UC Riverside Academic Senate

Distinguished Campus Service

 2013-14 Distinguished Campus Service Award: Harry Green

Harry W. Green

Harry W. Green
Distinguished Professor of the Graduate Division
Earth Sciences

The Committee is pleased to nominate Distinguished Professor of the Graduate Division Harry Green from the Department of Earth Sciences as a recipient of the Distinguished Campus Service Award for the academic year 2013-2014. Since he arrived at the University in 1992, Professor Green has been an active member and enthusiastic champion of the Academic Senate and the campus community. He has served the campus with distinction in several senior administrative positions, including as Vice Chancellor for Research between 1995 and 2000; however in selecting Professor Green for this award, the committee focused on his continued dedication to campus service both before, and after, this role. Between leaving his position as Vice Chancellor and retiring from full-time teaching in 2010, Professor Green served on numerous Academic Senate, departmental and joint Senate and administrative committees, including serving as Chair of the Committee on Educational Policy (2003-2005) and the Faculty Research Lecturer Committee (2004-2005), and was the founding Chair of the Committee of Distinguished Campus Service (2005-2007). He has also served as a member on the Committee on Academic Personnel (2006-2010) and the Executive Vice Chancellor/Provost Search Advisory Committee (2004). As an active member of the Department of Earth Sciences, Professor Green served as Vice Chair of the Department and twice served as Acting Chair, in addition to participating in departmental search, budget and award committees. Since retiring in 2010 – a time when many faculty reduce campus service to concentrate on research – Professor Green has continued to serve the University through involvement on several systemwide committees, including as Vice Chair and then Chair of University Committee on Academic Personnel (UCAP) and as a member of the Academic Council and Academic Planning Council.

2013-14 Distinguished Campus Service Award: Umar Mohideen

Umar Mohideen

Umar Mohideen
Physics and Astronomy

The committee is pleased to nominate Professor Umar Mohideen from the Department of Physics and Astronomy as a recipient of the Distinguished Campus Service Award for the academic year 2013-2014. Professor Mohideen has performed significant service to the campus, most notably in his roles as graduate advisor for the Department of Physics and Astronomy and as a member of the Academic Senate’s Committee on Planning and Budget. Professor Mohideen is the current Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, having previously served as Vice Chair and on numerous policy, planning, program, teaching, colloquium, and recruitment committees. As Graduate Advisor for admissions between 2002 and 2004, Professor Mohideen increased the number of graduate students in the Department from 42 to 74 and in his subsequent term as Graduate Advisor for enrolled students, improved the retention rate from less than 50% to nearly 80%. As lead evaluator for enrolled students (2004-2008) and non-Chinese international applications (2008-present), he has evaluated up to half of all enrolled students and two-thirds of applications on an annual basis. At a Senate level, Professor Mohideen served on the Committee on Planning and Budget during the global recession and a time of major budget cuts. Through a detailed analysis of the whole campus budget, the Committee were able to identify the exact dollar amount in budget cuts that could be sustained without damaging the teaching mission of CHASS, CNAS and BCOE, limiting the eventual cuts. As Chair of the Committee in 2011-2012, Professor Mohideen led a further analysis of the whole campus budget and the Office of the President reimbursements for Organized Research Units, including the Agricultural Experimentation Station and the Cooperative Extension, discovering an $8m shortfall. He forcefully brought this to the attention of the Senate, Dean, EVC and the Chancellor, and UCR will likely be able to continue obtain this additional $8m in future years.

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