In March 2004, Harvard’s Calendar Reform Committee released a report recommending that the Faculty of Arts and Sciences move exams to before winter break. Gone would be the days of returning to campus for final exams barely a day after the ball dropped for the new year. Instead, FAS would allow for 62 days of classes each semester, five to eight days of reading period, and eight days for exams. It was suggested the longer winter break this schedule opened up could potentially house its own mini-term.
Two deans from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences laid out priorities and concerns on behalf of colleagues involved in the planning process for the school’s eventual move to Allston at the monthly meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Tuesday afternoon.
FAS campaign co-chair Carl J. Martignetti '81 addresses the audience at the launch of The Harvard Campaign for Arts and Sciences in Sanders Theater.
From right to left, University Drew G. Faust, FAS Dean Michael D. Smith, and campaign co-chair Glenn H. Hutchins ’77 watch FAS campaign co-chair Carl J. Martignetti ’81 address the crowd at the FAS campaign launch event in Sanders Theatre Saturday morning.
Administrators watch Chase E. Morrin ’15 give a piano performance at the FAS campaign launch in Sanders Theatre on Saturday morning.
Note: The $450 million in funding allocated for the SEAS priority overlaps with that of other priorities.
Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael D. Smith is expected to unveil the total fundraising goal as well as a more holistic vision for the campaign in an address Saturday morning in Sanders Theatre.
Administrators and student leaders say that the next permanent College Dean has the potential to maximize the College’s gains from the campaign, particularly if he or she is called upon to serve a more active role in soliciting donations.
While historically there has been no one-size-fits-all process to selecting the College Dean, FAS Dean Michael D. Smith’s consultative approach represents a significant tactical shift from that of his predecessors.
Within the next year, the man or woman whom Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael D. Smith names as the 19th Dean of Harvard College will take charge of 6,700 undergraduates and a host of employees and administrators. But despite the breadth of this charge, the new Dean will find that many of the aspects of University life most relevant to the student body do not fall directly under his or her control.
Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael D. Smith, pictured in a Harvard Gazette file photo.
The FAS Dean’s proponents describe him as a consensus-building visionary, and his detractors see him as a functionary in an increasingly corporate administration. But seven years into his tenure, many members of the community he leads still don’t have a clear grasp on what drives Mike Smith.
While the overall size of the faculty stayed virtually the same in FY 2103, the report notes that FAS conducted 73 tenured or tenure-track searches in the past year, the highest number since the financial crisis. In total 46 job offers were extended, 21 to women and 15 to minorities. Of those offers, 28 candidates accepted, nine declined, and the statuses of another nine are classified as pending.