Goal 5 | Developing Excellence in People

Spring 2013 Updates | Fall 2012 Updates

Recruit, value, develop, and retain an excellent and diverse faculty and staff

Archived monthly updates are now available on the Implementation Progress page.


November 2013 Update

Strategy 5-A: Enhance the recruitment process for excellence in hiring

  • Heavily into “heads down” design of system features.
  • Identified and invited all participants to Phase II focus groups.
  • Held focus groups for 4 job families: Food Service Dietary, Healthcare, Museum/Arts and Publishing.
  • Did JAQ follow-ups with staff and managers to increase response rate.
  • Reported to leadership and steering committee on Phase I outcomes.
  • Coordinated finalizing of official job titles with State of Kansas and details for data load of Phase I changes into HR/Pay. 
  • The number of faculty positions posted has increased from 46 at the time of last reporting to 52.
  • No training sessions on Hiring for Excellence were held during this time period. However, two are in the process of being scheduled for December in the school of Education and the school of Public Affairs and Administration.

Strategy5-B: Develop and retain talent and leadership at all levels to thrive in an era of change

  • Staff Learning & Development Council has resumed meeting after a summer hiatus. Two subcommittees have begun meeting as well, the first to plan the annual February staff summit, and the second to design and implement strategic communications related to learning and development opportunities for staff in anticipation of the new talent management software tool to be implemented in the coming year. 

  • Staff Leadership Summit: The planning committee for the annual Staff Leadership Summit has been meeting to develop a theme for the summit and plan various breakouts and summit highlights.  The date for the summit is February 18, 2014. 

  • Staff Fellows Program: A new cohort of fifteen fellows began meeting in September.  Initial meetings have been held with the Sarah Crawford-Parker from the First Year Experience office, and with Andi Witczak from the Center for Civic and Social Responsibility. Ann Cudd from Undergraduate Affairs will join the group this Friday, followed by Tim Caboni later in November. Project groups have had an initial opportunity to meet with their alumni mentors. 

  • Senior Administrative Fellows: The new cohort of ten fellows began meeting in September, including a conversation about the characteristics of great leaders and their impact on organizations.  Speakers since last reported include Tammara Durham, Vice Provost for Student Affairs, and Danny Anderson, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.   

  • Faculty Fellow:  Joan Sereno continues her work in support of faculty development efforts by interviewing faculty and reviewing best practices to develop and pilot one or two sessions during the spring semester to help associate professors plan for promotion to full professor.    

  • Chairs Roundtables and Workshops: The second roundtable of chairs will be held next week in early December.  The topic will be Leading Effective Meetings, and the format will be discussions at small lunch tables, with the following chairs invited to serve as table facilitators: Chris Brown, Alesha Doan, and Susan Twombly.

  • Visual Art department retreat: A day-long retreat was held November 22 at Theatre Lawrence.  Faculty, staff, and students were invited by chair Mary Anne Jordan to help create a blueprint for the future for the department. Jenny Mehmedovic prepared the retreat agenda and facilitated.

  • Organizational Effectiveness:  One departmental organizational assessment was completed and second one is now underway. Consultation and coaching were provided around organizational structure, climate, roles, goals, positive relationships, processes and procedures and change management.

  • Mental Health First Aid Training:  Bert Nash provided a two-day training in mental health first aid awareness and intervention. Approximately 25 staff attended the two- day training. Plans are underway to offer a second training opportunity in the spring.

  • Water Resources Meeting: Provided assistance to Tricia Berman and a select group of facilitators in designing a process for the campus-wide Water Summit.

  • Library Organization Redesign:  Co-presented with library faculty at KLA on KU Libraries organizational review process and the facilitative approach implemented by the Org Review Team.

Strategy 5-C: Be accountable

  • A faculty task force appointed by the provost developed a draft of a post-tenure review policy. Committee chairs met with deans and Faculty Senate to gather feedback and the draft is in final stages of revision in response to feedback received.
  • The differential allocation of effort policy was updated and approved during the 2011-2012 academic year and has been used by department chairs and deans during the 2012-2013 academic year. 
  • Seven schools are currently reviewing their faculty evaluation plans under the three-year review cycle. Updated plans are due December 1, 2013. 

Strategy 5-D: Enhance the diversity of faculty, staff, and student body

  • Search pending for new Vice Provost for Diversity and Equity.
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