Dean’s note – Fall 2020

Welcome to Fall 2020. Not anywhere in our recent memory have we had a new academic year begin with so much uncertainty along so many dimensions. Yet, the Huskie spirit of grit keeps our focus on marching ahead to achieve and exceed our goals. Our faculty and staff have adapted quickly to the new mode of delivering courses and engaging with our students and each other. Even with short notice, during the Spring semester, our team supported the move of 290 courses from the face-to-face format to online. For this semester, our portfolio is comprised of a significant number of offerings in the online mode, some in the hybrid mode and a few that meet face-to-face. We welcomed a strong class of new freshmen and transfer students and broke enrollment records on our graduate enrollment in some of our online programs.

Our success in delivering cutting-edge graduate programs is enabled by the exceptional work our faculty do in advancing knowledge. Scholarly work is considered the lifeblood of institutions as it is an important driver of the intellectual curiosity of our faculty, who in turn bring this knowledge into the classroom to benefit and inspire our students. Here are a few points of pride related to scholarly work of our faculty:

  • Six faculty members were published in some of the top 50 journals used by The Financial Times to rank research. The proud professors are Balaji Rajagopalan, Onkar S. Malgonde, Yipeng Liu, Matthew D. Pickard, Mark Mellon, and Timothy L. Michaelis.
  • The college had 68 peer-reviewed scholarly publications by 40 tenure-track faculty authors. This calculates to 1.7 publications per tenure-track faculty per year.
  • Four faculty members were selected as Dean’s Summer Research Fellows. Each awardee was given a grant to continue their research. The fellows include Bethany Cockburn, Mahesh Subramony, Matt Pickard, and Furkan Gur.

With great pride we showcase a few exemplars of the exceptional scholarly work of our faculty. Your support makes it possible to for us to continue initiatives like the Summer Research Fellows for our faculty to engage in research. While this support is always critical, during this time of great challenge, your support makes all the difference. Thank you.

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