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Monday, October 5, 2015

CLA Career Readiness Pathways Initiative

I am pleased to announce that Associate Professor Ascan Koerner (Communication Studies) has agreed to lead the effort to develop and implement the CLA Career Readiness Pathways Initiative (some of my thoughts on career readiness appear here). The initiative is the new and improved name for what you have previously heard me describe as “career bundles,” the idea being to assist our students by tying together (hence the “bundle” terminology) suggested curricular experiences, experiential opportunities, and alumni mentoring relevant for particular career paths and interests. Please stay tuned for further news regarding the pathways initiative and, in the meantime, please thank Professor Koerner for taking on this important work. This effort is part of our broader CLA Roadmap goal of enhancing the career services we provide for our students. We’ve done significant work in this area over the past year, including extending career services to each of our departments.

New Talle Faculty Research Award for associate professors

One of the four goals of the CLA Roadmap, as we pursue our vision of establishing CLA as a destination college, is a relentless pursuit of research and creative excellence. Providing support for our faculty at critical stages of their careers is one key ingredient in building a supportive environment for excellence and was one of the recommendations of the CLA Roadmap Goal Group on research and creative excellence. Thanks to help from our wonderful supporters, Ken and Janet Talle, we were able to launch the first round of the Talle Faculty Research Award this summer, with the application period closing last week. Over the next five years the fund will provide $1.5 million of research support to associate professors who are in their first four years since being tenured and promoted to that rank. You can read more about the award here.