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1 SFOS Faculty of the Future Committee Report To the SFOS Faculty Faculty ‘Conclave’, Fairbanks 21 August 2005

2 Committee Members Milo Adkison Rolf Gradinger Nicola Hillgruber Brenda Konar Joe Margraf Alex deOliveira Tom Weingartner Matt Wooller Kate Wynne, Chair With support from Christina Neumann and other SFOS staff

3 Committee Charge …. identify the next tenure-track faculty positions needed to be hired in SFOS from a strictly ACADEMIC perspective

4 Sounds simple enough BUT….

5 Strategic Planning Verges on Strategic Planning !

6 Points to Consider, Issues to Discuss …together

7 Is it primarily (or solely) academic? Is it Tripartite, where the ratio of teaching, research, and extension varies by faculty? What makes us unique? What distinguishes SFOS from any other schools? How do SFOS academic activities in dispersed ‘centers’ (Fairbanks, Juneau, Kodiak, Seward) fit in the vision? Can they be better integrated and mutually supporting/supportive- how?? How do we view the role of SFOS and UAF ?

8 re-building programs “in crisis”? preventing strong programs from faltering ? sustaining graduate programs in Oceanography, Marine Biology, Fisheries, Seafood Science? enhancing undergraduate program (↑ $ from enrollment)? sustaining / enhancing research programs (↑ $ from Indirect Cost Recovery)? Given limited # hires in near future, do we prioritize

9 Critical mass (n) of faculty in each? if so, n =? Critical expertise (throughout school or in geographic centers) that can teach core courses in each? If so, don’t we first need to ID those courses? in Oceanography, Marine Biology, Fisheries, Seafood Science? What constitutes a viable academic program

10 Are broad areas of expertise needed by multiple SFOS disciplines? Does that expertise already exist within SFOS, UAF, or UA system? If so, can it be accessed and utilizied more efficiently? joint appointments? team-teaching and short courses? improved distance delivery? short-term travel by faculty to other SFOS sites for team-teaching or short courses? How do we get funding needed for additional travel, IT improvement, etc? Where are our expertise needs now and in near future (next 5 yrs)?

11 Committee Approach

12 Identify emerging trends and needs (ADFG, NOAA, NSF, Ocean Commission); trends in hiring across campus Solicit input re: priorities from our respective ‘units’ Identify those needs that cross-cut unit boundaries within school Identify needs specific to JUN and FBX Discuss SFOS academic strengths and challenges Review past and current student enrollment; existing faculty, their expertise and attrition

13 SFOS Faculty by Division Tenure TrackNon-Tenure track 13Oceanography1 12Fisheries? 7Marine Biology8 5Seafood Science0 10Marine Extension3 Unofficial, as of Spring 2005 SFOS has lost 7 tenure-track faculty in past year (3 Fisheries, 2 Oceanography, 2 Marine Biol)

14 SFOS Grad Students by Discipline TotalMSPhD Oceanography 217 14 Marine Biology 41 30 11 Fisheries 74 54 20 Interdisciplinary 9 6 3 Unofficial, as of Spring 2005

15 SFOS Strengths = Challenges Faculty Diversity Faculty Dispersal

16 Faculty of Future ?? or Faculty of Attrition ??

17 General recommendations

18 1. Encourage faculty integration 1. Encourage faculty integration consider SFOS to have a multi-discipline academic program: Oceanography, Marine Biology, Fisheries, Seafood Science are each important disciplines and should be supported replace critical expertise lost within programs, but consider site-specific needs also encourage cross-discipline integration and application of expertise found within centers and units seek expertise (hire faculty) to meet overlapping needs of multiple disciplines whenever possible consider dissolving academic barriers between GPMSL/Fisheries and IMS/JCOF/FITC/MAP/ASLC/GURU

19 Encourage more efficient and effective use of existing faculty when possible improve distance delivery encourage team-teaching and short-courses facilitate inter-campus travel by faculty and students, etc. seek joint appointments collaboration on campus(es) for ‘outside’ expertise NOTE: integrating geographically-dispersed faculty and labs will require increased $$ support *** 2. Improve access to faculty in all locations and divisions

20 One revisionist’s visualization OceanographyMarine Biology Phys. Geol. Chem. Biol. Ecology Pop Dynamics Physiology Policy plant vert invert Fisheries Mgt. Ecol. fresh marine Extension Sea Grant MAP FITC Fish. Seafood Sci. biochem molec Biol toxicologist SustHarvest. Processing SeafoodQuality Marketing Better integration of faculty expertise among academic disciplines biochem molec Biol toxicologist

21 Specific recommendations

22 12 Hires needed merely for SURVIVAL Address acute and chronic losses to SFOS academic programs ONLY We need more faculty for GROWTH to address emerging trends and meet state-wide mandates/objectives and $ for facilities (lab and office space) to support them NOTE: a new “Faculty of the Future” committee should be convened to address faculty hiring needs for GROWTH

23 HIRES NEEDEDTO SUSTAIN EXISTING SFOS ACADEMIC PROGRAMS (not in preferential order, * indicate replacement of lost faculty) ExpertiseLocationAcad Program Biometrician/PopDy ecol (* Fagen)JUNFisheries Nearshore ecol (* Highsmith)FBXMarine Biol Invertebrate/benthic ecol (*Shirley)JUNFisheries Marine mammal ecologist (* MikeC)FBXMarine Biol Chemical Oceanographer (*Henrichs) FBXOceanography Geological Oceanographer (*Naidu)FBXOceanography Microbiologist (* Plumley)FBXOceanogr/MarBiol Physiological ecologist (incl fish)FBXMarine Biol/Fish Biological Oceanographer FBXOceanogr/MarBiol Freshwater limnologist (habitat)FBXFisheries Freshwater Ecology/Fish PopsFBXFisheries Marine BiometricianFBXMarine Biol

24 The concept

25 Freshwater Ecologist Nearshore Ecologist Invertebrate Benthic Ecologist Marine Mammal Ecologist Microbiologist Expertise Location Tools Teaching Fairbanks Juneau Biostatistics*Genomics* Stable Isotopes GIS Remote Sensing Bioacoustics Modeling Fluvial Geomorph Statistics Chemical Oceanography Undergrad Fisheries Marine Biology Field Course Physiological Ecologist Chemical Oceanogr.

26 Expertise Location Tools Teaching Fairbanks Juneau Biostatistics*Genomics* Stable Isotopes GIS Remote Sensing Bioacoustics Modeling Fluvial Geomorph Statistics Chemical Oceanography Undergrad Fisheries Marine Biology Field Course Freshwater Ecologist Nearshore Ecologist Invertebrate Benthic Ecologist Physiological Ecologist Marine Mammal Ecologist Microbiologist Chemical Oceanogr.

27 Expertise Location Tools Teaching Fairbanks Juneau Biostatistics*Genomics* Stable Isotopes GIS Remote Sensing Bioacoustics Modeling Fluvial Geomorph Statistics Chemical Oceanography Undergrad Fisheries Marine Biology Field Course Chemical Oceanogr. Physiological Ecologist Freshwater Ecologist Invertebrate Benthic Ecologist Marine Mammal Ecologist Microbiologist Nearshore Ecologist

28 SFOS is unique serve research, academic, and extension functions that facilitate understanding of high latitude marine organisms, their habitat, environment, and sustained utilization. Faculty within a single school

29 SFOS is unique serve research, academic, and extension functions that facilitate understanding of high latitude marine organisms, their habitat, environment, and sustained utilization. Faculty within a single school Embrace it. Share it.

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