Letters from the Deans
Message from Associate Dean Jeff Franklin
LEARNING ENHANCEMENT TASKFORCE LAUNCHED
One of the newly launched taskforces that Dan Howard announced in the last Deans' Notes is the Learning Enhancement Taskforce, and he has asked me to serve as the ex-officio member and chair. I am both very excited about and humbled (not to say intimidated) by the scope of the charge, the breadth of which is a sign of Dan's willingness to think big and to trust the faculty to take on large issues and recommend significant changes.
The taskforce is starting from questions such as these: What do we most want our students to learn? What should a liberal arts and sciences education do to prepare students for life, citizenship, and work in an increasingly global, diverse, and technology-driven society? In a rapidly changing world where capabilities and dispositions will have longer currency than content knowledge, how might a liberal education better provide what 21st-century students need? What should the general-education Core requirements be for those students? How might Core and major requirements be integrated to even better deliver that learning? What curricula and teaching methods do the answers to the preceding questions recommend?
Given this breadth of topics, the taskforce is expected to meet over the course of two years, reporting findings and recommendations in fall 2013. The first two orders of business are self-education and prioritizing issues and tasks. We will not entirely reinvent the wheel; rather, we are learning from studies published from universities that already have gone through this process and made changes. If you would like to peruse the taskforce's "Reading List in Progress," click here. I am glad to send electronic copies to any and all.
The taskforce consists of the following brave volunteers, in addition to myself: Mark Anderson (Chemistry), Mitch Handelsman (Psychology), Marjorie Levine-Clark (History), Mary Lovit (staff ), Lucy McGuffey (Political Science), Diana Tomback (Biology), Brian Page (Geography/ES), and Margaret Woohull (Masters of Humanities). The college is deeply grateful for their willingness to roll up their sleeves yet again.
We invite you to join with us in this conversation about the future CLAS. Stop us in the halls and ask us what we're up to. We understand that significant changes should come out of consensus on shared goals. So, we also will be coming to you, with regular updates and, eventually, in meetings for consultation with faculty, staff, and students.
With all best wishes,
Call for Nominations: Faculty Elections
It is time for nominations of faculty to serve as members of Faculty Assembly and CLAS Committees for terms that will begin next academic year. It is important to the University and College to have CLAS faculty input into important decisions and policy changes. If you nominate someone else please make sure they agree to the nomination. Elections will be held after the nominations are complete. For a description of committees and information regarding vacancies, please see the attached document.
Please send in nominations to CLAS.firstname.lastname@example.org no later than March 15, 2012.
Call for Nominations: 2012 CLAS Outstanding Staff Award
An annual award within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the CLAS Outstanding Staff Award recognizes a single staff member who demonstrates outstanding leadership, ability, initiative and/or achievement. These contributions must provide a significant benefit specifically for CLAS at the downtown Denver campus. The recipient will receive a $500 cash award, presented by the Dean and the nominating employee(s) at the Dean's Reception this spring.
Eligibility: The competition is open to all permanent classified, exempt professional, PRA, Sr. PRA or Research Associate staff members currently employed by CLAS, both part-time and full-time. The individual must have been employed as a permanent staff member within the college for at least 12 consecutive months. Employees may not win the award in two consecutive years.
Nomination Process: Eligible employees must be nominated by a University employee using the CLAS Outstanding Staff Nomination Form. Nominations may be submitted either electronically or in hard copy to Laura Argys, Associate Dean, Campus Box 144, or Laura.Argys@ucdenver.edu.
The deadline for nominations is 5:00 PM on March 15, 2012.
Questions? Please call 303-556-3949 or e-mail Laura.Argys@ucdenver.edu.
GES Establishes Urban Farm Field Research Station
The Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences (GES) has entered into a CU Denver-sanctioned Memorandum of Understanding with the Five Fridges Farm at the Williams Wildlife Preserve in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Under the terms of this MOU, the Five Fridges Farm will be integrated into GES curriculum and research programs, and is now designated as a Field Research Station of the GES Department.
The Five Fridges Farm is an extremely unique 13-acre conservation easement in the middle of the Denver metropolitan area. It is also geographically varied with a stream, irrigation ditch, pond, natural habitat areas, and areas in agricultural production. The farm presents diverse educational and research opportunities covering a range of topics that are central to GES programs in Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, and Urban Studies. These topics include urban sustainability planning, urban agro-food systems, sustainable urban agricultural practice, resource and range management, soil and water conservation, micro-climate analysis, landscape restoration, GIS mapping, and environmental education and community engagement.
The MOU specifies that the GES department will be the sole point of contact between the Five Fridges Farm and the CU Denver academic community. All inquiries concerning the Five Fridges Farm should therefore be directed to Brian Page, Chair of GES and not to the farm owner and manager.
Emmett publishes in Chinese Magazine on teaching Tennessee Williams in China
The Chinese Glass Menagerie Caixin Magazine, Feb. 27
Students in Beijing relate very well to the American family drama of Tennessee Williams as they study The Glass Menagerie with communications instructor and internship initiative coordinator, Arielle Emmett.
Chemistry grad Piper received inaugural ACS GREET grant
ACS Fosters Global Networking Chemical and Engineering News, Mar. 5
Aundrea Piper graduated from CU Denver in spring 2011 with a degree in chemistry, and has since been participating in the American Chemical Society’s Global Research Experiences Exchanges & Training (GREET) program with Maria Wegner of Stockholm University. Piper will be featured in an upcoming issue of InChemistry, with a piece she wrote herself about her experience in the GREET program, and will be presenting a talk and a poster at the ACS annual meeting in San Diego at the end of the month.
Rees gives counterpoint arguments in article assessing marijuana's harmful effect on teens
Research shows adverse effects of marijuana on teens as drug use among students appears to be rising Education News, Feb. 22
Daniel Rees, an economics professor, is cited in this article refuting the conclusions of studies that blame increased risky behavior in teens as the effect of increased marijuana usage by that group. Rees's research has shown increased usage among young adult populations since medical legalization, but not among teens.
Walsh educates on under-recognized moments in Colorado history via theater
“People’s History” brings fresh look at state’s past to stage Denver Post Your Hub, Feb 28
Jim Walsh, history instructor and founder of the Romero Theater Troupe, comments on the performance of "A People’s History of Colorado," given on Saturday, March 3, to a sold-out crowd of over 350 people at the Denver Civic Theater. Proceeds from the performance went to Colorado Progressive Coalition (CPC), and you can read more about the play here.
Simon serves as advisor to UN Foundation and publishes on distributing low-smoke cookstoves
Gregory Simon, assistant professor in geography and environmental sciences, was selected to serve as Core Advisor to the United Nations Foundation Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. Simon recently presented on his work at a special United Nations Session in New York at the Association of American Geographers. His recently published paper in the journal Global Environmental Change examining challenges and opportunities for distributing efficient and low-smoke cookstoves in developing nations using carbon finance can be found here.
Student Life Events
Noelle McAfee: Protest and the Creation of Social Justice
Mon, Mar 12 11:00am - 1:00pm Tivoli MC Lounge
CU Denver welcomes Noelle McAfee to talk about the protest movements of the past year across the world; protesters have been calling attention to injustices. These calls are, McAfee argues, cosmopolitan addresses to others to performatively create more just societies. McAfee is a philosopher specializing in democratic theory and practice, transitional justice, feminist philosophy, contemporary European thought, and American pragmatism. Sponsored by CU Denver Philosophy Department and Office of Student Life.
12th Annual Spirituality and Wellness Fair
Safe Spring Break
March 14-15 10am -2:00 pm Tivoli Commons
Before you make a trek to spring break hotspots "Know Before You Go" and make some educated decisions before you pack your bags. Stop by information tables for free giveaways and information about planning a safe and fun Spring Break.
Spirit Thursday March Madness
Thursday, Mar 15 11:00am-3:00pm Tivoli Multicultural Lounge
Join us in between classes or for the whole day for the opening games of the NCAA men's basketball tournament! We'll have free food and the live games on the big screen! Wear your CU Denver gear to participate!
Thursday, Mar 15 11:00am-1:00pm Tivoli Atrium
This music series showcases local, national and student musicians. Occurring Thursdays throughout the semester in the Tivoli Food Court. Bring your lunch, and some friends, and enjoy the free entertainment! This event is sponsored by CCD Student Life, CU Denver Student Life and Metro State Student Activities.
Nudity and the Imperial Imagination
Monday, Mar 12 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm North Classroom 3210
Philippa Levine holds the Mary Helen Thompson Centennial Professorship in the Humanities and is co-director of the British Studies Program at the University of Texas, Austin. She has published widely on the British Empire and is particularly interested in intersections of race, gender, and sexuality in imperial contexts.
Sponsored by the Department of History and Women's and Gender Studies.
Ethnic Studies American Indian Speakers Series
Wednesday, Mar. 14 11:00am-12:15pm North Classroom 1511
Speaker: Montoya Whiteman, Arapahoe/Cheyenne First Nations Development Institute
For more information contact Jennifer L Williams at 303.315.3612.
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