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News and Highlights for Faculty & Staff on the Urbana-Champaign Campus  |  August 2016

Campus Budget Advisory Task Force Report

The final report of the Campus Budget Advisory Task Force (CBATF) is now available. The task force, chaired by Professor Matthew Ando, was charged with examining the campus’s current budgeting policies and practices and providing advice on their improvement. The report reviews our existing approach to budgeting, recommends significant changes, outlines critical attributes of quality budgeting systems and models, and articulates challenges to successfully implementing improvements. CBATF recommends a budget model that is more transparent and more explicitly recognizes the role of subunits/departments in decision making.  The CBATF report provides a framework for budget reform, outlining recommendations for short-, mid-, and long-term next steps as well as the importance that the development of a new model is consistent with shared governance values and practice. For information and updates about the budget process go to:

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign needs an approach to budgeting that is effective in advancing our mission and strategic goals as one of the country’s finest public land grant institutions.  A steering committee, chaired by John Wilken, dean of University Libraries, will be charged this fall to lead budget reform. Please provide any comments on the CBATF report to Vice Provost for Planning and Budgeting Paul Ellinger (

Campus-wide December Hooding Ceremony

Upon the recommendation of the Committee on Commencement and with the support of Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson, the Graduate College will pilot a campus-wide hooding ceremony on Saturday, December 10, 2016. The event will take place from 10:30 a.m. – noon in Foellinger Great Hall in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

Each year, approximately 500 students receive their doctoral degrees in August and December. Offering these doctoral degree recipients the opportunity to participate in a campus-wide hooding ceremony in December will help them – along with faculty mentors – to celebrate their achievement closer to the time of degree completion.

We will be communicating more details soon with units, faculty, and degree candidates.

Call for Proposals for Grand Challenge Learning “Campus Courses” on Health, Inequality, and Sustainability

We invite applications for existing 200- and 300-level courses across campus to join the Grand Challenge Learning (GCL) program through participation in one of the GCL pathways (Health and Wellness, Inequality and Cultural Understanding, and Sustainability).

These courses will be included in GCL publicity and affiliated with GCL through an attribute link in the student registration system. Becoming part of the GCL program affords departments the opportunity to expand the range of students enrolled in their courses, and also allows departments to articulate their own perspective on one or more of the GCL pathways.

Please note that in order to be eligible for inclusion, courses should be either certified for Gen Ed or the department offering the course should plan to apply for Gen Ed certification.

For more information or to submit a proposal for inclusion in Spring or Fall 2017, follow this link. Please submit proposals by Friday, September 2, 2016. Contact Kelly Ritter ( or Chuck Tucker ( with any questions.

Illinois Design Center and Design Initiative Update

Planning for the Illinois Design Center continues to move forward even as the campus continues to expand concepts of design thinking and design learning throughout all of our colleges. With a private commitment of $25 million as a foundation, the center is intended to be a collaborative, physical hub for students across all disciplines to put these concepts into practice in their own majors. The Design Center will be just one component - although a critical one - in the larger cross-campus effort to harness the potential of design thinking and design learning in our teaching, research, and engagement. You can learn more about the planning teams involved here and read more about the project plans and concepts here.

Carle Illinois College of Medicine Update

Planning for the Carle Illinois College of Medicine continues as you can see from the various efforts noted below.

  • The Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) officially approved our application granting authority to establish the Carle Illinois College of Medicine on March 1, 2016. We are now proceeding to work through processes to receive necessary approvals or the MD degree program from the IBHE, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
  • The search committee has identified finalists for the first dean of the new college. We hope to make an announcement early fall semester.
  • The Curriculum Committee agreed to move forward with a curriculum that blends several learning methods to offer a case-driven, problem-based active learning format. Other committee activity includes:
    • Developing a high level map of the curriculum that outlines the proposed schedule for each of the four years of the MD program.
    • Developing prototype weekly schedules that illustrate the vision of the active learning format.
    • Identifying goals and objectives for each curricular element, then assigning assessment methods for each.
  • The Administration and Policy Committee continues to refine draft bylaws and a conflict of interest policy in addition to many other LCME-required deliverables.
  • The Faculty Affairs Committee is working through drafts of faculty appointment policies as well as developing recommendations for a faculty development program and assessment mechanisms.
  • The Resources and Infrastructure Committee is collaborating with the Curriculum Committee to determine the types of learning environments and tools that will be needed. A facilities planner has been attached to the project and a facilities tour held to help guide and inform the project as available university space and resources are reviewed.
  • The Student Affairs Committee has drafted pertinent policies, such as anti-discrimination, student mistreatment, and confidentiality of student education records. Additionally, Student Affairs is working to ensure that the Carle Illinois College of Medicine will integrate seamlessly with the University’s Registrar and Financial Aid offices.
Awards and Honors

Illinois is consistently recognized for the outstanding achievements of its faculty and staff. The following listing is just a sample of the many prestigious awards and other honors they have received over the past several months. Congratulations to all of our faculty and staff for their numerous recognitions and contributions to the Illinois mission.

  • Dennis Baron (English, linguistics), Karin Dahmen (physics), Craig Koslofsky (history, Germanic languages & literature), Mei-Po Kwan (geography & geographic information), Ralph Mathisen (history, classics and medieval studies) and Rebecca Stumpf (anthropology) were named 2016 Guggenheim fellows.
  • Can Bayram (electrical and computer engineering) and SungWoo Nam (mechanical science and engineering) received an Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Award (YIP) Award.
  • John Caughlin (communication) has received the International Association for Relationship Research (IARR) Mentoring Award.
  • Elf Ertekin (mechanical science and engineering) was named a TMS Early Career Faculty Fellow.
  • Placid Ferreira (mechanical science and engineering) received the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Education Award.
  • Elena Fuchs (mathematics), Kami Hull (chemistry), Jian Peng (computer science), Joaquín Rodríguez-López (chemistry), and Yue Shen (astronomy) received Sloan Research Fellowships.
  • Jeremy Guest (civil and environmental engineering) received the 2016 Bill Boyle Educator of the Year Award from the Central States Water Environment Association.
  • Waïl Hassan (comparative and world literature) received an American Council for Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship.
  • Jianming Jin (electrical and computer engineering) was honored with the Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society (ACES) Computational Electromagnetics Award.
  • Phil Krein (electrical and computer engineering) was named a Fellow of the National Academy of Engineering.
  • Jessica Krogstad (materials science and engineering) and Alison Fout (chemistry) received Early Career Research Program grants from the U.S. Department of Energy.
  • Amy LaViers (mechanical science and engineering) received a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award.
  • Harry Liebersohn (history) was named a 2016 recipient of the Humboldt Research Award.
  • Ting Lu (bioengineering) has been selected for a Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research.
  • Ting Lu (bioengineering); David Flaherty (chemical and biomolecular engineering); Kami Hull and Josh Vura-Weis (chemistry); Sewoong Oh (industrial and enterprise systems engineering) Cecilia Leal and André Schleife (materials science and engineering); and Elif Ertekin, Yuhang Hu, Nenad Miljkovic and SungWoo Nam (mechanical science and engineering) have received NSF CAREER Awards.
  • Nell Madigan (labor and employment relations), Gail Rooney and Jennifer Neef (The Career Center) received the Technology Excellence Award-College from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).
  • Sam Tawfick (mechanical science and engineering) was named the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer.
  • Rizwan Uddin (nuclear, plasma, and radiological engineering) was recognized with the 2016 American Nuclear Society Arthur Holly Compton Award.
  • Huimin Zhao (chemical and biomolecular engineering) is the recipient of the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology Charles Thom Award.

If you have recently received an award or honor, or are aware of a colleague who has, we’d like to know! Drop us a note at We’ll feature several awards and honors in future editions of the Academic Affairs update.

For information about awards with upcoming deadlines, subscribe to the Award Nomination Opportunities announcements here.

Other Resources

Campus Strategic Plan • Campus Academic Calendar • Campus News

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