Deans Update: Faculty Connections

Deans Update: Faculty Connections
Jenny James Lee
March 5, 2013

[The Dean's Update is a column introducing each issue of the Libraries' monthly e-newsletter In Circulation.]

Several of the Libraries' recent activities have related to its role in building community connections. Many of these are featured in this issue of In Circulation. Faculty participating in the first departments to undertake campus program alignment and review [PAR] began to enter data into the live Faculty Portfolios on February 1st. The Libraries, working under the sponsorship of the Provost’s Office and with Academic Information Services and Thomson Reuters, has begun to assist faculty to complete their portfolios. Over the coming year, we expect to capture data on faculty contributions to publishing, creative expression, teaching, civic engagement, campus and professional services and civic engagement.

Once this information is recorded, faculty and administrators will have a convenient way to prepare resumes and various reports useful for annual reviews, tenure and promotion, accreditation, funding applications and the promotion of Drexel’s productivity and impact on scholarship.  The Faculty Portfolios program is a work in progress. Feedback is encouraged to librarians and campus technical experts as they continue to work with Thomson Reuters to customize its Research in View and InCites products to enable Drexel to have powerful analytic tools.   For more information, contact any library liaison or Beth Ten Have, Director of Academic Partnerships.

The month ended with a festive event to honor 48 Drexel faculty who authored or edited a book published in 2012. President Fry welcomed approximately 100 campus colleagues to the A. J. Drexel Picture Gallery in the Main Building, appreciatively noting the impressive evidence of Drexel’s contributions to scholarship in all fields that the gathering illustrated.  Provost Greenberg and I introduced the honorees, and a reception followed. 

In between these “bookended” events to promote Drexel faculty, the Libraries has opened a new room in the W. W. Hagerty Library to enable “research conversations.”   The former administrative conference room has been remodeled and may now be reserved by faculty members to hold an informal conversation about research or projects they are undertaking for which they seek to engage others, particularly from other than their own disciplines.  The room has a dozen comfortable and moveable chairs, whiteboard, projector, and conference-call phone hookup.   Ideas are welcome for ways the space may encourage faculty to think of the Libraries as an environment to support interdisciplinary conversations.   Please contact the Libraries Administrative Office at 215-895-2750 for more information.

Danuta A. Nitecki, Ph.D.
Dean of Libraries