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Faculty Affairs Newsletter

Volume 7 • Issue 2 • Nov. 2022

Message from the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

Greetings from the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs. I hope that your fall semester has been enjoyable and productive.

As we near the end of the semester and start of the holiday season I hope that you find time to reflect on this past year and take pride in all that you have accomplished. As faculty, we live in a world where there is always more to do in terms of our teaching, scholarship/creative works, and service. These commitments can make it difficult to take time to reflect on all that we have accomplished and the impact of these efforts.

While I know the next few weeks will be busy, I encourage you to take time to reflect and enjoy the sense of achievement related to all that you have done. It is important for each of us to take pause and appreciate the many good things we do as faculty at Temple University.

During my first five months as Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs I have had the opportunity to meet and work with many of you and am in awe of all that you do. I am fortunate to have you as colleagues and am excited to see all that we will accomplish in 2023.

I wish you a great end to the semester and very enjoyable holidays.

Thank you for all that you do for our Temple University community.


Jeremy S. Jordan
Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

Faculty Spotlight

Tricia S. Jones

Professor in the Department of Communication and Social Influence
Klein College of Media and Communication

Portrait of Tricia S. Jones Tell us something about your recent work.
My work in conflict management and dispute resolution has focused on building integrated conflict management and dispute resolution systems in education (K-12 and higher education), government, and private sector organizations. As Director of the Center for Conflict Management and Media Impact in Klein, I have the opportunity to work with colleagues interested in the interface between conventional and social media and social conflict dynamics.

My grant-funded research, typified by our recent $1.7 million grant from Bureau of Justice Assistance/Department of Justice (2022-2025) is an exciting opportunity to work with our partners (School District of Philadelphia, SEPTA Transit Authority, Citizen's Police Oversight Commission, and SESI Schools) to create teams of systems-involved youth (juvenile justice, homelessness, foster care, domestic violence) and law enforcement to offer dialogue, conflict coaching and mediation programs that help schools and communities prevent violence and build restorative and reconciliatory community. This work is an extension of my focus domestically and internationally for the last 30 years as a member of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict and as Director of the Conflict Resolution Education in Teacher Education (CRETE) program.

What do you like most about working at Temple?
I came to Temple in 1990 because of the Conwellian mission and the opportunity to work with our amazing Temple students and faculty in pursuit of advancing social justice. Seeing Temple live its mission in this critical work is an enduring gift.

Do you have any exciting plans for 2023?
I've been asked by educators and dispute resolution professionals in the Republic of Georgia to join them this year in designing conflict education and restorative practices programs in some of their universities and high schools.

Do you have any pets?
My family includes two bionic beagles, Copper and Jenny, and a psychologically unique miniature dachshund, Darwin. I have yet to break the news about the Republic of Georgia project to them.

Faculty Accomplishments

Sarah Bass, pictured here for a previous study, adapts consumer marketing techniques and information diffusion theory for use in public health communications through her Risk Communication Lab.

Sarah Bauerle Bass, Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Risk Communication Laboratory in the College of Public Health, received funding from the National Institute of Mental Health for a three-year study aimed at disseminating HIV prevention information to transgender women.
HIV education study seeks to reach transgender women via social media influencers

Alexandra Guisinger, Associate Professor of Political Science, and Nyron Crawford, Assistant Professor of Political Science, will co-lead a new national survey project along with Katja Kleinberg from Binghamton University. The project, Foreign Policy in a Diverse Society, received funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and will be housed within the Public Policy Lab in the College of Liberal Arts.
College of Liberal Arts Announces New PPL Foreign Policy Hub Flagship Project

Rebecca Beadling, Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Science in the College of Science and Technology, led the Southern Ocean section for the 32nd annual State of the Climate report published by the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.
New EES faculty member part of climate report: record-high greenhouse gases, sea levels and ocean heat in 2021

Thatcher in Germany at the ambassador weekend

Jason Thatcher, Milton F. Stauffer Professor in the Department of Management Information Systems in the Fox School of Business, was named a TUM Ambassador by the Technical University of Munich (TUM).
MIS professor Jason Thatcher awarded TUM Ambassador

Register now for Temple University’s Annual Faculty Conference on Teaching Excellence!

Attending the Annual Faculty Conference on Teaching Excellence on January 11 and 12, 2023, is a great way to energize your teaching before the start of the spring semester! This year’s theme is Rigor Without the Mortis: Keeping High Standards While Rejuvenating Our Students, Ourselves, and Our Communities. Engage with keynote speakers, workshop facilitators and poster presenters, the team of CAT educational developers, and 200+ faculty attendees and teaching assistants across disciplines at Temple and area universities. Share your teaching experiences, learn about current evidence-based teaching practices, and make a commitment to trying one or two new strategies each semester. New this year will be a resource session with representatives from a variety of Temple offices, including the Office of Disability Resources and Services, Student Success Center, and Wellness Resource Center. Come say hello to these wonderful folks and learn about the services their offices offer us and our students.


Family Holiday Concert
Friday, December 2, 2022, 7:00 p.m.

Bring the family for a concert featuring seasonal favorites performed by the TU Jazz Band, Symphony Orchestra and Choirs. Free and open to the public. No tickets required. Temple Performing Arts Center.

Representative Faculty Senate Meeting
Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 1:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Meeting of the Representative Faculty Senate to be held virtually. All faculty and librarians are invited to attend. A link to join the session will be posted prior to the meeting.

Global Temple Conference
Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Poster submission deadline: December 6, 2022
The Global Temple Conference returns in 2023! The day-long symposium celebrates Temple’s global dimensions and our enduring commitment to global education and engagement. As we emerge from a pandemic that continues to have far-reaching implications, we will bring the Temple community together from around the world to explore how we can move forward to build a more equitable, sustainable future. We will engage in critical dialogue; highlight the wide array of internationally focused work of our students, faculty and staff; and showcase Temple’s global opportunities. Join us to gain inspiration for your teaching and your students!

Representative Faculty Senate Meeting
Monday, January 20, 2023, 1:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Meeting of the Representative Faculty Senate to be held virtually. All faculty and librarians are invited to attend. A link to join the session will be posted prior to the meeting.

Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
350 Carnell Hall
1803 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

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