Soon dissertation chairs and staff will all be engaging in a well thought out Academic Review process for University of Phoenix. As one dedicated to extending the reach of our faculty and graduating students, I see this as an opportunity for professional development. It is true that we are holding high expectations for our faculty and students and it is equally true that we are partners in providing opportunities and leadership for meeting and exceeding those expectations.
So let me share some key constructs that will provide a deeper understanding and reveal some real motivating factors backstopping the Academic Review process.
1. To inspire trust in both staff and faculty that we are doing what is best for all involved.
Trust must be earned. In the conversation surrounding the Academic Review a theme of a “commitment” to the faculty emerged. We seek to build the capacity of our faculty as well as their ability to be generative as scholars. We will be active listeners as well as opportunists in reviewing, building, and planning through this process. We seek to advance scholarship through professional develop.
2. To offer transparency in the process.
It became clear to all involved in building the Academic Review Process that it was a process that should be dedicated to advancing the professional lives of the faculty. To that end, all active faculty have the opportunity to also be active participants; this is a process that does not happen to you but for you.
3. To minimize confusion and misguided inference before full information is available.
Rumor is often harbinger of misunderstanding. We will be providing clear instructions and purposes concerning the Academic Review at every step along the way. A good deal of information concerning the process is already being distributed, and it is being made available to all affected as soon as possible. And, since this is an action dedicated to the professional development of dissertation faculty and the graduating students, the Research Centers will be a resource for clarifying questions or concerns that arise.
4. To create an inclusive environment to ensure teamwork and success throughout the process.
In short the School of Advanced Studies succeeds when its faculty and students succeed. We are in this together and seek to make the Academic Review process a collaborative and constructive process for all.