Office of the Provost Staffing / Phased Retirement / Shared Governance News
Office of the Provost Staffing / Phased Retirement / Shared Governance News
Grand Valley State University

Office of the Provost

Noteworthy
May 23, 2022

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to faculty and staff within the Academic Affairs Division

Office of the Provost Staffing

In the next few weeks, leadership in the Office of the Provost will change as Chris Plouff, Interim Provost (and formerly Senior Associate Vice President), and Ellen Schendel, Associate Vice President, leave the University for wonderful new professional opportunities. A plan has been implemented that will temporarily distribute their responsibilities until incoming Provost Mili determines next steps for roles within the Office of the Provost.
Continuing assignment
Sonia Dalmia, Interim Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, will continue her part-time assignment through the summer to support assessment and accreditation work.
Beginning May 28 
Christine Rener, Vice Provost for Instructional Development and Innovation, will take on oversight of curriculum and work with the University Curriculum Committee and the Online Education and Microcredential Council. 
Robert Smart, Vice Provost for Research Administration, will take on administrative responsibilities for the Padnos International Center.
Between June 18 – July 5
Ed Aboufadel, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, will serve as Acting Provost between the time Chris Plouff departs and incoming Provost Mili arrives.
A call for applications for faculty interested in potential Assistant/Associate Vice President role(s) in the Office of the Provost will soon be distributed.

Reinstatement of Phased Retirement Program

We are pleased to announce that the phased retirement program for regular faculty has been reinstated, and it is being extended to affiliate faculty and AP staff. A phased retirement is when an employee reduces their workload and compensation during their final years of GVSU employment. A phased retirement policy has now been published on the University Policies site. Any agreement must include “a comprehensive plan detailing how the work will be distributed (current state vs. future state), and how the cost will be absorbed.” Faculty agreements are now limited to two years.  Note that “Phased retirements are at the sole discretion of the executive offer. There is no entitlement or expectation for the individual.”
Detailed procedures are also available today on the Human Resources website. For faculty who wish to apply with a start date this August, please contact your unit head immediately to begin discussions. Provided that the dean is supportive, documentation must be in the hands of the dean by June 15. (In future years, the deadline will be in February, or earlier for certain situations.) Interested AP staff can also start the discussion process, but deadlines have not been defined and details are subject to change.

Shared Governance News

Official correspondence about shared governance decisions is available on the Faculty Governance website under the "UAS Recommendations and Provost Responses" button. Recent postings include:
  • CECI representation on ECS - AFFARES Task Force recommendation
  • Affiliate faculty representation on ECS - AFFARES Task Force recommendation
  • Reinstatement of Phased Retirement - FSBC recommendation
  • 12-month faculty vacation time - FSBC recommendation
  • Leadership and succession planning - LIFT-MC recommendation
  • Tenure and promotion decisions - FPPC recommendation
  • Service during sabbatical - FPPC recommendation
  • Leadership and succession planning - APSC recommendation
  • Leadership and succession planning - AFAC recommendation
  • Systemic racism teaching - GEC recommendation
  • Parental leave for faculty - FPPC recommendation
  • Leadership and succession planning - FFPAC recommendation
  • Former reports review - FFPAC recommendation
  • Support for Student Senate resolution - Including contact information for suicide prevention hotline on Student ID card
  • Support for Student Senate resolution - Creating a safety barrier on the Little Mac Bridge
  • LIFT Charge - FPPC recommendation (Provost's initial response)
  • Leadership, succession planning, and committee representation - UCC recommendation
  • Leadership, succession planning, and committee responsibilities - EIC recommendation
  • Work order follow-up process - FFPAC recommendation
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