Toward a rich and vibrant Fall 2021
The overarching goal for Fall 2021
NAU will aim to operate at pre-pandemic levels, including a vibrant, in-person campus experience in Flagstaff and at our locations throughout the state, engaging classroom instruction and academic experiences, the in-person staffing of our statewide campus offices to provide exceptional service, and the reintroduction of services, activities, and events that contribute to the vibrancy of student life and the vitality of our University community.
President’s Fall 2021 Planning Steering Committee
President Cruz Rivera has tasked a committee with meeting throughout the summer to ensure broad coordination of Fall 2021 planning efforts and responsive updates to University guidelines and management plans.
The Steering Committee is composed of the following individuals, representing a broad cross-section of University leadership, operational areas, and representatives from faculty, staff, and student leadership groups:
- Josh Mackey (Interim Executive Vice President/Chief of Staff and Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer), co-chair
- Karen Pugliesi (Interim Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs), co-chair
- Maylee Acosta (Associated Students of Northern Arizona University President)
- Anthony Caniglia (Classified Staff Advisory Council Chair)
- Laurie Dickson (Vice Provost of Academic Affairs)
- Kate Ellis (Faculty Senate President)
- Christy Farley (Vice President of External Affairs)
- Anika Olsen (Vice President of Enrollment Management)
- Kim Ott (Associate Vice President of Communications)
- Michelle Parker (Vice President of Legal Affairs)
- Brian Register (Director, President’s Office)
- Margot Saltonstall (Interim Vice President of Student Affairs)
- Rebecca Seeger (Graduate Student Government President)
Steering Committee guiding principles
The Steering Committee will seek input and request information from stakeholders on a range of topics, convene advisory committees as appropriate, and make recommendations to the President on critical, University-wide decisions that will shape our work for Fall 2021. Throughout, their work will be grounded in three guiding principles:
- Student Success: NAU’s mission is focused on the success of each and every student. The work of the University must prioritize student success through a vibrant and fully realized student life experience that includes exceptional opportunities for academic engagement with faculty and classroom instruction, as well as significant and diverse support and resources that promote student success outside of the classroom.
- Health and Wellness: In order to successfully deliver on our mission, NAU must prioritize the health and wellness of our community: faculty, staff, students, and the communities in which we live, work, and serve. As we turn from the emergent challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic experienced over the last year and a half to a new future with rapidly evolving guidance and state directives, NAU will follow the science to inform our plans to staff and reopen in-person services throughout our statewide locations. As we strive toward a rich and vibrant Fall 2021, we will continue to keep our community’s health and wellness top-of-mind in all locations—from our classrooms to our workplaces to our residence halls.
- Transparent Communications: As we approach Fall 2021, we will keep the NAU community informed of the deliberations and rationale behind the University’s decisions in a transparent and timely fashion. We will work together to provide clear direction and expectations, allow for bi-directional communication that is considered throughout the planning and implementation process, and ensure that there are no surprises in actions that affect our students, faculty, and staff.
Fall 2021 planning subcommittees
Public Health Advisory Committee Accordion Closed
A comprehensive review of health and wellness protocols is currently underway, and they will be evaluated through the lens of current science, CDC guidelines, and state mandates.
A Public Health Advisory Committee, composed of the following experts in public health, epidemiology, and infectious disease, to provide analysis and feedback on current guidelines and proposed updates to the Steering Committee:
- Josh Mackey (Interim Executive Vice President / Chief of Staff and Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer)
- Dave Engelthaler (Director, TGen North)
- Paul Keim (Regents’ Professor, Cowden Professor, and Executive Director of the Pathogen and Microbiome Institute)
- John Mougin (Chief Quality Officer, Northern Arizona Healthcare)
- Kim Musselman (Director of Coconino County Health and Human Services)
- Brettania O’Conner (Associate Professor, Department of Health Sciences)
- Matt Wise (Staff Physician, Campus Health Services)
Academic Success, Learning, and Engagement Advisory Committee Accordion Closed
Our comprehensive planning efforts is underway to advance our goals around the success of our students through a robust, engaging, and supportive in-person living and learning experience.
The following members of the Academic Success, Learning, and Engagement Advisory Committee will prioritize assessing and developing guidelines for instructional modes and learning environments, course attendance and medical absence policies, and how best to leverage and deliver academic support services in-person and virtually to maximize student success.
- John Georgas (Vice Provost, Academic Operations), Chair
- Chrissina Burke (Senior Lecturer, Anthropology)
- Constantin Ciocanel (Chair and Professor, Mechanical Engineering)
- Aaron Cirzan (Director, Academic Success Centers)
- Sharon Doctor (Director, Office of Indigenous Student Success)
- TC Eberly (Associate Vice President, Campus Operations)
- Kate Ellis (Faculty Senate President)
- Megan Gavin (Dean of Students, Campus Health Services)
- Syed Moinuddin (Senior Associate Athletic Director, Compliance)
- Scot Raab (Associate Dean, College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences)
- Dylan Rust (Director, Center for International Education)
- Michael Sabath (Associate Vice President, NAU Yuma)
- Gina Vance (Associate Vice Provost, NAU Online)
- Alicia Voytek (Associate Vice President, Housing and Residence Life)
- Matthew Wise (Assistant Medical Director, Campus Health Services)