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College

Faculty Council Approves New Committee to Propose Shopping Week Replacement

The Faculty Council voted Wednesday to move one step closer to eliminating “shopping week,” a Harvard tradition popular among undergraduates.

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College

Faculty Council Debates Proposal to Kill Shopping Week

Many students’ worst scheduling fear is one step closer to reality after Wednesday’s Faculty Council meeting. There is now an official proposal on the table to end shopping week — though it's far from implementation.

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College

Claybaugh to Serve as Interim Faculty Director of the Program in General Education

Faculty Director of the Program in General Education Jason P. Mitchell has stepped down after serving a year in the position.

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FAS

Claudine Gay Named Next Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Government and African and African American Studies Professor Claudine Gay will serve as the next Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Her appointment marks one of the first major decisions of Bacow's fledgling presidency.

Approval Ratings of Admin and Departmental Breakdown
FAS

Nearly Half of Surveyed Faculty Do Not Believe Harvard Provides Sufficient Departmental Support

The survey also revealed that a majority of respondents believe University President Drew G. Faust, Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana, and Dean of FAS Michael D. Smith are doing “good” or “very good” jobs.

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FAS

Bacow Discusses FAS Dean Search at Faculty Meeting

President-elect Lawrence S. Bacow updated meeting attendees on the search and said he is still collecting input from faculty members and department chairs.

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FAS

Eighty-Eight Percent of Surveyed Harvard Faculty Believe Trump Has Done a ‘Very Poor’ Job as President

The faculty survey revealed that the vast majority of respondents identify as “liberal” or “very liberal,” and that a similarly large majority of FAS voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

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FAS

Faculty to Vote on New Ph.D. Program, Next Years’ Courses

Though many courses still have not finalized their schedules or section information, the Faculty Council gave its initial approval of the courses at its meeting last week.

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Student Life

Faculty, Students Discuss Possible Elimination of Shopping Week

Over two dozen faculty, students, and administrators gathered in Leverett Library Theater Friday afternoon to discuss the benefits and drawbacks of proposed changes to undergraduate course enrollment in an off-the-record meeting.

Faculty Survey Results
FAS

Majority of Surveyed Faculty Support Fossil Fuel Divestment, Social Group Sanctions

A significant majority of the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences—67 percent—believe the University should divest from fossil fuels, while a slightly smaller majority—55 percent—support the College’s controversial social group penalties.

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College

College Students Excited for New Education Secondary

The new secondary is designed as an interdisciplinary approach to education, with classes focusing on education policy, the sociological and economic impacts of education, as well as pedagogy.

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Visual Arts

Six Undergrads Win Inaugural ‘Transcript Project’

To participate in the inaugural Transcript Project, a contest for undergraduates, students submitted a piece of work that reflected on their academic experiences at Harvard not captured by their grades.

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FAS

New FAS Policy Restricts Professors’ Ability to Hold Public Service Positions

Some professors believe the measures, meant to ensure faculty members' "professional loyalty" remains with Harvard, are too stringent.

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FAS Administration

FAS Council Hears Proposal to Dissolve Committee on Human Subject Research

At their Wednesday meeting, the Faculty Council heard a proposal to dissolve a FAS committee on human subjects in research, as well as updates on unionization and SEAS.

Dean Smith
College

Smith Reflects on Deanship, Looks to Future

​Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael D. Smith said the time felt “right” to step down from his position in an interview last week.

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