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Faculty Comments on Restructuring

Faculty Positions:

Dr. Janet Boyd

Interim Associate Dean of University College

“Is my job on the line? No, I’m faculty and I would go back to the classroom. Will I continue to be director? It depends on the new structure. It’s [University College] being dissolved. We really have to work out the details. One of the nice things is that the faculty at Becton and the faculty here are starting to talk about these things.”

Dr. Marion McClary

Co-Director of the School of Natural Sciences

“And this person said that we know in the future there’s a new science building going in Madison, and the Pharmacy school is in Madison. And I said ‘I’d never thought about it like that, you have a point.’ So yeah, this person has said, I’m going to start getting my resume ready. That’s not faculty, but this is someone who has started to think like that.”

Class Size:

Dr. Vicki Cohen

Interim Dean of University College

“It will still remain small class sizes. And some of our classes, which to me are a little too large, might become smaller, because we will have more resources when you pull resources together… we have classes which might have four in one section on this campus and four in the same exact section on another campus, so what we do is combine them together using ITV and technology.”

Dr. Karen Buzzard

Director of School of Art and Media Studies

“I think it would raise the class size levels, without a doubt. If classes below a certain number weren’t allowed to run then it makes sense that the result would be increasing class sizes. The problem with that…is they lose what I see as the major standout attraction of the school, which is the interpersonal relationship between the students and the faculty.”

Communication Between Campuses:

Dr. James Kenny

Professor of Criminal Justice

“Bringing us together and working with the other campus is a good thing. Rather than just tearing it down and throwing us together, let’s find ways to start working together first, and see how it goes. The other campus is a different world. You would think the school would bring us together in different ways, and work together using both our talents, and I think they should do that first.”

Dr. Vicki Cohen

Interim Dean of University College

“The curricula will eventually be aligned, there will be a little bit more synthesis between the two campuses and cooperation and collaboration and that in itself will enrich and help the students out because it will be a wider array of courses that you can take. Either through ITV, distance learning, or travel if you wanted to at some point.”

Future Structure of Administrative Staff:

Dr. Vicki Cohen

Interim Dean of University College

“It would be much like the Silberman College of Business which is on both campuses or the School of Education. There are ways to ensure that the administrative structure is set up so that both campuses are running smoothly with the same curriculum.”

Dr. Marion McClary

Co-Director of the School of Natural Sciences

“Maybe students don’t see that it’s going to be different, but the way they’re talking about structuring it now is loopy. It’s Madison at the controls, the Dean is over there, and either the Dean’s going to have to come to our campus or students are going to have to go there and that’s one of my big issues. Not everyone can get to Madison, unless they have a shuttle, and even if they do, that’s very inconvenient.”

How Restructuring Affects Students:

Dr. Karen Buzzard

Director of School of Art and Media Studies

“I think it would be problematic, unless they have somebody on this campus overseeing that, overseeing the student and their application for classrooms and their enrollment in classes. Since they plan to do away with the directors and the administrative support staff as well, that leaves rather a vacuum for the students on this campus, in terms of signing up for classes or if they run into any problems.”

Dr. Ronald Dumont

Director of the School of Psychology

“I think we are dedicated to the students. Clearly they are going to affect students because the students go here, and they will have to adjust to the change just like we will, but I do believe the university puts students pretty high on the list. “

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