Provost's First Campus Update

Dear Campus Community, It’s been an eventful first month for me as your provost. Although I’ve moved into my office in Hinderaker Hall, I’ve spent most of my time on Zoom! I have managed to get outside now and then: I’ve had lunch at the Sub Station, I’ve watched the women’s soccer team practice, and...

COVID Vaccination and Return to Campus

Dear Campus Community, I invite you to participate in an interactive session about coronavirus transmission on campus with infectious disease modeler and one of the leaders of UC San Diego’s Return to Learn Program, Dr. Natasha Martin. Dr. Martin’s presentation will be this Thursday, May 27th from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. and is open to...

Welcome Message from Provost Elizabeth Watkins

Hello Highlanders, It is with great pleasure that I officially join the UC Riverside family today as Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor. There are few universities as well-positioned as UCR to take on the complex and intersectional challenges confronting our world today, and even fewer that can take pride in their core values and inclusive...
By Provost Liz Watkins |

Provost Campus Update - Spring 2021

Dear Campus Community, Welcome to spring quarter! It is hard to believe that it has been more than a year since we quickly moved nearly all of our academic operations to remote platforms due to COVID-19. While we will continue to be primarily remote through summer, the recent and ongoing improvements in pandemic conditions are...

Provost's Office Hours Q&A

Hello Campus Colleagues, Thank you for attending my March 12th office hours which had a focused discussion on fall instruction and fall planning. I was glad to see high attendance and to hear your comments and concerns. While we were able to answer a lot of questions within the hour, we certainly were not able...

Budget Reduction Update

Dear Campus Community, We are pleased by the recent announcement from Governor Newsom and legislative leadership that the state will restore permanent funding to the University of California to its levels from July 1, 2019. This funding restoration, which is subject to full legislative approval, would take effect July 1, 2021. As a result of...
By Interim Provost Thomas Smith and VC Gerry Bomotti |

Fall 2021 Instruction Plan

Dear Campus Community, In early February, UCR faculty and students were surveyed to better understand their preferences for fall quarter instruction, assuming Riverside would then be in the state’s Yellow tier. Overall, respondents were strongly split on their instructional mode preferences. Written comments expressed both support for returning to in-person instruction as well as concerns...
By Interim Provost Thomas Smith |

Your Chance to Provide Feedback on the Strategic Plan Draft

Dear Campus Community, Over the past 18 months, more than 100 UCR campus and community members have worked to develop a strategic plan to guide our path forward. These faculty-led working groups engaged a variety of stakeholders throughout their report-writing process, soliciting ideas and priorities through town hall meetings, focus groups, interviews, and surveys. We...
By Interim Provost Thomas Smith |

UC President’s Job Protection Program

Dear Campus Community, Thank you to all the UC Riverside employees who provided feedback about the President’s Job Protection Program. This program would, in effect, implement some level of one-time temporary salary reduction during the 2020-2021 fiscal year, based on an approved salary tier. The intent for these one-time savings would be to contribute to...

Winter 2021 Provost Campus Update

Dear Campus Community, As I reflect on the past year, I am reminded of our individual and collective resilience. We have faced the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, senseless police shootings of Black Americans and the subsequent civil unrest, and uncertainty in the face of a financial crisis. We have grown, adapted, and continued to rise through...

UCOP Statement Regarding Fall 2021 Instruction

Dear Campus Community, Please see the UCOP Office of the President’s statement on Fall 2021 Instruction: UC Plans Fall 2021 Person Instruction Across Its 10 Campuses Tom Thomas M. Smith, Ph.D. Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor 4148 Hinderaker Hall University of California, Riverside

Spring quarter instruction will continue to be remote

Dear Campus Community, Three months ago, I wrote to you about improving COVID-19 conditions in Riverside County and the possibility of relaxing constraints on instructional activities if conditions continued to improve. Instead, conditions worsened significantly. The third wave of the pandemic hit California particularly hard and Riverside County regressed back into the Purple tier. ICU...

Campus Update on Winter Quarter Instruction

Dear UCR Community, We are now one month away from the start of winter quarter and I am writing to provide updates on our winter instruction plan. A total of 50 courses have been approved for in-person instruction with remote options for winter. This represents only 2-3% of UCR’s overall course offerings. Consistent with state...
By Interim Provost Thomas Smith |

Chancellor and Provost Response to BAC Report on Current Financial Challenges

Dear Campus Community, We write to provide an update on the annual budget process and campus planning over the next two years. The impact of the COVID pandemic and the ensuing budget crisis cannot be overstated. While the campus has built robust health and safety protocols to address the pandemic, we must be equipped to...

Post-Election Resources and Assistance

Dear UCR Community, The upcoming national, state, and local elections are just days away. While this has been a contentious election season, we must remember that elections are more than a chance to voice our political preferences. Elections are also opportunities for us to reaffirm a commitment to treating one another with respect and honoring...
By Interim Provost Thomas Smith and VCSA Brian Haynes |

UCR announces continuation of modified operations through winter quarter

Dear Campus Community, UC Riverside remains in phase 2 of our COVID-19 recovery plan, and we are announcing today that we will continue the same modified operations for winter quarter that have been in place for fall quarter. This means classes will continue to be available in remote formats at least through winter quarter, and...
By Chancellor Kim Wilcox and Interim Provost and EVC Tom Smith |

Instructional Planning For Winter Quarter

Instructional Planning For Winter Quarter Message to Staff, Faculty, and Students from Interim Provost Thomas Smith
By Interim Provost Thomas Smith |

Strategic Planning Campus Update & Registration for Workgroup Community Forums

Dear Campus Community, I am writing to provide updates on our Strategic Planning efforts and to invite you to give feedback on the draft Strategic Planning Workgroup Reports. These reports have provided invaluable research and content for the strategic plan and they will be essential to its implementation. Later in fall quarter, we will host...
By Interim Provost Thomas Smith |

Provost's Update on Fall Quarter Instructional Planning

Provost's Update on Fall Quarter Instructional Planning

Scheduling and remote flexibility

As the current surge in cases worsens in California, it is becoming clear that most faculty and staff who have been able to work remotely will likely be asked to continue to do so through the end of 2020. Exceptions to this general approach are staff members whose job functions can only be performed on-site...
By Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox and Interim Provost & EVC Tom Smith |