Faculty and staff of the College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences (CHABSS) met yesterday to kick off the 2018 academic year with its All-College Meeting, also known as convocation. The meeting was designed to reunite the faculty and staff after the summer break and discuss the way ahead for CHABSS in the new academic year and beyond.
After one year of being Dean of the university’s largest college, Dr. Julia Johnson is undertaking the creation of CHABSS’ new strategic plan, which will provide the framework for the college’s priorities in shaping the education of its students. “In my role as Dean, there are a lot of wonkish tasks that I have to do, that I’m mandated to do. However, in terms of our identity, in terms of our direction and vision, I’m seeking the experience and input from our diverse faculty and staff to help me build CHABSS’ strategic plan to advance student success.”
The meeting’s guest speaker was Dr. Brenda Allen, Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Colorado, Denver. Her address was titled Cultivating Justice Through Planning, and it underscored the critical importance of obtaining input and feedback from the people who, ultimately, will be carrying out CHABSS’ strategic plan. “The use of the word cultivating is quite intentional because of what it says about what we’re trying to accomplish – that it’s worth it, that you believe that it can happen, that it takes patience and it takes resources,” Dr. Allen said.
In addition to discussing CHABSS’ identity, direction, and vision, Dean Johnson celebrated faculty, staff and student successes, introduced new faculty and staff, announced promotions, and she took questions.