The merger between Texas A&M University and the Texas A&M Health Science Center is complete, and with it comes new opportunities and challenges. As a result, the TAMBCD faculty development committee deemed it prudent to make faculty aware of some of the changes.
On January 8, thanks to legal experts and administrators from TAMU, TAMHSC and TAMBCD, the 2015 Annual Faculty Retreat goal of heightening faculty awareness of some post-merger actions, policies and guidelines was realized.
Dr. Jack Long set the tone for the meeting with a description of activities leading up to the revision of student due process procedures. Attorney Jerry Brown of the Office of General Counsel at TAMU brought real life experience on legal tenets of due process in the academic environment with input from Joe Galvan, managing counsel, health affairs, TAMHSC.
Three speakers addressed academic and disciplinary due process:
More real-life issues related to harassment and Title IX infractions was presented by Kristen Harrell, associate director, Office of Student Life, TAMU.
The committee was pleased to offer once again a retreat highlight, the Dean’s State of the School message. TAMBCD Dean Larry Wolinsky regaled the participants with the college’s accomplishments and future plans.
Finally, the retreat wrapped up with the presentation of faculty awards by Dr. Lavern Holyfield, director of faculty development.
Retreat Presenters: Dr. Larry Wolinsky, Joe Galvan, Jerry Brown, Dr. Anne Reber,
Seated (L-R): Drs. Rankin, Benson and Roesch