Academic Newsletter 

  APRIL 2014     |      ISSUE: 11    UPDATE

Exploring Data Analytics


REMINDER: Data Analytics Program at Pacific Information Session to be held Thursday, April 17 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm. in the Presidents' Room, Anderson Hall


All Pacific faculty, deans and cabinet members are invited to join industry data science experts Ken Collier and Suman Bhattacharya to learn about the vision and plans for a M.S. in Analytics at Pacific. Ken is the Director of Advanced Analytics and Suman is a Lead Data Scientist with ThoughtWorks, the tech firm that is helping the University shape a competitive analytics degree program. This session is intended to help you understand the competitive landscape in analytics, Pacific's competitive advantages, the student demand, the graduate profile, and the vision for how the program will be delivered. This is an opportunity to have your questions answered and to gain some insight into the University's plans for being part of this exploding field.

Updates from Provost Pallavicini

 

Dear Members of the Academic Division,

UPDATE:

I would like to take a moment to update you all on the status of searches in our office, and some changes in leadership. Some positions are reconfigurations of existing vacant lines, others filling existing vacancies.All positions below are now officially posted.


The search for the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning is moving forward. The search committee has reviewed feedback and will be providing information to the Provost.
 

A number of searches are underway. The Vice Provost for Distributed Learning (VPDL) will collaborate with multiple constituencies to develop and implement plans to advance distributed learning and branch campus expansion and to oversee the development and implementation of a coordinated and distributed technology support system for all modes of instruction. The VPDL will work closely with other offices across the University to ensure students and faculty have exceptional services, regardless of their location. The VPDL will have oversight of the Center for Professional and Continuing Education and the Center for Teaching and Learning. The search committee is reviewing applications with the goal of inviting candidates to campus by late April. The job description is available here.

Vice Provost for Strategy and Educational Effectiveness (VPSEE). The vacated position of Director of Institutional Effectiveness has been reconfigured to better align with Pacific 2020. The VPSEE has primary responsibility for working closely with the Provost on immediate and long-term strategies to achieve priorities of the Academic Division and Pacific 2020, and for overseeing the systems and processes for evaluating program effectiveness. The job description can be found here.

Assistant Provost for Diversity. This 0.4-0.5 FTE/ 9-10 mo. position focuses on faculty diversity and support and replaces a full time position that had a much broader scope. This redefined position aligns with the recommendations in the June 2012 Report of the Strategic Task Force on Diversity and Inclusive Excellence, distributing many of the responsibilities between the Academic Division, Human Resources, and Student Life. This position will be an internal appointment. The job description is available here. Applications will be accepted through April 25 and interviews will be held between April 30-May 6 with an anticipated start of September 1, 2014.


Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs (VPAFA). This position will report directly to the Provost and will provide leadership in faculty development, tenure and promotions, academic research, academic policy, university-wide academic programs and student support systems. The VPAFA leads a team that includes an Assistant Provost for Student Academic Support and Retention, Assistant Provost for Diversity, Associate Provost for Graduate Studies, and Director of International Programs and Services. Internal applications are welcomed and encouraged. The job description is available here.


There will be a change in leadership in International Programs and Services (IPS). A sincere thanks to Ge-Yao Liu for his leadership in the office these past two years. The job description for Director of International Programs and Services is available here. The Study Abroad Advisor position is currently vacant with the departure of Koura Fabiny. This position will be reclassified as an Assistant Director position, and the search of this position will commence after the appointment of the new IPS Director.

 

At this time there will be no change in the structure of the Graduate Division. It is my pleasure to announce that Bhaskar Jasti has agreed to remain in the position of Dean and Associate Provost of Research and Graduate Studies. A task force will be put in place by Fall to review the current structure and operations, obtain input by all impacted constituencies, and by spring 2015 provide a set of recommendations for improvement.

Carol Brodie is leaving Office of Sponsored Programs effective April 15th.  She will continue to work with us on Research and Compliance until July 31st.  Please join me in wishing Carol well in her new position. Pacific is seeking candidates for Director of Research & Compliance position effective immediately. The position description can be viewed here.


Beginning July 1, 2014, the oversight of the Office of Undergraduate Research will be relocated to the Office of Research & Graduate Studies/ Sponsored Programs. This move will strengthen the support and delivery of the undergraduate research program and give the program a distinct physical location.


Thank you again for all that you contribute to make Pacific a vibrant academic environment.


Best wishes, 

 


Maria

 

Maria Pallavicini
Provost
Office of the Provost

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