Dean Paul Teske announced on March 7, 2017, that Professor Tanya Heikkila was appointed SPA Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs. Professor Callie Rennison held the position previously, but she was recently appointed Title IX Coordinator/Director of Equity for CU Denver.
The half-time associate dean position is a pivotal role on SPA’s leadership team, providing leadership for critical functions that support the school’s overall strategy. The associate dean leads all faculty-related functions for SPA and oversees key areas of the faculty lifecycle, including faculty onboarding and training; faculty support; ongoing faculty development; and, faculty review and evaluation processes.
Probably the most important immediate issue is upgrading SPA’s reappointment, tenure and promotion rules (RTP) to comply with the university’s notions of what defines “excellence” and “meritorious” in research and teaching.