As you’ll see from the photograph accompanying this note, I don’t have 20/20 eyesight. SPEA does, or is as close to it as we can get.
As an institution, we have a clear vision of our future extending to the year 2020 and beyond. That vision is the result of our focus on leadership: in research, in scholarship, and in the preparation we give our students to be the leaders of tomorrow.
In this edition of SPEA Magazine, you’ll find a range of articles that demonstrate how SPEA is preparing to respond to future challenges—both within the School and in the wider world. You’ll get a sense of how, as a society, we can work to address pressing challenges such as drug abuse, transportation, and juvenile justice.
I’m proud to say you’ll also see how SPEA Bloomington will be physically transformed over the next few years. By 2017, the Paul H. O’Neill Graduate Center, with its striking wall of glass and limestone (of course), should be one of the most admired buildings on campus.
Here are other steps we’re taking to position SPEA for the future:
- Hiring new faculty across a range of disciplines: ten more in Bloomington; five more in Indianapolis. This will bring new diversity to our already impressive interdisciplinary research portfolio and it will serve our growing student population.
- Enhancing our Executive Education Program. We have brought on board two new leaders—Sara Johnson (IU alum) is the Director of Program Development and Jody Sundt is the Associate Dean of Graduate and Executive Education.
- Establishing more global dual-degree programs, international partnerships, and overseas education locations. We are responding to global challenges with a global view. We’re even converting what in Bloomington is known as the “Orange Lounge” into an international café complete with TV monitors showing coffeehouse and street scenes from around the world.
- Placing our students in careers and internships where they have the opportunity to grow quickly into leaders. For example, we’re establishing a pilot program for clustered internships in Seattle, with more cities to come.
There are many challenges ahead. But our SPEA community of scholars in Bloomington and Indianapolis is up to the task. I can see that, with or without my glasses.
—John D. Graham