Students learn (and explore and work and travel); faculty teach (and research and mentor and collaborate). We help them succeed in both (and everything else).
The Office of Academic Affairs works on everything having to do with the classroom—and a lot that goes on outside of the classroom. That means we do everything from setting policies and figuring out what classes are offered, to helping faculty find funding for student research and continue to innovate in the classroom.
A lot of what we do takes place behind the scenes for most students, but that doesn’t mean we’re hidden or inaccessible: we’re here to help students succeed, and we—along with other offices on campus—are always available to meet with students.
The mission of academic affairs is to provide leadership and resources to support the intellectual and professional growth of students, faculty and staff. We facilitate curricular and co-curricular experiences that foster students’ intellectual development, moral awareness, and curiosity so they can effectively engage with a complex and ambiguous world.
To fulfill this mission, we develop and sustain a learning environment. These shared values allow us to model our commitment to education in all that we do:
Curiosity is approaching our work with the idea of not knowing it all; that there is always more to learn; that my perspective and world view are not shared by everyone. It is a sincere interest in dialogue and a desire to add to my knowledge and awareness. It is a willingness to learn from and teach others, and to seek out diverse opinions.
Trust is a fundamental assumption that each individual is always doing his or her best, based on his or her view of the world. There are two parts to trust: trusting the person’s ability to accomplish something, and trusting the person’s commitment as part of a team. Trust is our willingness to suspend judgement in the current moment; to believe the person is honest, capable, and reliable.
Confidence is having the courage, agency, and assurance to provide space for all to think independently, speak honestly, and take risks freely. It enables us to accept challenges, confront difficulty, and overcome obstacles in order to reach our potential both individually and collectively. As leaders we have the confidence to embrace new and innovative ideas in collaboration with others.
February 9th, 2017
Feb94:15pmPfahler Auditorium“The Uselessness of Liberal Education”
February 23rd, 2017
March 16th, 2017
Mar164:15pmPfahler Auditorium“Predation, competition, and ecologically-based management of agricultural insect pests”