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November 15, 2021


I am proud that we have reached this point in the semester with such success, and am very grateful to the faculty and staff who have helped us get here. I hope that you feel the same way.

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I am proud that we have reached this point in the semester with such success, and am very grateful to the faculty and staff who have helped us get here. I hope that you feel the same way. 

Here are this week’s Top 5 Things to Know:

  1. November 15-19 is William & Mary Education Week 2021. The School of Education is hosting events, such as the Courageous Conversation: The Path Forward for Equity; several lectures from distinguished scholars, including Dr. Jorge Burmicky and Dr. Howard Fields; and opportunities for snacks at tomorrow’s Art Therapy & Extraordinary Cupcakes. This year’s theme for the week, Championing Equitable Learning Environments, speaks to W&M’s mission perfectly, and I hope you all get the chance to participate in events throughout the week.
  2. This Tuesday, the Black Faculty & Staff Forum begins at 11 a.m. via Zoom. This is an opportunity to meet current officers and discuss challenges facing members of W&M's Black faculty and staff community. All BIPOC faculty and staff, as well as allies, are invited to register and attend.
  3. Nominations remain open until November 29 for the Class of 2025 Professorship. This professorship carries a generous annual salary stipend and research fund during the term of the award. Nominations are sought from students and faculty and self-nominations are encouraged. Nomination packets should include a current C.V.; letters of support from department chair or program director and dean; documentation of teaching excellence; letter of support from faculty colleagues (max three); and letters of support from current and/or former students (max five and faculty should not solicit letters from students currently enrolled in courses or under direct supervision). Submit nomination packets to the Provost’s Office
  4. William & Mary Libraries is hosting a writers’ retreat in Swem Library from Tuesday, Jan. 18 – Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. With options for full-time (six hours/day) and part-time (three hours/day), the retreat offers uninterrupted time to work on a specific writing project, complete research, edit a manuscript or prepare a grant proposal. The retreat will provide quiet space in Swem, along with daily meals. Open to all faculty members, applications are due by Dec. 3. Please contact Lisa Nickel with questions.
  5. This week’s shout-out is for our IT and Registrar’s team, which made several changes to the registration process so that it would be more robust and efficient in this cycle. To prepare the community for these process improvements, the team developed both written and video tutorials, hosted open office hours leading up to registration, split each social class into two groups to manage load and undertook an immense amount of work behind the scenes. These efforts led to a smooth week of class registration and increased student satisfaction. I also want to thank all of you for helping students through this process.

In the spirit of the season, I close today’s message by expressing my gratitude for the faculty here at William & Mary. We are rounding the corner on a successful semester, and that is largely due to your flexibility and grit. You have risen to the occasion repeatedly, and I am so thankful for our community. I hope you get the chance to enjoy some well-earned time away during Thanksgiving break.