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Faculty Affairs Update

Office of the ProvostApr 4, 2016

Greetings Colleagues,

Here are some faculty development events and other opportunities I'd like to share with you:   

"First Generation" Faculty Members Sought
Chris Goff, Assistant Provost for Diversity, and I and are looking for faculty members who were the first in their families to attend college as part of a new program to provide mentoring to first-generation students, and so that we also can provide professional development support to first-generation faculty members. If you are one of these faculty members and would like to be involved in this program, please fill out this web form. Please contact Chris Goff ( or me ( to learn more.

Pre-tenure Faculty Meeting with the Promotions and Tenure Committee
Thursday, April 21, 5:30 p.m. in the Regents Room. We will be meeting with representatives from the University Promotions and Tenure Committee. Look for an Outlook invitation in your email, or please RSVP to Erika Greet at 209.946.2551 or so that we can plan for lunch accordingly.  

Fulbright Update
Fulbright Ambassador Daris Hale, a professor in the School of Music at Texas State University visited Pacific on March 24 to share information about Fulbright opportunities. Two Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors, Claire Manneh (Public Health, Oman) and Hanna Miller (English Teaching Assistant, Russia), led workshops for faculty and for students on Tuesday, March 29. In addition to discussing the application process, they shared stories about their own experiences in-country. If you would like additional information about Fulbright opportunities, please contact Dr. Bill Herrin, Director of the School of International Studies (SIS) and University Fulbright Scholar Program Representative, at   

NCFDD Resources to Prepare for Summer
Although I'm sure you're really busy at this point in the semester, I encourage you to begin thinking about your goals for this summer. For some, summer is the time to recharge. Others will be teaching, and some will focus on research. Many will be doing some combination of all three.

Kerry Ann Rockquemore of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) is offering tips for a super-productive summer in a webinar this Wednesday, April 6, and participation in the NCFDD's 14-Day Writing Challenge starting April 11. Both are excellent tools as you begin to plan for summer. Kerry Ann's strategies may help you find that work-life balance as you look at your summer goals.

Faculty Compensation Task Force Update
The Faculty Compensation Task Force continues its work on what will be a three-semester process to develop a faculty compensation philosophy and implementation plan as recommended in Pacific's Academic Plan. The Task Force's charge is to develop a compensation philosophy that is tied to excellence in teaching and scholarship/creative endeavors, is competitive with our peers, is anchored in market information that is reliable and valid, and has a timeframe for implementation based on the agreed-upon framework.

Following a series of meetings this semester, the Task Force is developing a survey, to be published this month, to seek broad input from the faculty on compensation matters. The Task Force will use the survey results to inform its initial draft recommendations and will seek feedback from Shared Governance committees (including Faculty Compensation, Academic Council, and Institutional Priorities), Council of Deans and the Cabinet this fall. Look for information coming soon on this survey.  


Berit Gundersen
Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

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