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  •  New Dean Appointed for the School of Law

    Thursday, Apr. 18, 2013
     
    Lisa Kloppenberg, former dean of the University of Dayton law school and an expert on mediation, dispute resolution, and reform of law-school education, will begin a five-year term as the new dean of the Santa Clara University School of Law on July 1, 2013.
     
    “Lisa Kloppenberg brings a wealth of experience and has a deep affinity to the distinctive values of our law school,” said Santa Clara University Provost Dennis Jacobs. “Having practiced law herself, she forges innovative approaches to legal education, champions the invaluable experience students gain in legal clinics and externships, and promotes rigorous academic scholarship to advance the legal profession.”
     
    For 10 years Kloppenberg served as dean of the law school at the University of Dayton, the largest private university in Ohio and one of the 10 largest Catholic universities in the country. As the first female law dean in Ohio, she helped oversee the law school’s evolution to a higher-profile, better-endowed program with a nationally recognized two-year accelerated degree option and a focus on professional preparation.  

    During her tenure, UD Law enhanced the diversity of its student body and faculty, improved faculty productivity, increased endowed scholarships by 34 percent, strengthened its program in law and technology, and added a LL.M. degree and a master’s degree for non-lawyers. She also oversaw the school’s renewed emphasis on its Catholic identity through enhanced community service and pro bono legal hours, as well as a “Lawyer as Problem Solver” program, which attracted recognition from the Carnegie Foundation.  
     
    Kloppenberg takes over from SCU’s current dean, Donald Polden, who is stepping down after his second successful five-year term ends this year. Polden will be a visiting legal scholar at the Center for Creative Leadership for a year before returning full-time to the classroom at Santa Clara University.
     
    At UD, Kloppenberg was known as a champion of curricular reform, implementing an accelerated five-semester law degree, the first in the nation, in 2005. She joined colleagues to successfully pursue co-curricular projects between the engineering, business, arts and sciences, and law schools, including hiring UD’s first jointly appointed faculty member in arts and sciences and law. She also helped develop conflict resolution trainings on campus.
     
    Programs implemented or strengthened while she was dean have won national acclaim: the legal writing program was ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report, and a curriculum that included a track in appropriate dispute resolution won an award for excellence from the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution. In 2007, UD Law was among only a handful of schools invited to examine how U.S. law schools prepare students for the profession and make recommendations for reform to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

    “I am incredibly excited about the opportunities at Santa Clara University School of Law,” said Kloppenberg. “I am impressed by the University’s Jesuit and justice-centered values; its deep connections with Silicon Valley and the world; and the amazing faculty, staff, alumni, and students I am honored to be joining.”

    Kloppenberg has published extensively in her field of dispute resolution, including authoring or co-authoring two books and dozens of articles and essays. Prior to assuming the deanship at Dayton in 2001, Kloppenberg had taught in the law school at the University of Oregon (1992–2001), practiced law at Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays and Handler in Washington, D.C., (1988–92), and clerked for the Honorable Dorothy Wright Nelson, a federal appellate judge (1987–88).   

    Kloppenberg has chaired or served on numerous national committees—many focused on legal curricular or professional-standards reform—of the American Bar Association, the Association of American Law Schools, and the Law School Admissions Council. She is a judge for the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution Annual Award.  

    She received her J.D. from the University of Southern California Law Center (now USC Gould School of Law) and her bachelor’s degree in English and journalism from USC, with an undergraduate honors diploma from the University of Kent (Canterbury, England).

    A native of southern California, Kloppenberg will move to the Bay Area with her husband Mark Zunich, a native of the East Bay who practices law. They have three children, Nick, Tim, and Kellen. She looks forward to pursuing her love of the outdoors and being closer to family and friends in California.
     
     
  •  Provost's Fall 2012 Welcome and Announcements

    Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2012

    Dear Colleagues,

    I hope that your summer has been both restful and productive and that you’re returning to the University with a renewed sense of engagement.  As I begin my second year as Provost at Santa Clara, I want to welcome you to the new academic year and share with you a few announcements.
     
    New Degree Program and Department
    At its spring quarter meeting in June 2012, the Board of Trustees approved the creation of a new degree – a Master of Science (MS) degree in BioEngineering – and a new academic department of BioEngineering. The approval followed many months of consultation and collaboration among representatives of the School of Engineering, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Academic Affairs Committee, and other groups.  The new degree and department will enhance the University’s ability to contribute an Ignatian perspective to the important and rapidly growing fields of bioengineering and biomedical science.
     
    Task Force on the Evaluation of Teaching Report
    The Task Force on the Evaluation of Teaching, chaired by Dennis Moberg, submitted its report, with seven significant recommendations, in June. The full report, with appendices, can be found on the Provost’s Web site at http://www.scu.edu/provost/office/committees/University-Taskforces.cfm . I have asked the Deans to initiate conversations within the College and the Schools about the recommendations of the Task Force. A forum will be held this fall for campus wide discussion of the recommendations. I also will be working with the University Coordinating Committee to enact one of the recommendations this fall: convening a committee or task force to explore ways the student evaluation instruments presently in use can be improved.
     
    Update on Recommendations from the Classroom Task Force
    New classrooms
    I’m pleased to report that the University has been able to make progress on several of the recommendations of the Task Force on Classrooms and Class Scheduling. One recommendation called for increasing the number of classrooms. Several new classrooms have been added during the recent period of construction: the new Graham Residence Hall has two new classrooms, each for 40 students; a classroom for 20 has been added to Varsi Hall; and several spaces previously unavailable as classrooms, including one in Kenna and one in Casa Italiana, have been transformed into classroom spaces.
     
    Collaborative learning classrooms
    With the assistance of funding from a Hewlett Foundation Endowment and the Office of the President, three of these new classrooms have been equipped for collaborative learning, with robust wireless access, moveable desks or tables, and swivel chairs. We plan to enhance additional classrooms with similar tables, chairs, and learning technologies over the next three years.
     
    2013 Change in Tuesday-Thursday undergraduate class schedules
    The Classroom Task Force recommended a change in the Tuesday-Thursday undergraduate class schedule. I asked the Academic Affairs Committee to consider this recommendation. After wide consultation and a University-wide survey, the Committee recommended, and I approved, a significant change that will be implemented in fall 2013:
     
    Tuesday/Thursday Undergraduate Class Schedule, beginning Fall 2013
    8:30 to 10:10
    10:20 to 12:00
    12:10 to 1:50
    2:00 to 3:40
    3:50 to 5:30
    5:40 to 7:20
    7:30 to 9:10
     
    Tuesday-Thursday undergraduate classes will begin at 8:30 a.m. instead of 8 a.m., and five minutes will be removed from each Tuesday-Thursday class period. Tuesday-Thursday classes will meet for a total of 200, instead of 210, minutes per week. There will be no change in the Monday-Wednesday-Friday class schedule: Monday-Wednesday-Friday classes will continue to meet for 195 minutes per week, with the class day beginning at 8 a.m.
     
    Our hope is that this class schedule will better meet the needs of both faculty and students without significantly impacting the schedules of graduate students with evening classes. We expect a significant increase in utilization of the first period of the day with the later periods of the day attracting similar utilization rates as seen in previous years. 
     
    Global Understanding and Engagement
    During the 2011-12 academic year, through a number of University-wide fora and small group discussions, the University community participated in visioning and planning for the strategic priority of global understanding and engagement. As a result of these fora, a set of recommendations for the future has been drafted and is currently under review by the Provost. One recommendation emerging from the fora was the integration of some of the programs supporting global education on campus. As a first step in this direction, the Global Engagement Office will open this month in a new location, the first floor of Varsi Hall, bringing together the offices of International Programs and International Student Services under the leadership of Susan Popko, Associate Provost for Global Engagement.
     
    Technology and Education
    The Faculty Collaborative for Teaching Innovation, ably co-chaired by Eileen Elrod and Chris Bachen, is a pilot program in support of excellence and innovation in teaching and learning in the Jesuit tradition. The Collaborative will create interdisciplinary communities of faculty who will explore and share promising and innovative teaching practices. Projects initiated by the Collaborative include a series of conversations with Apple, Inc., regarding ways to enhance student learning at Santa Clara through educational technologies; a pilot project exploring the use of mobile technologies to enhance student learning; and a partnership with JesuitNet to train a group of graduate faculty in Education, Pastoral Ministries, and the Jesuit School of Theology in developing online and hybrid courses that reflect the University’s Jesuit mission and identity. In addition, the Collaborative has launched an “Associates” program in which a team of faculty members will pursue the development of an electronic Web site for teaching resources and blogging; the use of electronic portfolios to support integrated learning; the development of content for mobile devices to deepen student learning in mathematics classes; and the exploration of best practices in online and hybrid teaching in a Jesuit context.
     
    Other projects involving technology include the online expansion of the Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI™) program of the Center for Science Technology and Society, a mentoring and training program for social entrepreneurs dedicated to solving major social problems related to poverty, hunger, and lack of power.
     
    Two Deans and the University Librarian Welcomed to Santa Clara
    Jesuit School of Theology
    Fr. Thomas Massaro, S.J., joined the Jesuit School of Theology as its dean on 7/2/12. He comes to Santa Clara with 15 years of experience as a teacher, scholar, and administrator in theological education at Boston College and the Weston School of Theology.  Fr. Massaro completed a Ph.D. at Emory University, a STL and MDiv at the Weston School of Theology, and a MA at Fordham University.
     
    A highly sought-after presenter, he writes on topics of Moral Theology, Catholic Social Teaching, and Welfare Reform. Fr. Massaro is an energetic leader with a deep commitment to the success of the global mission of the Society of Jesus to educate “men and women for others.”
     
    School of Education and Counseling Psychology
    Nicholas Ladany, a scholar and administrator in the fields of education and counseling, joined the School of Education and Counseling Psychology as dean on 8/6/12.   Most recently, he had been program director of Loyola Marymount University’s counseling program overseeing an expansion and enrichment of the curriculum and degree offerings. Prior to that, he was department chair at Lehigh University’s Department of Education and Human Services and a faculty member at Temple University and the University of Maryland.
     
    He is the author of five books, 27 book chapters, and 45 articles on the subject of providing professional supervision and training to mental-health professionals. He also has given more than 200 national and international presentations in areas such as multicultural competence, supervision effectiveness and the supervisory alliance. He holds a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University at Albany, State University of New York, and a B.S. in psychology from the University of Maryland.
     
    University Librarian
    Jennifer Nutefall began her tenure at Santa Clara on 8/20/12, after spending three weeks representing SCU at UCLA’s prestigious Senior Fellows program for librarians of exceptional potential. Prior to coming to Santa Clara, she served as an associate university librarian at Oregon State University in Corvallis. She also spent several years at George Washington University and Catholic University in Washington, DC, and SUNY Brockport. She began her career as project manager at the Rochester Regional Library Council in New York.
     
    Her resume includes a number of publications, scholarly presentations, and professional workshops. She is a member of the American Library Association, where she serves as a mentor in the organization’s Leadership Mentoring Program, and a member of the Association of College and Research Libraries.
     
    She holds a BS in newspaper journalism from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications, a MLS from Syracuse University, and a MA in Education and Human Development from George Washington University.
     
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    I want to thank all those who participated in the search committees, task forces, global visioning fora, and proposal design processes for these important initiatives, as well as those who responded to surveys and requests for consultation.  As a community you have helped strengthen various University structures and processes. I am grateful for your contributions.
     
    I look forward to continuing to work with you during this academic year.
     
    Dennis Jacobs
    Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs
     
     
  •  New Dean Appointed for the School of Education and Counseling Psychology

    Monday, Jul. 16, 2012

    Nicholas Ladany, a scholar and administrator in the fields of education and counseling, will become the new dean of the School of Education and Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University, said Santa Clara University Provost Dennis Jacobs.

    “We are greatly looking forward to welcoming Dr. Ladany to lead the school of education and counseling psychology,” said SCU Provost Dennis Jacobs. “His superb record of scholarship, teaching and service and his experience building innovative academic programs will be a perfect fit for Santa Clara University and its strategic plan.”

    Ladany will start his position on August 6, 2012. Ladany is currently program director of Loyola Marymount University’s counseling program, where he has overseen an expansion and enrichment of the curriculum and degree offerings for the program’s 200 students and 15 member full-time and part-time faculty. Before that he was department chair at Lehigh University’s Department of Education and Human Services, where he coordinated 30 faculty teaching 800 students in six academic programs.

    Ladany is the author of 5 books, 27 book chapters, and 45 articles on the subject of providing professional supervision and training to mental-health professionals. He has also given more than 200 national and international presentations in areas such as multicultural competence, supervision effectiveness and the supervisory alliance.

    “I am very eager to start my work as dean of Santa Clara University’s School of Education and Counseling Psychology,” said Dr. Ladany. “I look forward to working with the faculty and staff to uphold and advance the school’s Jesuit mission of leadership, excellence, and diversity.”

    Dr. Ladany holds a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University at Albany, State University of New York and a B.S. in psychology from the University of Maryland. Prior to his current post at LMU, he held a series of faculty and administrative positions at Lehigh University. He has also served as a faculty member at Temple University and the University of Maryland.

    He is a member of the American Educational Research Association; the American Counseling Association; the American Psychological Association; the Society for Psychotherapy Research; and Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education.

    Ladany, and his wife, Randa El Jurdi, have three children: Nisrine, Mona, and Farah.

  •  Task Force on the Evaluation of Teaching

    Tuesday, Jun. 5, 2012

    In fall 2011, in consultation with the University Coordinating Committee, Provost Jacobs convened a Task Force on the Evaluation of Teaching. The Task Force was asked to recommend a flexible set of guidelines for evaluating effective teaching at Santa Clara University. The charge to the Task Force specified that the guidelines would describe successful practices for collecting and analyzing evidence in support of a balanced assessment of a faculty member’s contributions to teaching and learning. 

    Dennis Moberg, Professor of Management, chaired the Task Force. Other members included Eileen Elrod, English and Women’s and Gender Studies; Shoba Krishnan, Electrical Engineering; Lawrence Nelson, Philosophy; Laurie Poe, Mathematics and Computer Science; and Bradley Joondeph, Law.
       
    The Task Force submitted its report and recommendations in June 2012. The full report, with appendices, can be found at http://www.scu.edu/provost/office/committees/University-Taskforces.cfm (Novell logon and password are required).
     
    Provost Jacobs thanks members of the Task Force for their fine work, thoughtful analysis and recommendations.
  •  New Dean Appointed for the Jesuit School of Theology

    Tuesday, Jun. 5, 2012

    Fr. Thomas Massaro, S.J., has been appointed Dean of the Jesuit School of Theology. His term will begin July 2, 2012.

    He comes to Santa Clara with 15 years of experience as a teacher, scholar, and administrator in theological education at Boston College and the Weston School of Theology. Fr. Massaro completed a Ph.D. at Emory University, a STL and MDiv at the Weston School of Theology, and a MA at Fordham University.

    A highly sought-after presenter, he writes on topics of Moral Theology, Catholic Social Teaching, and Welfare Reform. Fr. Massaro is an energetic leader with a deep commitment to the success of the global mission of the Society of Jesus to educate “men and women for others.”

  •  Board of Trustees Approves New Degree Program and Department

    Tuesday, Jun. 5, 2012

    At its meeting on 6/1/12, the Board of Trustees approved the creation of a new degree, a Master of Science (MS) degree in BioEngineering, and an academic department of BioEngineering.

    The Board acted on the recommendation of the University's Academic Affairs Committee which recommended that the MS degree become effective for the cohort entering the University in summer/fall 2012. Provost Jacobs thanks Yuling Yan for her work in developing an excellent proposal for the new degree. For their careful review of the proposal the Provost also thanks the Dean's Offices in the School of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences, and the members of the Academic Affairs Committee: Phyllis Brown, Elsa Chen (chair), Steve Chiappari, Dave Feldman, Robert Henderschott, Pat Hoggard, Katrina Jaber (student representative), Diane Jonte-Pace, and Jeff Zorn.
  •  Board of Trustees Approves a New Degree Program and Faculty Handbook Revisions

    Friday, Feb. 24, 2012

     

    The Board of Trustees Approves a New Degree Program and Faculty Handbook Revisions
     
    I am pleased to announce that, at its meeting on February 10, 2012, the Board of Trustees approved (i) a set of clarifications and amendments to the Faculty Handbook that were recently endorsed by the faculty senate, and (ii) the creation of a new degree, a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in the Department of Education. 
     
    The Board acted on the recommendation of the University's Academic Affairs Committee which recommended that the MAT degree become effective for the cohort entering the University in summer/fall 2012. I would like to thank Pedro Hernandez-Ramos and Lisa Goldstein for their work in developing an excellent proposal for the new MAT degree.  For their careful review of the proposal I would also like to thank the Dean's Office in the School of Education and Counseling Psychology and the members of the Academic Affairs Committee: Phyllis Brown, Elsa Chen (chair), Steve Chiappari, Robert Henderschott, Pat Hoggard, Katrina Jaber (student representative), Diane Jonte-Pace, Gudrun Tabbert-Jones, and Jeff Zorn.
     
    The clarifications to the Faculty Handbook include:
     
    ·          Both courses and course-equivalents are included in determining terms of adjunct faculty on fixed-term appointments.
    ·          Department chairs write a contextual letter as part of the tenure and promotion process.
    ·          Non-reappointed non-tenure-track candidates will be informed, upon request, of reasons for denial of reappointment or promotion.
    ·          Retired faculty may be re-hired in adjunct appointments.
    ·          Approval process for faculty who wish to teach elsewhere is streamlined.
     
    The amendments to the Faculty Handbook include:
    ·          New Lecturers must complete at least one review cycle before applying for promotion to Senior Lecturer.
    ·          Academic year appointments must be at least 50% time.
    ·          Adjunct professors and research professors may, with approval of the Provost, be appointed for more than six academic years.
    ·          Senior Lecturers are eligible to apply for sabbatical after nine quarters of service.
    ·          A postdoctoral fellow appointment category was created.
    ·          Visiting Scholars and postdoctoral fellows are not eligible to participate in the defined contribution retirement plan.
     
    The revisions to the Faculty Handbook are effective immediately and will be incorporated within the coming weeks into the website  http://www.scu.edu/provost/policy/handbook/. For their work in drafting the Faculty Handbook revisions, I would like to thank the members of the Faculty Affairs Committee: Jeffrey Baerwald, S.J. (co-chair), Matthew Bell, Barbara Kelley, Suzanne Luttman, Kathleen Maxwell, Margaret Russell, Reynaud Serrette (co-chair), and Amy Shachter.
     
    Best wishes,
     
    Dennis
  •  Task Force on Class Scheduling and Classroom Utilization

    Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012

    Dear Colleagues:

    In spring 2011, the Interim Provost and the Faculty Senate President formed a Task Force on Class Scheduling and Classroom Utilization* to help the University understand better how many and what types of instructional spaces are needed to support student learning.  The Task Force was also asked to attend to how the scheduling of classes “impacts faculty’s ability to manage those tasks beyond teaching for which they are responsible.”

    The Task Force submitted its report and recommendations in December 2011.  As Faculty Senate President and Provost, we want to thank the members of the Task Force for their fine work. We are grateful for their thoughtful analysis and recommendations.

    The report has been posted at http://www.scu.edu/provost/office/committees/Task-Force-on-Classroom-Utilization.cfm, and faculty are invited to submit comments/suggestions anonymously through the website.

    The full report contains the following elements:

    • A summary report concluding with ten recommendations designed to enhance scheduling flexibility, improve classroom utilization, and foster better communication (p. 1-9).
    •  A proposal for a revision of the current guidelines for class scheduling (p. 11-15) and, for the purpose of comparison, the current (2009) guidelines for class scheduling (p. 16-19).
    • A report on the fall 2011 faculty survey focusing on possibilities for off-peak class scheduling (p. 20-37). This includes an analysis and a complete list of responses.
    • An analysis of utilization patterns for classrooms and other instructional spaces at Santa Clara (p. 38-41)
    • An analysis of the history and current patterns of scheduled classes and classrooms at Santa Clara (p. 42-51).
    • The original charge of the Task Force (p. 52-53).

    Members of the task force will discuss the report at the Faculty Senate Council meeting on February 8, 2012.  The report has already been discussed with the Planning Action Council among other groups.  Feedback from faculty and the Faculty Senate Council is of critical importance as we plan next steps.

    Sincerely,

    Dennis Jacobs        William Greenwalt      
    Provost                     Faculty Senate President


    *  Task Force members include the following: Glenn Appleby, Darren Atkinson, Charles Erekson, Diane Jonte-Pace, Kristin Kusanovich, Dale Larson, Jill Pellettieri, and Neal Ushman. Glenn Appleby served as Chair in spring 2011 and Jill Pellettieri served as Chair in Fall 2011.  The group was staffed by Monica Augustin and assisted by Suzanne Dancer. 

     

  •  Intrusion into SCU Student Grade Records

    Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011

    Colleagues:

     
    I would like to provide you with an update on the University's response to the discovery of a computer intrusion which resulted in a number of unauthorized grade changes.
     
    Following Santa Clara's announcement of the grade tampering incident on November 14, 2011, the university registrar has reached out to each and every faculty member, undergraduate student and former student whose grades were altered by the computer intrusion.  In addition to notifying the affected parties that one or more of their grades had been inappropriately changed, the registrar invited them to contact her immediately if they believed that any of the grade changes was indeed authorized.  The response from the registrar's inquiry confirmed that none of the grade changes in question was legitimate.  Consequently on December 9, 2011, the university registrar restored all inappropriately changed grades back to the original values submitted by the respective instructors.
     
    The University continues to cooperate fully with the FBI's ongoing investigation into the incident. 
     
    Warm wishes for a relaxing holiday,
     
    Dennis Jacobs
    Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
  •  Update on the Faculty Work-Life Advisory Committee

    Monday, Dec. 5, 2011

    Dear Colleagues:

    As the fall term draws to a close, I want to provide a brief update on the University’s efforts to promote career flexibility and work-life balance, and summarize the accomplishments associated with the Sloan Award for Faculty Career Flexibility. I want to thank all of those who supported this initiative, especially Don Dodson and the Faculty Work-life Advisory Committee, which played a critical role in the implementation of the award.
    We have much to celebrate. With support from the Sloan Award, the University:

     
    ·          Created programs and policies to encourage flexibility and balance, including competitive course releases for faculty research, non tenure-track faculty appointment policies, a tenure clock extension policy, a flexible course scheduling policy, and a modified duties policy
     
    ·          Developed better communication tools to showcase work-life resources, including a redesigned Faculty Development website, a Chair¹s Toolkit with information on career flexibility and work-life balance, and a Faculty Resources Brochure
     
    ·          Facilitated workshops with department chairs, academic administrators, and promotion and tenure committees to highlight the importance of career flexibility and work-life balance
     
    ·          Provided useful resources, including Care.com, work-life lunches and workshops, a work-life consultant, work-life coaching, and elder care coaching
     
    ·          Explored the need for additional work-life support through an analysis of faculty work-life balance by Laura Nichols (Sociology) and Kieran Sullivan (Psychology)

    Although the Sloan Award has reached its conclusion, the University will continue its efforts to promote work-life balance and career flexibility.

    We also need to celebrate the faculty who worked tirelessly to create an impressive array of policies, programs, and resources. My sincere thanks go to Linda Kamas (Economics), Jim Bennett (Religious Studies), Diane Dreher (English), Laura Ellingson (Communication), Pedro Hernández-Ramos (Education), Ed Maurer (Civil Engineering), Laura Nichols (Sociology), Chuck Powers (Sociology), Bill Prior (Philosophy), Kieran Sullivan (Psychology), Bill Sundstrom (Economics), and Eleanor Willemsen (Psychology).
     

    The Faculty Work-Life Advisory Committee has transitioned to an ad hoc committee of the Faculty Senate and is chaired by Eleanor Willemsen. This Committee will advise the Faculty Senate on work-life issues.  Eleanor will be communicating regularly with Eileen Razzari Elrod, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development, to ensure that the Provost’s Office continues to be informed of faculty work-life issues.
     
    I want to commend the entire University for promoting work-life balance and career flexibility in association with the Sloan Award and in other contexts. Should you have any suggestions or comments, please feel free to contact Eleanor, Eileen or me.


    With best wishes for a joyful holiday,


    Dennis Jacobs
    Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs