Portland State faculty members dug into the university’s new strategic planning effort Tuesday, spending hours working on some of the key topics that will form the foundation of the plan.
They discussed the importance of research compared with teaching, the balance of tenured and non-tenure track faculty and how PSU can focus its limited resources for the best result, among other themes.
“I had several ‘ah-hah’ moments,” said Dilafruz Williams, an education professor and member of the Strategic Plan Development Team. “I heard how research informs teaching, that it doesn’t mean being isolated in a cubicle or a lab.”
Williams was among about 130 faculty, staff and students who attended the annual Winter Symposium, hosted by Provost Sona Andrews and devoted to helping draft the new plan.
Other comments that surfaced:
“We’ve got to brag more about what we do and not shy away.”
“We can’t end up with a plan that says everything is important all the time.”
President Wim Wiewel has called for a campuswide conversation to create a strategic plan that will guide PSU decisionmaking for the next five to 10 years. He said the current plan has become outdated and the university’s new governing board wants a new plan so it can set benchmarks.
He also said it is important for the campus to come together and talk about shared goals and values in the aftermath of “contentious” collective bargaining last year. Wiewel said he was impressed with Tuesday’s effort.
“People are engaged and taking this very seriously,” Wiewel said. He said he appreciated the energy and thoughtfulness by faculty during the five-hour symposium. And he said he especially liked that the conversation was mostly about how to make PSU a better place for students.
“That is the ultimate touchstone of what we do,” Wiewel said.
Photo: Faculty members Lisa Zurk, Dilafruz Williams and Ethan Seltzer respond to a question from panel moderator Steve Percy.
President Wiewel's open office hours at the
Simon Benson House
Wednesday, January 28, 11:30 to 12:30 p.m.
Friday, February 6, 10 to 11 a.m.