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Walter Secada Appointed Acting Dean

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Walter G. Secada

Walter G. Secada

Senior Associate Dean Walter G. Secada, a professor of teaching and learning and an expert in STEM education, has been appointed acting dean of the School  of Education and Human Development until the national search for Dean Isaac Prilleltensky’s successor concludes this spring.

“I have been honored to work with Dean Prilleltensky for these past ten years,” Secada said. “During these next few months, I hope to maintain his legacy and to hand off a well-functioning School of Education and Human Development to his successor.”

Since joining the UM faculty in the fall of 2003, Secada has been associate director and co-principal investigator (PI) of the original Promoting Science among English Language Learners (P-SELL) study, which introduced a hands-on method of learning that dramatically improved test scores among English-language learners in Miami’s elementary schools.

He has served as associate director and co-PI of Science Made Sensible, which pairs doctoral students in the STEM fields with middle school teachers; associate director and co-PI of Replicating the CGI experiment in diverse environments, which helped primary teachers of mathematics focus their teaching on how students reason and learn to solve mathematics problems; and director and PI of Language in Mathematics, designed to help middle school teachers better facilitate mathematics for English-language learners.

At UM, Secada also has served as chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning and as a member of the University’s Social Sciences Institutional Review Board. He also has been a senior Fulbright fellow, helped the Peruvian ministry of education design its new school mathematics curriculum, and been awarded an honorary professorship by Universidad La Salle in Arequipa, Peru.

Born in Lima, Peru, he graduated from Miami’s Curley High School and later left the area to earn a B.A. in philosophy (magna cum laude) from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Science in Mathematics and a Ph.D. in education from Northwestern University.

He temporarily succeeds Prilleltensky, who stepped down in December after 11 years of distinguished service as dean to devote more time to his scholarly endeavors. After a one-year sabbatical to write a new book, Prilleltensky plans to return to UM as professor of educational and psychological studies and the Erwin and Barbara Mautner Chair in Community Well-Being, and continue his role as vice provost for institutional culture.

“We will be conducting a rigorous national search for a permanent dean of the School of Education and Human Development who will continue to build on our achievements,” Executive Vice President and Provost Jeffrey L. Duerk said in announcing Secada’s appointment. “Please join me in thanking Isaac Prilleltensky for his service and welcoming professor Secada to his new leadership role.”

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Knight Foundation Champions Bring Art to Life

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Frost School Dean Shelly Berg, at the piano, performed with outstanding Frost School students at the December 4 awards gala.

The University’s MusicReach program, Lowe Art Museum, and Flaming Classics film series are all beneficiaries of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s 2017 challenge grants and arts champions—thanks to Frost School Dean Shelly Berg, Miami-based artist Sebastian Spreng, and the manager of the Bill Cosford Cinema, Trae DeLellis.

Berg and Spreng are among the 25 arts and civic leaders the Knight Foundation honored as Knights Arts Champions this month for their vision, courage and tenacity in building Miami’s cultural community. As part of the recognition, each champion receives $10,000 to contribute to an artist or organization of their choice. Berg chose the Frost School’s Donna E. Shalala MusicReach Program, which pairs underprivileged school children and teens with music mentors, while Spreng chose the Lowe, which is planning to exhibit his Sebastian Spreng: The Dresden Files next year.

DeLellis and Flaming Classics co-creator Juan Barquin, a film critic and co-editor of Dim the House Lights, were awarded a $25,000 Knight Arts Challenge grant for their curated film series that pairs classic films from the queer canon with live performances from local drag artists. Under the requirements of the grant, they must find matching funds to continue building community, entertaining, and educating with their project.

The Knight Foundation established the Knight Arts Challenge Miami 10 years ago to enable Miamians to bring their artistic ideas to life. This year’s 43 winners, who hail from an array of backgrounds and disciplines across South Florida, will share a total of $2.5 million for projects aimed at making art general in Miami—allowing it to be seen, felt and heard throughout the city’s many neighborhoods.

DeLellis, who is a graduate student in the School of Communication, said he and Barquin are ecstatic that such a prestigious organization identified drag as a legitimate art form worthy of its investment.

“Over the last 10 years, the Knight Arts Challenge has palpably changed the cultural landscape of the city, and it’s an immense honor to now be a part of that narrative,” DeLellis said.

Berg, who performed with a combination of outstanding Frost School jazz students at the December 4 event where the awards were announced, called the Knight Foundation the true arts champion. “Over the last decade they have identified, nurtured and helped to sustain the viability of a great many deserving artists and arts organizations in Miami and elsewhere. During that time, the Frost School’s success has been substantially fueled by the generosity of the Knight Foundation,” he said.

A longtime admirer of Spreng’s, Jill Deupi, director of the Lowe, said she looks forward to featuring the Argentine-born visual artist and music journalist’s haunting mediations on the destruction of the iconic German city of Dresden during World War II next year.

“Created using cutting-edge digital technology, these evocative and captivating images bridge the present and past, and remind us of humanity’s power to both create and destroy,” she said.

And building bridges, Knight Foundation President Alberto Ibargüen said, is what the winners of the 10th anniversary Knight Arts Challenge are all about. “They embody what the arts do: they inspire and create common experiences that connect us to each other and to home, Miami,” he said.

View a full list of the winning ideas and the arts champions.

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December 13 Faculty Senate Meeting Canceled

The Faculty Senate meeting scheduled for Wednesday, December 13 at 3:30 p.m. has been canceled. The next Faculty Senate meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 31, at 3:30 p.m. in the SLAB Seminar Room (adjacent to the Dean’s Office) on the Rosenstiel School campus on Virginia Key. For more information about the Senate, its representatives, and meeting information, visit https://fs.miami.edu.

 

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Canadian Medical Hall of Famer C. David Naylor Shares His Knowledge

C. David Naylor

C. David Naylor

Known for his visionary contributions to health research, education, administration, and policy, C. David Naylor will share his expertise with the UM community November 14-16, when the president emeritus of the University of Toronto, founding director of the renowned Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, and 2016 inductee into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame becomes the U’s newest visiting talent.

Welcomed to UM as a Distinguished Presidential Scholar, the physician-scientist says he is intrigued by Miami’s “diversity, potential, and momentum,” which reminds him of Toronto’s. He describes both places as among the world’s most multicultural cities.

“I love the energy of both cities and firmly believe that diversity of disciplines, ideas, and backgrounds has very positive effects on learning and research,” he said, adding “there are lots of universities that have been around a long time and have more or less topped out—the University of Miami is very much a growing academic force with great upside.”

Recognized for his “relentless belief” that the world can be a better place, Naylor will share his wealth of knowledge as a physician-scientist, clinician, researcher, and educator—the consummate public health care pioneer—at four speaking engagements, two each on the Coral Gables and Miller School campuses.

His topics: “Paradise Lost: Canada’s Health Care Systems at a Crossroads” (a colloquium); “Endemic Mismeasurement: Heretical Musings on Health, Illness, and Evidence; “Universal Health Care: Canada and the U.S. Revisited; and “What Happens When Science Is Shortchanged?” View the schedule and RSVP for one or more sessions.

 

 

 

 

 

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Planning and Finance Experts Join the U

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Brumley-Gilliland

Jessica Brumley and Brandon Gilliland

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (November 3, 2017)—Jacqueline A. Travisano, executive vice president for business and finance and chief operating officer, has added two experienced university leaders to her team, Jessica Brumley, as vice president for facilities operations and planning, and Brandon Gilliland, as vice president and chief financial officer.

Brumley, who will oversee the departments of Real Estate, Campus Planning, Facilities Design and Construction, Facilities Administration, and Parking and Transportation, will join the University January 1 from Nova Southeastern University (NSU), where she is responsible for $140 million in operations and capital budgets.

She will bring to the U a wealth of experience in campus planning, having developed more than 1.6 million square feet of classroom, clinical, research, and simulation spaces at NSU and delivered critical support to NSU’s main campus and 20 satellite locations throughout South Florida and Puerto Rico. She also helped NSU develop and align its campus master plan with its academic mission.

“Jessica is a top professional and a formidable talent in campus planning and facilities management,” Travisano said. “She is going to be a tremendous asset and member of our senior team, and will provide the strategic vision and oversight to key services that enhance our academic, clinical, and research missions.”

A South Florida resident for 16 years, Brumley is eager to join an institution she has long admired from afar. “I am thrilled to be joining the ’Canes community, and I look forward to committing all of my efforts to achieving our shared goals and ambitions,” she said. “I am excited to work alongside the talented facilities and operations teams.”

Gilliland, who joins the U on December 18, will oversee the offices of the Treasurer, Controller, Budget and Planning, Business Services, and Supply Chain Services.

He brings more than 20 years of senior financial leadership experience from various settings, including a decade at Wake Forest University, where he led $500 million in financing activities, reduced the cost of borrowing capital, and improved investment income by 50 percent. He also implemented a number of best practices, including liquidity policies and procedures that were recognized by Standard & Poor’s as an industry best, and is actively engaged in the industry at the national, regional, state, and conference levels. He has served on many organizations, including the Research Universities Council and the Accounting Principles Council for the National Association of College and University Business Officers. Most recently, he led the Atlantic Coast Conference’s inaugural Enterprise Risk Management Summit earlier this year.

“Brandon is a senior financial professional who is not only an expert in the field, but is also actively engaged and widely respected in the industry,” Travisano said. “He is a superb addition to our team, and I am confident that Brandon will not only be a steward of all of the University’s financial resources, but he will build a strong, collaborative, University-wide team.”

Gilliland said he is excited to return to South Florida, where he worked earlier in his career, with his wife, Laura, and three teenaged children, Cara, Holly, and Alex.

“I am delighted and humbled to join the UM family, a community that is spirited and united in advancing the University’s mission,” Gilliand said. “UM has a stellar reputation and a very bright future, and I will enthusiastically support President Frenk, EVP Travisano, and other campus leaders in achieving the ambitious goals established to move the University forward as it approaches its centennial.”

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