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16 January 2008

Jan. 25 deadline approaches for faculty diversity award nominations

The Chancellor's Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence (CAAIE), now in its third year, is a grant presented annually to faculty members for distinctive contributions to enhancing diversity and equal opportunity. The criteria for the award are based on those in the University of California Academic Personnel Manual (APM-210), which encourage contributions in research, teaching, and public service that promote diversity and equal opportunity. This $30,000 award, which highlights a key component of Chancellor Robert Birgeneau's campuswide diversity agenda, is the only one of its magnitude in the UC system.

The deadline for this year's nominations is Jan. 25. Award guidelines can be found at facultyequity.chance.berkeley.edu/fellowships/chancellors_excellence.html.

Award recipients will be recognized at a March 25 ceremony hosted by the Office for Faculty Equity and Chancellor Birgeneau at University House.

One week left to submit COSA nominations

Nominations for the 2008 Chancellor's Outstanding Staff Awards (COSA) are being accepted until 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23. The award recognizes both individuals and teams who, in addition to performing all their normal job duties with excellence, also take initiative and go above and beyond in their contributions to the Berkeley campus community. The guidelines, a more detailed description of the program, and the nomination forms are online at csac.chance.berkeley.edu/cosa.

Any member of the campus community, including staff, faculty, and students, may submit nominations. Any current Berkeley career staff member who has been employed at the university for at least one year is eligible for this non-monetary award. Individuals with academic or executive-tier titles are not eligible.

To nominate an individual or team, complete the nomination form and forward it electronically to llbrock@berkeley.edu or by mail to Lillian Brock, Office of Human Resources, 2150 Shattuck Ave., Suite 750, #3540.

For more information, contact Syreeta Shepherd at
sshepherd@law.berkeley.edu or 642-0259.

Career Compass update from campus Human Resources

Standardized job descriptions (called "job standards") for campus positions not represented by collective-bargaining units are available in the Berkeley Job Builder on the Career Compass website. For information, visit careercompass.berkeley.edu/jobbuilder.html.

Final comments on the proposed job standards are due to the Human Resources Compensation unit (compdesk@berkeley.edu) by Feb. 8. During January and February, supervisors and managers should locate and review current job descriptions for their staff to make sure they are up-to-date.

In March, supervisors and managers will begin submitting completed job descriptions for positions that report to them.

For details about this "job-mapping" process, a job-mapping timeline, and other Career Compass news, visit careercompass.berkeley.edu.

East Asian Library closure

The East Asian Library is closed until early March, when it will reopen in the new C.V. Starr East Asian Library, located on the north side of Memorial Glade across from Doe Library. While the move is in progress, the collection will not be accessible.

During this closure patrons have the option of using Interlibrary Loan to obtain materials. East Asian Library books that are kept at the Northern Regional Library Facility (NRLF) may be requested through the circulation desk in Doe Library. Items to be returned may be deposited in the book drop immediately to the left of the Starr Library's main entrance.

For further information, contact bwilliam@library.berkeley. edu or tkobayas@library.berkeley.edu, or call 642-2556.  

Phone service may be spotty through the end of January.

Scholars ponder higher-ed themes in new CSHE report

To help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE), a distinguished group of scholars recently gathered on the Berkeley campus to offer their views on the significant changes confronting higher education; the influence of international models; the global market for students and highly skilled labor; high-bandwidth networking around the world; and the increasing value society places on universities to stimulate both economic growth and socioeconomic mobility.

A new report, "A Reflection and Prospectus on Globalization in Higher Education," summarizes that discussion, including a historical look at how the scholarly field of higher education has grown and changed over the past five decades.

Contributors to the final report include two former Berkeley chancellors, I. Michael Heyman and Robert Berdahl; two UC provosts, C. Judson King (former) and Rory Hume (current); and a range of thinkers interested in higher-ed topics.

In addition, CSHE has developed a website with a brief history of the center, lists of publications and past researchers and associates, a photo gallery of the anniversary event, and an online video of the panel sessions.

For access to the report and the CSHE@50 website, visit cshe.berkeley.edu/events/csheat50.