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Academic Faculty Forums Start Dec. 3

Provost Jeff Hecker will lead three Academic Affairs Faculty Forums beginning this week. The first forum, Dec. 3, focuses on signature and emerging programs.

All the Academic Affairs Faculty Forums will be from 3–4 p.m., 57 Stodder Hall. Two more forums are scheduled for Feb. 3 and March 31.

In year three of the Blue Sky Project, the focus is on integrating the plan’s strategies and goals into the organizational structure of the university. Just as the Blue Sky Strategic Plan was developed through an inclusive process, integration will emerge through collaboration.

Over the course of the academic year, the Provost’s Office, in collaboration with the Faculty Senate leadership, is holding Academic Affairs Faculty Forums to create a venue for meaningful sharing of ideas about important initiatives in Academic Affairs. Collaboration between the faculty and administration of the university is essential to advance toward UMaine’s strategic goals.

A website is being developed to extend the collaboration beyond the public meetings. After each forum, relevant materials will be posted. The Academic Affairs Faculty Forums website, which will be linked off the Provost’s Office homepage, also will create a space where faculty members can submit reactions, comments or questions generated by the forum.

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