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Issue: Winter 2010


  ISSUE: WINTER 2011  

Provost Hosts Planning Retreat for University Leaders

A group comprising more than 50 deans, vice presidents, alliance leaders, faculty and student government leaders met Nov. 10 for the third annual Provost's Strategic Planning Leadership Retreat. During the retreat, leaders spoke on a variety of topics, from the accreditation process and plans for improvement to budget reviews and an update on international affairs.

The highlight of the meeting was the sustainability session, during which the Sustainability Alliance's John Ruhl moderated presentations on energy, materials, environmental justice, ethics and the university's Climate Action Plan, followed by a question and answer session. The Climate Action Plan is a comprehensive plan that outlines actions and goals for Case Western Reserve University to become climate neutral; it will be finalized in 2011.

Also during the retreat, the provost discussed the draft of the Fiscal Year 2011 Action Agenda, which is the annual action plan for implementing the university's strategic plan. The agenda provides highlights of both continuing and new initiatives, including faculty grants and funding for strategic priorities. Send feedback on the agenda to Chris Ash, vice president for university planning.

For more information, view the agenda and slides from all retreat presentations online.



In This Issue



  Forward Progress is a quarterly newsletter from the Office of the Provost that keeps faculty, staff and students informed about implementation of the university's strategic plan. For more information or to offer feedback, visit the Office of Planning and Institutional Research's website.  




Making Strides


Grant Competition: Faculty members were invited to apply for Interdisciplinary Alliance Investment Grants, focused on small pilot projects of up to $50,000. Applicants each submitted a two-page concept document to the university's alliances. Each alliance can forward three proposals for the final competition. The alliance will review the concept papers and notify all applicants by Feb. 14. Those who are selected to prepare a full proposal must submit by March 31.

Social Justice: The first United Nations World Social Justice Day event will be held Feb. 25-26, spotlighting Case Western Reserve University alumna Jean Donovan's life and activism. Donovan worked as a missionary and was killed by a military death squad during the Salvadoran Civil War. Additionally, the event will highlight international human rights and social justice issues, with an emphasis on Central/Latin America. A screening of Roses in December, a documentary about Donovan's life, will be held on Feb. 25, followed by panel discussions on Feb. 26. Read more.

Budget System Review Committee (BSRC) Update: The Faculty Senate Budget Committee (FSBC), chaired by J.B. Silvers, professor of banking and finance, is implementing some of the recommendations of the Budget System Review Committee (BRSC). The FSBC will work with the provost to appoint an ad hoc budget group to move ahead on some of the top priorities of the BSRC. A plan for a permanent budget committee is expected to be in place by the end of the academic year. View the BSRC report online.


Faculty Development Council: A Faculty Development Council has been established to support goals of the strategic plan, which calls for recruiting outstanding individuals, recognizing and rewarding excellence and offering high-quality mentoring and career development opportunities. The following individuals will serve on the council, chaired by Deputy Provost Lynn Singer: Diana Bilimoria, Weatherhead School of Management; Cleve Gilmore, Mandel School of Applied Social Science; Alison Hall, School of Medicine; Mark Hans, School of Dental Medicine; Jacqueline Lipton, School of Law; Ica Manas-Zloczower, Case School of Engineering; Daniel Scherson, College of Arts and Sciences; and Patricia Underwood, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. The first meeting will be held in January.

Mentor Fellows Program: The first group of Mentor Fellows, sponsored by the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education, presented proposals Nov. 30 to the provost, deputy provost and dean of graduate studies. Each faculty team selected a project that would not only promote mentoring but also create an expanded awareness of the need for good mentoring in the university community. The proposals were: a Mentor-Mentee Socialization Fund, a Graduate Center for Professional Development, Dissertation Completion and Travel Awards and Recognizing and Rewarding Good Mentoring. Read more.



International Update: The Office of International Affairs' Jan. 25 planning retreat will feature two guests: Lester A. Gerhardt, engineering professor and associate vice president for research administration and finance from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Gilbert W. Merkx, vice provost for international affairs at Duke University. Additionally, the office is searching for a director (chief operating officer) and will be relocating—along with the Office of International Student Services—to Tomlinson Hall.

Global Health: James Kazura, professor of medicine, director of the Center for Global Health and Diseases and director of International Affairs in Health Sciences, received a seven-year, $7.4 million award to establish an International Center of Excellence for Malaria Research from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. John Johnson, professor of medicine and international health, is the lead investigator in a National Institute of Health-funded international clinical trials consortium for tuberculosis, which has received $19.7 million in funding for 10 years.

Academic Advising Update: Changes have been made to the Faculty Handbook to elevate the importance of advising in consideration for promotion and tenure, as well as for use in annual evaluations. Advising is now considered part of teaching, not service. In addition, each school—even those without undergraduate programs—must develop an advising plan to show how it incorporates advising into faculty evaluations.


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