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Faculty Affairs News 031 -- April 2, 2015

STUDENT FEEDBACK SURVEYS Go live april 23rd

Student Feedback Surveys (SFS) for 15-week classes with an enrollment of 5 or more students will be launched on April 23.  It's not too early to begin mentioning this to your students! The number one incentive for students to complete the surveys is faculty encouragement; let your students know that you value their input and use it to modify your courses from semester to semester. You could also allow some class time for students to complete the SFS on their own electronic devices they bring to class.

Before the surveys go live, 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

May dates for peer observation training now available

Peer observation training continues throughout the summer, with four sessions happening in May after Commencement. Check the CTLE website for dates, times, and links to register. 

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!

Follett Faculty Discover Launched

The UT Arlington Bookstore is launched an exciting new tool that allows faculty to discover and curate course material content for their courses, including emerging content types like open education resources (OER), massive open online course (MOOC) content and videos.  Faculty can also review material used by their peers teaching similar courses. Students can choose from new, rental or original material that faculty can provide through a central hub. Demonstrations for all faculty will be held April 21st from 11 am- 4 pm, April 23rd from 2-6 pm and April 29 from 11-6 pm at the University Center.  A webex training session will be offered April 16 from 3-3:30 pm and the following link can be used to join the meeting https://fheg.webex.com/fheg/j.php?MTID=m2e3d4917d980ae6df38403f603d6c194. For more information or questions, please contact Paul Beaulieu beaulieu@uta.edu or Shiva Mirsaeedi  shiva@uta.edu at the UT Arlington Bookstore.

Senate Brief

The UT Arlington Faculty Senate is interested in communicating more directly with the faculty. Now and then, the FAN will include tidbits of information related to governance, advocacy, and the faculty's role in the academy. Ideas for future topics may be suggested to Dan Cavanagh, Senate Chair-Elect, at cavanagh@uta.edu. For a calendar of Senate meetings, as well as roster of officer, please go to http://www.uta.edu/senate/new/meeting_dates.php

MENTIS

Faculty are strongly encouraged to update their Mentis profile in order to ensure that their work receives the recognition it merits.  The information on the Mentis profile is used for identifying and vetting faculty teaching and research award winners, including the Library's Creative Works event; it is used when questions arise from the annual review process regarding publications, grants and awards; and serves as the portal for complying with House Bill 2504 which calls for the public posting of syllabi: Syllabi must provide a brief description of each major course requirement, including each major assignment and examination, required/recommended reading, and a general description of the subject matter of each lecture or discussion (H.B. 2504 - Section 51.974-http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/81R/billtext/html/HB02504F.HTM) We appreciate your assistance with this important issue.

Did You Know...

The University offers Adobe Suite and a number of other programs for free to UT Arlington faculty? For a list and downloads, please go to http://www.uta.edu/oit/cs/software/  The university also bought an institutional license for Qualtrics, a survey development tool that one can access at www.uta.qualtrics.com. NetID and password are required to use Qualtrics.


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