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Dean’s Welcome, Fall 2018

Davita Silfen Glasberg, professor of sociology and interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, on November 13, 2017. (Bri Diaz/UConn Photo)Dear Colleagues,

Welcome back to the start of another school year. I hope your summers were both productive and restful!

Before looking ahead, I want to highlight the accomplishments of our stellar faculty over the past year.

This year, the 770 members of our research and teaching faculty:

  • Published 103 books and 1,163 journal articles and conference proceedings;
  • Gave 1,940 talks;
  • Published more than 265 newspaper and magazine articles;
  • Received 137 new external research grants totaling $27 million, bringing the College’s total research profile to 635 active grants totaling $157 million;
  • Taught more than 371,339 credit hours, representing 70% of undergraduate and 24% of graduate credit hours at UConn.

It’s difficult to express how proud these numbers make me. Clearly, our College is the heartbeat of UConn. Thank you for all you do each and every day to keep UConn moving forward.

This year the College continued to be a vanguard of the University in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) awarded their inaugural awards this year, including Faculty Social Justice Award (to Jane Gordon, political science) and a community Diversity Award (to the CLAS Student Leadership Board). The CLAS DEI initiative also sponsored a College-wide poster session of research from nearly two dozen disciplines and interdisciplines. The College has also begun projects to improve mentoring and equity, including the development by departments of clear criteria and standards for promotion from associate professor to full professor, post-tenure mentoring programs that improve the pipeline of promotion, and equitable teaching load policies to balance our teaching and research missions.

It seems that each year we must face new fiscal challenges, and this year is no different. These challenges will require us to examine how we are organized and to search for efficiencies. To that end, we have consolidated administrative support between the Department of Sociology and Department of Philosophy, and between the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. We also consolidated many of the College’s administrative support units into the office of Shared Services, which you can read more about here. We will continue to look for ways to achieve greater efficiency in order to maximize our resources in support of research and teaching. We anticipate another challenging year ahead, and we will need to be creative in our solutions. But I am confident that the faculty will continue to be highly productive, superior scholars, and that the teaching commitment of the College will remain strong.

I wish you the best of luck in your teaching and your scholarship this semester. Welcome back!

Sincerely,

Davita

Davita Silfen Glasberg
Interim Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Professor, Department of Sociology


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