Presidential Initiatives

Full-Time Faculty Task Force

The Full-Time Faculty Task Force is a 14-member group comprised of faculty and administrators assigned to develop recommendations to assist the College in meeting its Strategic Plan objectives related to increasing the ratio of full-time to adjunct faculty. The group was charged with: 

  1. Preparing a set of recommendations for a hiring plan that will provide the framework to strengthen the fulltime faculty in accordance with objectives from the Strategic Plan:
  2. Proposing a vetted set of mission critical metrics that are responsive to our current austere budgetary conditions but also support an equitable distribution of full-time faculty across the campus.
  3. Assessing the strategy of using lectureships and visiting professorships as a means to improve the faculty-student engagement, overall academic service for students, the scholarly work of the faculty, long-term college reputation for excellence, and support for the faculty diversity plan.
Performance Planning

First launched in Fall 2021, Performance Planning is a process that enables all stakeholders on campus to propose ideas that activate that community's collective vision and explore new possibilities focused on realizing a brighter future the College.  Whether transformational or a small improvement, ideas are submitted via a request for proposal process, presented to campus, and, if approved, implemented and funded (when new funds are necessary).

Visit the Performance Planning Website 

Community Talks

Each month, President Sams hosts fireside chats that are open to the college community to discuss topics that relate to the campus community, local community, or society as a whole. Recordings of each session are available on this page. ​

September at 2:30 PM: Looking Forward to the New Academic Year

In-Person Location: NAB 1100
Zoom Link
Learn how to add this event and other Campus Wide Events/Meetings to your calendar by using the Campus Wide Events Calendar How to Guide.

Community Talk with President Sams on September 6, 2022 at 2:30 PM. The topic will be focusing on looking ahead to the new academic year and will be hosted in person in NAB 1100 and on Zoom. Zoom Link can be found above this image.


Spring 2022 Recordings

May 2022

President Sams discusses the fiscal year budget for 2022-2023.

April 2022

A reflection on the early history and conceptualization of SUNY Old Westbury from the mid-1960s to mid-1980s with Professor Emeritus John Ehrenreich.

March 2022

President Sams and members of the campus leadership team discuss the vision for a future Center for Social Justice, Sustainability, and Innovation. 

February 2022

President Sams discusses the plans for the OW Model, a planned integrative educational model to enhance student academics, campus engagement, community building, and campus support. 

School-Based Lectures

Launching in the Spring 2022 semester, each of the 4 schools, School of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Business, and School of Professional Studies, conduct a lecture that serves as an example of teaching, research, engagement in learning that is reflective of SUNY Old Westbury’s Mission. Please see the schedule below of the lectures happening this semester:

  • Cold War Long Island: February 23 –  2:40 PM

    • Prof. Karl Grossman (American Studies/Media & Communications) and Dr. Christopher Verga (Suffolk County Community College) 

    • Register Here

  • We Charge Genocide: A Contextualized Review of Consequences of Police Violence:  March 28 – 2:40 PM

    • Dr. Rahwa Haile (Public Health)

    • Register Here or Campus Center Library 322

  • Pharaonism as Racial Nationalism in Egypt:  March 29 – 2:40 PM

  • An American Sickness: A Closer Look Into the American Healthcare System: April 5 – 2:40 PM 

    • Dr. Veronika Dolar (Politics, Economics, and Law)

    • Register Here

  • Culturally Responsive Pedagogy Across Content Areas: April 5 – 2:40 PM 

    • Dr. Elizabeth Morphis (Childhood Education & Literacy), Dr. Julio Gonzalez (Exceptional Education & Learning), and Dr. Blidi Stemn (Childhood Education & Literacy)

    • Register on Zoom Here or attend in person in Campus Library L-312

Student Collections

This is a monthly speaker/lecture series for OW students based on their class level (First Year and Second Year Student Group, and Junior and Senior Student Group). Each session will be facilitated by internal or external partners who embody an OW value and/or is knowledgeable in that respective area. Please see  below for the upcoming Student Collections Sessions for the semester:

First Year and Second Year Student Sessions

Stay tuned for the Fall 2022 Sessions!

Junior and Senior Student Sessions

Stay tuned for the Fall 2022 Sessions!

Listening Sessions

Launching in the Fall of 2022, Listening Sessions are monthly forums where members of the President's Cabinet will lead a session each month based on the topic determined by the President. These sessions will be an hour long with a 20-30 minute presentation or overview with a 30 minutes Q&A and/or share out session. Below is the flyer for the upcoming session.

Listening Session hosted by Vice President of Enrollment Jeffrey Handler on September 21 from 12-1 PM in NAB 1100. The topic of the session is Who are our students?. Future Sessions will be hosted on October 20th from 11AM-12PM and November 16 from 12-1 PM.