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Dr. John Bardo's Presidential Update: April

Dear Shockers:

Provost Tony Vizzini and I have been having some wonderfully informative discussions with faculty and staff members at the Town Hall Innovation Discussions that began March 31 and will continue into May.

Our topics, selected by the deans, have already ranged widely, featuring discussions of innovative approaches to design, teaching, community engagement, human performance, sustainability and social inequality.

In each case, the greatest value has been found in bringing together people from across campus that don’t often get a chance to engage with one another in serious discussion.

Yes, it’s that collision thing I like to talk about. When smart, dedicated professionals get together outside the channels of their usual disciplines, intellectual engagement ensues.

I don’t want to pre-judge the value of the complete series, but here is some of what has been widely discussed:

  • Individuals and their constituent senates have tremendous power to drive change on campus; leadership doesn’t require an executive title.
  • These discussions are a catalytic stage in the journey towards innovation. They will inform and help shape the next stage of the university’s strategy.
  • Those who participate in these sessions are strengthening their campus networks and developing shared vocabulary and experiences that will serve them well for the innovation work to come.

More than 110 faculty and staff have participated in the first six town halls. If you haven’t attended, I encourage you to do so. The complete list and signup can be found here,

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