A friend of mine was recently shocked to find out that, as a university employee, I don’t get summer break. Few of us do and, while the scarce population of students on campus is palpable, a lot of work is done in the summer months.
In Ag Hall, a big focus has been on the implementation of the CALS Organizational Redesign and related activities. Dean VandenBosch will soon announce decisions on the faculty funding requests that were submitted by departments at the end of May. This will include 101 funding that is part of the new resource allocation model, as well as 101 funding that comes from the dean’s pool of funds.
Speaking of resources, the deans are currently reviewing the approach to the distribution of funds generated from summer sessions. It will be a topic at the upcoming department chairs’ retreat on August 15 and you can expect to hear more early this fall.
In May we told you about the upcoming departmental five-year planning process. We are working on the templates and measures and will release the final documents in September for departments to begin the planning process. Departments planning to form a collaborative should work together on their five-year plans.
Also in September, we will share a document that outlines specifics of collaborative characteristics and management, and a template for a memorandum of understanding that departments would use to outline shared activities.
In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to me with any process questions you may have. I’ll be on campus!
–Kara Luedtke, CALS Organizational Redesign project manager