A major factor in job satisfaction is the extent to which people feel part of a wider supportive community. Such connections have historically been offered in UC ANR through various means, including our structural units (i.e., our 81 workgroups, 21 program teams and 5 strategic initiatives).
Healthy organizations should regularly look at their structure. Important elements of structure include how the pieces fit together and how people may better connect to more effectively implement their work. In the summer of 2018, we began a series of discussions and surveys to revisit aspects of our structure.
Thank you to the 120-plus people who provided input on our structure and suggestions regarding how we may...
- Author: Mark Bell
2019 brings new challenges, new opportunities and new leadership to our UC ANR Strategic Initiatives. Please join us in welcoming our new leaders for two of our five initiatives.
The Strategic Initiatives (SI) play a key role in building our umbrella by Unifying, Communicating, and advocating to promote the science and impact of the work of UC ANR.
Our two new leaders join a team with a range of initiatives underway for 2019 including:
- A look at how we can better connect across UC ANR (led by Deanne Meyer),
Being able to connect is key to the success we in UC ANR enjoy in developing and providing solutions to help the people of California.
Please provide your input (see #3 under "Where are we?) to see how we might do this even better.
A summer survey to PT leaders and WG chairs asked for input on how we currently connect (and our current structure).
The three main findings were:
1. Our current structure (roles of Workgroups (WG), Program Teams (PT) and Strategic Initiatives (SIs)) is - shall we say - somewhat “fuzzy”.
2. Even with the lack of clarity on WG, PT and SI functions, people greatly value the opportunities to engage and interact.
ANR academics are invited to apply for Strategic Initiative leader positions, which play key roles in unifying, communicating and advocating to strengthen UC ANR's research and outreach agenda. Given the ongoing evolving role of the UC ANR Strategic Initiatives (SI), the SI leaders agreed that it would again be beneficial to conduct an open search - from across the breadth of expertise of the division - for the next rotation of SI leaders.
Open positions. Two SI leader positions are scheduled to rotate off at the end of 2018. This change offers opportunities for others to take the lead...
- Author: Pamela Kan-Rice
2018 brings new challenges, new opportunities and new leadership to our UC ANR Strategic Initiatives. Please join us in welcoming four new SI leaders for three of our five initiatives.
The future leaders
The strategic initiative leaders play a key role in unifying, communicating and advocating to promote the science and impact of the work of UC ANR. A key undertaking for the SI leaders in 2018 will be to revisit and evolve the role of the initiatives themselves, identifying how the strategic initiatives can better help us advance the UC ANR agenda of touching the lives of 40 million Californians.
The new SI leaders include
- Jim Farrar, director of UC Integrated Pest Management...