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University of Mary Washington

We’ve had a number of changes lately!  This update from my office is another attempt to keep communicating through the changes. I welcome your questions and feedback.

Jay Harper

New Administrators and Faculty in Academic Affairs

It’s been a busy year of recruiting.  As you know, Richard Finkelstein accepted our offer and is joining us as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.  He comes to us from the State University of New York at Geneseo, where he served recently as chair of the English Department.  I anticipate he will be on campus in the second week of

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It stands for Quality Enhancement Plan.  This is now a required component of the SACS reaffirmation process, reflecting the commitment of the Commission on Colleges to reinforce the proposition that student learning be at the heart of the mission of all institutions of higher learning.  SACS has emphasized that

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Faculty Win External Grants

Congratulations to Jessie Fillerup, Department of Music, and to Allyson Poska and Nabil Al-Tikriti, Department of History and American Studies!  Dr. Fillerup, in her first year at UMW, has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for Humanities as part of their “enduring questions” program.  The grant will support her development of a new course on the question of time.

Dr. Poska just learned that she is receiving a fellowship from the John Carter Brown Library to pursue her project on gendered crossings and transatlantic migration in the Spanish Empire.  Dr. Al-Tikriti was awarded a grant from the American Research Institute in Turkey to pursue

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SCHEV, General Assembly Legislation, and Projects on the Horizon

A number of initiatives from the State Council on Higher Education for Virginia, combined with some recently passed legislation, will require that we take a look at some of our academic policies.  As usual, these directives are phrased as broad policy outlines and in most cases the details are left up to the individual institutions.

One effort has to do with the establishment of “dual admissions” programs between four-year institutions and community colleges in Virginia. This requirement included in

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