My work in academic administration gives me an opportunity to influence policy and practice at a level higher than my academic department. Starting in the fall 2009, I will be serving on the campus' Council on Planning and Budget and as the Academic Senate's Elections Commissioner as of Fall 2010.
Between 2002 and 2007, I served a five-year term as Associate Dean in UCLA's Graduate Division. I worked with 1400 post doctoral and visiting scholars and was played a key role in implementing the human resources policies for postdoctoral and visiting scholars; note, in particular, that I served as the grievance officer under UCOP's APM 390. At UCLA, we have an active PSA, called the UCLA Society of Postdoctoral Scholars. At the national level, I continued to serve on the National Postdoctoral Association's International Postdoc Committee through 2007 and am especially interested in visa issues. Among my skill set are brainstorming activities, active listening, and conflict resolution.
Vice Chancellor Claudia Mitchell-Kernan said of my five-year service that I "became our resident expert on campus practices related to dissertation and copyright issues." In Graduate Division, I worked closely with Graduate Council and its Committee on Degree Programs to ensure the quality of more than 40 graduate programs by hoping to revise the signature page and drafting a charge letter to newly appointed dissertation committees. My academic areas of responsibility included the Social and Life Sciences in the College, Academic Health Sciences in Medicine, Oral Biology in Dentistry, the ACCESS program, and the Schools of Public Affairs, Anderson Graduate School of Management, as well as Theater, Film, and Television. I believe that good communication is essential in mentoring graduate students and postdocs; in particular, I wish that PIs and postdocs would make explicit their understandings regarding authorship of scientific papers at the outset of their relationships. It would save a lot of agony later on. I also had a strong interest in improving the quality of our international students inbound as well as exchanges; hence, I have worked to increase awareness of the F-1 and J-1 visa situation, to raise the TOEFL standard on campus as well as to work closely with our DAAD, Fulbright, and Luce scholars. In recognition by being "graduate student friendly," I received the UCLA Graduate Students Association's James LuValle Award for distinguished service on 22 May 2007.
In the past, I have served on UCLA's Privilege and Tenure Committee, which works to protect faculty rights in matters of scientific misconduct, harassment, and promotion decisions; I served as its chair from 2000 through the 2002 academic year working with Dr. Norman Abrams and then Dr. Donna L. Vredevoe, both Vice Chancellors for Academic Personnel, respectively. This position also gave me the chance to serve on the UC systemwide Privilege and Tenure committee. Prior to that, I also have served on UCLA's Graduate Council, a faculty committee charged by the Academic Senate with ensuring high quality graduate education in the university's 90 graduate programs--during the 1995/96 academic year, I served as its chair. Consecutively, I also served on the University of California's systemwide Coordinating Committee for Graduate Affairs, where I first discovered how much we are part of a larger system.
PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS"The Bologna Process, Advancing Transatlantic Collaboration in a Changing Higher Education Landscape:Continuities and Discontinuities in the American Response," NAFSA, San Francisco, November 2007.
"The EU's 'Bologna Process' Compliant Degrees," (2007) which summarizes the main points in the process
"An ABC Model of Attrition", (2005) my affective, behavioral, and cognitive model of why graduate students do not complete
"Automation of Higher Education Administration: A Case Study of UCLA's Online Environment," In Informatsionnye Tekhnologii v Upravlenii i Uchebnom Protsesse Vuza; Materiali 4-i Vcepossiickoi Ochno-zaochnoi-prakticheskoi Konferenstii (15-17 October 2003), edited by A. F. Kovalevskii (Vladivostok: Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service Press, 2004), p. 248-251.
"Graduate Division/Graduate Council SPEAK," academic administrative jargon at UCLA (20010)
"How to be a Good Mentor" (2005)
of Quality in Graduate Education", (2003) twelve concepts which need
to be operationalized