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ENE Memo: January 21, 2013

From the Head: 1/21

Last Friday two documents were released that speak to the very essence of the academy: the Open Letter from President Daniels and the report of the Provost's Task Force on Promotion and Tenure. Both affirm the critical importance of collegiality as a core operational value at Purdue and the need to hold each other accountable in this regard.

The Task Force recommends "including collegiality expectations for all reviews of faculty. These expectations would be part of the guidelines provided to department heads/chairs or appropriate personnel for annual reviews, named and distinguished chairs, and awards, promotion and tenure reviews and any other reviews normally done for faculty ..... it is anticipated that they will have a positive effect in improving the social climate and collaborative environment."
While reminding us that "free and open debate" are "the wellspring of advancing knowledge and the rationale for academic freedom," President Daniels also observes "all must feel completely safe in speaking out." He continues, "One can hope for a climate of courtesy and civility, and 'speech' that attempts to silence or intimidate others must be confronted strongly."
Although these observations on collegiality and academic freedom are faculty-focused, they point to an underlying principle that is universal for any workplace. We should all expect to be treated with respect and courtesy, even when we disagree about an issue. This applies not only to faculty-faculty interactions but also faculty-staff, staff-staff and all our interactions with students; the Golden Rule never goes out of fashion.
"If you're feeling helpless, help someone." -  Aung San Suu Kyi

Calendar: 1/21


Spring 2013

Fall 2013

  • TBD:   ABET Site Visit (Mon + Tues; most likely in Oct or Nov)

News and Information: 1/21

Open Letter from President Daniels

The Open Letter from President Daniels to the Purdue community sets out a number of criteria by which he measures the success of a university – excellence, affordability, shared governance, engagement, open inquiry and common purpose.

Promotion and Tenure Task Force Report

The Provost's Task Force on Promotion and Tenure has released its report and is seeking feedback.

Information Skills Mentoring

Reminder that Amy Van Epps, our resident librarian, holds office hours for faculty, post-doctoral researchers and graduate students every Tuesday from 10 – 12noon in ARMS 1314. She can assist you to develop your knowledge and skills in all aspects of searching, finding, accessing, capturing, and managing your information needs. She can advise on computer-based tools such as EndNote. She is happy to help individuals with their unique needs or if your research group or a group of students want her to do a "mini-workshop" on a particular topic of general interest during these office hours, I am sure she would be only too willing to work with you to arrange this.

THANK YOU Amy for your time in providing this valuable service!

Data Management Workshop

The Libraries and OVPR are offering another Data Management Plan (DMP) workshop for campus, on Thursday January 31, from noon to 1 pm in Stewart Center, STEW 218C. This workshop will discuss background on data management plans, describe areas that are typically addressed in a DMP, identify resources and tools that can help developing DMPs, and demo the Purdue University Research Repository (PURR). There are many repositories to which data can be deposited—PURR is an institutional platform which supports collaboration, publishing, discovery, and preservation of data. Researchers (faculty, graduate students, etc.) working on a proposal who have questions about DMPs are especially encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Seminars on the Graduate Student Experience

Dr. Renetta Tull, Associate Vice-Provost for Graduate Student Development & Postdoctoral Affairs at the University of Maryland Baltimore County

The Art of Mentoring

  • Date: January 30, 2013
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. – Noon
  • Place: Dean’s Auditorium, Pfendler Hall
  • Target Audience: Faculty, Staff and Students

Are you done yet? Getting to Yes Discussing Challenges and Solutions of Graduate Degree Completion

  • Date: January 30, 2013
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Place: Dean’s Auditorium, Pfendler Hall
  • Target Audience: Graduate Students in STEM Disciplines

These events are co-sponsored by the Department of Youth Development and Agricultural Education and the Mentoring at Purdue (MAP) program which is funded by a grant of the U.S.D.A. Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Fields program. The purpose of MAP is to enhance the experiences of graduate students and faculty members in the College of Agriculture by fostering effective mentoring relationships.

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