Implementing Our Plan

We're bringing our plan to life.

Through the implementation process, we're putting the Arts & Sciences Strategic Plan into action. This marks the beginning of our efforts to strengthen our foundations, raise our pillars, and launch our signature initiatives.

We'll be sharing milestones, key data, and opportunities for our community to connect and engage as we define this decade of Arts & Sciences.

Recent progress:

  • Selection of an Implementation Project Manager: In early April, we welcomed Lynda Duke, our Implementation Project Manager, who will spearhead tracking our goals, timeline, progress and related data and analyses. 
  • Announcement of Foundation Team Members and Pillar Champions: This core group of 16 faculty and staff members was selected in April and will begin meeting in early May. Ten foundations team members (two to three per foundation) and six pillar champions (one per pillar) will serve a one-year term and guide implementation outcomes for their appointment area. View the foundation team members and pillar champions in our directory
  • Signature initiatives begin their activities: The Incubator for Transdisciplinary Futures (ITF) has launched a call for pre-proposals. They will catalyze and support transformative research and learning “clusters” across A&S and the university. They are accepting pre-proposals for cluster funding until May 27. Those selected for full proposals will be notified in June. Learn more about the ITF’s goals and funding process 
  • Selection of Dean's Distinguished Graduate Fellows: We will welcome our inaugural cohort of distinguished graduate fellows in fall 2022. This program was created to enhance recruitment and recognition of outstanding incoming graduate students. Learn more about the fellowship program

Project Timeline

We are working on the initial phase of our ten-year plan

Preliminary planning

We establish project governance and form the full implementation team. Pillar champions and foundations leads for Year 1 are identified. Signature initiatives kick off their planning process.

Year 1

The implementation team begins the work of identifying efforts and tracking progress. Our signature initiatives launch their initial round of activities.

Year 2

Year 3

Our Team

Meet the faculty and staff leading our implementation efforts and our signature initiatives.

View our implementation team
Arts & Sciences announces first cohort of SPEED grant recipients

Arts & Sciences announces first cohort of SPEED grant recipients

The first cohort of Seeding Projects for Enabling Excellence & Distinction (SPEED) grant winners was recently named by Feng Sheng Hu, dean of Arts & Sciences, and William Tolman, vice dean of research and entrepreneurship.

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Key members of the strategic plan implementation team selected

Pillar champions and foundation team members will play key roles in the Arts & Sciences strategic plan implementation effort.

Our preliminary implementation phase

Our initial efforts are focused on the following:

  • Establishing implementation governance and project management structure  
  • Appointing co-directors for our signature initiatives, and recruiting and appointing core teams 

  • Finalizing budgets and timelines for initiatives 

  • Establishing roles and responsibilities for Pillar Champions and Foundation Team Members 

  • Appointing Pillar Champions and Foundation Team Members 

  • Developing a communication plan to share progress with our community