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October 9, 2017

Planning for the year ahead

Jerry Baldasty

Every new academic year brings new opportunities to address emerging academic and societal trends, tackle ongoing challenges and plan for the university of the future. Here are a few of the key efforts my colleagues and I are focusing on this year. Classroom climate: Deep divisions within the country have led to heated discussions in…


October 4, 2017

How to sustain vibrant conversations in the classroom

Jerry Baldasty

In March, I sent a message with some advice for faculty on ways to sustain vibrant classroom discussions. At the time, current events had produced sharp political differences among us on our campuses – and throughout our country. It seems little has changed since February, in that respect. But no matter the political or cultural…


August 31, 2017

Searches for new deans are progressing

Jerry Baldasty

Leadership, I have long believed, isn’t about titles, business suits or conference tables. To be a leader, one does not need a formal title – such as dean, chair or doctor. Nor does a leader need to don a business suit every day. And, leaders don’t sit at the head of a conference table, giving…


New Seattle classroom scheduling system by spring 2018

Jerry Baldasty

One of the most frustrating things I experienced as a faculty member was challenges in nailing down the exact time and location of my class. And it wasn’t just me. In autumn 2016, nearly one-third of classroom requests were honored long after they were made. This has a real impact. Last-minute classroom scheduling complicates life…



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