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Provost Newsletter

News and Highlights for Faculty & Staff on the Urbana-Champaign Campus  |  November 2014

The Quad
Thank You for Your Commitment to Our Students

As the sudden drop in temperatures and the early sunsets of the past weeks remind us – this year is moving quickly. This is particularly evident in our classrooms as papers, projects, exams and deadlines approach.

This is a time when our commitment to teaching and our leadership in exploring all of the avenues of learning truly shine at Illinois. And it is also a great time to highlight this fall’s release of “An Illinois Sampler: Teaching and Research on the Prairie” by the University of Illinois Press. Co-edited by our own Antoinette Burton and former colleague Mary-Ann Winkelmes, this is a fascinating compilation of essays by our own faculty members on the intersection of research with teaching. It is both a guide to new avenues of exploration and a celebration of teaching that is only found at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

During these increasingly hectic weeks, I thank you for your efforts, your enthusiasm and your dedication – in and out of the classroom –  to delivering a transformative, educational experience to all our students.

With Gratitude,
Ilesanmi Adesida, Provost

2014 Distinguished Promotion Award Recipients

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2014 Distinguished Promotion Award: professor Tami Bond, Civil and Environmental Engineering; professor Kelly Swanson, Animal Sciences; associate professor Nicole Riemer, Atmospheric Sciences; associate professor Alejandro Dominguez-Garcia, Electrical and Computer Engineering. And warm congratulations to all of our other faculty members who received promotion and tenure. 

Walt Hurley
USDA honors Walter Hurley with Teaching Award

Congratulations to Dr. Walter Hurley, animal sciences professor emeritus, for being the recipient of a teaching award from the United States Department of Agriculture. Professor Hurley was honored for his “more than 30 years of teaching, developing workshops and seminars for college instructors, chairing teaching advancement boards, mentoring faculty and disseminating the results of his own studies on teaching innovations.” Read more about Professor Hurley’s work here

Reitumetse Obakeng Mabokela
New Vice Provost for International Affairs and Global Strategies

Reitumetse Obakeng Mabokela has been named the vice provost for international affairs and global strategies at Illinois. Mabokela is currently the assistant dean for international studies in education at Michigan State University and co-director of its Global Center for Food Systems Innovation. She is expected to start in her new position on Jan. 16. View the full story here

Business and Governance Plan for College of Medicine

Chancellor Phyllis Wise and I are pleased to share with you the business plan for the proposed University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Medicine. The document contains detailed financial information as well as a governance structure that was created in consultation with the Academic Senate. The full business plan can be downloaded here. A summary of this document is also available here. Both of these documents as well as the initial feasibility study for the college can be found at At their November 13 meeting, the Board of Trustees formally approved a resolution directing President Easter to gather more information about the current state, the challenges and the options regarding the future of medical education for the university - including the new College of Medicine. The Board has asked for this report by March. We are continuing to work with our campus faculty and the Academic Senate to ensure that the plans for the college are consistent with our shared governance principles and with the mission of our institution.

FAQs About Unionization of Tenure-System Faculty

Units and employees have contacted campus human resources with questions about the Campus Faculty Association’s ongoing efforts to unionize the tenure-system faculty at Illinois. Academic Human Resources provided responses to specific questions and issues that have been raised regarding those efforts. View the FAQs and responses here

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