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This Leadership Team Newsletter is published every two weeks by the Dean's Office in the College of Health at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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August 28,  2013
Reminder...Faculty Evaluation Guidelines
In July the University-wide Faculty Evaluation Committee (UFEC), through the Provost's office, provided feedback on recently submitted School/Department faculty evaluation guidelines (FEGs) as well as the COH operating procedures. The committee provided an overview memo, a template for the development of unit FEGs, and a list of areas that should be addressed in FEGs.  Marked up versions of some unit FEGs were also returned and were  forwarded to Chairs/Directors. No marked up versions of FEGs were available for the Justice Center, School of Nursing, School of Social Work, or WWAMI.

As the semester begins we hope you have had a discussion with the faculty in your until about responding to the feedback from UFEC and revising your FEGs.  The Dean's office would like to have all the revised unit FEGs by October 1st.

We are in the process of organizing an ad-hoc College committee to work on revisions to the COH operating procedures.

Please contact Randy or Susan for consultation and assistance.
College Committees
Three COH committees are in need of unit representatives:
  • Curriculum committee needs a representative from the School of Nursing.  Once this committee is fully staffed a regular meeting date will be established
  • Promotion and Tenure needs representatives from the School of Nursing and School of Allied Health Sciences.
  • Academic Dispute Committee needs representatives from the School of Nursing (both the AAS and BS programs) and School of Allied Health Sciences.  In addition, every academic unit in the College should identify an alternate member for this committee.  Alternates will be asked to attend the committee training and be available on an as-needed basis.

Please send the names of your committee members and alternates to Harriet.   

Change Leadership Course
The College of Business and Public Policy (CBPP) has scheduled a course in change leadership and is interested in having students from COH units.  Click here to download flyer for the course.
COH Academic Assessment Task Force Report
The COH Academic Assessment Task Force was to review the status of academic assessment in the College of Health and to provide the Dean with impressions and recommendations for improving academic assessment in the College. Of special interest to the Task Force were the data and the data collection efforts by which the programs evaluated their respective Program Student Learning OutcomesClick here to read the report.
Leveraging Diversity
The COH Diversity Committee sponsored a presentation by Dr. Uma Jayakumar of the University of San Francisco.  Dr. Jayakumar's research was cited in the U. S. Supreme Court's most recent diversity case, Fisher v. University of Texas.  In addition to discussing the Fisher case, Dr. Jayakumar's empirical research pointed to the importance of a "critical mass" of students from diverse backgrounds.  The session ended with a discussion about methods to promote diversity in faculty hiring.  For materials from Dr. Jayakumr's presentation, contact Deb Periman.
Unit Updates
Center for Human Development (CHD)
  • The Alaska Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention course was developed by a collaborative effort of staff from the Center for Human Development's Trust Training Cooperative, the Center for Behavioral Health and Research, and the State of Alaska's Department of Behavioral Health's Prevention and Early Intervention. 
    A Gatekeeper is anyone within a community who is responsible for the health and safety of an individual, has access to resources, and has the ability to listen, connect, assess, and (most importantly) act when someone is contemplating suicide. The Alaska Gatekeeper Training will help prepare and give knowledge about suicide, including identifying risk factors, warning signs, as well as protective factors that influence a person's ability to care for him or herself during a crisis. Gatekeepers also learn and practice intervention skills such as active listening, relationship building, assessment of risk, and the development of an action plan including the identification of community resources and making appropriate referrals.
    For more information, contact Eric Boyer, Training Coordinator, at 907-264-6257.
  • Alaska LEND  (Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) without Walls is getting ready to start up for 2013-14. Twelve Fellows will participate this year from the disciplines of Speech Language Pathology, Social Work, Family, Psychology, Special Education, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Public Health and Nursing.  The Fellows represent the communities of Anchorage, Eagle River, Fairbanks, and Sitka. The cohort is a good mix of experienced practicing professionals, new professionals, and graduate students.
  • These Fellows will complete 300+ hours in LEND, including interdisciplinary seminars, clinical and field activities, research activities, and a host family experience. The LEND program is funded by the Maternal and Child Health and provides long-term, graduate level interdisciplinary training to improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents with disabilities.

Justice Center
  • The Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC) has released, "Alaska Offender Profile: Adult Probation/Parole, 2002-2012," number 13-06 in the Fact Sheet publication series. The report presents data on the adult probation/parole population under Alaska Department of Corrections supervision for the period 2002-2012, and briefly describes how probation and parole operate in Alaska.  The report examines the total numbers of adults under probation/parole supervision, rates of supervision, demographic breakdowns by sex and race, and distribution by supervising authority. The Fact Sheet is authored by Dr. Brad A. Myrstol, director of the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC).

  • Dr. Troy Payne, Justice faculty, published a review of a research paper, "Risky Facilities: Crime Concentration in Homogeneous Sets of Establishments and Facilities," by John E. Eck, University of Cincinnati; Ronald V. Clarke, Rutgers University, and Rob T. Guerette, Florida International University, in Crime Analyst's Research Digest, 2nd edition.This publication by the International Association of Crime Analysts features summaries on general topics.  Practitioners and researchers who are knowledgeable in the field provide crime analysts with a quick summary of relevant research articles.
  •  Prof. Kristin Knudsen, J.D., Justice faculty, recently published a report for the Alaska Office of Boards and Commission - Office of the Governor entitled Alaska Boards and Commissions - Results of the Alaska Citizen Members Survey. Her report presents information on reported participation, role perception, attitudes toward law, recruitment and satisfaction with experience among lay members of mixed administrative tribunals based on a survey of lay members of Alaska's adjudicatory boards and commissions. Prof. Knudsen's report was the basis for her recent presentations on lay participation in mixed administrative tribunals to staff of the State of Alaska Office of Administrative Hearings.    
  • The Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC) was awarded a grant for the Alaska Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Case Processing Project.  The grant funds will be used to support a new AJSAC research initiative called the Alaska Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Case Processing Project, a collaborative project with the Alaska Department of Public Safety, the Alaska Department of Law, and the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Juvenile Justice. The primary objective of the project is to empirically document the criminal justice case processing and outcomes of sexual assault, sexual abuse of a minor, and domestic violence cases in the state of Alaska. In coming years, Dr. Myrstol intends to expand the project to include additional Alaska police agencies.

  • Justice major Lena Illig is the first person to receive a $1,000 Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP) college scholarship two years in a row.  She is featured in an Anchorage Daily News article published online August 1 and in the August 5 UAA electronic newsletter, Green & Gold Digest. 
  • Lena's goal is to become an Alaska State Trooper. This year, she is one of 21 top students awarded the scholarship by LEEP's professional public safety officers. The LEEP scholarship is presented to students interested in pursuing a career in public safety and all of its related fields - law enforcement, police-fire dispatch, corrections officer, firefighting or emergency medical technicians (EMT).


Upcoming Events/Deadlines

  • September 2 -- Labor day holiday
  • September 6 -- Interdisciplinary RFA due to Associate Dean for Research 
  • September 10 -- UNAC P & T files due to Dean
  • September 10 -- Sabbatical reports due to Dean
  • September 12 -- Leadership team meeting; Ivy Spohnholz presenting 
  • September 13 -- Academic assessment seminar 
  • September 16 -- Sabbatical reprots due to OAA
  • September 16 -- UAFT workloads due to OAA
  • September 16 -- Activity reports due (with CVs) to OCAA
  • September 16 -- Appointment letters due to OAA
  • September 26 -- Leadership team; Jan Harris & Katie Branch presenting on preliminary results of vacancy study 
  • September 27 -- UAFT P & T files due to Dean
  • September 27 -- Sabbatical request due to Dean  
  • October 5 -- Making strides against breast cancer 

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