, Writing Program, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research, the Fellowships Office, and ROTC. She will also oversee the University’s international initiatives, including the Center for International Education, the Office of International Students and Scholars, and the UNH- Navitas partnership.

Best regards,

PT (Vasu) Vasudevan 

 


Program Chair of the Dual Major in Sustainability (DMS) 

Dear Colleagues,Image of Stacy VanDeever, Program Chair of the Dual Major in Sustainability (DMS)

It is my pleasure to inform you that Professor Stacy VanDeveer, currently Chair of the Department of Political Science, has agreed to serve as Program Chair of the Dual Major in Sustainability (DMS). This is a three-year term. As Program Chair, Professor VanDeveer will chair the University Committee for the Dual Major in Sustainability (UCDMS); oversee curriculum design, approval and implementation; support the Teaching Fellow, and report to the Senior Vice Provost of Academic Affairs. In collaboration with the University Committee for the Dual Major, the Program Chair will work to establish the DMS as a viable and enticing dual major. I would like to thank the members of the search committee: Professors Paula Salvio, Kevin Gardner, Semra Aytur, Kimberly Babbitt and Lawrence Hamilton.

Best regards,

PT (Vasu) Vasudevan