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CANDIDATES FOR 2017-18 VICE-CHAIR/CHAIR-ELECT OF THE SENATE

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JOSEPH E. BRISTOW
 
ERTUGRUL TACIROGLU

Statement:

I wish to serve as Vice-Chair Chair (Elect) of UCLA’s Academic Senate because of my experience as Chair of the College Faculty Executive Committee during the past two years. My current service has built on the contributions I was able to make as Chair of the Council on Planning and Budget (2008-2009), as an at-large member of the Senate Executive Committee (2009-2011), and as a member of the Committee on Library and Scholarly Communications (2012-2015). During 2015-2017, I have worked closely and productively with Undergraduate Education Initiatives, the Deans of the College, and FEC members representing many different areas of our campus on several pressing issues. Especially important have been the question of the requirements for the General Education Foundations in Scientific Inquiry, the need for greater support toward our Teaching Assistants, and the ongoing discussions about the ways in which the College (at a time when resources remain static) can meet the pedagogical needs of a rapidly expanding undergraduate body. The College FEC has devoted much of its attention to several related reports—on the Office of Instruction Development, on the Honors Programs, and on the Graduate Student Association survey of TA provision—which seek to strengthen the excellent classroom practice that we find in all areas of the campus. In recent meetings, we have invited colleagues from the Academic Planning Office, the Registrar’s Office, New Student and Transition Programs, and Enrollment Management to share data about such important matters as resources for instruction, the diversity of our student body, the pressure on general assignment classrooms, and time to degree. Changes in policy with regard to Title IX have also been at the forefront of the FEC’s discussions. My aim in chairing these lively (and sometimes contentious) debates is to ensure that they have proceeded in not only a welcoming but also disciplined manner, one that ensures that we have completed all of our business on time. I am committed to fostering an atmosphere in which often conflicting views can be articulated freely and openly. Given the opportunity to serve as Academic Senate Chair (Elect), I would want to address not only the urgent issues that the College FEC has addressed with regard to teaching and learning, undergraduate recruitment, and diversity; I would also want to concentrate on faculty welfare, particularly the challenges we face with the cost of living in Los Angeles, especially expenses such as housing and childcare. At UCLA, I am now in my twenty-first year of teaching classes in nineteenth-century English literature, for which I received a Distinguished Teaching Award in 2016. My current research draws on the unrivaled Oscar Wilde archive held at UCLA’s William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, located in the West Adams district of the city. A study of the prosecution of Oscar Wilde for committing sexual acts with other men is forthcoming from Yale UP.

 

Statement:

I earned a BS degree in 1993 from Istanbul Technical University, and MS and PhD degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 1995, and 1998, respectively. After a stint at the Center for Simulation of Advanced Rockets (UIUC) as a postdoctoral researcher, I joined the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at UCLA in 2001. My research activities span the disciplines of computational mechanics and structural engineering. I was the 2006 recipient of a US National Science Foundation CAREER award, and the 2011 Walter Huber Prize of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). In 2015, I was elected to become a Fellow of the Engineering Mechanics Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). I am currently the Managing Editor of the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, and I serve on the editorial boards of several other international journals. Over the years, I served on a number of committees and task forces for my Department as well as the School of Engineering. My service at the Senate level began with a spell at the Legislative Assembly, but it was my membership at the Undergraduate Council (UgC), which began in 2013, that allowed me to truly experience and appreciate University of California’s shared governance model. I am currently the UgC Chair, which is charged by the Academic Senate with overseeing all matters related to undergraduate education at UCLA. From my nook as the UgC Chair, I was able to observe how committed our faculty really are to UCLA’s educational mission. I must admit that I was initially a skeptic on the power and ability of sundry Senate Councils and Committees in achieving tangible differences to the well-being of their constituents. Soon after I began at the UgC, my doubts evaporated and gave way to enthusiasm and optimism. It has been a pleasure for me to interact with faculty and staff across UCLA’s campus in seeking solutions to the various challenges that we have faced at the UgC. Given the chance, I would like to continue to serve the Academic Senate in its broader mission to facilitate campuswide research and teaching excellence, and to continuously refine and uphold the academic principles that will keep UCLA as the beacon of progress that it has always been. Projected reductions in federal grants for research, ever-increasing enrollment demands imposed on our Campus, and the shrinking numbers of our faculty have been brewing for some time towards what may become the proverbial perfect storm. These challenges have already strained our campus Administrators, and the Senate leadership will play a critical role in the coming years in organizing and aggregating our collective intelligence to produce lasting solutions without compromising our stated principles. I believe I have been trained well through my service at the UgC, and I would like to carry forward this knowledge, along with my enthusiasm to the duties of Chair-Elect.

Summary of Service:

Statement of Service for the Past Ten Years Academic Senate Chair, Faculty Executive Committee, College of Letters and Science, 2015-2017. Vice-Chair, Faculty Executive Committee, College of Letters and Science, 2014-2015. Member, Faculty Executive Committee, College of Letters and Science, 2013-2014. Member, Committee on Libraries and Scholarly Research, 2012-2015. Member, Development Committee, 2011-2012 At-Large Member, Senate Executive Committee, 2009-2011 Member, Chancellor’s Enrollment Advisory Committee, 2008-2009 Member, Academic Senate Executive Board, 2008-2009 Member, Legislative Assembly, 2008-2009 Chair, Council on Planning and Budget, 2008-2009 Member, University of California Council on Planning and Budget, 2008-2009 Member, Council on Budget and Planning, 2005-2008. Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies Chair, Search Committee, Head Librarian, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, 2014. Associate Director (Special Projects), Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies, 2013-2016 Campus Wide Member, UCLA Council of Advisors (Mentoring Junior Faculty Program), one mentee, 2010-12; two mentees, 2012-2014; four mentees, 2015-2016; two mentees, 2016-2017. Department Member, Executive Committee, UCLA English Department, 2013-2014. Member, Undergraduate Teaching Committee, UCL? English Department, 2010-2012 Member, Personnel Committee, UCLA English Department, 2007-2009 Member of Undergraduate Teaching Committee, UCLA English Department, 2007-2008.

 

Summary of Service:

• 2016-2017, Chair, Academic Senate Undergraduate Council. • 2015-2016, Vice Chair, Academic Senate Undergraduate Council. • 2016-present, Vice Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department • 2013-2015, Member, Academic Senate Undergraduate Council. • 2010-2012, Member, Academic Senate Legislative Assembly. • 2011-present, Member, Fiat Lux Faculty Advisory Committee. • 2004-2007, Member of the Faculty Executive Committee of Henry Samueli School of Engineering Applied Science. • 2002-2009, Ad hoc Reviewer for the Faculty Grants Program of the Acad. Senate Council Of Research