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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)


Senate Update

November 20, 2017

Dear Senate Colleagues:

The link below provides access to the white paper circulated by Provost Larive, titled "Cluster Hiring Initiative: Status and Future Plans." Please take some time to read this important document, which is intended as a point of departure for ongoing discussions on the Cluster Hiring model.

Cluster Hiring Initiative: Status and Future Plans


Senate Chair on DACA withdrawal

September 6, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

By abolishing the already minimal protections of DACA, President Donald Trump’s administration is creating acute vulnerabilities for many students and staff at the UCR campus. Friends, extended family, and loved ones beyond the university are questioning whether they will be subjected to new rounds of police profiling and/or forced deportation. The rhetoric surrounding yesterday’s executive decision is reiterating classical racist and misogynist notions of people (and not merely undocumented migrants) hailing from Mexico, Central America, and the Afro-Caribbean.

While in some ways, this is an unsurprising development given the history and current trajectory of US government, i am writing to encourage all of us to stand against this intensified, official repression and criminalization of targeted populations, on the UCR campus and beyond. I have no doubt that there will be numerous opportunities for us to utilize our expertise, courage, and collective energy to speak to the historical record during this critical moment.


Results of Spring 2017 Faculty Surveys

August 25, 2017

Dear UCR Senate Colleagues,

I hope you're enjoying the late summer months!

I am pleased to announce the publication of the results of the Spring 2017 Cluster Hiring Survey and Survey of Recently Hired Faculty. The link below will provide access to the full document, which includes a Chair’s overview of the survey comments and a visual representation of the distribution of responses to each of the evaluative questions.

2017 Survey Summary

I look forward to seeing you all soon.


Senate Update

June 29, 2017

Dear Senate Colleagues,

I'm sharing the system-wide Academic Council's concerns about the State Assembly Budget bill that proposes direct allocation of state funds to UCOP and withholds funding from the University. Also, i expect to post the summaries of the 2016/2017 Cluster Hiring Survey and the Survey of 2013-2016 UCR Faculty Hires in the coming weeks.

Have a safe summer.


Riverside Division Meetings

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

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