Arts and Sciences graduate students ratify first contract in unanimous vote

Graduate students in the School of Arts and Sciences (A&S) unanimously voted to ratify their first contract with the administration Thursday, making Tufts the third private university in the United States to have a recognized graduate student union under contract. Voting took place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Mayer Campus Center, after […]

Editorial: Budget town hall should be first of many steps toward financial transparency

Although Tufts students are notorious for disagreeing on campus issues, most students agree that tuition should not increase at its current rate. The widespread interest in and pushback against tuition hikes, and the questions as to why they keep happening, have led many to demand increased transparency from the school. Shedding more light on the budgeting process […]

Tufts forms faculty senate to encourage discussion of university issues

Tufts is establishing a university-wide faculty senate this semester. The senate, which has been approved by the faculty of all eight of Tufts’ branches, will include representatives from each school who will come together to advise the administration, according to The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy Professor Jeswald Salacuse. Salacuse noted that the faculty senate’s bylaws, which are the result of […]

Graduate students consider unionization following NLRB decision

A group of Tufts graduate students in the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts has been working toward forming a union for graduate students, following the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) ruling last August that graduate students at private universities, as paid teaching and research assistants, […]

Five-year classroom renovation project makes advances

In 2014, the Learning Spaces Planning Committee conducted a study that concluded that Tufts needed to upgrade nearly 200 of its classrooms over the following five years, according to Director of Campus Planning Lois Stanley. This plan, known as the five-year classroom renovation project, includes refurbishing and improving out-of-date teaching labs, auditoria, flat-floor lecture-style rooms and computer labs […]

Tufts launches Trans Support Task Force, hopes to increase on-campus resources

Tufts is launching the Trans Support Task Force to improve university resources available for transgender students and streamline communication within the Tufts community, according to Nino Testa, director of the LGBT Center and task force co-chair. The other co-chair is Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Provost Mark Brimhall-Vargas, and the task force will hold its first meeting on Oct. 20, Testa said. […]

New Dean of Arts and Sciences James Glaser discusses his career, plans for Tufts’ future

Earlier this month, James Glaser became the dean of the School of Arts and Sciences after six months serving as the interim dean. The Daily sat down with Glaser to discuss his new official position as dean and his plans for Tufts.  Tufts Daily: You’ve been at Tufts since 1991. Can you describe your Tufts […]

Committee responds to Strategic Plan in document draft, discussion sessions

On Sept. 23, the Arts and Sciences Strategic Planning and Implementation Committee released a draft of the working document for a strategic plan, which details the School of Arts and Sciences’ response to the university’s T10 Strategic Plan. The committee then offered five discussion sessions this week for different community groups, and launched an online forum in which community […]

Education professor Brizuela becomes dean of academic affairs

Associate Professor of Education Barbara Brizuela (G ’96) was named dean of academic affairs for the School of Arts and Sciences, assuming James Glaser’s former role after he was appointed interim dean of Arts and Sciences on June 1. Brizuela, a former chair of the Department of Education, began her new position on July 15. […]

Glaser chosen as interim dean of A&S as search for new dean begins

James Glaser became the interim dean of the School of Arts and Sciences (A&S) on June 1, replacing former dean of A&S Joanne Berger-Sweeney, who announced last spring that she would step down from her position to become president of Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.  The Office of the Provost announced on May 15 that […]