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 University 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 reputation for excellence, and support for the faculty diversity plan.
Community Talks

Each semester, President Sams hosts fireside chats open to the campus community to discuss topics related to the campus community, local community, or society as a whole. Recordings and supporting materials from his State of the University address can be found in the SOU Resource Hub

Upcoming Dates: 

  • ​​​​​TBD for the Fall of 2024. Please check back in late Spring for updates!
Listening Sessions

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 are an hour long with a 20–30-minute presentation or overview with a 30-minute Q&A and/or share-out session. Below is the flyer for the upcoming session, and you can find past sessions in our resource hub.

Campus Center Library 322 at 1:30 PM. Dr. Randall Edouard will host this session, and the topic will be Student Wellness & Wellbeing.
    New Employee Orientation & In-Service Days

    Starting around August 15, members of the President's Cabinet, including Human Resources & Accademic Affairs host Orientation and In-Service dates.  Scheduled over 3 days, these gatherings present valuable opportunities for all staff and faculty to connect and align our efforts to ensure a successful year ahead. All current staff and faculty can find the recordings and presentations from the 2023 In-Service in the resource hub.

    The dates for the Summer 2024 Orientation and In-Service will be announced in late Spring. 

    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 for the University.  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 

    School-Based Lectures

    Every Spring semester, each of the four 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, and engagement in learning that is reflective of SUNY Old Westbury’s Mission. Come back in January 2024 to see the upcoming sessions!

    Past Sessions

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

    • ​​​We Charge Genocide: A Contextualized Review of Consequences of Police Violence:  ​​​​​Dr. Rahwa Haile (Public Health)
    • ​​​​​Pharaonism as Racial Nationalism in Egypt: Dr. Kyle Anderson (History & Philosophy)
    • An American Sickness: A Closer Look Into the American Healthcare System: Dr. Veronika Dolar (Politics, Economics, and Law)
    • ​​​​​​Culturally Responsive Pedagogy Across Content Areas: Dr. Elizabeth Morphis (Childhood Education & Literacy), Dr. Julio Gonzalez (Exceptional Education & Learning), and Dr. Blidi Stemn (Childhood Education & Literacy)