Autumn 2016
Published quarterly by the Faculty Development Program


  • Principles Guide Colleen Clancy - Meet the new associate vice chancellor for academic personnel
  • Office Visit: VCF psychiatrist John Booth emphasizes need to help clients feel understood
  • Faculty Rounds: A welcome to new faculty colleagues
  • View Point: Awakening faculty health and wellness
       by Julie A. Freischlag, Vice Chancellor and Dean

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Principles guide Colleen Clancy

Meet the new associate vice chancellor for academic personnel

Since childhood and continuing into adulthood, we’ve been indoctrinated with the notion that choice and compromise are inevitable and intertwined – that when we choose one option, we typically have to sacrifice something else.

Colleen Clancy is unwilling to acquiesce to mutually exclusive options. She is convinced that UC Davis Health System can be a national model in climate, culture, excellence, career satisfaction and career advancement – not just one of the above, but all of them. As the recently installed associate vice chancellor for academic personnel, she has prepared a comprehensive agenda through which to advance those ideals simultaneously.

With the mind of a mathematician, the insights of a computational biophysicist, and administrative-level experience in the realms of UC faculty compensation and personnel actions, Clancy is a perfect fit for the position that Edward Callahan had occupied for a decade until his retirement this past summer. The Office of Academic Personnel, which serves as the central personnel office for all academic employees of the UC Davis School of Medicine and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, oversees policy analysis, interpretation and training in academic personnel-related issues.

In a wide-ranging vision statement that Clancy prepared, she enumerated four guiding principles:

  • Transparency: An honest way of doing things that allows other people to know exactly what you are doing
  • Diversity: Understanding and appreciating interdependence of humanity, cultures and practicing mutual respect
  • Equity: The quality of being fair or impartial
  • Efficiency: Good use of time and energy without waste

“Those four guiding principles inform my personal practice and everything that I’ve done professionally over the course of my life,” Clancy said. “I try to bring them to bear on all of my professional decisions and activities.”

She seeks to apply those qualities in all faculty personnel actions, including recruitment, merits and promotions, compensation, retention and other policy areas, as well as in expansion of faculty development. But that’s not to say that she’ll tackle everything at once.

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