MIT Faculty Newsletter  
Vol. XVII No. 1
September/October 2004
Welcome Aboard President-elect Hockfield!
The Management of the MIT Endowment
Affirming Freedom of Expression at MIT
Teaching this fall? You should know . . .
Preliminary Position of the Faculty Policy Committee on Faculty Governance
Developing Musical Structures:
A Reflective Practicuum
Work of the Committee on the Undergraduate Program, 2003 – 2004
Task Force on the Undergraduate Educational Commons
Some Reflections on Aspects of the Undergraduate Education Policy
Benefit Changes for Faculty
Upon Retirement
Short Takes
Establishing Leadership in the Emerging Field of Engineering Systems
Concerto for Erhu and Subway
Spaces, Software, and Services –
Supporting Educational Innovation and Sustainability with Technology
Web Accessibility:
What Faculty Should Know
What Was it Like Working with OCW?
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Welcome Aboard President-elect Hockfield

We are excited and hopeful over the arrival of a new president at MIT. Your experience at other universities and your knowledge of the biomedical sciences bring new resources into the Institute's leadership. A new hand at the helm provides opportunities to make strategic and policy adjustments that may be needed. We hope you will view the faculty as your colleagues, allies, and advisors.

Opportunities for extensive discussions with faculty will be hard to find, but necessary.

Our faculty represents an extraordinary body of experience, knowledge, and engagement in the relationship of the Institute to both teaching and research missions, to the internal community of students and staff, and to the larger external community of institutions, corporations, governments, and nations.

Continuing globalization of the economy and the international sharing of knowledge means our role as a national resource has to be adjusted towards our also being an international resource. Given the increasing polarization of the U.S. economy into haves and have-nots , MIT will have to work even harder to avoid serving and training only the children of the haves . We are looking forward to working with you to achieve this goal.

[Editor's note: President Hockfield has agreed to address the faculty in the January/February MIT Faculty Newsletter .]

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