Dean's Dialogue

May 20, 2019

Dean’s Dialogue Discussion Series Summary: Collaboration

On Wednesday, May 15th, about 20 people gathered in Gould Hall, or joined the discussion via Zoom, to discuss the topic of collaboration as part of the Dean’s Dialogue Discussion Series launched by the College of Built Environments’ dean, Renée Cheng. Participants in the meeting comprised of faculty, students, alumni, and professional advisory group representatives from CBE’s…


May 9, 2019

Dean’s Dialogue Discussion Series Summary: Equity, Diversity, Inclusion

On Wednesday, May 1st, over 25 people gathered in Gould Hall, or joined the discussion via Zoom, to discuss the topic of equity, diversity, and inclusion as part of the Dean’s Dialogue Discussion Series launched by the College of Built Environments’ new dean, Renée Cheng. Participants in the meeting comprised of faculty, students, alumni, and professional advisory…


April 26, 2019

Dean’s Dialogue Discussion Series Summary: Applied Research

On Wednesday, April 24th, over 25 people gathered in Architecture Hall, or joined the discussion via Zoom, to discuss the topic of applied research as part of the Dean’s Dialogue Discussion Series launched by the College of Built Environments’ new dean, Renée Cheng. Participants in the meeting comprised of faculty, students, and professional advisory group representatives from…


April 19, 2019

Dean’s Dialogue Discussion Series Summary: Housing

On Wednesday, April 17th, over 25 people gathered in Architecture Hall, or joined the discussion via Zoom, to discuss the topic of the UW’s housing problem as part of the Dean’s Dialogue Discussion Series launched by the College of Built Environments’ new dean, Renée Cheng. Participants in the meeting comprised of faculty, students, and professional…


April 12, 2019

Furthering the Dialogue: Open Discussions Around Five Topics

I invite you to join me for a series of five meetings during the remainder of this academic year to share ideas around topics that have been arising over the course of my listening, learning, and planning activities since I’ve joined the College of Built Environments in January. Essentially, it is a continuation of the…


February 21, 2019

Organizational Analysis Report

CBE Organizational Analysis Report Overview The College of Built Environments partnered with an external consultant, Julius Erolin (the Consultant), to conduct a brief college-wide organizational review (the Review). The goal of the Review is to gather perspectives across the College on the current strengths, challenges and opportunities of the College. It is not intended as…


February 13, 2019

Dean’s Dialogue Update

CBE Colleagues, Firstly let me apologize for neglecting to bring the Minnesota snow infrastructure with me when I brought the Minnesota weather! I hope you are all managing with the disruptions and that we will get back into the swing of things soon. Secondly, I have a few short updates to share with you on…


February 1, 2019

Initial Survey Insights

Hello CBE community, Thank you for an amazing level of participation in the survey! The survey and interviews wrapped on Monday evening, today Julius relayed to me the survey stats: 79% of the faculty, 63% of the staff submitted, giving very thorough and thoughtful responses. The affiliates/student leaders/external stakeholder response was lower but still respectable…


January 24, 2019

Update from Renée on Dean’s Dialogue

Hello CBE community, I have very much enjoyed my first two weeks, thank you again for your warm welcome and your patience as I get used to my new role and new context. I don’t know yet what is the best communication style and pace for reaching you all but for today I wanted to…


January 23, 2019

Message to CBE faculty, staff and students from Dean Cheng

Hello! I’m thrilled to be here for the start of a new year in my new role in the CBE community! Thank you so much for the warm welcomes I’ve received and thanks also for your patience during the long transition time. In particular I would like to thank former Dean John Schaufelberger for his stewardship of…