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Southern Region Academic Programs and Experiment Station Directors Joint Meeting

September 7 – 8, 2016

Embassy Suites, Atlanta Airport, Atlanta, GA



Topic – Presenter

Wednesday, September 7


Welcome and Introductions – Ian Maw, Vice President, Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources, APLU


Role of non-tenure track faculty in teaching and research; undergraduate and graduate courses, undergraduate and graduate student advising, split appointments, interactions with tenure track faculty, undergraduate and graduate student feedback, evaluation and promotion opportunities, etc. – Elaine Turner, University of Florida, and John Russin, LSU AgCenter




Ensuring diversity throughout the college; undergraduate & graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and administration; faculty, staff and student training in inclusion, micro-aggressions, unintended bias, etc. – Scott Willard, Mississippi State University, and Jackie Burns, University of Florida


Adjourn for the day


Reception – hotel atrium

Dinner – on your own

Thursday, September 8


Breakfast – hotel atrium


Onboarding new faculty into joint appointments; teaching/research or research/ teaching, best practices for ensuring success in R&T joint appointments, etc. – Cynda Clary, Oklahoma State University, and Bill Brown, University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture 




Undergraduate and graduate student professional development and training for careers and as the next generation of faculty; teaching and research experiences, coursework on teaching and mentoring, extracurricular professional development and enrichment opportunities (ie participating in conferences, study abroad, internships, etc), conflicts with dissertation research time, etc. – Susan Sumner, Virginia Tech, and Bob Godfrey, University of the Virgin Islands/ 




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