Strategic Plan

A Five-Year Plan for CLAS

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has embarked on a strategic planning process that will unfold over the 2019-2020 academic year. The plan will articulate what we are here to do, the values that are important as we do our work, and what we intend to become over the next five years. It will then identify specific objectives and strategies to get us there, as well as metrics for defining success.  Our plan will embrace the priorities of the UConn more broadly, including these highlighted by President Katsouleas:

  • Promoting a top quality liberal arts education
  • Advancing scholarship and increasing our research enterprise
  • Aligning our efforts with the economic needs of the State of Connecticut

The work will be organized across four committees, identified below. Each of the committees is chaired by a faculty member, and a CLAS liaison will provide logistical support. These working groups will seek input from a wide range of campus constituencies, so that additional diverse perspectives are heard and respected. Updates will be posted on this page, and a near-final version of the plan will be posted late in the spring semester for College-wide feedback.
 


I. Visioning

With input from faculty, staff, and students, this committee developed statements of mission, values, and vision for the College. These characteristics will inform how we do our work and provide overarching guidance for the remainder of the plan.

Completed: October 2019

Committee Members

Chair

Katharine Capshaw, Professor of English

Dean’s Office Liaison

Christine Buckley, Director of Communications

Members

Mohamad Alkadry, Professor and Head of Public Policy

Debanuj Dasgupta, Assistant Professor of Geography and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Holly Fitch, Professor of Psychological Sciences

Yasaman Homayouni, Ph.D. student, Physics

Alessanda Introvigne, Program Manager, Physics

Brendan Kane, Associate Professor of History

Steven Kim, Undergraduate Student, Molecular and Cell Biology and Linguistics/Philosophy Major

Kerry Marsh, Professor of Psychological Sciences, Hartford Campus

Joseph McAlhany, Assistant Professor of History

Mark McConnel, Administrative Coordinator in Economics

Nancy McMahon, Clinical Professor of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

Gustavo Nanclares, Professor and Head of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages

Shayla Nunnally, Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies

Mark Peczuh, Professor of Chemistry

Stephen Stifano, Assistant Professor in Residence of Communication

II. Data Collection

This committee will gather the quantitative and qualitative data needed to assess the current state of the College. The committee will also determine the gap that exists between where the College is now and our vision for the next five years.

Timeline: Mid-October 2019 - Mid-January 2020

Committee Members

Chair

Amy Gorin, Professor of Psychological Sciences and Director of InCHIP

Dean’s Office Liaison

Edith Barrett, Associate Dean

Members

Jorge Agüero, Associate Professor of Economics

Leighton Core, Assistant Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology

Amanda Denes, Associate Professor of Communication

Jennifer Dineen, Assistant Professor in Residence of Public Policy

Lisa Eaton, Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences

Debarchana Ghosh, Associate Professor of Geography

Ofer Harel, Associate Professor of Statistics

Michael Hren, Associate Professor of Geosciences

Alexander Jackson, Assistant Professor of Physiology and Neurobiology

Eleanor Ouimet, Assistant Professor in Residence of Anthropology

Heather Parker, Academic Advisor in History

Andrew Puckett, Associate Professor of Physics

Aaron Rosman, Administrative Assistant in Philosophy and Sociology

Daniel Schwartz, Associate Professor of Physiology and Neurobiology

Anji Seth, Professor of Geography

Lynne Tirrell, Associate Professor of Philosophy

Mark Urban, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Penny Vlahos, Associate Professor of Marine Sciences

Ryan Watson, Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences

Xiaodong Yan, Professor of Mathematics

Yashan Zhang, Assistant Professor in Residence, Hartford Campus

III. Planning

This group will generate College-level goals, objectives, and strategies, and identify metrics to evaluate success. General areas of focus will include, but are not limited to: Increasing the diversity of faculty and graduate students; enhancing interdisciplinary scholarship and education; and augmenting student success and experiential learning.

Timeline: Mid-January - Mid-March 2020

Committee Members

Chair

Samuel Martinez, Professor of Anthropology and Director of El Instituto

Dean’s Office Liaison

Cathy Schlund-Vials, Associate Dean

Lisa Park Boush, Associate Dean

Members

César Abadía-Barrero, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Human Rights

Leelakrishna Channa, Undergraduate Student, Molecular and Cell Biology and Individualized: Health Care and Society majors

Amanda Crawford, Assistant Professor of Journalism

Megan Delaney, Advisor in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Journalism

Allison Goldsnider, Director of Grants and Contracts

Fumiko Hoeft, Professor of Psychological Sciences and Director, Brain Imaging Research Center

Eva Lefkowitz, Professor and Head, Department of Human Development and Family Sciences

David McArdle, Assistant Professor in Residence of Mathematics

Alexus McLeod, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Asian and Asian American Studies

Bandana Purkayastha, Professor of Sociology

Lionel Shapiro, Associate Professor of Philosophy

Cindy Stewart, Administrative Assistant in Communication

Jennifer Terni, Associate Professor of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages

Anastasios Tzingounis, Professor of Physiology and Neurobiology

Eduardo Urios-Aparisi, Associate Professor of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages

Anna Ziering, Ph.D. student, English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Margaret Rubega, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

IV. Implementation

This group will provide specific recommendations to the College for details on how to enact the strategies and achieve the metrics identified by the Planning Committee. For example, they may consider specific aspects of resource distribution, changes in policy or practice, and incentive mechanisms to align rewards with our priorities.

Timeline: March - April 2020

Committee Members

Chair

Jon Gajewski, Associate Professor and Head of Linguistics

Dean’s Office Liaison

Andy Moiseff, Associate Dean

Members

Deborah Bolnick, Associate Professor of Anthropology

Thomas Bontly, Associate Professor of Philosophy

Eric Brunner, Professor of Public Policy

Shardé Davis, Assistant Professor of Communication

Miranda Davis, Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Niloy Dutta, Professor of Physics

Victoria Ford Smith, Associate Professor of English

Jon Gajewski, Associate Professor and Head of Linguistics

Sirrah Galligan, Program Manager in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Jose Gascon, Professor of Chemistry

Jane Gordon, Associate Professor of Political Science

Julie Granger, Associate Professor of Marine Sciences

Ken Lachlan, Professor and Head of Communication

Kane Lynch, Finance Director (ex officio)

Vicki Magley, Professor of Psychological Sciences

Mansour Ndiaye, Assistant Dean for Advising and Enrollment Oversight (ex officio)

Jeffrey Ogbar, Professor of History

Rebecca Puhl, Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences and Deputy Director, Rudd Center for Food Policy ad Obesity

John Redden, Assistant Professor in Residence of Physiology and Neurobiology

Natalia Smirnova, Assistant Professor in Residence of Economics, Stamford Campus

Damin Wu, Professor of Mathematics


Advisory Committee

An advisory committee will review updates with the Dean throughout the process to provide context and consistency with institutional culture, and to discuss potential points of synergy and collaboration across UConn. Led by Dean Juli Wade, this committee will consist of University partners and stakeholders from outside the College.

Committee Members

Alan Bennett '69 (CLAS), CLAS Dean's Advisory Board, UConn Foundation Board of Directors

Indrajeet Chaubey, Dean, College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources

Deborah Chyun, Dean, School of Nursing

Kent Holsinger, Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School

Kazem Kazerounian, Dean, School of Engineering

Radenka Maric, Vice President for Research

Scott Roberts, President, UConn Foundation

Annemarie Seifert, Director, Avery Point Campus