Update on the Culture of Belonging Roadmap Initiative


Culture of Belonging, one of the initiatives on the Roadmap to Our New Century, is building a shared sense of connection at UM by helping every ‘Cane know their contributions matter.

Members of the Culture of Belonging action team, led by Isaac Prilleltensky, vice provost for institutional culture and dean of the School of Education and Human Development (SEHD), are working with the new Office of Institutional Culture (OIC) to identify, analyze and strengthen existing diversity and inclusion efforts and develop new initiatives to address the belonging issues identified, in part, by the 2016 Gallup Faculty and Staff Engagement Survey.

Located in Pick Hall, on Brescia Avenue, the OIC, which Prilleltensky established after his 2016 appointment as vice provost, has evolved from the culture transformation project into a resource center that offers customized workshops, action guides, and other tools to help individual units or departments foster a culture of belonging.

Other significant steps include the appointment of Laura Kohn-Wood, chair of the SEHD’s Department of Educational and Psychological Studies, as associate vice provost for institutional culture. As co-chair of the University’s student-oriented Standing Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Kohn-Wood brings familiarity with the student perspective to the OIC, which is developing belonging initiatives for students.

Guided by feedback from the Gallup survey, as well as other data sources, the OIC staff and the Culture of Belonging action team also have been meeting with individual deans and other leaders across the U to help them analyze their survey data, build on their strengths, and address opportunities to promote a culture of belonging. In addition to the personal consultations, the OIC developed web-based tools (available at www.umculture.miami.edu) to help leaders analyze and address specific aspects of their unit’s culture.

Most recently, the action team organized into subcommittees charged with nurturing and investing in the culture of belonging across all campuses. The groups are focusing on: coordinating belonging efforts across interest groups and offices; developing leadership and accountability programs; consulting with individual units to help tailor their culture of belonging initiatives; creating a new intergroup dialogue program; and researching, measuring, and analyzing perceptions of belonging across students, staff, and faculty.

To learn more, please email umculture@miami.edu.




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Allan Gyorke Appointed Assistant Provost for Education Innovation

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Allan Gyorke

Allan Gyorke

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (June 2, 2017)— Allan Shawn Gyorke has been named assistant provost for education innovation to expand the role of technologies and encourage innovation in teaching and learning across the University.

Since 2013, Gyorke has served as chief academic technology officer at the University, and has been responsible for exploring and supporting technologies used by faculty and students for teaching and learning. This includes computer labs, student printing, student IT support, instructional design consultations, Blackboard, the UMiami app, IT services in the School of Architecture and Medical Education, the Faculty Learning Communities, and the annual Faculty Showcase.

In his additional role, Gyorke will work closely with William Green, senior vice provost and dean of undergraduate education, to advance the Education Innovation initiative of the University’s Roadmap to Our New Century.

Gyorke’s initial priorities include assessing the faculty’s familiarity with the range of pedagogical methods and technological resources, and devising appropriate resources and workshops to foster and promote pedagogical innovation. He already has begun that work to help develop the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) on discussion-based learning, which is part of the University’s reaccreditation report to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Prior to joining the University, Gyorke studied and worked for 21 years at Penn State University, where he oversaw computer workshops, ran the IT services for the Hazleton campus, built some of the first online courses and MOOCs, worked closely with faculty on the integration of technology into traditional on-campus courses, and led course redesign efforts to include student-generated media, podcasting, blogs, online social networks, and flipped learning models.

In addition to his university experience, Gyorke is an active participant in Educause, a higher education IT organization. He is a writer in the “7 Things You Should Know About…” series of white papers, faculty member in the Learning Technology Leadership Institute (2014-2017), and a member of the Horizon Report advisory board. He is also a reviewer for the American Journal of Distance Education.

Gyorke earned his B.S. degree in industrial engineering and his M.Ed. degree in adult education, and has worked in a variety of roles that advanced classroom and curriculum innovation and explored the bridge between technology, culture, and learning science.

At UM, Gyorke plays a key leadership role in developing a program to introduce and assess the role of narrative in online teaching. The program was supported by a generous grant from the Knight Foundation. The grant has sponsored two Faculty Showcases, in which UM faculty members share their innovative course designs with other faculty and staff.

Faculty Showcase 2017 consisted of 18 faculty-led sessions as well as information and demonstration tables operated by service units. This cross-pollination of ideas has been helping to break down silos between UM schools and elevate teaching practice across the University.

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Recognition for Superior Fundraising

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Sergio Gonzalez

Sergio Gonzalez

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (June 8, 2017)—In recognition of its fundraising performance over the past year and its longer-term success, the University of Miami has received two significant Educational Funding Awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

UM was one of only two institutions in the category of private research/doctoral institutions with endowments under $1 billion to receive CASE’s award for Overall Fundraising Performance, which honors institutions that show solid program growth, breadth in the base of support, and other indicators of mature, well-maintained programs. In fiscal year 2016, UM raised more than $236 million, a $42.5 million increase over the previous year.

UM was also among a select group of private and public institutions of all sizes to receive the 2017 Sustained Excellence Education Fundraising Award, which recognizes institutions that have received CASE’s top fundraising awards in at least three of the last five years.

“These awards are a testament to the dedication of our incredible advancement team and the generosity of our loyal donors. It is also a tribute to President Julio Frenk, our tireless volunteers, members of the Board of Trustees, and faculty,” said Sergio M. Gonzalez, senior vice president for University Advancement and External Affairs. “I am proud of our advancement team and thankful that our supporters continue to recognize the value of investing in UM and believe in advancing its excellence.’’

The awards are based on 350 data points voluntarily submitted by 554 eligible institutions to the Council for Aid to Education’s annual Voluntary Support of Education survey. An expert panel of volunteer judges evaluates the survey data blindly, and selects the winners based on a number of factors, including a pattern of growth in total support and overall breadth in program areas.

The first university in Florida to reach the $1 billion mark in fundraising, UM raised a total of $3 billion during two Momentum campaigns conducted under former President Donna Shalala’s leadership and is in the preparatory phase of its first campaign under President Frenk’s tenure.

Case is an international association of more than 3,600 educational institutions, which serves nearly 81,000 advancement professionals in 82 countries.

Read more about the CASE awards.

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Schedule of 2017-2018 Faculty Senate Meetings

Getting a jump on the new academic year, the Faculty Senate has announced its 2017-2018 meeting dates, which can be found on the Faculty Senate web page.

For faculty members on the Miller School of Medicine campus, two of the Senate business meetings, one in the fall and one in the spring, will be held on that campus. Faculty members on the Rosenstiel School campus will be glad to know that a Senate business meeting will be held there in the spring semester.

President Julio Frenk also will host two additional Senate meetings in the upcoming academic year.

All UM faculty members are welcome to attend Senate meetings and invited to share this information with their colleagues. For more information about the Senate, its representatives, the date of the 2018 Faculty Senate Awards Ceremony, and the schedule of Senate meetings, visit www.miami.edu/fs.

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Join Hundreds of ‘Canes and Share a Thank You

ThankUCardFrom lending a hand, to treating patients like family, more than 600 UM faculty and staff have been recognized for acts of service and kindness across the U. Officially launched during the University’s Week of Well-Being, and created by the Office of Institutional Culture, the online ThankU tool offers employees a quick and easy way to recognize their colleagues. Log in and share a ThankU today at umculture.miami.edu.

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