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Five-Year Stewardship Review of Chancellor Kim Wilcox

March 7, 2018

Dear Senate Colleagues:

As promised at last week's Division Meeting, i am providing additional information regarding the Academic Senate Five-Year Stewardship Review of Chancellor Kim Wilcox.

This month, the UCR Division of the Academic Senate will nominate members for the Ad Hoc Review Committee and Chancellor Wilcox will prepare a report to the campus on major accomplishments, current state of the campus, and future aspirations.

In April, a 30-day comment period will open to all Senate members. During this period, members may submit their input to a secure email address that will be proctored by the UC Academic Senate Executive Office to ensure utmost confidentiality in the handling of review comments.

The full Review process will transpire between March and July. During this five-month process, (and in addition to the all-Senate member comment period) current and former Division Chairs will prepare a document with their collective appraisal; a select group of Senate members highly active in the Divisional Senate during the period of review (since August 2013) will provide input; and the Chair of the UC Academic Council will name the Ad Hoc Review Committee. In May and June, review materials will be compiled by the UC Academic Senate Executive Office for the Ad Hoc Review Committee which will meet and prepare its report. Finally, in July UC Senate leaders will certify the report and send it to UC Office of the President. The UC President will meet with the Ad Hoc Review Committee Chair and Academic Council Chair, UCR Division Chair, and UCR Chancellor.

I should clarify that, while this Review is facilitated by the UCR Division of the Academic Senate, the Systemwide UC Academic Senate controls its protocols and overall timeline.

Let me know if you have any questions.


Division Meeting - February 27, 2018

February 20, 2018

Dear Senate Colleagues:

Our Winter Senate Division Meeting will take place next week on Tuesday, February 27, from 2:10-4:00 pm in the Genomics Auditorium (Room 1102A). The seemingly mundane, but altogether vital Special Theme for this Division Meeting is "Facilities, Faculty, and the Future."

In collaboration with several departments and the Senate’s Committees on Faculty Welfare and Physical Resources Planning, i have invited a group of faculty members drawn from across the campus to offer brief reflections on the conditions of the UCR infrastructure (labs, classrooms, performance spaces, parking, etc.). I offer this Special Theme as a follow up to the UCR Senate’s Town Hall held on November 29, 2016 (Town hall link).

I am pleased that Provost Cindy Larive and UCR’s new Vice Provost of Planning and Budget, Gerry Bomotti, have told me that they welcome the discussions that will continue from this Special Theme. I look forward to seeing you there next week.

A printable version of the full Division Meeting agenda will be made available on the Senate website by Thursday this week. A reception with light refreshments will be held in the Genomics Auditorium lobby prior to the meeting.


Podcast on Shared Governance

February 5, 2018

Dear Senate Colleagues:

I’m writing to provide a link to a discussion of Shared Governance and the UCR Senate that is easily accessed on both the Senate website and the following link:

(Courtesy of Department of Statistics Faculty Welfare Podcast, January 21, 2018)

I had the pleasure of sitting with Profs. Dan Jeske and Esra Kurum from the Department of Statistics to take part in their inaugural podcast on January 28, 2018. Their expert editing and thoughtful questions resulted in an engaging conversation that may offer some useful historical background and institution context for our ongoing work as UCR Senate members. I hope you will excuse the indulgence of sending you a link to a podcast in which i am the invited guest, but a number of colleagues have told me that its contents help to illuminate a number of questions and issues that are shared by many on the campus.

Thanks as always, and you will be hearing from the Senate in the coming days about the Chancellor’s Stewardship Review.


Independent Fact-Finding Review

December 5, 2017

Dear Senate Colleagues:

The following link provides access to the Independent Fact-Finding Review for the Board of Regents of the University of California. The Review provides information “regarding allegations that the University of California Office of the President had interfered with campus responses to surveys distributed by the State Auditor in connection with Audit 2016-130.”

Independent Fact-Finding Review (Moreno)


Riverside Division Meetings

The following meetings will be held at 2:10pm in Genomics Auditorium, Room 1102A:

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