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October 25, 2021


With the busyness brought on by resumed classes and the advising period underway, I will do my best to keep things short and sweet.

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With the busyness brought on by resumed classes and the advising period underway, I will do my best to keep things short and sweet.  

With that, here are this week’s Top 5 Things to Know:

  1. Applications for the Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs & Development position are now being accepted, as we seek a W&M faculty member who is interested in this academic leadership opportunity and ready to join the Provost’s Executive Team. This opportunity stems from a reorganization of existing positions, combining academic affairs and international affairs into one vice provost position, and restructuring the other existing position into an Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs & Development. I’m excited to work in collaboration with the new associate provost as we focus on the wide range of matters pertaining to advancing the careers and contributions of faculty at W&M.
  2. Nominations for two Jefferson Awards are due Oct. 29. The first is an annual award recognizing “a faculty member who has demonstrated a deep devotion and outstanding service” to William & Mary. The second, the annual Jefferson Teaching Award, “recognizes a faculty member with fewer than ten years of full-time service. The person’s personal character, concern as a teacher, and influence have demonstrated the stimulation and inspiration of learning for the betterment of the individual and society.” Please direct nominations to
  3. If you haven’t visited the Provost’s website recently, please do. You’ll note numerous recent updates on the key priorities of this office, namely issues of importance to W&M faculty: information on action areas, university-wide committees, planning activities, and announcements. My office will update the action areas as schools and groups advance these key priorities to keep you informed. I welcome your feedback.
  4. You may recall that the prior W&M&You text poll sent to faculty, students, and staff focused on the “Know Your Number” personal risk tolerance framework developed by Carrie Dolan, assistant professor of Kinesiology & Health Sciences. We’re grateful for your responses, which in turn help to inform university planning. Tomorrow’s poll topic focuses on student and employee wellness, and we strongly encourage everyone to let us know what you think. Please visit W&M&You to register.
  5. This week’s shout-out is for the faculty who have been mentoring students and working tirelessly for years on the impressive research that is now making a splash around the world: AidData, an international development research lab based at William & Mary’s Global Research Institute, continues to capture attention and serves as yet another stellar example of research with impact.

As always, please feel free to reach out to me and/or my office with any questions you may have in the coming week.