Faculty renewal is critical to the health and well-being of our university. In the past three years, Pace has hired 54 new faculty in positions throughout the university. I am delighted that 17 new faculty members have begun teaching this fall. (See the list of new faculty in this issue of Opportunitas.) Given the state of the general economy, this is an impressive record and reflects our university-wide commitment to the quality of our academic programs.
A faculty with diverse backgrounds is important to our success in educating students to be thinking professionals. Composed of tenure track, clinical and adjunct professors, our faculty balances academic and professional experience to give our students the benefit of both theoretical and practical learning. The diversity in gender, ethnicity, and culture also enables our students to see the world and the subject matter of academic disciplines from differing perspectives.
Our university has the enormous responsibility of preparing our students for the new global realities. As we continue our quest for growing academic excellence, the faculty is the spear point for inspiring our students to reach their fullest potential.
I wish you all a very happy and productive fall 2011.
Stephen J. Friedman