Provost Candidate Virtual Visits Begin Nov. 30

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Update From President Struppa, November 20, 2020

Today, I share a message from the chair of our provost search committee. First, I would like to thank Crean College Dean Janeen Hill for her leadership of this critical search process, and the full search committee for their work advancing candidates for this key position in Chapman’s leadership team.

The provost search committee and search firm partner, Heidrick-Struggles, are pleased to announce that provost candidate visits to CU will begin immediately after Thanksgiving. Each visit will take place over two days, in virtual meetings with several stakeholder groups:

  • Candidate 1:  Nov. 30 – Dec. 1
  • Candidate 2:  Dec. 3 – Dec. 4
  • Candidate 3:  Dec. 7 ­– Dec. 8
  • Candidate 4:  Dec. 10 – Dec. 11

The names, CVs and schedule details will be released via email the day prior to each candidate’s visit.

As our potential chief academic officer, each candidate will also hold a “Conversation with the Orange and Rinker Faculty” on the first day of each visit. All faculty are encouraged to attend the first day session. Rinker faculty are also invited to attend a Q&A session specifically for Rinker faculty on the second day of each visit. Zoom links will be sent to faculty to join these conversations.

Dean Hill, the provost search committee and I encourage your active participation in this process. Your input is valued and appreciated as we work to fill a pivotal leadership role for the campuses.

CU Safely Back Updates, Nov. 20, 2020

  • Because faculty are considered essential staff, they are able to access campus facilities (offices and classrooms) over the Thanksgiving break and Interterm if they choose to do so. With the recent rollback of in-person instruction, buildings are restricted again and access cards (Chapman IDs) are required to open external building doors. The access cards of those faculty who have been previously approved to be on campus are still active. If faculty want to verify their access, or have  completed the needed steps and would like to request access, please send an email request to our Service Desk at indicating which building(s) you need access to. If you are on campus and need immediate assistance with an access issue, you can call Public Safety at (714) 997-6763.
  • Additionally, Chapman is still in Phase 2 of the research continuity plan. In Phase 2, research and creative activities are limited to “other non-essential research activities requiring Chapman facilities or having significant time sensitive components and having low risk for virus transmission.” Strict protocols are identified in 42 Site Specific Plans developed by the faculty and required by the Orange County Health Care Agency and the State of California. The Vice President for Research, Thomas Piechota, will continue to monitor the situation in consultation with the Restarting Research Task Force, Senior Leadership and the local authorities. Please contact Thomas Piechota at if you have any questions regarding your ability to continue research and creative activities in campus facilities.
  • As COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the nation, yesterday the CDC took an unprecedented step by discouraging Thanksgiving travel.  Given your importance to campus operations, first responders and essential staff are encouraged to take note:  If you are a first responder or essential staff member whose work can only be performed onsite, we ask that you review the CDC’s Thanksgiving guidelines and immediately discuss your plans with your supervisor.  That is because in order to maintain campus community health and well-being, Chapman adopts the recommendations of the Governor and OCHCA and will require all students, faculty and staff who either (1) travel out-of-state or (2) host out-of-state guests to self-quarantine for 14 days prior to accessing campus facilities and to take a COVID-19 test prior to returning to campus.
  • Recently, California passed a law requiring employers with over 500 employees, as is the case with Chapman University, to implement COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave that is separate from an employee’s regular sick leave balance. Please read the details. 
  • In January, the university will implement a new Zoom Cloud Recording Retention Policy, which is that all Zoom Cloud recordings will expire 120 days after recording. For information, please see IS&T’s blog on Zoom Cloud Recording Retention Policy.

In case you missed it, our Annual State of Research and Creative Activity on Nov. 17 was a great success. The event highlighted the work of Chapman faculty and students as well as the crucial support provided by sponsors. For those who missed the event or would like to review the content, a video of the presentation is available on the State of Research page.  There, we also launched the latest online issue of Chapman Forward, our annual research magazine, where you’ll find in-depth articles and other content illuminating key projects and Chapman scholars’ progress.