Launching another component of her listening tour, Cal Poly Pomona President Soraya M. Coley met with a faculty representative in the first of a series of videotaped chats for the campus community.
David Speak, chairman of the Academic Senate who is also a professor of political science, brought up topics that faculty members consider paramount.
In the casual setting of a fireside chat, Speak highlighted technological challenges that large public universities are facing, in addition to questions about how Cal Poly Pomona will maintain and build on its accomplishments.
One of the most pressing issues that Speak emphasized was efforts to increase the number of tenure-track faculty. Coley said that the next university-wide plan will address tenure-track faculty needs.
On a less serious note, Speak asked the president what has been her most pleasant surprise since she assumed her role at Cal Poly Pomona. Coley delivered a two-word reply: The alumni.
Chats with staff and student representatives are being scheduled.