May 2019: From Erik Nelson

Dear Colleagues,

In the words of George Bernard Shaw, “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”

The School of Professional Studies is truly a complex organization with many moving parts, serving a diverse student population through the efforts of our growing faculty and staff. As a matter of fact, the school is comprised of 4 divisions that house a total of 16 administrative units, 62 full-time faculty and over 800 part-time faculty, as well as 215 staff members.

Communicating to over 1,000 members of our school community is truly important, but can often prove to be a big problem as we often bathe in the illusion that we have cascaded critical information effectively to all key stakeholders. As you might imagine, the absence of effective communication can create barriers in achieving the single most important objective that we face every day: providing the highest quality academic experience for the students and faculty of SPS.

Therefore, one of this year’s strategic objectives for the Academic Affairs team will be to communicate important updates to you on a monthly basis. The AA Update will provide you with information about the deliberations and actions taken by the Academic Excellence Committee (AEC), including new program and course approvals, new academic policies, critical dates, a newly created academic calendar, and updates from Faculty Affairs, Online Curriculum & Instruction, and MS and Nondegree programs.

Samples of what you will find in this month’s edition:

Chair’s Committee Retreat

On June 5th and 6th, we will conduct the 2nd Chair’s Committee Retreat at Tarrytown House Estate on the Hudson.

Beth Semaya, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs

I am happy to announce that Beth Semaya has been promoted to Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs. Beth will be taking over the role that was previously filled by Brian Dashew. For Academic Directors, Beth will be integral in helping to support your program’s needs.

Spring Final Grades (Non-Graduating Students)

Grades due Thursday, May 23, 2019

Faculty Assignments

Due to Faculty Affairs no later than June 1st for the Fall 2019 semester.

New APAN Course Approved

APAN 5470: Introduction to Blockchains, Cryptocurrencies & Analytics

Please, I invite you to read the update on a regular basis. Bookmark the site’s address, as all information is archived for future reference. As with all new endeavors, I welcome your feedback so we can continue to improve how we communicate with you.