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Arts & Sciences Dialogue

Beginning in March of this year, our community has been disrupted by significant adjustments in the workplace and in our personal lives. We will continue to address these challenges together.

  • Dean Donoghue Velleca will send weekly updates via email to A&S faculty and staff. 
  • The Dean has convened various representative groups to seek advice and feedback (e.g., A&S staff, graduate students, NTE faculty).
  • The Dean's Office invites faculty and staff to ask questions and share comments and suggestions. We've provided a Dialogue response form that will direct your feedback to the A&S leadership. We will respond to the best of our ability: directly, in the Dean's weekly emails, and through the various forums established within Arts & Sciences..

For information specific to the university's pandemic responses and policies, we suggest you consult the COVID-19 Response web pages. You can also submit a question or comment directly to the W&M response team.

July 7 Arts & Sciences Faculty & Staff Town Hall

The Dean's Office collated Dialogue responses (see above) received before the meeting and aggregated them by topic. The meeting's discussion focused on the areas of largest concern and broadest applicability to faculty and staff. The largest category of questions concerned COVID-19 hazard mitigation related to re-opening the campus for the Fall 2020 semester. This topic is also addressed in detail in the June 26 COVID-19 Response Team Update (scroll down to Specific Measures).

July 28 Meeting with A&S NTE Faculty

Dean Donoghue Velleca hosted a listening session with Arts & Sciences NTE faculty members. In an email followup, she noted: "I was grateful for people’s willingness to share their experiences, and for helping me understand what is working in their professional experiences and where there are challenges. I heard of energizing work, supportive colleagues, and remarkable students–and of salary constraints, uncertainty about future employment, and a sense of there being a 'caste' system within the University’s faculty."

August 10 Arts & Sciences Faculty & Staff Town Hall

The town hall originally scheduled for August 4 was cancelled due to Hurrican Isaias. At the re-scheduled meeting, moderators Ben Boone (Center for the Liberal Arts), Josh Burk (Psychological Sciences), Jabria Craft (Sharpe Community Scholars Program), and Sarah Day (Mathematics) drew on questions submitted in advance to address a range of topics with Dean Donoghue Velleca.

September 1 (and continuing) Meeting of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences

The Faculty Affairs Committee re-convened the Faculty of Arts & Sciences on September 1, with future meetings scheduled as usual for the first Tuesday of each month. Agendas, minutes, and related documents are posted to the FAS website.