Jerry Daday, executive associate dean of the Institute for Engaged Learning, reflected on Chancellor Paydar’s efforts to uplift faculty work. In January 2020, the institute hosted an event with the Center for Teaching and Learning to celebrate the accomplishments of faculty. The event recognized faculty who engaged in significant professional development over the previous year. By attending the event and recognizing the commitment of these faculty members to enhancing their teaching, Chancellor Paydar affirmed IUPUI’s commitment to developing our faculty and improving students’ learning experiences.
“He wants IUPUI to be a welcoming place, inclusive place,” Daday said. “He cares deeply about this campus and this institution and the people that are a part of it."
Regarding Chancellor Paydar’s dedication to making IUPUI a more welcoming place, Johnson spoke on the impact of the initiative he launched at the beginning of his tenure.
“He launched The Welcoming Campus Initiative,” Johnson said. “Our task was simple: it was to think about what IUPUI could be doing differently to become more welcoming to students, to staff, to faculty, and to community members who visit our campus. That was such a positive endeavor, and it gave us a platform to envision changes that we could make with that very positive backdrop."
Chancellor Paydar’s Welcoming Campus Initiative supported the launch of numerous programs and projects within DUE, ranging from Developing a Positive Math Mindset to Reducing Social Class Barriers.
During the last few years of his tenure, Chancellor Paydar led the campus during a worldwide pandemic, an undertaking that did not go unnoticed.
Daday spoke on Chancellor Paydar’s leadership during the pandemic and the continued rallying of students. Even during such unprecedented and challenging times, supporting students and encouraging their success remained the focus.
“He really did try to convey ‘we're here for you,’ ‘we want you to reach out to us if you need anything,’ ‘the IUPUI campus is open for business,’” Daday said. “I think that especially applied in the Division of Undergraduate Education where we're very focused on advising and career development."