Provost Fierke Tours CVM, Outlines Priorities During Faculty Forum
Posted December 11, 2017
Provost Carol Fierke (center) was welcomed to the CVM by
executive associate dean Kenita Rogers and Dean Eleanor Green, who
took Fierke on a tour of the education complex and the teaching
hospitals during Fierke's Dec. 6 visit to the college.
Texas A&M University Provost Carol Fierke assumed her new
position on Oct. 16 and immediately embarked on a tour of each
college on campus to learn about and understand the special role of
each in the university and TAMU System.
On Dec. 6, Fierke visited the College of Veterinary Medicine
& Biomedical Sciences (CVM) to learn about the current
challenges, program strengths, and potential growth areas within
During a faculty forum that afternoon, Fierke talked about the
three big priorities she has for the university moving forward:
increasing retention and graduation rates; increasing research and
impact; and increasing diversity.
Fierke addressed her goal to increase retention and graduation
rates at the undergraduate and graduate levels and asked for
feedback from CVM faculty and staff members in attendance based
upon their goals and experiences in the area.
“I’m not interested in how many people we’re admitting; I’m
interested in how many people we’re graduating,” Fierke said. “We
have task forces looking at where the bottlenecks are for
graduation and what we can do to eliminate those blockages to
increase graduation rates.”
Fierke said another university-wide initiative is to become a
top-10 public university, which will require establishing research
programs that will position Texas A&M as a leader across many
“We really have to increase our research and our product; we
need more research, we need federal grants, we need more
publications, more citations, and more faculty awards. We’re
working on what can be done to facilitate all five of those
metrics,” Fierke said. “In the end, what we really want is to have
a greater impact with our research. This is an area of building
bridges, because we will need grants. I am interested in
facilitating collaboration across colleges and across education
Dean Eleanor Green introduces Provost Carol Fierke to an
audience of faculty and staff during a forum on Dec. 6.
A test case already is in place for undergraduate and graduate
collaboration in Texas A&M’s neuroscience program; the existing
interdisciplinary graduate program will be the foundation for
developing an interdisciplinary undergraduate research program, she
The university’s third priority is supporting and increasing
diversity, particularly among faculty members.
“We do reasonably well with diversity at the undergraduate
level, but we are not very diverse at the faculty level,” Fierke
said. “I want to think about what programs we can develop to
continue to support diversity, particularly among faculty.”
One of the programs Fierke said she wants to implement at Texas
A&M is hosting a career development workshop for graduate
students and post-doctoral students that brings in diverse
candidates. Fierke said this program was successful for her at the
University of Michigan, where she was dean of the Rackham Graduate
School, vice provost for Academic Affairs-Graduate Studies, and
the Jerome and Isabella Karle Distinguished University
Professor of Chemistry.
“The workshop changed how my faculty thought about the diverse
pool of candidates,” Fierke said. “Showing them the large group of
candidates, who had done really well as graduate and post-doctoral
students, helped change the argument from, ‘There’s no pool out
there,’ to ‘They are out there and we need to look harder.’”
During her visit, Fierke toured the Veterinary & Biomedical
Education Complex (VBEC), including stops in the Veterinary
Simulation Laboratory, Center for Educational Technologies, and
Surgical Laboratory; the Large Animal Hospital; the Small Animal
Hospital; the Diagnostic Imaging & Cancer Treatment Center; the
Veterinary Emergency Team trailers; and the Research Towers.
While on these tours, she interacted with leaders and
researchers in each area to learn about the CVM’s innovations and
collaborations in research, teaching, patient care, and clinical
trials, as well as the technologies unique to the CVM.
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