Monday, February 18, 2019

Human Health Planning Advisory Task Force to hold Q&A sessions

 Human Health Planning Advisory Task Force to hold Q&A sessions

(Jan. 18, 2019) -- With the Human Health Planning Advisory Task Force launched last November, Academic Affairs will hold a series of informal conversations — Q&A and Update with the Human Health Planning Advisory Task Force — this month with the academic college faculty at the Main and Downtown campuses. 

The Task Force was initiated to explore college structures for leveraging university strengths in human health–related education and research efforts to better serve UTSA students, the San Antonio community, and state workforce needs. In this first phase of their work, the Task Force is examining institutional research on health-related programs and scholarship at UTSA, organizational structures and best practices at peer institutions, the local market for health-related careers and programs, and potential community partners. Next steps in the second phase are for the Task Force to begin translating their findings into the development of differing notional organizational structures for a new health college, which will then be carefully considered after receiving input from the broader campus community, external partners and UTSA leadership.

The conversation events as part of the first phase will be hosted by respective college Task Force faculty. Margo DelliCarpini, task force chair and dean of the College of Education and Human Development, and Kimberly Andrews Espy, provost and vice president for academic affairs, will kick off the dialogue with a brief update on the current status of the Task Force’s work. All UTSA faculty are welcome and are encouraged to attend the session hosted by representatives of their respective colleges; all faculty located at the Downtown Campus are welcome to attend the Jan. 25th session in the Buena Vista Street Building Theater.

Session #1
Friday, Jan. 25, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Buena Vista Street Building Theater (BVB 1.326), Downtown Campus
Hosted by Task Force Members in the College of Public Policy and College of Architecture, Construction and Planning

Session #2
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Main Building (MB 3.106), Main Campus
Hosted by Task Force Members in the College of Education and Human Development, College of Sciences and University College

Session #3
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
John Peace Library Assembly Room (JPL 4.04. 22B), Main Campus
Hosted by Task Force Members in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts, College of Business and College of Engineering

There will be additional discussion forums later this spring, after the Task Force completes the second phase of their work, to collectively evaluate the proposed models and gain additional feedback. Interested faculty who are unable to attend a forum are welcome to submit input via email to healthtaskforce@utsa.edu.

- Rebecca Luther


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