A new team of administrators in the School of Human Performance and Recreation – the largest unit in the college, with approximately 1000 undergraduate and graduate majors across seven professional areas – was installed in November, and is doing a bang-up job.
Nancy Speed, Gary Krebs, and Scott Piland, all veteran faculty members with deep USM roots, are working well both in relatively distinct functional areas – student success, curriculum and assessment, and faculty development/research promotion, respectively – and as a team bearing collective responsibility for realizing the instructional and research missions of the school. (If there’s a weak link in this team, it’s me, serving this year as acting school director after our new director hire fell through. But that’s another story….)
The reorganization of administrative operations is a major step in moving the School of HP&R forward. Another big one – in fact crucial, in my view – is underway in the form of a strategic planning effort. Starting off with faculty contributions to a SWOT (strengths-weaknesses-opportunities-threats) analysis, this effort kicks into high gear tomorrow, when Gil Reeve, a facilitator with the American Kinesiology Association, leads a daylong planning workshop with all members of the corps of instruction.