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Appointment of Six New Data Science Faculty Fellows at Boston University

From Dr. Jean Morrison, University Provost and Chief Academic Officer

I am delighted to announce the appointment of six new Data Science Faculty Fellows through BU’s Data Science Initiative (DSI).

Launched in 2017, the Data Science Faculty Fellows program brings together uniquely talented faculty whose expertise transcends the field’s traditional boundaries of Computer Science, Statistics, and Electrical & Computer Engineering to enable fundamental advances across the entire academic landscape. Those chosen for this distinction are expected to play a leading role in steering the DSI, based out of the Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science and Engineering, and in helping to build on BU’s vision for research and education in this strategically important area.

Last year, we appointed our first three Data Science Faculty Fellows, Professor John Byers of the Department of Computer Science, Professor Ahmed Ghappour of the School of Law, and Professor Adam Smith of the Department of Computer Science. As with Professors Byers, Ghappour, and Smith, this year’s Fellows emerged from a rigorous selection process and represent a host of diverse disciplines. All have been cited for exceptional contributions to their areas of study and for the versatility, multidisciplinary scope, and tremendous potential of their research to yield new innovations and breakthroughs.

This year’s Data Science Faculty Fellows are:

  • Margrit Betke
    Professor of Computer Science, College of Arts & Sciences
    Professor Betke has been a member of BU’s Computer Science faculty since 2000 and co-leads the Image and Video Computing Research Group in her department and the AI Research Initiative at the Hariri Institute for Computing. Her current work applies machine learning and computer vision to such areas as medical imaging, interfaces for people with disabilities, assessing home-based physical therapy, quantifying political bias in the news, and analyzing online product availability and pricing in relation to world events. A senior member of the Association for Computing Machinery and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), she has published extensively in premier journals and is supported by several major grants from the National Science Foundation and Google. She holds a PhD and MS in electrical engineering and computer science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Christine Cheng
    Assistant Professor of Biology, College of Arts & Sciences
    A member of the BU faculty since 2016, Christine Cheng integrates cell and molecular biology with computational approaches to help identify new genetic links to diseases including diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, HIV infection, and opioid addiction. Her current projects are focused on massively-parallel single-cell transcriptomic and epigenetic profiling. She is a past recipient of the NIH’s Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Fellowship and has published numerous articles in top journals including Nature Communications, Science Signaling, and Cell Systems. She is a graduate of National Taiwan University and holds a PhD in bioinformatics and systems biology from University of California, San Diego and an MS in computer science from Stanford University.
  • Erik Kolaczyk
    Professor of Mathematics & Statistics, College of Arts & Sciences
    Eric Kolaczyk has been a member of the Mathematics & Statistics faculty since 1998 and is director of the department’s Program in Statistics. He is an internationally recognized leader in statistics at its interface with multi-scale and network analysis, whose applied work has had broad implications in areas including bioinformatics, computational neuroscience, computer network traffic analysis, and social work. The author of three books and dozens of widely cited journal articles, he is a senior member of IEEE and an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, the American Statistical Association, and the International Statistical Institute. He is a graduate of The University of Chicago and holds a PhD and MS in statistics from Stanford University.
  • Elaine Nsoesie
    Assistant Professor of Global Health, School of Public Health
    Elaine Nsoesie joined Boston University in fall 2018 and specializes in global health data science. Her previous research has centered on the modeling of infectious diseases, using statistical and computational approaches to better understand the spread of disease (including Ebola and Zika) and improve public health practice. She is currently focused on machine learning frameworks for monitoring foodborne illness reports using social media data and on quantifying and addressing bias in digital data used in public health research. She has published extensively in premier health, technology, and informatics journals and received significant grant support from NIH and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She is a graduate of University of Maryland College Park and holds a PhD in genetics, bioinformatics, and computational biology and an MS in statistics, both from Virginia Tech.
  • Francesco Orabona
    Assistant Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, College of Engineering
    Francesco Orabona joined the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering in 2018, where he leads the Optimization and Machine Learning Lab. His research bridges the mathematical foundations of learning theory and data science, with applications to scientific, societal, and real-world engineering problems. It has led to the development of autonomous online learning algorithms that require minimal human supervision – first-of-its-kind work that is now part of Microsoft’s Machine Learning toolkit. The author of more than 60 peer-reviewed articles, he is a graduate of University of Naples (Italy), where he additionally earned his MS in electrical engineering. He holds a PhD in electrical engineering from University of Genoa.
  • Yannis Paschalidis
    Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Systems Engineering
    Yannis Paschalidis has been a College of Engineering faculty member since 1996 and is director of the BU-based Center for Information and Systems Engineering. An internationally-recognized leader in systems and control, networks, decision theory, optimization, and operations research, he is currently developing predictive analytics with applications to a number of areas with significant impact on society, including computational biology, digital health, smart cities, and transportation systems. He is a fellow of IEEE, the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems, and has published extensively in top scientific and engineering journals. A graduate of National Technical University of Athens (Greece), he holds a PhD and MS in electrical engineering and computer science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Professors Betke, Cheng, Kolaczyk, Nsoesie, Orabona, and Paschalidis began their appointments this fall as Data Science Faculty Fellows. All bring enormous talent and potential through their unique interdisciplinary portfolios to advance BU’s data science capabilities, and we are excited for what the future holds for them and their research. We look forward to their contributions in the years ahead to further develop excellence and innovation in data science as part of our vibrant academic community.

Thank you for your assistance throughout this process in identifying and nominating the talented candidates we considered for these fellowships. Thanks are also due to DSI Chair, Hariri Institute Director, and William Fairfield Warren Professor Azer Bestavros for his continued leadership on this important initiative.

Appointment of Six New Data Science Faculty Fellows at Boston University – 11.27.18

Appointment of Dr. Jorge Delva as Director, Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health (CISWH)

From Dr. Jean Morrison, University Provost and Chief Academic Officer

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jorge Delva, Dean of the School of Social Work (SSW), as Director of the BU Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health (CISWH). Dr. Delva has led CISWH in an interim role since September 19, following former director Dr. Sally Bachman’s departure to become Dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice. As the new, permanent Director of the Center (in addition to his decanal duties at SSW), Dean Delva is the holder of the Paul Farmer Professorship. His appointment became effective November 6.

A national leader in his field, Dr. Delva was appointed Dean and Professor of Social Work in January 2018. His multi- and trans-disciplinary research seeks to reduce health disparities and improve the lives of low-income and racial and ethnic minority populations. His scholarship has made substantial contributions to advancing our understanding of psychosocial-cultural mechanisms associated with substance-using behaviors among racial and ethnic minority populations, as well as with populations in Latin America. Dr. Delva is an elected Fellow of the Society for Social Work Research and of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. He has received significant, continuous grant support from federal agencies and private foundations for his research, and he is a past Editor-in-Chief of Social Work, the flagship publication of the National Association of Social Work.

In the CISWH, Dr. Delva leads one of the nation’s premier interdisciplinary centers for social work and healthcare scholarship and practice. Since opening in 2017, the CISWH has worked to expand the impact of social work and social workers in healthcare delivery, public health, and global health – an effort targeted at reducing costs, improving outcomes, improving patient experience, promoting population health, and stimulating health equity nationally and globally. Overseen by the School of Social Work and working in partnership with public health, medicine, health economics, technology, and other relevant disciplines, the Center promotes social work leadership in health through inter-professional and trans-disciplinary collaboration. It accomplishes its mission through outcomes-oriented research, community partnerships, policy development, education, and training activities and through collaborations among BU faculty, particularly those in the Schools of Social Work and Public Health, and institutions nationally. 

Please join me in congratulating Dean Delva on his appointment to this additional leadership role as he works to advance the Center’s mission of finding innovative solutions that improve healthcare for vulnerable populations. 

Appointment of Dr. Jorge Delva as Director, Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health (CISWH) – 11.13.18

Announcement of the Search Advisory Committee for the Dean of the BU College of Arts & Sciences

From Dr. Jean Morrison, University Provost and Chief Academic Officer

As I described in my memo of September 10, the process of selecting the next Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences begins with constitution of the Search Advisory Committee. The BU Faculty Handbook specifies that: “the advisory committee shall consist of three faculty members elected by the faculty of the School for which a dean is to be selected, two faculty members elected by the Faculty Council from other Schools, and as many as three members designated by the provost.” In addition, the provost appoints the Chair of the committee.

I am pleased to announce that we have completed this step, and the membership of the Search Advisory Committee for the Dean of the Boston University College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) is listed at the end of this memo. I thank the CAS faculty and the University’s Faculty Council for their efforts to elect members to serve on this critical committee. I would also like to thank, in advance, the members of the Search Advisory Committee for their service, and give special acknowledgement to Professor Helen Tager-Flusberg, who has agreed to serve as Chair.

In the coming days I will charge the Committee and they will begin the work of consulting with constituencies throughout the College to learn more about the aspirations of the community for the next dean. At the same time, the committee will be actively engaged in building a deep and diverse pool of applicants with the demonstrated strengths and capacities to lead what is by far the largest academic unit on the Charles River campus. In the meantime, nominations of potential candidates are welcome at any time and may be submitted in confidence to casdeansearch@bu.edu. We will consider both internal and external candidates as we seek to identify the best person to lead the college that is, in many ways, at the heart of our academic mission.

The selection of a new dean is among the most important decisions we make. I look forward to working with the Search Advisory Committee to identify and recruit an outstanding faculty leader to serve as the next Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.

Search Advisory Committee for the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences

Chair:

Helen Tager-Flusberg, Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences; Director, Center for Autism Research Excellence, College of Arts & Sciences (elected by the College of Arts & Sciences)

Members:

David Carballo, Associate Professor of Archaeology, Anthropology, and Latin American Studies; Director, Archaeology Program, College of Arts & Sciences (elected by the College of Arts & Sciences)

Louis Chude-Sokei, Professor of English; George and Joyce Wein Chair in African American Studies; Director, African American Studies Program, College of Arts & Sciences (selected by the University Provost)

Swathi Kiran, Associate Dean for Research; Professor of Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College (elected by the Faculty Council) 

Susan Mizruchi, William Arrowsmith Professor in the Humanities; Director, Boston University Center for the Humanities, College of Arts & Sciences (elected by the College of Arts & Sciences)

Catherine O’Connor, Associate Dean for Doctoral Studies; Professor of Education & Linguistics, Wheelock College of Education & Human Development (selected by the University Provost)

Angela Onwuachi-Willig, Dean, School of Law (selected by the University Provost)

Matthew Parfitt, Associate Professor of Rhetoric, College of General Studies (elected by the Faculty Council)

Announcement of the Search Advisory Committee for the Dean of the BU College of Arts & Sciences – 11.13.18

Announcement of the Task Force on LGBTQIA+ Faculty and Staff

From Dr. Jean Morrison, University Provost and Chief Academic Officer
and Gary Nicksa, Senior Vice President, Operations

We write to announce the appointment of a new University-wide task force focused on improving the workplace experience of employees who are LGBTQIA+.

It is vital to Boston University’s impact and relevance as a global research institution and major regional employer that all of our faculty and staff enjoy a supportive work environment that is consistent with our stated principles of employees’ feeling valued and respected. To help accelerate our progress in this area, we are launching a Task Force on LGBTQIA+ Faculty and Staff – a multi-faceted effort that considers the current environment, as well as new approaches to programming, recruitment, retention, professional development and support, and network-building.

The Task Force will be charged with facilitating a set of University-wide discussions about how Boston University can become a more LGBTQIA+ inclusive community for faculty and staff and with developing recommendations to help us meet this objective. While this Task Force will focus its attention on faculty and staff, we encourage those interested in the student experience to work through Student Government and the Office of the Dean of Students to advance concerns and recommendations for changes. Where necessary, however, this Task Force can point to possible areas of overlap and/or opportunities for future exploration.

The charge to the Task Force will include the following:

  1. Gather information about effective practices from other major research universities that are also focused on improving the working environment for LGBTQIA+ faculty, including recruitment, retention, and, when and if appropriate, promotion. Likewise, gather information about effective practices from other major research universities and/or corporations that have successfully developed programs and interventions to improve the quality of life for LGBTQIA+ non-faculty staff members. In particular, the Task Force’s recommendations should be sensitive to the differences in rank and type of employee at the University to ensure that recommendations and strategies are as inclusive as possible.
  2. Suggest specific ways we can elevate the importance of and relationship between LGBTQIA+ and intersectional identities (race, nationality, religion, ability, etc.), and inclusiveness at Boston University, including recommending strategies to implement promising approaches toward enhancing our culture of holistic inclusiveness.
  3. Gather information about any current formal and informal activities at the University – both on the Charles River and Medical campuses-that are focused on LGBTQIA+ faculty and staff. Suggest ways to integrate or expand current activities that may be siloed and/or nascent.
  4. Suggest specific ways Boston University can create stronger ties with Boston-based and regional LGBTQIA+ groups and networks.
  5. Given the historical complexities regarding the collection and maintenance of identifying lists, gather information about effective intra-group and organization-wide communication practices at other large organizations. Additionally, suggest multi-faceted ways we can develop effective communication strategies with LGBTQIA+ faculty and staff that are sensitive to the limited use of University-wide communications.

We realize that the efforts of the Task Force will undertake are complex and will involve faculty and staff from across the entire University. We would like to thank, in advance, the members of the Task Force for their service and give special acknowledgment to Karen Warkentin, Professor of Biology and Professor of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies, and Judi Burgess, Director of Labor Relations, who have agreed to serve as co-chairs. Crystal Williams, Associate Provost for Diversity & Inclusion will provide administrative leadership from the Office of the Provost. More information on the Task Force and its work can be found on its new website:www.bu.edu/lgbtqiataskforce. You may additionally contact the co-chairs with any questions at lgbtqia@bu.edu.

It is our hope to have a set of interim recommendations from the Task Force by February 1, 2019, an update at the Faculty Assembly at its spring meeting in 2019, and a full report to the Provost and the Senior Vice President for Operations by May 2019. We look forward to working with the Task Force and want to thank you, as well, for your participation in this important effort and for your commitment to an inclusive community at Boston University.

Task Force on LGBTQ Faculty and Staff

Co-chairs:

Judi Burgess, Director of Labor Relations

Karen Warkentin, Professor of Biology and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies, College of Arts & Sciences

Members:

Willow Burke, Financial Analyst, Disability Services

Derek Howe, Vice President, Budget & Capital Planning

Terence Keane, Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology, School of Medicine

Steve Marois, Director of Faculty Actions, Office of the Provost

Merav Opher, Associate Professor of Astronomy, College of Arts & Sciences

Anthony Petro, Assistant Professor of Religion and Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies, College of Arts & Sciences

Michelle Porche, Clinical Associate Professor of Applied Human Development, Wheelock College of Education & Human Development

Stacy Ulrich, Director of Student Programs and Leadership, College of Arts & Sciences

Robert Volk, Associate Professor of Legal Writing; Director, Legal Writing and Appellate Advocacy Program, School of Law

Jacob Vukelich, IT Systems Administrator II, College of Arts & Sciences

William Waters, Associate Professor of German & Comparative Literature; Associate Director, Center for the Study of Europe, College of Arts & Sciences; Executive Director and Founder, Project GO-BU

Ann Zumwalt, Associate Professor of Anatomy & Neurobiology, School of Medicine

Announcement of the Task Force on LGBTQIA+ Faculty and Staff – 10.25.18

2018 University Lecture

From Dr. Jean Morrison, University Provost and Chief Academic Officer

You are cordially invited to the 2018 University Lecture on Wednesday, November 14, at 7 pm in the Tsai Performance Center. Established in 1950, the University Lecture each year spotlights the outstanding and thought-provoking research of a Boston University faculty member to the BU community and the general public. This year’s distinguished lecturer is Karen Warkentin, Professor of Biology and Professor of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences. I hope you will attend what promises to be an engaging lecture and that you will encourage others to take part in this extraordinary University-wide event. 

Diversity and Plasticity of Life:
A Biologist’s Journey from Embryo Self-Defense to Sexual Behavior

Karen Warkentin
Professor of Biology
and Professor of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
7 pm

Tsai Performance Center
685 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts

Admission is free. The public is welcome.

A reception will immediately follow the lecture. 
Kindly RSVP by Friday, November 2, 2018,
by clicking on the following link:
2018 University Lecture

For more information, please visit the event webpage.

Appointment of Laura Jenks as Chief of Staff to the University Provost

From Dr. Jean Morrison, University Provost and Chief Academic Officer

I am delighted to announce the successful completion of a national search and the appointment of Laura Jenks as Chief of Staff to the University Provost. Laura takes over this role from former Associate Provost for Strategic Initiatives and Chief of Staff Nicole Hawkes and officially begins her new duties today, October 15.

As Chief of Staff, Laura will provide oversight of the affairs and activities of the Provost’s Office and will report directly to the University Provost. She will support the programmatic efforts of the Office of the Provost by facilitating the flow of information and communications with the schools, colleges, and administrative units across the Unviersity, as well as with the Board of Trustees and the Board of Overseers. Key to this role is collaboration, and in addition to working with staff to manage the flow of issues and projects, she will work closely with Associate Provosts, Deans, and the Faculty Council to ensure that planning and initiatives are progressing effectively.

Laura brings exceptional academic, organizational, and project management experience to her new position. She arrives at BU from Opus Partners, an executive search firm in Philadelphia, PA, where she most recently served as Senior Associate, overseeing leadership searches for some of the nation’s premier universities. Previously, Laura was Chief of Staff to the Executive Vice Chancellor of Administration at Washington University in St. Louis, a fellow AAU institution.  In this role, she managed strategic communications and projects on behalf of the Executive Vice Chancellor, including a range of high-profile projects that spanned community partnerships, capital improvements, and risk management – among them the development of a new strategic plan for student housing and the creation of a staff ombuds office. She has additionally served as Charter Systems Manager for Democracy Prep Public Schools, overseeing operations, accountability, and compliance for three public charter schools in Camden, New Jersey.

Laura holds a BA in African and Afro-American Studies and Sociology from Brandeis University, and an MSW and MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, where she held distinction as a Charles F. Knight Scholar, awarded for highest academic achievement in the Olin Business School.

A common thread emerging in all of Laura’s roles has been an ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively with diverse constituencies, to prioritize and successfully manage multiple high-profile projects at the highest levels, and to develop forward-looking solutions to institutional challenges. It is a set of skills that we are confident will serve her very well as Chief of Staff and further the efforts in the Office of the Provost in advancing excellence at BU.

I am delighted that we have been successful in recruiting Laura Jenks to Boston University; please join me in welcoming her to the BU community.

Appointment of Laura Jenks as Chief of Staff to the University Provost – 10.15.18

NCAA Compliance

From Dr. Jean Morrison, University Provost and Chief Academic Officer
and Doug Sears, Vice President and Chief of Staff to the President

Boston University supports an intercollegiate athletics program competing within the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division 1 environment where our student-athletes strive for excellence in sportsmanship, scholarship, and service.  This affiliation confers a responsibility to followthe extensive rules and regulations of the NCAA.  As a member of the BU community, you may have interactions with prospective and enrolled student-athletes that could affect our compliance with these rules.

A brochure, entitled “Compliance Guide for Faculty, Staff, Alumni and Friends 2018-19” (which may be accessed online at the following link:  www.goterriers.com/playbytherules), provides basic information and guidance about NCAA rules in a format that highlights common problem areas. Although it does not cover all possible scenarios, it is a helpful primer on the most frequently asked questions.

Please take a moment to review this brochure and use it as a guide to helping the Department of Athletics remain in compliance with NCAA rules.  Should you have any questions or need advice regarding specific situations, please contact Director of Athletics Drew Marrochello at 617-353-4631 or bmkane@bu.edu.

Thank you for your assistance in this important matter.

NCAA Compliance – 10.12.18

Announcement of University-wide Strategic Planning Process; Appointment of Strategic Planning Task Force

From Dr. Jean Morrison, University Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Essential to the long-term growth and evolution of any major research university is a strategic plan that establishes a vision for the future and a set of measurable goals and objectives to help guide decisions on institutional investments and activities. As Boston University looks ahead to the next decade, we are developing such a vision – one that builds on the success of our previous 2007 strategic plan, Choosing to Be Great, and its 2014 update. The new vision will establish a set of commitments that align with our mission and values and clearly articulate our aspirations as a global research university.

I write today to announce the launch of this planning effort and the appointment of the Strategic Planning Task Force. The planning effort will begin with a series of forward-looking conversations that will provide numerous opportunities for all members of our community to engage and provide input into the development of a set of institutional priorities for Boston University over the next 10 years. Central to the success of this effort will be your voice, ideas, and critical insight for how BU can continue to grow and lead in a competitive, rapidly changing environment. In the weeks to come, you will be receiving communications inviting your participation through a variety of forums and listening sessions. Please be on the lookout for these announcements, and please plan to join us for at least one of these sessions.

Leading the strategic planning process, as President Brown shared in his April 25, 2018, letter to the University, will be a Task Force of faculty and staff from across the University. As University Provost and Chief Academic Officer, I will serve as Chair of the Strategic Planning Task Force, and I am pleased to announce an outstanding group of faculty and staff who will serve as members. The full Task Force membership is listed below. More information on the Task Force and its work over the current academic year can be found on the new Strategic Planning Task Force website.

Together with the input of the community, the BU Strategic Planning Task Force will be charged with developing a vision and set of actionable priorities for Boston University over the next decade. The charge to the Task Force includes the following:

  1. Work collaboratively and in consultation with faculty, students, and staff across the University to develop and create a set of institutional priorities that position BU to lead in a competitive, rapidly changing environment;
  2. Research and review the strategic planning documents and best practices of peer and peer-plus institutions that have recently completed this process;
  3. Gather ideas and input from the University’s stakeholders – faculty, students, staff, alumni, and other constituents;
  4. Drawing upon all of the information and data that are available, draft a report that lists a set of recommendations and actionable, attainable commitments for the University over the next 10 years.  The report should answer the three questions posed by President Brown in his April letter:
  • How should we educate Boston University students to live, succeed, and lead in this changing world?
  • What will Boston University’s role be—through our research, scholarship, and creative work—in shaping our society as demographic and technological changes occur?
  • How do we best organize the University to execute on the commitments that come from our answers to the first two questions and thereby optimize our value to our students and society?

It is my hope that the Task Force will complete its report by summer 2019. Once the Task Force report is complete, it will be circulated to the entire University community. We will then synthesize the key elements of the report and prepare – in alignment with a financial strategy for achieving the goals – a succinct set of priorities for ratification by the Board of Trustees.

I would like to thank, in advance, the members of the Task Force for their service. I likewise want to thank you for your active involvement and voice in this important conversation as we embark on this effort and work to guide Boston University to new levels of excellence. We look forward to being in touch with you and to seeing you at one of the upcoming listening sessions.

Boston University Strategic Planning Task Force

Chair:


Jean Morrison, University Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Members:


George Annas, William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor; Director, Center for Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights, School of Public Health

Evan Apfelbaum, Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, Questrom School of Business

Emelia Benjamin, Professor of Medicine and Associate Provost for Faculty Development, School of Medicine; Professor of Epidemiology, School of Public Health

Margrit Betke, Professor of Computer Science, College of Arts & Sciences; Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering

Thomas Bifano, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering; Director, BU Photonics Center, College of Engineering

John Connor, Associate Professor of Microbiology, School of Medicine

Daniel Dahlstrom, John R. Silber Professor of Philosophy, College of Arts & Sciences

Josée Dupuis, Professor and Chair of Biostatistics, School of Public Health

Roscoe Giles, Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, College of Engineering

Kimberly Howard, Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology, Wheelock College of Education & Human Development

Swathi Kiran, Professor of Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College

Kim McCall, Professor and Chair of Biology, College of Arts & Sciences

Patricia O’Brien, Associate Provost for Budget & Planning

Gary Sheffer, Sandra R. Frazier Professor of the Practice of Public Relations, College of Communication

Katharine Silbaugh, Professor of Law, School of Law

Andrew Soares, Associate Vice President, Internal Audit & Advisory Services

John White, Professor and Chair of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering

Harvey Young, Dean, College of Fine Arts

Staff:


Deidre Fisher, Project Manager, Strategic Initiatives, Office of the Provost

Announcement of University-wide Strategic Planning Process; Appointment of Strategic Planning Task Force – 10.9.18

Announcement of the Search Advisory Committee for the Dean of the BU College of Communication

From Dr. Jean Morrison, University Provost and Chief Academic Officer

As we begin the process of selecting the next Dean of the College of Communication, the first step is to constitute the Search Advisory Committee. The BU Faculty Handbook specifies that: “the advisory committee shall consist of three faculty members elected by the faculty of the School for which a dean is to be selected, two faculty members elected by the Faculty Council from other Schools, and as many as three members designated by the provost.” In addition, the provost appoints the Chair of the committee.

I am pleased to announce that we have completed this initial step, and the membership of the Search Advisory Committee for the Dean of the Boston University College of Communication (COM) is listed at the end of this memo. I thank the COM Faculty and the University’s Faculty Council for their efforts to elect members to serve on this critical committee. I would also like to thank, in advance, the members of the Search Advisory Committee for their service and give special acknowledgement to Professor Paul Schneider, who will serve as Chair.

The charge to the Search Advisory Committee and the process by which it should conduct its work is outlined in my memo of June 6. I will soon convene the Committee to provide them with further specifics of their charge, with the expectation that they will immediately begin the work of consulting with faculty and relevant stakeholders, soliciting nominations, recruiting outstanding candidates, and evaluating the qualifications and strengths of nominees and applicants. I will ask the Search Advisory Committee to forward the names of 3-5 qualified candidates to me by April 1, 2019, for final selection of the Dean by President Brown and approval by the Board of Trustees.

The selection of a new dean is among the most important decisions we make. I look forward to working with the Search Advisory Committee to identify and recruit an outstanding faculty leader to serve as the next Dean of the College of Communication.

Search Advisory Committee for the Dean of the College of Communication

Chair:

Paul Schneider, Professor of the Practice and Chair of Film & Television, College of Communication (elected by the College of Communication)

Members:

Jennifer Beard, Clinical Associate Professor of Global Health, School of Public Health (elected by the Faculty Council)

Tobe Berkovitz, Associate Professor of Advertising, College of Communication (elected by the College of Communication)

Margrit Betke, Professor of Computer Science, College of Arts & Sciences (elected by the Faculty Council)

Anne Donohue, Associate Professor of Journalism, College of Communication (elected by the College of Communication)

Natalie McKnight, Dean, College of General Studies (selected by the University Provost)

Martin Nisenholtz, Professor of Digital Communication, College of Communication (selected by the University Provost)

Rafael Ortega, Professor of Anesthesiology and Associate Dean for Diversity & Multicultural Affairs, School of Medicine (selected by the University Provost)

Announcement of the Search Advisory Committee for the Dean of the BU College of Communication – 10.3.18

University-wide Training on Sexual Misconduct

From Dr. Jean Morrison, University Provost and Chief Academic Officer

In February, I announced to the community through email, a website communication, and a BU Today article that Boston University would be moving to implement mandatory University-wide sexual misconduct training for all students, faculty, and staff. In the next few days, you will receive an e-mail from me through the Terrier eDevelopment Learning Management System (LMS) with your specific course assignments based upon your roles and responsibilities.

All faculty will take two courses: a very brief unit focused on sexual misconduct policies at BU; and either the EVERFI Supervisor Harassment & Discrimination Prevention course (for those who formally supervise others) or the EVERFI “Bridges” course, which focuses on faculty responsibilities when they become aware of incidents of sexual misconduct. The EVERFI courses were chosen for their strong, evidence-based focus on prevention, their incorporation of current Massachusetts and federal laws, and the wealth of information they provide for those wanting to explore these topics in greater detail.

You will need to complete both of your assigned courses by November 15, 2018. The courses are available through the Terrier eDevelopment Learning Management Platform (LMS). You can complete the courses over several sessions; your progress is saved in the system. We ask that you please use a laptop or desktop computer to access the courses, as they are not optimized for a phone or tablet. For more detailed instructions on how to access the LMS and find the trainings, and additional help and resources, please refer to an informational page on the BUCompliance Services website. You should receive two email completion notices from the LMS – a receipt for each course you complete. If you completed your assigned courses over the summer, you do not need to complete them again.

If you have any technical difficulties, please contact the IS&T Service Desk by sending an email to ithelp@bu.edu or calling 617-353-HELP (4357). Any questions about the content of the courses or the requirement should be directed to the Equal Opportunity Office at titleix@bu.edu.

Boston University is committed to ensuring a safe and respectful environment in which to work and study. These online trainings are an important part of this effort. By enhancing understanding of acceptable and unacceptable behavior and sharing information on policies, resources, and contacts, we are confident that future incidents can be prevented and that all members of our community can thrive in a campus setting free of sexual misconduct, including harassment. Thank you for taking the time to participate in these trainings and for your support of this initiative.

University-wide Training on Sexual Misconduct – 9.25.18