Great Expectations
An always thoughtful, often inspiring, sometimes contradictory, and occasionally whimsical set of greetings and advice from the faculty to Emory’s new president


Emory's New President and the Idea of a University
Thomas G. Long, Bandy Professor of Preaching


Practical Matters
Rebecca Stone-Miller, Associate Professor of Art History and Faculty Curator


Economic Challenges and the Art of Education
Geoffrey Broocker, Walthour Delaperriere Professor of Ophthalmology

A Fresh Perspective for Perennial Problems
David Carr, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Philosophy

Teaching Versus Research: Does It Have to Be That Way?
Lucas Carpenter, Charles Howard Candler Professor of English, Oxford College

Becoming a Top-Tier Research University
Lawrence W. Barsalou, Winship Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology, and Elaine Walker, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

Ethics, Diversity, and Teaching
David B. Gowler, Pierce Professor of Religion, Oxford College

A More Positive University
Corey L.M. Keyes, Associate Professor of Sociology

Advice from the Lighter Side
Vicki Powers, Asssociate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science

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As the pages of the Academic Exchange often demonstrate, there are as many different takes on Emory University's identity as there are faculty--something that is especially evident in this issue.

To celebrate this riot of ideas, this summer we invited a variety of faculty members to extend their welcomes and advice to James Wagner, our new president, as he joins this community. At a moment of decreasing resources and rising ambitions, what is important for our new leader to hear from the faculty? What are the key issues? The institution's greatest strengths, challenges, and priorities? We did not aim to articulate a faculty agenda here. Rather, each one of these writers speaks for himself or herself.

Not surprisingly, some of our contributors' ideas seem to run headlong into one another. One argues, for example, for pouring more resources into teaching, while another suggests that for most faculty research comes first, and the rest will follow. But there are also some recurring themes: the place of the Center for Ethics in institutional life; fiscal challenges and market forces; organizational support for interdisciplinary work; the forthcoming report of the Commission on Research and its role in setting President Wagner's agenda. And all writers are concerned with vaulting Emory into eminence among research universities.

There is no one "Emory." But even in the welter of competition for attention, resources, and rewards, there is a common purpose to our labors, as theology school professor Tom Long reminds us in the opening essay. We do indeed share great expectations in this new intellectual journey. Traveling mercies for the road ahead. —A.O.A.