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Letters to the Faculty: May 16, 2011

Dear Colleagues:

I hope you are well and enjoying the relief that comes with the end of the semester. As we also come to the end of the 2010-2011 inaugural year of the Policy and Planning Committee, we need to think ahead to next year. The PPC has been instrumental this year in working with me to frame the discussion and implementation of the new tenure system, the internal review of Arts & Sciences, and most recently the impact of the proposed benefits changes on the faculty and staff of the Arts and Sciences, while also participating in deliberations around matters of academic policy, budget, the structure of the Arts and Sciences, and the quality of life of faculty. It is clear to us all that this experiment in faculty governance has been a great success even as it will require our continued commitment and attention.

As three members of the PPC will cycle off at the end of the fiscal year, it is now the time to elect three new members to work alongside the five continuing members and the new chair from humanities voted in by the body of chairs. After it is fully constituted, the PPC shall elect its faculty chair and vice chair.
In summary, the 2011-2012 membership comprises:

1. Three PPC members chosen by and from the Chairs: Michael Riordan (Economics), Bill Zajc (Physics), and a humanities chair to be elected shortly.

Three PPC members elected by you for a three-year term: outgoing chair Teo Barolini (Italian), Peter Bearman (Sociology), and Ann McDermott (Chemistry).

Three PPC members to be ELECTED BY THE FACULTY OF ARTS & SCIENCES FROM THE NOMINATED SLATE BELOW.

I therefore ask you, using the ballot below, to vote for one faculty candidate from each division whom you would like to see elected to the Policy and Planning Committee. Please vote by 5 pm THURSDAY, MAY 19th.

Please vote for ONE of the following candidates in the Social Sciences:

__ TERENCE D’ALTROY

__ JACK SNYDER

Please vote for ONE of the following candidates in the Humanities:

__ CATHY POPKIN

__ CAROL ROVANE

Please vote for ONE of the following candidates in the Natural Sciences:

__ LAWRENCE CHASIN

__ ROBERT FRIEDMAN

Please cast your vote electronically by replying to this email to Ruby Cruz (rc32@columbia.edu).

Short biographies submitted by the candidates can be found on the PPC website. I am grateful to these candidates for demonstrating their willingness to be leaders of the growing faculty governance in the Arts and Sciences.

I appreciate too your participation in this important election of your representatives.

All best,

Nick

Nicholas B. Dirks
Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology and History
Executive Vice President for Arts and Sciences