|Aug. 31, 2001 --
(Lexington, Ky.) -- University
of Kentucky President Lee T. Todd Jr. has appointed two task forces that will advise the
university about measures to be used in assessing UK's climb to top 20 status and UK's
future faculty needs.
20 Task Force is co-chaired by Phyllis Nash, associate vice president for academic and
student affairs, and Acting Provost Michael T. Nietzel. The 20-member group will identify
criteria UK will use to chart its progress toward becoming one of the nation's top 20
public research universities.
The UK Futures: Faculty for the 21st
Century Task Force will be co-chaired by Eugenia Toma, director of the Martin School of
Public Policy and Administration, and David Watt, executive dean of the College of
The future faculty task force has
* Assess the current status of the
university's scholarly and educational strengths as well as its best opportunities for
initiatives with a high potential for excellence,
* Recommend seven to 10 areas of
contemporary scholarship that should be the priorities for investments of new and
reallocated resources, particularly the addition of faculty positions, and
* Propose specific options for
academic restructuring and reorganization that will promote interdisciplinary innovations,
strengthen research and degree programs, increase administrative efficiency, and generate
additional savings in administrative costs that can be reallocated to academic priorities.
The future faculty task force will
complete its report by Dec. 31.
A list of its members can be
accessed by clicking here. The Top 20 Task
Force is expected to develop a Web site in the near future.