AY 2019-2020 Planning Document

The Chancellor convenes the university shared governance leaders to implement a shared governance structure at the university’s executive level.  The group meets three times a semester. The Chancellor and Cabinet rely on these elected shared governance leaders to represent the perspectives of the faculty, students, graduate students, and staff at the university on strategic matters, university policies, and topics of concern to the entire campus.  The shared governance leaders also identify key discussion topics that have or will have an impact on the entire campus. The conversations are intentional and with an eye toward uncovering areas of collaboration between the groups.

Members:

  • Chancellor
  • Provost
  • Senior Vice Chancellor
  • Boulder Faculty Assembly – Chair and Vice Chair
  • Staff Council – Chair or Co-Chairs
  • CUSG Executives  - Tri-executives
  • UGGS Executives  - Tri-executives
  • Senior Vice Provost
  • Director of Human Resources
  • Student Affairs Representative
  • Dean of the Graduate School
  • Deputy Chief of Staff
  • Chief of Staff

Semester Preview

On September 25, 2019, Heather McGowan will visit CU Boulder to discuss the future or work.  You can see one of her talks here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqQI8ZqZJcE&t=2s  (22 minutes).  The Shared Governance will discuss this presentation at the October 9th meeting.

Meeting Dates and Draft List of Topics for 2019-2020 

Lunch served at each meeting.  

  • September 4, 2019: Note special start time 11:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Case W311
  • October 9, 2019 : 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., CASE W313
  • November 13, 2019: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., CASE W313
  • February 19, 2020: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., CASE W313       
  • March 18, 2020: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., CASE W313
  • April 22, 2020: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., CASE W313

Shared Governance Leaders Biographics

Boulder Faculty Assembly

Bob Ferry: A fourth-generation Colorado native, I am a first-generation CU Boulder alum (History, Class of 1969), and my graduate degrees (M.A.; Ph.D., 1980) are from the University of Minnesota.  I lived, did academic research, and worked for the Biblioteca Nacional in Caracas, Venezuela from 1974 to 1980.  I have been a member of the CU Boulder Department of History, where I am an associate professor of Latin American history, since 1982. I held a Fulbright Fellowship to Mexico in 2002-2003. I served three terms as the Chair of the CU Boulder Arts & Sciences Council (2009-2011; 2012-2013), and I have been the Chair of the Boulder Faculty Assembly since 2017.

Vicki Groves: Vicki began her experience in shared governance as her department’s BFA representative in 2012; she has since served two terms as BFA Secretary and is currently in her second year as BFA Vice-Chair. She has also served for several years on the system-wide Faculty Council, as an At-Large Arts and Sciences representative, and on the system Personnel and Benefits Committee and the Budget Committee. Her involvement in shared governance has further included her participation at meetings of the PAC-12 Academic Leadership Coalition in 2017, 2018, and 2019. Vicki’s involvement in shared governance, through the BFA and other bodies, has given her a tremendous sense of pride in the university she serves, and appreciation and admiration for the people who make up the campus community, and the teaching and research that takes place here. 

Vicki earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature here at the University of Colorado, Boulder, specializing in 19th-century Russian literature and Culture, and is a Senior Instructor in the Russian Program in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Literatures and Languages.


Staff Council

Staff Council

John Kelly: As a Regional Affiliate Manager for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing, John supports more than 25 different regions across the nation as they work to increase the meaningful participation of women and girls in computing and technology. By encouraging men to become advocates for the women around them, and engaging a diverse coalition of industry professional, academics, teachers, parents, and tech advocates, John has worked to create systemic change for all people in the computing and technology space.

John has been a fierce advocate for social justice and equality, and has focused his professional career on organizing volunteers to achieve those goals. Prior to joining NCWIT, John worked as a volunteer coordinator for an immigration advocacy group that focused on repealing Arizona’s harsh immigration law and promoting a sensible pathway to citizenship. John also worked as a volunteer coordinator for the Grand Canyon Trust where he recruited, trained, and organized volunteers to advocate for a ban on uranium mining in the Grand Canyon.

John has declared his candidacy for candidacy for the Colorado Senate District 17 seat up for election next year.  https://www.timescall.com/2019/06/12/john-kelly-announces-bid-for-eastern-boulder-county-state-senate-seat/

Like members of the Board of Regents who are also employees, John will manage his conflicts of interest, if any, with his supervisor and university counsel. 

Heather Martin: Heather Martin has been with CU Boulder since September 2015 and currently serves as Program Coordinator to the Silicon Flatirons Center, housed in the law school. Her service includes, serving on Boulder Campus Staff Council since 2017, including as Co-Chair 2018-19, and currently continues to serve in that role. Heather has also served as a mentor to undergrads through the Public Interest Internship Experience (PIIE) Program on the Boulder campus for the past two summers. For fun, she attempts to keep up with her two boys—A teen and a toddler, oh my!—and moonlights as a CU Denver student.

As a certified mediator and ABA paralegal, Heather previously worked for the Los Angeles County Bar Association, holding several roles prior to being named manager of volunteer and business development services for their then nonprofit affiliate, Center for Civic Mediation. In this role, Heather worked with a volunteer network of 500+ attorney and non-attorney volunteers, preparing them to provide free mediation services in greater Los Angeles County. Heather also worked with several LA County schools, implementing and staffing on-site peer mediation programs.

Deb Prestianni: Deb is a strong advocate for lifelong education in all its forms, coming from a working class family. Her heritage is Native American, Italian and Dutch and she has a B.A. in Psychology from Wellesley College, and an M.A. in International Relations from Yale University. Deb moved to Colorado 4 years ago, and loves it much more than anywhere she lived before on the East Coast of the US. Deb works in Human Resources in the College of Engineering & Applied Sciences.


United Goverment of Graduate Students (UGGS)

Sarah Fahmy, UGGS President. Sarah is a first year PhD student in Theatre and Performance Studies studying postcolonial identities and young women’s participation in sustainable development.

Jen Reeve, UGGS Vice President of Internal Affairs. Jen is a PhD candidate in Geological Sciences studying the co-evolution of life and Earth through experimental evolution in the lab.

Javan Carter, UGGS Vice President of External Affairs. Javan is a third year Ph.D student in the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology studying Evolutionary Genomics. 


CU Boulder Student Government (CUSG)

Ryan Passas: My name is Ryan Passas and I am a Senior studying Sociology. I am a Colorado native and I love spending as much time as possible outdoors. After competing at Youth Nationals for crew while in high school, I have gone on to coach my old Junior rowing team for the past three years. During the summer, I am a professional water ski instructor and during our Colorado winters I also love skiing as much as I can. Through my involvement at CU thus far, including serving as the secretary for Students Organize for Syria at CU, I developed an immense passion for advocacy and change-making. I am passionate about being a champion for social justice on our campus and hope to accomplish this by increasing accessibility and accountability on campus.

Michael Martin: Michael Martin is a junior majoring in Strategic Communications/Advertising and minoring in Technology, Arts, and Media. He was born in Springfield, Illinois and believes that the Midwestern morals and lessons he learned at home should be shared with his CU community. Michael considers his time serving as a Representative At-Large for CU Student Government a priceless experience that has granted him the knowledge and skills necessary to serve as one of CU’s student body presidents. He is also an active member of CU’s Colorado Ocean Coalition Chapter. When Michael is not participating in extracurricular activities, he can be found doing his favorite hobbies. His hobbies include: practicing yoga, reading non-fiction, exercising at the Rec, and being critical of television advertisements. He is also heavily involved in assorted philanthropy events put on by his fraternity. His favorite philanthropy event to participate in is MS Basketbrawl, a basketball tournament that donates all of its proceeds to Multiple Sclerosis research. This summer, Michael plans on interning at NBC Universal in Birmingham, MI. Michael believes campus accountability and accessibility must be addressed and improved to enhance the overall student experience at CU.  His goal is to better the overall student experience at CU and have a positive impact on each and every student.

Nicholas Kennedy : Nicholas Kennedy, a junior, is a member of the Honors Program in the Leeds School of Business, where he is pursuing a double major in Accounting and Finance. Nick was a Representative At Large for CU Student Government, and found that this experience has granted him the knowledge and skills necessary to serve as one of the university’s student body presidents. Nick has also continued to be involved in his local community by serving as the Academic Director for Chi Psi and being an active member in the Leeds School of Business’ Investment Club. Apart from Student Government, Nick has many interests. He loves to stay physically active through going to the Recreation Center or skiing in the mountains with his friends. He also enjoys being involved in community service, and actively helps with the planning of philanthropy events put on by his fraternity. As mentioned earlier, Nick is very interested in investment banking as well, and is hoping to intern for an investment bank in New York. Nick believes that accountability and accessibility are critical aspects of the CU community that need to be better addressed and improved upon.


Appendix A

Shared Gvernance Coordinating Team 2019-2020

Mission:  The Chancellor convenes the university shared governance leaders to implement a shared governance structure at the university’s executive level.  The Shared Governance Coordinating Team is a subset of the Shared Governance Group and meets to develop and implement proposed strategies and topics for the Chancellor’s Shared Governance group.  The Team does so by introducing, facilitating and maintaining open communication amongst team members, the Shared Governance leaders and the Chancellor and his Cabinet.

Roles and Responsibilities of Members:

  • Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff (COS/DCOS) – implement the Chancellor’s vision for the Shared Governance Group Meetings; lead the Coordinating Team meetings to ensure meetings are well-planned with topics of mutual strategic interest to the Chancellor, Cabinet and Shared Governance leaders.  They are responsible for the following tasks:
    • Soliciting from the Chancellor the goals for Shared Governance each academic year
    • Communicating the Chancellor’s goals to the Shared Governance Coordinating Team
    • Notifying the Chancellor/Cabinet of Shared Governance Leadership elections and other leadership issues.
    • Communicating with the Chancellor/Cabinet and their executive teams on the development of meeting agendas and shared governance issues.
    • Developing and implementing the meeting agenda publishing the agenda at least 2 weeks before the meeting
    • Scheduling and convening the seven Coordinating Team meetings
    • Developing business processes and process improvement for a well-functioning Shared Governance Group
    • Preparing, distributing and maintaining documentation to support the Shared Governance Groups, including the annual welcome letter
  • Senior Vice Provost for Academic Planning and Assessment
    • Notify the COS/DCOS of BFA elections and other leadership issues.
    • Track and address issues raised by BFA
    • Interact with the BFA executives to ensure BFA is engaged and submitting appropriate topics for discussion at the Shared Governance meeting; guide them in preparing advance materials.
    • Assist in or refer for resolution BFA issues which have been identified but are not appropriate for Shared Governance.
  • Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School Senior Vice Provost
    • Notify the COS/DCOS of UGGS Leadership elections.
    • Track and address issues raised by UGGS.
    • Interact with the UGGS executives to ensure UGGS is engaged and submitting appropriate topics for discussion at the Shared Governance meeting; guide them in preparing advance materials.
    • Assist in or refer for resolution UGGS issues which have been identified but are not appropriate for Shared Governance.
  • Assistant Director of Operations, Human Resources
    • Notify the COS/DCOS of Staff Council Leadership elections
    • Track and address issues raised by Staff Council.
    • Interact with the Staff Council executives to ensure Staff Council is engaged and submitting appropriate topics for discussion at the Shared Governance meeting; guide them in preparing advance materials.
    • Assist in or refer for resolution Staff Council issues which have been identified but are not appropriate for Shared Governance.
  • Student Affairs Representative​
    • Notify the COS/DCOS of CUSG Leadership elections.
    • Track and address issues raised by CUSG.
    • Interact with the CUSG executives to ensure CUSG is engaged and submitting appropriate topics for discussion at the Shared Governance meeting; guide them in preparing advance materials.
    • Assist in or refer for resolution CUSG issues which have been identified but are not appropriate for Shared Governance.

Meeting Frequency:

At least 7 times each fiscal year: one annual in-person planning meeting and six pre-meetings over Zoom.  Going forward the annual meeting can also be an opportunity to reflect on the previous year.