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2022

  • September

    • Academic Reminders for Fall Quarter (Faculty)

      September 20, 2022

      Welcome to the fall quarter! This announcement contains key reminders to help faculty navigate the term.

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    • Academic Reminders for Fall Quarter (Students)

      September 20, 2022

      Welcome to the fall quarter! This announcement contains key reminders to help students navigate the quarter.

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    • New Health Sciences Building Officially Open

      September 19, 2022

      The beginning of an academic year is always a joyful and exciting time, as we reunite with friends and colleagues and welcome a new class of Drexel Dragons. Another momentous occasion marks the start of this fall quarter: The official opening of Drexel University’s new Health Sciences Building, which is already coming to life with the first classes of the year. Located at 36th and Filbert Streets, this 12-story, 460,000-square-foot building will serve as the academic home of the College of Nursing and Health Professions, the College of Medicine and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies, uniting many of Drexel’s health-related programs in one incredible space.

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    • Accommodating Religious Observances

      September 15, 2022

      Drexel University is dedicated to an environment that respects and allows the free practice of the many faith traditions of our University community. As we prepare for the academic year and fall term — a term filled with numerous religious holidays and days of observation — this is a reminder that Drexel is committed to making every reasonable effort to accommodate the religious observances of our students, faculty and professional staff.

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    • 2022 Enterprise Learning and Performance Development

      September 06, 2022

      Each year, Drexel Human Resources (HR) provides enterprise learning modules to foster your professional development and growth, ensure the University’s compliance with legal and regulatory obligations, and strengthen the University’s commitment to ethics and integrity in everything we do. This message provides an overview of this year’s required online courses and annual Conflict of Interest and Commitment Disclosure process for faculty and professional staff, as well as the performance development process for professional staff.

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    • Offices Merge to Create the Office of Institutional Research, Assessment and Accreditation

      September 02, 2022

      A centralized, integrated approach to data collection, analysis and sharing is central to many strategic efforts including the University’s accreditation, enrollment and recruitment efforts, continual improvement of our academic programs, enhanced diversity and inclusion and many more. Given this, two units in the Provost’s Office will be joined as the Office of Institutional Research, Assessment and Accreditation. Under the leadership of Vice Provost Sujoy Das, the new office will combine the functions of the former Office of Institutional Research and Office of Assessment and Accreditation to create a one-stop shop for data gathering and support for the University at large.

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  • August

    • Changes to Enrollment Options During Co-op

      August 26, 2022

      You may be aware that there have been discussions about changing enrollment options for students during their co-op cycle. A new policy has been adopted beginning with the upcoming fall/winter co-op cycle that supports students’ continued progress toward degree completion. We want to make you aware of the background behind this policy and the impact it is intended to have on the academic experience.

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    • Guidance for Instructors on Classroom Masking

      August 25, 2022

      As announced in Monday's message from the Return Oversight Committee, Drexel will become mask recommended in our academic spaces, and in all indoor public areas except for health care settings, effective September 6. Drexel continues to recommend wearing high quality, well-fitting masks when indoors and around others. However, consistent with public health guidance in the context of a heavily vaccinated campus, indoor masking is no longer required after September 6.

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    • Senior Vice Provost Erin McNamara Horvat Named Interim Dean for School of Education

      August 19, 2022

      After the sudden passing of Dean Penny Hammrich left the School of Education in need of an interim leader, Erin McNamara Horvat, PhD, senior vice provost for Faculty Advancement and Undergraduate Affairs, will serve as interim dean of the School, beginning August 22. A seasoned administrator, Dr. Horvat joined Drexel University in 2015 as professor and associate dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Education and in 2016 joined the Office of the Provost. She served as senior vice provost for Faculty Affairs from 2016-2019 overseeing policy and procedures and faculty development for all colleges and schools. 

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    • David S. Brown Appointed Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

      August 18, 2022

      Following a national search, David S. Brown, PhD, will become the next dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, beginning September 1. A scholar of political science with expertise in political institutions and their impact on economic development, Dr. Brown is currently the Divisional Dean for Social Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder, an Association of American Universities (AAU) and R1 research institution. 

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    • Drexel University Convocation 2022 Ceremony and Reception

      August 18, 2022

      Join us on September 21 to mark the start of the academic year with Drexel’s 2022 Convocation ceremony. Convocation marks the beginning of the academic year and offers us the opportunity to celebrate our mission of teaching, research and service to society. Our keynote speakers this year are driving change through their innovative work, collaborative approach and the entrepreneurial spirit that defines our community.

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    • Mourning the Loss of Dean Penny Hammrich, School of Education

      August 12, 2022

      It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the sudden passing of Penny Hammrich, PhD, Dean and Distinguished University Professor for the School of Education. In her tenure at Drexel, Penny made an indelible impact on the School of Education and was admired and beloved by everyone both in the School and across Drexel.

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  • July

    • Ann Branchini Appointed Interim Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions

      July 19, 2022

      As Dean Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, prepares to end her tenure as dean and return to the faculty at the end of January 2023, the College of Nursing and Health Professions will move forward under the leadership of Interim Dean Ann Branchini, PhD. Dr. Branchini will began at Drexel this week so that she will have several months to work with Dean Gitlin and the CNHP leadership team to allow for a more seamless transition. 

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  • June

    • Announcing the Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

      June 28, 2022

      Leslie Ashburn-Nardo, PhD, has been appointed professor of psychology and inaugural Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, effective September 1. An internationally recognized social psychologist with expertise in diversity science, Leslie will collaboratively lead DEI work across the Office of the Provost and academic and research operations. Partnering with Drexel's Chief Diversity Officer, colleges and schools and Provost's Office team, she will bolster DEI work related to the University's Strategic Plan, the commitments of the Anti-Racism Task Force report and other campus-wide efforts to build a diverse, equitable and welcoming campus community.

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    • College of Nursing and Health Professions Dean Laura N. Gitlin to Step Down, Return to Research

      June 27, 2022

      After five years of successfully leading the College of Nursing and Health Professions, Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, will be stepping down as dean, effective January 31, 2023. Dean Gitlin, who is internationally recognized for her research in gerontology, has been a champion for the health and well-being of older adults, families and communities. With the pandemic dramatically underscoring the need for accessible, equitable and comprehensive health care, she has chosen to resume focusing full time on her research and advancing the science of care.

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    • Announcing the Awardees of The Environmental Collaboratory’s Inaugural Research Grant

      June 08, 2022

      I am pleased to announce the awardees of The Environmental Collaboratory’s Inaugural Research Grant, promoting transdisciplinary research innovation through participatory climate and environmental problem solving. The funded projects demonstrate strong transdisciplinary and multi-college engagements with external partners, as well as community-centered approaches to solving environmental problems. All of the projects, briefly described below, will provide unique, experiential learning opportunities for students. They are also aimed at building community; fostering curricular and research innovation; and informing the ongoing, year-one implementation of The Environmental Collaboratory.

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  • May

    • New Gift from Jeff Westphal Will Support Innovation & Immersive Experiences

      May 26, 2022

      Today, we have the privilege of announcing a generous gift from Jeff Westphal in honor of his father, Ray Westphal ’59, HD ’02, which will help to advance critical areas of the Strategic Plan. His gift will help to establish the Innovation Engine, an initiative that will support the integration of experiential learning, curricular innovation, research and interdisciplinary solutions across Drexel. The Engine will be led by the Office of the Provost in collaboration with the Drexel Solutions Institute and will be co-designed with the Drexel community.

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    • Early Dismissal for Memorial Day Weekend

      May 26, 2022

      As we prepare to observe Memorial Day, we remember, memorialize and honor those who lost their lives while serving our country. It is a time to reflect on and express our gratitude to our active military, our veterans and their families. Since this weekend also signals the unofficial start to summer, in appreciation of our faculty and professional staff's work and dedication to Drexel, offices can close Friday, May 27, at 2 p.m. to give employees extra time with their families. Your contributions and commitment keep our University strong and united in common purpose.

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    • 2021-2022 Faculty Awards

      May 23, 2022

      As a means of supporting the ongoing development of our research, scholarship, and creative activities, as well as recognizing excellence in teaching, and professional service, the Office of Research & Innovation and the Office of Faculty Advancement and Undergraduate Affairs are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021-22 Research, Scholarship and Creativity Awards and the 2021-22 Provost Awards for Teaching, Scholarship and Professional Service.

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  • March