Throughout the academic year, deans make annual reports to their
staff and faculty, laying out the goals, aspirations - and challenges
- for the upcoming year. In this issue, we begin an occasional
series that takes a look at the state of the University one piece
at a time.
by Stephanie Gross
Dean David Breneman said the theme of his back-to-school faculty
meeting was reminiscent of Charles Dickens opening to A
Tale of Two Cities: It was the best of times, it was the
worst of times
the one hand, the Curry
Schools total operating budget has been slashed by slightly
more than $1 million, or 9.7 percent, including last years
and this years cuts. The hiring freeze continues, and he
and his staff are whittling away at non-personnel funds.s
cuts are not enough to reach the target, and we are now exploring
a one-year, short-term response, said Breneman, who has
been dean since 1995, overseeing 111 full-time faculty members
and 21 part-time.
the other hand, Breneman and his faculty have just completed a
successful planning process, focusing on identifying the defining
areas that make the school stand out from other teacher training
curry, there is an overarching concept of leadership.
We produce leaders as teachers, administrators and counselors.
Dean, Curry School of Education
thing that will help the effort is a recent $5 million grant awarded
jointly to the Curry School and the College of Arts & Sciences.
The Carnegie Corporation, with support from other foundations,
chose U.Va. and four other universities around the nation to implement
a new program called Teaching for a New Era, which
aims to improve teacher training.
addition, the school maintained its high U.S. News & World
Report ranking at 19th this year, and it has several programs
in the top 10, including special education (fourth), secondary
teacher education (seventh), and elementary teacher education
the planning process, Curry members targeted children at risk
as one of three top priorities in which the school already has
major strength. The other two areas are providing the highest
quality of teacher education and promoting integration of educational
technologies into the classroom.
themes also should serve to unite the disparate programs in the
Curry School, Breneman said. Its 21 academic areas range from
teacher preparation to education policy to more scientific research
in communication disorders and kinesiology, which includes sports
medicine and related topics.
schools challenge, according to the planning process summary,
is striving to balance and integrate its role as a research-based
graduate school with its mission as a professional school that
trains future educators.
ahead, the Curry School will celebrate its centennial in 2005.
Karen Van Lengen
School of Architecture
welcomed 356 students to its undergraduate programs and 166 students
in five graduate programs this year.
undergraduates hail from places as far as Kuwait, Sri Lanka, Kenya
and Bolivia. The graduate students have diverse academic backgrounds,
including prior work in design, philosophy, international relations
and equine science.
school is in the process of allocating its limited resources,
caused by the recent budget cuts. The school has returned to the
commonwealth $620,000 $370,000 this year, coupled with
last years cut of $250,000.
light of these cuts, dean Karen Van Lengen said, We have
placed the highest priority on maintaining staff and faculty positions
and protecting the core mission of our school.
Board of Visitors approved the south building and landscape additions,
designed by professors William Sherman and Warren Byrd with Richmond-based
SMBW Architects. This marks a significant achievement toward
our goal for a new and renovated Campbell Hall, Van Lengen
east building and landscape additions, designed by professors
W. G. Clark and Warren Byrd with SMBW Architects, are in the schematic
goal is to provide every student ... an opportunity to participate
in a traveling studio.
Dean, School of Architecture
students returned from summer travel abroad with professors
Yunsheng Huang and Craig Barton in the China program and with
professors Charlie Menefee and Judith Kinnard in the program in
fall, 10 undergraduates are studying in Copenhagen and 16 students,
from architecture, landscape architecture, architectural history
and planning,are studying in the graduate program in Venice, directed
by Sherman, the first Valmarana Professor.
school also is hosting four German exchange students from the
Technical University in Cottbus who are studying in the architecture
and planning departments.
students traveled no farther than Crozet this summer to finish
construction of the collaborative entry in the Department of Energys
first Solar Decathlon in Washington this fall. In competition
with 13 other schools from across the country, U.Va.s team,
made up of architecture and engineering students, built a climate-responsive
home run totally on solar energy. They won first place in the
design and livability portion of the contest and took second place
am especially proud of this project for its contribution to the
academic mission of this school, its interdisciplinary process
and its contribution to the built environment, said Van