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New Dean Elaine Scott Addresses Campus Climate in the School of Engineering

Dr. Elaine Scott officially started in her role as Dean of the School of Engineering on August 1. She immediately got to work learning about campus climate issues in the School of Engineering, including concerns that were raised by a student committee, the SoE’s own Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and the Campus Climate Survey. By the start of this academic year, work had already begun to engage the faculty and staff in collaborative work to strengthen a sense of community and build a culture of respect.

Dr. Elaine Scott officially started in her role as Dean of the School of Engineering on August 1. She immediately got to work learning about campus climate issues in the School of Engineering, including concerns that were raised by a student committee, the SoE’s own Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and the Campus Climate Survey. By the start of this academic year, work had already begun to engage the faculty and staff in collaborative work to strengthen a sense of community and build a culture of respect.

  • At the SoE all-hands retreat in September, faculty and staff engaged in groups across department and rank to participate in reflection on the culture and work on identifying values that will be used to formulate a code of conduct for the School.
  • For 2019-20, Dr. Ronald Danielson has been appointed as an informal ombudsperson in the School of Engineering to monitor the School’s climate and help faculty, staff, and students seek solutions to conflicts and complaints. This relates to the Campus Climate priority of conflict de-escalation and resolution.
  • Most recently, the SoE chairs and deans council explored the use of a daily Ignatian Examen as part of their leadership development. This work is continuing.
  • Notices have been sent to full-time faculty and full-time staff to outline procedures to form an elected Faculty Council and an elected Staff Council to advise the Dean on various School issues.