Strategic Plan 2024

Merged college of Science

STRATEGIC PLANNING


The College of Science and the College of Mines and Earth Sciences both have long, impactful histories at the University of Utah.  As separate colleges, strategic plans were developed and released in 2020 (CoS) and 2022 (CMES).

2020 College of Science Strategic Plan

2022 College of Mines and Earth Sciences Priorities Refresh (available on CMES intranet)

For many years, discussions about merging the two colleges percolated, and after the successful partnership on the construction of the new Applied Science building, housing units from both colleges, a two-phase merger of the two colleges commenced on July 1, 2022.

As we join together as a merged college, now is the time to chart a new vision and strategic plan. The timeline below is meant to provide an overview of the merger process, and what the next steps will be for the merged college community.

Strategic plan 2024 Timeline


June 1, 2023

Peter Trapa, Dean of the College of Science, is appointed Acting Dean of the College of Mines and Earth Sciences. Strategic planning for the merged college begins, including discussions about faculty governance structures.

1
August 2023

  • Wednesday, 8/30: Merged College Town Hall

2
September 2023

  • Thursday, 9/7: All-faculty meeting to review process regarding governance structures and framing strategic planning process
  • Survey distributed to merged college community for strategic planning feedback and priority-setting

3
October 2023

  • Focus groups will be held with college stakeholders, including students, faculty and staff, and individual feedback opportunities with the leadership team

4
November 2023

  • Charter feedback period
  • 11/16: College Council meeting

5
December 2023

  • Framing strategic planning process and overview of spring semester

6

Primary Contacts

Peter Trapa, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Science; Acting Dean, College of Mines and Earth Sciences
 Contact Lindsey DeSpain 801-581-6958

Peter Trapa, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Science; Acting Dean, College of Mines and Earth Sciences
 Contact Lindsey DeSpain 801-581-6958
 lindsey.despain@utah.edu
 1390 Presidents Circle
   Crocker Science Center, Room 310

Pearl Sandick, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Faculty and Research
 Contact Lindsey DeSpain 801-581-6958

Pearl Sandick, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Faculty and Research
 Contact Lindsey DeSpain 801-581-6958
 sandick@physics.utah.edu
 1390 Presidents Circle
   Crocker Science Center, Room 310

Cassie Slattery

Director of Special Projects
 801-581-6958
 1390 Presidents Circle
   Crocker Science Center, Room 310

Cassie Slattery

Director of Special Projects
 801-581-6958
 cassie.slattery@utah.edu
 1390 Presidents Circle
   Crocker Science Center, Room 310

Team Members

Vahe Bandarian, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Student Affairs
 Contact Lindsey DeSpain 801-581-6958

Vahe Bandarian, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Student Affairs
 Contact Lindsey DeSpain 801-581-6958
 vahe@chem.utah.edu
 1390 Presidents Circle
   Crocker Science Center, Room 310

Siva Guruswamy, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
 Contact Lindsey DeSpain 801-581-6958

Siva Guruswamy, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
 Contact Lindsey DeSpain 801-581-6958
 s.guruswamy@utah.edu
 1390 Presidents Circle
   Crocker Science Center, Room 310

Sam Shaw

Student Success Manager
 801-213-0919
 1390 Presidents Circle
   Crocker Science Center, Room 210

Sam Shaw

Student Success Manager
 801-213-0919
 sam.shaw@utah.edu
 1390 Presidents Circle
   Crocker Science Center, Room 210