Undergraduate Education is a complex organization that has undergone a great deal of change: changes in mandate from UC Davis’s leadership and the UC Office of the President, changes in leadership and staff, changes in mission, even changes in location. And we’re an organization of people – human beings with passion for our work and an extraordinary variety of talents. We’re an organic system that must be cultivated, not constructed. And we’re one organization among many on campus that must grow in collaboration with others to accomplish our goals. And so we have identified Growing UE as the theme for our retreat, and for the ongoing activities throughout the year.
- Retreat Agenda (PDF)
Vision, Mission and Organization
Carolyn Thomas opened the off-site retreat with a discussion of our vision, mission, and organization going forward. Our vision, articulated in the video below, lays out our core value of delivering the best possible education to the increasingly diverse UC Davis undergraduate student population. That vision informs our mission, goals, and approach to accomplishing those goals.
UE is tasked with addressing very difficult challenges in the delivery of timely, meaningful, student-centered education. The reorganization and reclassification process has realigned leadership to align and advance UE’s and the units’ goals. Carolyn shared the current organizational chart showing the alignment of each unit with an AVP/ADUE. Associate Dean Dave Furlow, Associate Vice Provost Matt Traxler (Academic Planning), Assistant Vice Provost Marco Molinaro (Educational Effectiveness), and Assistant Vice Provost Helen Frasier (Undergraduate Education) described their roles and the goals for their units.
During our climate review, staff identified improving communication as a top priority. We emphasized building communication with two presentations:
How Conversations Go Sideways, and What to do When They Do
- Slide Presentation (PDF)
The Wedge – A Simple Metaphor to Achieve Sustained Harmony and Effectiveness at Work
Director, Employment Practice Consulting / General Counsel
This session explored communication, thinking and working styles using the Whole Brain model. After using a card sort to identify primary brain “color,” we grouped with others in our color to plan and present skits and tweets.
Whole Brain: Thinking and Working Styles
Training Program Manager
Staff Development and Professional Services
“It is our responsibilities we should take seriously, not ourselves.”
—Stan Nosek & Bob Kerr
Stan and Bob, longtime leaders who have worn dozens of hats over nearly a combined century at UC Davis, joined our retreat for the entire day. They closed the retreat with their presentation, Growing UE: It Begins and Ends with a Mission, using their annual hikes up Half Dome as a metaphor for the mission, from planning to “Setting out in the Dark” to “Mission Accomplished.” Along the way, they encouraged us to stay on course, move out of our comfort zone, prepare for bumps in the road, and celebrate and recognize achievements.
It Begins and Ends with a Mission
Vice Chancellor for Administration (Retired)
Assistant Vice Provost of Development at University Outreach and International Programs (Retired)
- View their presentation (PDF)
Retreat Planning Committee:
- Lolita Adkins
- Margie Barr
- Angelina Herron
- Sharon Knox
- Kara Moloney
- Nicole Seemungal
- Rachel Whitcombe