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Faculty Council Committee Corner: Executive

Editor’s note: This is part of an ongoing CU Connections series in which the Faculty Council highlights each of its committees and their efforts. See past installments here.

Members of the Faculty Council Executive Committee are, top row from left, Joanne Addison, Maja Krakowiak, Tamara Terzian and Jacqueline Jones; bottom row from left, Mary Coussons-Read, Bob Ferry and Michael Zinser.

Members of the Faculty Council Executive Committee are, top row from left, Joanne Addison, Maja Krakowiak, Tamara Terzian and Jacqueline Jones; bottom row from left, Mary Coussons-Read, Bob Ferry and Michael Zinser.

Faculty Council is our systemwide faculty governance group that works directly with the president’s office, the Board of Regents, and the chairs of each Faculty Assembly. Officers are elected and committee members are nominated through each campus’s Faculty Assembly.

Our primary goals are to protect and advocate for the professional environment of all faculty members, preserve academic freedom as it relates to teaching and research, further diversity and inclusion, and build upon the guiding principle of shared governance.

The council’s Executive Committee is composed of the council chair, vice chair and secretary, as well as the four leaders of the campus-based Faculty Assemblies. The Executive Committee meets before each regularly scheduled meeting of the Faculty Council to discuss issues, set goals and priorities for the year, as well as meeting agendas.

Besides the Executive Committee, Faculty Council has seven standing committees: Budget Committee; Communications Committee; Committee on Racial and Ethnic Equity (CREE); Educational Policy and University Standards (EPUS); Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer + (LGBTQ+); Personnel and Benefits Committee; and Women’s Committee. Committee Corner in CU Connections features each of these committees, individually, throughout the academic year.

This year, Faculty Council is engaged in a wide range of activities, including organizing the 18th Annual CU Women’s Succeeding Symposium, strengthening CU’s commitment to equity and inclusion, revising the Faculty Senate Privilege and Tenure Committee bylaws, reviewing CU’s investment practices in light of climate research findings, responding to the results of the upcoming Climate Survey, participating in discussions concerning pay equity, the future of online education at CU, and many more.

We encourage faculty at all ranks – tenured and tenure-track, instructional, research, and clinical – to participate in shared governance! 

Shared governance is fundamental to the health and mission of the university.  We express our many thanks to those who generously give their time to faculty governance across all of our campuses.

Whether you are a new or returning faculty member, we invite you to get involved this year. You can serve as a representative-at-large for your campus on the Faculty Council, or as a campus representative on one of the seven Faculty Council Committees.

Please contact us to learn more about who we are and how you can participate in shaping the future of the university.  

Visit us online: https://www.cu.edu/faculty-council

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CU names new engagement and outreach leader

CU is ramping up its efforts to develop deeper connections with communities around Colorado and beyond with a program to foster sustained relationships that will pay dividends in public perceptions of the value of CU and higher education, legislative relations, student recruitment and a better understanding of state needs.

Salazar

Salazar

The university took a big step in that direction recently by creating the Office of Engagement and hiring Tony Salazar as assistant vice president for engagement. The office was developed within existing budgets.

Salazar, a Colorado native, will lead systemwide activities around the state and nationally, with a particular emphasis on engagement with diverse communities, said Ken McConnellogue, system vice president for university communication.

“While CU does a lot of engagement and outreach activities around the state, they tend to be program specific,” McConnellogue said. “We need a focused effort that ensures we are regular visitors to communities around Colorado, where we can develop ongoing relationships with elected officials, alumni, donors, the K-12 community, and business and community leaders.”

Salazar, who will begin Nov. 4, is now chief affiliate officer for the National Education Association Member Benefits Corporation and previously served as executive director of the Colorado Education Association. He is in his second term on the University of Northern Colorado Board of Trustees (a position he will resign). He is also president of the Latin American Educational Foundation Board of Directors.

He has experience as a lobbyist, policy analyst and also served in the budget office at CU in the late 1990s and early 2000s. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver and is a graduate of the University of Denver Latino Leadership Institute.

“Tony has a great combination of skills, experience and connections that will serve him and the university well,” McConnellogue said.

“I’m thrilled to join the team at CU and I look forward to helping to advance this great university,” Salazar said. “CU is one of the most important and respected institutions in Colorado, and we need to ensure that people around our state know what we contribute, what we have to offer and how we serve Coloradans.”

The idea for the program emerged from the Board of Regents summer retreat in July, when the board, CU President Mark Kennedy, chancellors and the executive staff discussed the importance of a concerted effort. The board made outreach a priority for Kennedy, and his executive staff brought forward a recommendation to restructure some current operations and create an Office of Engagement.

Targeted outcomes include consistent, sustained relationships around Colorado and beyond (particularly with diverse communities), improved perceptions of the value and affordability of higher education, enhanced student recruitment, stronger legislative relations and a better understanding of state needs. The Office of Engagement will coordinate efforts with campuses and with other units in system administration.

Kennedy supported adding an Office of Engagement but directed that any new staff come within existing budgets. To accomplish that, some of the activities in the offices of University Relations and Government Relations were restructured and positions were eliminated in each operation. The CU Advocates program moved to Government Relations and will have a more grassroots legislative focus.

CU must do a better job connecting with people across Colorado, said Regent Sue Sharkey, who has long advocated increased outreach.

“The University of Colorado matters to everyone in the state, and everyone in the state matters to the university,” Sharkey said. “CU plays a vital role in the state by educating students, with our economic impact, through sharing our research expertise, and with service.

“It’s important that we connect with all of Colorado and find out how we meet our mission. It’s getting a message out of, ‘what we are doing and what else can we be doing,’” she said.

Sharkey, who represents the sprawling 4th Congressional District that includes the Eastern Plains, said it’s important for CU to connect with rural areas of the state in addition to the Front Range. She also said the university can create deeper connections with military bases and personnel for partnerships and educational opportunities.

The Office of Engagement will also be responsible for establishing a lecture series out of the Office of the President that blends CU faculty with high-profile speakers from around the country. It is expected to begin in the spring.

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Harris-Love appointed director of CU School of Medicine Physical Therapy Program

Michael Harris-Love

Photo: Annamarie Shrader
Michael Harris-Love

Michael Harris-Love, PT, MPT, DSc, FGSA, a clinician-investigator with more than 20 years of experience serving federal medical centers and academic programs, was appointed director of the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Physical Therapy Program and associate dean of Physical Therapy Education, effective Aug. 1, 2019.

In addition to his duties as a professor within the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harris-Love will continue his role as a Veterans Affairs (VA) investigator through his affiliation with the Eastern Colorado Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center.

“Dr. Harris-Love will build upon the tremendous growth of the Physical Therapy Program under Dr. Margaret Schenkman’s tenure, while exploring new ventures related to education and research,” said Venu Akuthota, M.D., chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Harris-Love comes from the Washington, D.C., VA Medical Center (VAMC) and George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, bringing extensive clinical research experience to the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. His VA scientific leadership roles included serving as the associate director of the Human Performance Research Unit and co-director of the Polytrauma/Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Research Rehabilitation Fellowship Program at the D.C. VAMC Clinical Research Center.

A committed advocate of rehabilitation science training, he helped to establish both the postdoctoral training program and the Skeletal Muscle Laboratory at his VA medical center. Before his faculty appointment at George Washington University, Harris-Love spent time at universities in Virginia, Maryland and Indiana.

“My time working in public and private institutions, federal and university laboratories, and entry-level and post-professional education may help me to address the needs of the program and effectively build partnerships at the Anschutz Medical Campus,” Harris-Love said. “My goals include building our physical therapy residency programs, increasing our efforts to support rural PT practice, and better serving Colorado students by expanding our educational outreach. This may occur through strategic alliances with CU system partners like the University of Colorado South Denver and the Hybl Sports Medicine and Performance Center at UCCS.

“Addressing the dual challenge of college enrollment trends and cost concerns, while also effectively meeting the needs of an increasingly diverse population of students and patients will require us to cross intercampus divides and truly function as one CU.”

Harris-Love is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and a recipient of the Mayo Clinic Physical Therapy Outstanding Alumnus Award. He succeeds Margaret Schenkman, Ph.D., PT, FAPTA, who led the CU Physical Therapy Program for 15 years.  

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Changing Lives Through Endowed Chairs

On September 25, Chancellor Donald M. Elliman, Jr. welcomed 80 guests to the third annual Endowed Chair Celebration at the Wellshire Event Center in Denver to celebrate benefactors who support endowed chairs and the faculty who hold those positions. “We would not be where we are today without you,” he said. “Quite simply, you are changing lives.”

The Patten-Davis Foundation Trustee David Cohen spoke on behalf of the foundation and its founder Amy Davis about their longstanding support for faculty endowed chairs. “It was an honor and privilege to know Amy, and it is impossible to overstate what a dynamic and dedicated person Amy was.” Support from Amy Davis and The Patten-Davis Foundation spans decades and has fueled research in several areas throughout the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. “Her passions were health and education,” said Cohen. In total, Amy Davis and The Patten-Davis Foundation created five endowed chairs and multiple research funds to support faculty at the CU Cancer Center and the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes.

The Patten-Davis Foundation’s five endowed chairs are:

  • Amy Davis Endowed Chair in Basic Human Immunology
  • Courtenay C. and Lucy Patten Davis Endowed Chair in Lung Cancer Research
  • Courtenay C. and Lucy Patten Davis Endowed Chair in Surgical Thoracic Oncology
  • William Robinson Endowed Chair in Cancer Research
  • Richard Abrams and Marian Rewers Endowed Chair

“I was lucky enough to work with Amy over the years, as were the other trustees, and we try to stay true to Amy’s vision and support the things she was passionate about,” said Cohen.

A faculty panel at the event featured Eduardo Davila, PhD, James DeGregori, PhD, and William Robinson, MD, PhD. Each of these faculty have benefitted from The Patten-Davis Foundation’s philanthropy.

“Endowed chairs allow us to take calculated risks and innovate,” said Dr. DeGregori. “Sometimes these ideas are the next big breakthrough, leading to additional funding and new therapies for patients. We can’t take these kinds of risks with NIH [National Institutes of Health] funding.”

The panelists are all outstanding faculty at the CU Cancer Center focused on translational research. Dr. Davila is working on solid tumor immunology to use patients’ own cells to fight cancers. He is an integral partner in the Human Immunology and Immunotherapy Initiative at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.

Dr. DeGregori is a molecular biologist and immunologist researching the conditions that promote the evolution of cancers and developing interventions to prevent this. As a member of the CU Cancer Center leadership team, he is also building a national reputation of excellence for the center and helping build an ever-more robust research program at CU.

Dr. Robinson is a physician-researcher developing new treatments based on specific genetic make-up of various cancers. He was a longtime friend and physician of Amy Davis.

Investments in endowed chairs are powerful, as these positions serve as recruitment tools for top talent from around the country. Dr. Davila, one of the newest members of the CU School of Medicine faculty said, “Endowed chairs are a recognition from university leadership of our past, our present and future commitments to transform medicine.” In total, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus is home to 108 endowed chairs. This is a total value of more than $250 million that is used to make a difference in health care. These resources allow faculty to push boundaries and focus on transformative therapies that will impact countless lives.

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CU attracts record-breaking amount of funding for sponsored research

Setting a new systemwide record, faculty at the University of Colorado attracted more than $1.2 billion in sponsored research funding and gifts during the 2018-19 fiscal year.

This marks the third consecutive year the four-campus university system has exceeded $1 billion in annual sponsored research funding and reflects a 15.5% increase over the previous year. Each CU campus individually saw growth in research funding over last year as well.

Most sponsored research funding is awarded by federal agencies. In 2018-19, CU received $771 million in federal awards and $388.4 million in non-federal awards.

“CU’s record-setting research funding demonstrates the high quality of our faculty, whose work in discovery and innovation improves lives, saves lives and addresses some of the most pressing issues facing society,” said CU President Mark Kennedy. “Their work not only enhances the educational experience for our students, but also makes our world a better place.”

Following are the year’s totals in sponsored research funding at CU campuses, along with examples of the leading-edge endeavors that are elevating life across Colorado and beyond:

University of Colorado Boulder: $630.9 million. The U.S. Geological Survey selected CU Boulder to host the North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center (NCCASC) for the next five years. NCCASC Director Jennifer Balch, an assistant professor of Geography and director of CIRES’ Earth Lab, said the new, $4.5-million award recognizes the huge potential for synergy with existing campus programs and expertise. The center is one of eight regional climate centers created to help meet the changing needs of land and resource managers across the country; the North Central center serves Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas and Nebraska.

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus: $553.5 million. Kathleen Barnes, director of the Colorado Center for Personalized Medicine, received continued funding in FY2019 totaling over $2.5 million related to two National Institutes of Health R01 five-year awards (total over five years is $13.3 million), both focused on identifying genetic determinants associated with asthma in people of African ancestry, who suffer disproportionately compared to white patients with asthma. One of these awards was a competitive renewal from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, supporting the Consortium on Asthma among African-Ancestry Populations in the Americas (CAAPA), which is the largest genetics study of its kind focused exclusively on more than 18,000 individuals representing the African Diaspora, from North, Central, South America, the Caribbean and continental Africa.

University of Colorado Denver: $23.4 million. The National Science Foundation awarded researchers a $440,000 grant to study the recovery of manufactured homes after natural disasters. Esther Sullivan, assistant professor of sociology, and Andrew Rumbach and Carrie Makarewicz, assistant professors of urban and regional planning, are examining the impact of Hurricane Harvey on mobile home parks in greater Houston, a nine-county region with a population of more than 7 million. This is the first longitudinal study to focus on the recovery of manufactured homes, which make up one in every five homes bought in the U.S.

University of Colorado Colorado Springs: $8 million. A three-year, $432,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health is supporting research to develop, improve and utilize super-resolution microscopy with a focus on imaging live cells at the UCCS BioFrontiers Center. Undergraduate and graduate students are working with Guy Hagen, senior research associate, and Kathrin Spendier, assistant professor of physics, to use the improved imaging methods to study the molecular basis of allergic responses, which affect more than 50 million Americans each year.

Sponsored research funding from federal, state and local entities targets specific projects to advance research in laboratories and in the field. Research funding also helps pay for research-related capital improvements, scientific equipment, travel and salaries for research and support staff and student assistantships. CU cannot divert this funding to non-research-related expenses.

A great deal of sponsored research funding is directed to departments and researchers with unique expertise, such as biotechnology and aerospace, which stimulates industry.

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Goodbye Lynda.com, hello LinkedIn Learning

CU faculty and staff now have access to LinkedIn Learning, a free, on-demand learning solution. LinkedIn Learning offers a large number of resources to help employees succeed in their careers, expand their knowledge, build a professional network, and receive professional certifications.

LinkedIn Learning provides the following:

  • Unlimited access to more than 13,000 video tutorials covering business, creative and technology topics.
  • Personalized recommendations based on employees’ experience.
  • Information from expert instructors and industry leaders.
  • Convenient learning that can be accessed from any desktop or mobile device.
  • Innovative resources such as quizzes, exercise files and coding practice windows that reinforce learning.

Activate your account

During the activation process, you will be prompted to connect your personal LinkedIn profile to your LinkedIn Learning account. Make sure you have your LinkedIn username and password ready to connect your account. While it is not required to connect to LinkedIn, it is highly recommended for a more personalized learning experience.

Start exploring courses today. For an overview, watch How to Use LinkedIn Learning.

Access LinkedIn Learning:

  1. Log into my.cu.edu
  2. Select Training from the drop-down menu
  3. Select the LinkedIn Learning tile
  4. Begin learning

Questions? Email system.training@cu.edu or visit the Professional Growth and Development website.