I hope that the Thanksgiving holiday provided you with time for family gatherings, rest and relaxation. I am sure that the return from the holiday has seemed different for many of you because rather than starting a new quarter, you are in the final throes of the fall semester. With only two more weeks of classes and one week of finals, we will be at the end of the semester in a blink of an eye. I wish you well in these final weeks.
In my November (yes, I know it is December) update, you will read about a lot of activity that falls under the priority of faculty success. Much of this activity is due to the hard work of the ADVANCE team members led by Dr. Margaret Bailey. There is information about an upcoming grant program to help faculty develop their leadership and career aspirations, the appointment of Laurie Clayton as the ADVANCE program director, and more about our ongoing efforts to use the COACHE survey to improve our environment for faculty and staff. Because ADVANCE will continue to bring forward new programs that will bring positive change throughout the next five years, I am pleased to announce that I have appointed Margaret as a Senior Faculty Associate for ADVANCE. In this role, she will report to me, making ADVANCE an appropriate high priority for the campus and our work in Academic Affairs. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Bailey on her new appointment.
Jeremy Haefner, Ph.D.
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Rochester Institute of Technology