Public Hearing Marks Step Toward Unified Basic Sciences Department

Feb 24, 2017 / Comparative Biosciences News / General News / Pathobiology

New Department Part of College Strategic Plan

On Wednesday, March 8, the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Senate Committee on Educational Policy will jointly host a public hearing on the college’s proposal to establish the new Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences through the reorganization of the existing Department of Comparative Biosciences and Department of Pathobiology.

The hearing will take place from 1 to 3 pm in Room 2251 of the Veterinary Medicine Basic Sciences Building, 2001 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana, Ill. It will be chaired by Prof. Bettina Francis, chair of the Senate Committee on Educational Policy. After a brief overview of the proposal, individuals who have request in advance to speak at the hearing will be given two minutes each. A general comment and question period will follow.

Submit Comments or Request to Speak at the Hearing

Those who wish to submit comments or speak at the hearing must take the following action no later than 5 pm on Monday, March 6.

  • To send comments for consideration by the educational policy committee and the Senate, email your comments to Rachel Park in the Office of the Senate; please indicate if you wish these comments to remain confidential and/or anonymous.
  • To speak at the hearing, contact Tanya Sutton in the Office of the Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine.

Read the Full Proposal

The hearing is required as part of Senate Standing Rule #13, “Formation, Termination, Separation, Transfer, Merger, Change in Status, or Renaming of Units.”

Creating a unified basic sciences department is one of the initiatives identified in the college’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan, under the goal to “expand and support nationally recognized research programs.”

As detailed in the proposal, the reorganization is based on the principles that it will:

  • Result in a department with a well-focused mission, recognized for nationally competitive strengths
  • Complement the focus of the existing Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
  • Retain successful research and instructional activities under way in the current Departments of Comparative Biosciences and Pathobiology
  • Provide opportunities to identify and support new research foci that are currently less well defined, but are priorities for the future
  • Increase economic and organizational efficiencies gained through shared resources, clearer organization structures, and better academic focus

Further, the proposal asserts that the “new Department will significantly enhance the ability of the College to develop a critical mass of research-oriented faculty to achieve excellence in research and graduate education … will increase the College’s ability to initiate new interdisciplinary scholarly communities and collaborations that are focused on critical and complex biomedical and environmental health challenges … [and] will increase the potential to identify and recruit new faculty, making the College’s research program more competitive as we compete for external and internal resources.”