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Weekly Messages to Faculty

Five things that prepare faculty for the week ahead

  • May 10, 2021

    With finals week over for some and just beginning for others, I will keep today’s updates as brief as possible.

  • May 3, 2021

    As we head into finals week, here are the Top 5 Things to Know

  • April 26, 2021

    We are rounding the corner on this semester, which is a statement that seemed so out of reach just a few months ago. In the past couple of days, I’ve been reflecting on the amount of effort, time and dedication that it has taken for us to get to this point. We have come together in support of the academic mission, and I am really proud of that.

  • April 19, 2021

    It has been extremely heartening and encouraging to hear the reports about our community members receiving their COVID-19 vaccinations. In addition, our active COVID-19 case count has plummeted, which is another cause for joy. I hope you all see the rays of light at the end of the tunnel, as I do. Thank you for your continued commitment and support, especially on the COVID-19 management and eradication fronts.

  • April 12, 2021

    I want to express my thanks for responding to the call for vaccination information. As we continue to receive this information, we are able to assist with vaccinating even more people and getting William & Mary on track to return to near normalcy in the fall. If you haven’t yet had the chance to do so, please update your COVID-19 vaccination preference and/or history in Banner Self-Service. In addition, I ask that you excuse students from class if they need to miss it for a COVID-19 vaccination appointment.

  • April 5, 2021

    There is only about a month left of classes before we begin exams. This past academic year has been difficult in many ways, uncertain and tense. However, I believe that it has also shown us what we are truly capable of. While I am comfortable saying that none of us would want to go through a year like this again, I am grateful that we had this community to get through it with.

  • March 29, 2021

    I appreciate all of your continued efforts in keeping our community safe. As you’ve seen in the messages last week from Chief Operating Officer Amy Sebring and Vice President for Student Affairs Ginger Ambler, we are experiencing a higher number of COVID-19 cases, but I am hopeful that we will get back on track in the near future. If you haven’t yet indicated your vaccine status, please do so by updating this information in Banner Self-Service. This helps the university to assist as many members of our community who wish to get vaccinated do so as quickly as possible. It will also allow W&M’s Public Health Advisory Team to aggregate our data and evaluate the level of vaccination in the W&M community as we make plans for the fall.

  • March 22, 2021

    I want to start this week’s message by once again thanking you all. You have been champions for William & Mary, our students and yourselves throughout this entire academic year. It has been both impressive and heartening to talk with you and learn about the ways that you continue to hold the bar high for our community. We are fortunate to have you here at William & Mary.

  • March 15, 2021

    This past week, I’ve been overjoyed to see students, faculty and staff taking advantage of the warmer weather and sunlight while interacting in fun, safe ways. This year has not been the easiest when it comes to social interaction, so I am so happy that we are moving toward a season when that is more feasible. I hope this trend continues, as our third undergraduate spring break day is this Wednesday, March 17. Please remember that these days are meant to be true breaks, so it is important that there are no major assignments right after. Enjoy the day and let’s hope for some sun!

  • March 8, 2021

    Here we are: one full year into pandemic living and learning. I am grateful to have been a part of this community through it all. We proved our ability to adapt, with many lessons learned and helpful new ways of doing things. As I have mentioned many times, I am confident that we will come out of this stronger and more committed than ever to educating this and future generations in ways that affect positive change.

  • March 1, 2021

    I hope you have been able to enjoy some of the warmer weather and spend time outdoors. I am feeling the familiar sense of hope and energy that comes with each spring, and I look forward to a time when the entire community is able to safely interact more often. Brighter days are ahead.

  • February 22, 2021

    It’s hard to believe that we are nearing the one year anniversary of pandemic-living. As I reflect on the past year, there are many lessons learned, as well as new ways of doing things that have been developed. One of the things I’m most thankful for is that we’ve all been able to come together during an unprecedented time to continue to achieve our mission of providing a world-class education to our students. We have adapted in countless different ways to meet the current challenges we face. I am proud to be part of such a resilient community.

  • February 15, 2021

    I hope you’ve all been keeping warm and safe in spite of the winter weather and power outages in the area over this past weekend. As the winter weather drives us all indoors and we see the effects of this with rising COVID-19 cases, I want to remind our community about the Path Forward and our health and safety protocols. We all signed the Healthy Together Community Commitment, and following these guidelines is the best way to ensure a safe and successful semester for all.

  • February 8, 2021

    In the whirlwind of our first couple of weeks, your steady commitment to delivering instruction to our students in meaningful ways has been inspiring and uplifting. I am excited to see these efforts continue as we begin in-person classes this week for our undergraduate students and celebrate the 328th Charter Day at William & Mary.

  • February 1, 2021

    As we get back into the swing of things, I’m excited to see numerous faces (wearing protective masks of course) around campus as more students make their return. I do want to ask that we all make time to read Vice President for Student Affairs Virginia Ambler’s message for students regarding the expectations for behavior and public health practices. Please also continue to take some time to talk with your students about this. We are far from out of the woods with this pandemic, and we need to continue to work together to achieve another successful semester.

  • November 23, 2020

    At the risk of sounding trite, I will say again how 2020 has been nothing short of a rollercoaster. Spring classes were cut short and forced online in a matter of two weeks. The summer saw some long overdue racial reckoning in our country. The fall was an amalgam of COVID-19 tests, Blackboard tools (plus the occasional glitches) and adaptation. And yet we came together as a community in ways I haven’t seen before, virtual or otherwise. We proved our ability to get through during a raging global pandemic. And, most importantly, we never lost sight of our true goal as an educational institution: to provide an excellent education to our students. I will never tire of saying again and again how proud I am of our W&M community. We worked together to beat the daunting odds.

  • November 16, 2020

    I can feel the “final push” energy of a semester nearing its end as I meet with different members of our community. An accomplishment, certainly, during any other year. For obvious reasons, this time I feel all the more proud and excited. This has truly taken a village, our village, and I am forever grateful to all of you who have come through this as a community. Here’s to wrapping things up in a safe and productive way!

  • November 9, 2020

    I hope you were all able to take some time over this past weekend to unwind and find an activity that brings you joy. As we round the corner on this semester, I want to reiterate how proud I am of our community for getting to this point together. The countless volunteer hours at the testing center, time spent preparing lesson plans conducive to different teaching modalities, and finding new and creative ways to engage our students have been some of the key elements leading to our success.

  • November 2, 2020

    Here we are: November. A big November. The election, continued classes, finals and Thanksgiving all wrapped up in one bundle. Every week I look forward to my Monday message to the W&M faculty because it gives me the opportunity to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude. So, like every week, I want to take a moment to commend you all for getting us here, and I hope that even during this hectic week you find opportunities to feel good about how far we’ve come.

  • October 26, 2020

    2020 has been a year unlike any other, yet it has also given us the opportunity to reflect on ourselves and the world around us. We’re taking stock of it all, and maybe you’ve even started a practice which will become tradition. I know that I have developed a new way of engaging in quick evening check-ins with colleagues and friends, and I take comfort in knowing that the William & Mary community is working together to get through this strange time. I am confident that we are growing as a community, adjusting and adapting to any and all challenges that come our way.

  • October 20, 2020

    We’re officially in the home stretch of the semester. Less than a month to go until classes end. This hasn’t been an easy journey and it will continue to be challenging, but as I’ve said many times before, you all have risen to the occasion and shown the resilience and dedication that is a hallmark of our university. There is still a great deal of work to be done in the remaining weeks before Thanksgiving, but the finish line of a successful semester is in sight.

  • October 12, 2020

    This has been, without a doubt, a rollercoaster of a semester. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate and respect each of you, and your resilience and drive, every day. We are moving as one community to achieve the goal we set out to accomplish: providing our students with the opportunity to receive a quality education. Certainly, this hasn’t been easy, but every day we draw closer to the conclusion of this challenging but productive semester. We are proving that when we work together, we accomplish so much.

  • October 5, 2020

    Even during the strangest and toughest of times, William & Mary continues to serve the broader community around us. I have seen efforts across each of the schools to ramp up service activities that support our broader community, as well as awards for those efforts. In addition, the Office of Community Engagement has worked to move alternative breaks online so that students can utilize their time to work on social justice. This kind of selfless, compassionate work is part of what makes William & Mary such a special place to me.

  • September 28, 2020

    This past week’s Board of Visitors Meeting covered several important matters impacting the future at William & Mary, including the new guiding principles and process for naming and renaming structures and spaces on campus. In addition, the Board and President Rowe announced that our university is opening a dialogue with our community about what Division I Athletics excellence means at William & Mary. I am glad that we have the opportunity as a community to continue these conversations as we move forward.

  • September 21, 2020

    I know how much each of you care about the students here at William & Mary, and I have certainly noticed what an outstanding job you are doing to make this semester the best that it can be. Through the hardest of times, it appears that we have been able to adjust and carry on, and I thank you for that. I also want to check in with you to see how you are doing. I would love to hear about any tactics you are using to fight Zoom fatigue and any feelings of isolation. This is a team effort more than ever this semester, and I also want to know how my team is doing.

  • September 14, 2020

    The beginning of every week feels like one more small victory that brings us closer to our goal of completing a successful semester. I recognize the hard work and dedication that have gone into this effort on your part and I am really grateful to be your partner. As we continue to demonstrate respect and care for one another and for the extended William & Mary community, I want to remind everyone that it is paramount that we do not let up. My hope is that the health and safety protocols become part of our routine and that we can continue on this path forward.

  • September 7, 2020

    Labor Day, a holiday that pays tribute to the social and economic achievements of American workers, is also a day that for many signifies an unofficial end of summer. With classes heading into the fourth week, I’d say this sentiment still lingers. However, this year, Labor Day has taken on a new meaning for me. I have seen the immense amount of labor each and every one of you has put in to make this year the best it can be. Your efforts have gotten us to where we are, and I am thankful for you all.

  • August 31, 2020

    The past week has had no shortage of news. As has been rare these days, we had several rays of light and optimism that I hope can give us all strength to meet the challenges ahead and positive energy as we prepare to fully reopen our campus next week.

  • August 24, 2020

    I want to start off this week by saying thank you. Thank you for remaining flexible and continuing to work hard during the first week of the semester.

  • August 17, 2020

    I know that the start of this academic year is not what any of us expected, and I want to acknowledge once more your hard work and flexibility as you have been adapting to changing conditions.