Departmental Communication

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to foster a strong sense of communication among faculty members within the Department.  I am going to be rolling out a number of initiatives for doing so over the coming months.  These will include:

  • A revamped Departmental Website, with a special faculty-only section, to  include links to Departmental news, events, and policies;
  • An online system of faculty dossiers, which will enable faculty to access the full dossiers of faculty actions from your desktops;
  • A Departmental strategic retreat in the fall; and
  • A Departmental blog.

I would like to use these new media to foster Departmental information-sharing and an exchange of views that may not be feasible or optimal in the confines of a traditional faculty meeting.  My hope is that doing so will free up faculty meetings for substantive discussions of some of the challenges we will be facing in this daunting fiscal environment, while at the same time preserving open communication.

Please feel free to add  your comments to this blog post, or to any other post.

If you would like to make an announcement to the whole Department, consider e-mailing me about it, and I can do a blog post.  The main advantages of a blog over simply e-mailing everyone are that:

  1. The blog is always on the web and easy to find.
  2. People can comment on the blog posts, generating a sense of interactive communication.
  3. When there is a particular issue that is generating a lot of comment, you chose how much (if indeed any) time you want to spend on it.

These initiatives are all experiments, so feel free to comment at any time.


2 Responses to “Departmental Communication”

  1. 1 Jerry Kominski July 14, 2009 at 5:37 am


    This is a great idea; thanks for implementing this and for proposing to streamline communication via the internet. Glad we’re entering the 21st century!


  2. 2 Leah Vriesman July 27, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Yeah! I know loads about the website development from 18 months ago, the location of the code, the programmer we used for cheap, etc… let me know how I can help.


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