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Faculty Affairs News 030 -- March 19, 2015

Only two peer observation training sessions left this semester!

Thus far, over 25 faculty have attended training and become certifed peer observers. Two training sessions remain for the semester, so there is still time for you! To sign up for a training session, visit the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence website. Questions about the policy and its implementation can be directed to Dr. Nakia Pope, CTLE Director.

save the date for spring meeting of the faculty and associates

The Spring Meeting of the University Faculty and Associates is set for Tuesday, May 5 at 4:00 PM in the Rio Grande Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center. We will honor faculty receiving awards for excellence in teaching, research, and service, as well as faculty receiving Faculty Development Leaves. Refreshments will be served. Come out and support your colleagues!

midterm grades

If you were among faculty members recently asked to submit midterm grades for your students, we sincerely thank you for your prompt response. Midterm grades are only required for freshmen and first-term undergraduate transfers, undergraduate students with a UTA GPA < 2.25, undeclared students and athletes for NCAA reporting.  UT Arlington uses early (4th week) and midterm progress report grades as an early alert system. All midterm grades are shared with undergraduate students’ academic advisors, who will reach out to the low-performing students with advising on University resources, strategic dropping, etc.  We can only obtain those grades from faculty, and you are thus critical to this process.  We encourage faculty to develop early grade mechanisms such as syllabi tests, short quizzes and other assessment tools that allow for entering midterm grades on time.  A grade report schedule as well as information on the process for entering grades is available at http://www.uta.edu/records/faculty-staff/grading.php

Student Feedback Surveys

Student Feedback Surveys (SFS) for 15-week classes with an enrollment of 5 or more students will be launched on April 23.  The number one incentive for students completing online surveys is faculty encouragement including allowing class time for students to pull out their electronic devices and complete the SFS. Now is a good time to also check that you are listed as the faculty of record for your courses.  At the beginning of each term, the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Reporting sends out a request to all SFS contacts in every department and college for the list of team-taught courses that need to have separate surveys for different instructors. Please check with your administrative assistant on this important issue. For questions, please review the FAQs at http://www.uta.edu/ier/Surveys/sfs/faculty.php

Did You Know...

UT Arlington is an institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. All graduate students, tenured, tenure-track and contract faculty as well as staff can use the professional development services offered at www.facultydiversity.org.  The services include the Monday Motivator newsletter, multi-week online courses, webinars and summer writing boot camps. Topics vary from writing book proposals, effective grant writing, using social media to enhance your scholarship, and how to best maximize your writing time. For questions, please contact Maria Martinez-Cosio at mcosio@uta.edu.


Faculty Affairs News is an online publication of the  Division of Faculty Affairs at
The University of Texas at Arlington, Box 19128, 817-272-7422.