Biology_Strategic_Plan_May_2010

Biology_Strategic_Plan_May_2010 - Draft Strategic Plan May...

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Draft Strategic Plan May 2010 Ben Bolker Strategic Planning Committee Gordon Burleigh Sixue Chen Walter Judd Doug Levey (chair) David Oppenheimer David Reed Marta Wayne
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Table of Contents 1. Overview ………………………………………. . 3 2. Departmental Culture ………………………. ... 6 3. Faculty …………………………………………. 9 4. Undergraduate Program ……………………. .. 18 5. Graduate Program ……………………………. 27 6. Postdoctoral Fellows …………………………. . 33 7. Facilities and Infrastructure …………………. 34 8. Cross-unit Issues ………………………………. 46 9. Diversity ………………………………………. . 53 Appendix A. Faculty Survey Results …………. .. 59 Appendix B. Graduate Student Survey Results . . 80 Appendix C. Peer Institution Data ……………. . 109
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3 1. Overview The Department of Biology studies life at all levels, from molecules to biosphere, to understand the evolution, structure, maintenance, and dynamics of biological systems. Our teaching and research provide the integrative and conceptual foundations of the life sciences. Approved by the Biology faculty at their first joint retreat (October, 2008). The life sciences are among the most rapidly advancing fields in human inquiry, with major gains occurring from molecular genetics to global climate. Because our work so broadly engages the life sciences, we serve as a nexus of research and training across campus. Our excellence as a department is central to the continued success of life sciences at the University of Florida. Recent History : Strategic planning must encompass both historical context and present status. Thus, we emphasize that this is the first strategic plan of the Department of Biology, which was created in spring 2008 by merging the departments of Botany and Zoology, along with the Biological Sciences Program. Botany and Zoology were full-fledged, independent departments, with faculty, staff, undergraduate majors, and graduate programs, whereas BSC was a program that coordinated introductory biology for majors and non-majors. Since the merger, we have focused on integrating the faculty of the two departments and creating a common culture. We have recruited a new chair, approved new bylaws, created new structures for internal governance, and created consensus across previous departmental boundaries. The outcome is that we have a highly functional department, ready to engage in substantive long range planning. Here, we lay out a five-year strategic plan to guide our new department. We view this plan as a living document -- a critical first step to focus and facilitate discussion on a wide variety of issues central to departmental function and spirit. We strongly suggest that it be revisited in a substantive way when the department has had more time to reflect and to mature. While the Department of Biology is appreciably smaller than the combined size of Zoology and
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