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Weekly Messages to Faculty

Five Things to Prepare Faculty for the Week Ahead

Messages from the previous academic year are archived annually in August.

  • December 12, 2022

    This weekend was difficult for many on campus who grieve the loss of Troy A. Cullen, a junior who made a deep impact in his time at William & Mary. As we move forward into final exams and the holiday season, I encourage you as well as your students to reach out for any support needed, whether it be administrative, academic or related to one’s own well-being. Ginger Ambler will be sending additional information about memorial arrangements when available.

  • December 5, 2022

    During this really eventful time of year, a great highlight for me was hosting at William & Mary the first in-person meeting of the Virginia Provosts Group on Friday. We launched this group in early spring 2020 to connect the provosts of Virginia’s public universities and discuss topics of mutual interest. It was also wonderful to see so many of you as we cheered for our student-athletes this weekend. Congratulations to the football team for a tremendous win, as they advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA FCS playoffs.

  • November 28, 2022

    I hope you all enjoyed a happy and healthy Thanksgiving break in preparation for the last few weeks of the academic year and final exam period. With respect to a hectic day for many, I will get straight to the message.

  • November 15, 2022

    With a one-day delay as we paused to recognize the tragic events at UVA, here are this week’s Top 5 Things to Know.

  • November 7, 2022

    I want to thank the Faculty Affairs Committee for inviting me to a Q&A with faculty regarding the Computing, Data Science & Applied Science (CDS) Initiative on Nov. 10 at 3:30 p.m. in Tucker Hall 127A or by Zoom. All faculty are invited to this conversation so that we have the opportunity to hear a cross-section of ideas and perspectives. I also want to provide my thoughts on where we are in the process and answer questions. Please join me for a good discussion.

  • October 31, 2022

    It’s hard to believe we are already more than halfway through the fall semester. I’ve been grateful for the many opportunities to gather as a community, including this past Saturday’s football game where I had the pleasure of recognizing exceptional student-athletes during the Provost’s Award celebration at half-time. I also thoroughly enjoyed Dancevent at the Kimball Theatre, our Dance Program’s fall concert that featured faculty choreography performed by members of the dance company Orchesis. Orchesis is part of the Department of Theatre, Speech, and Dance, and is led by both Dance faculty and student officers.

  • October 24, 2022

    This week, my office is holding a faculty town hall for the A&S dean search at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday. A staff town hall is scheduled for 4 p.m. A member of the search firm Russell Reynolds Associates will talk through the search with attendees. If you’d like to be part of the discussion, please register here. A Zoom link will be emailed on Tuesday, Oct. 25. For those who are unable to attend but would still like to give feedback regarding the search, please use this form. Additionally, the Search Committee is currently working on a webpage with more information and a spot for your thoughts and feedback. W&M will share the link to the page when it is live.

  • October 17, 2022

    Our retired faculty of 2020 and 2021 are returning to campus tomorrow for an evening reception celebrating their impact and dedication to the William & Mary community. Earlier recognition was delayed due to COVID-19, but now that we are able, it will be wonderful to have everyone gather again and be recognized for so many years of dedication to the university. I am grateful for the opportunity to spend time with these colleagues, to hear from them about their illustrious careers and what this next stage has brought to bear.

  • October 10, 2022

    Coming back from productive meetings with the W&M Foundation Board of Trustees and the Washington Center Advisory Board, an amazing Faculty Show at the Muscarelle Museum by W&M studio art faculty, and a fabulous Homecoming weekend, I’m going to keep this intro short and go directly to the Top 5 Things to Know this week.

  • October 3, 2022

    We hope that you and your loved ones stayed safe during what we in the Williamsburg area experienced as a less-intense version of devastating weather elsewhere. Our hearts go out to those who have and will continue to experience the impact of Hurricane Ian.

  • September 26, 2022

    I want to begin by thanking you for making Family Weekend a success. Our students’ loved ones are a major part of our community and I greatly appreciate your efforts to show them that W&M is a place where their students can belong and flourish.

  • September 19, 2022

    With National Hispanic Heritage Month underway, I’d like to highlight some opportunities for our community to get engaged, including William & Mary Libraries’ virtual display of books by Latinx authors. Additionally, the Hispanic Studies department is holding an event, Celebrating Our Community, for Latinx alumni, undergraduate, graduate students, staff, and faculty on Sept. 29, from 5-7 p.m.

  • September 12, 2022

    This week I look forward to participating in the Diversity & Inclusion Welcome Back Reception on Sept. 14, hosted by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion. Events such as these provide space for discussions on topics including how best to be a community that is welcoming and supportive of colleagues so that they thrive, while also addressing some of the very real challenges such as the disproportionate committee work often shouldered by faculty of color. I look forward to seeing many new and returning community members there.

  • September 6, 2022

    We’re making an exception this week and sending you the Top 5 Things to Know on a Tuesday, out of respect for what we hope was a relaxing Labor Day break for many of you. As we all get settled into our routines, please note that my office welcomes your ideas and suggestions for inclusion in the Top 5 Things. Suggestions may be submitted to provost@wm.edu at any time, and no later than 5 p.m. Thursdays for consideration to be published the following Monday.

  • August 29, 2022

    As we kick off the new academic year and our campus becomes so lively again, I’m delighted to see many faces that I recognize and to welcome our new faculty members. I am energized to get going this year, as I know lots of work happened over the summer to set us up for success. For those who are unfamiliar with the communications cadence from my office, please know that you can expect a weekly message from me on Mondays during the academic year, with the Top 5 Things to Know for the week.