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Faculty Affairs News 037 -- July 2, 2015

faculty research workshops on strategic plan

Faculty are invited to the first of four research workshops sponsored by UT Arlington's Office of Research. This is an effort to build communities/teams around defined research topics to enable UTA to be more competitive for major research awards and grants. Major grants often require the formation of cross-disciplinary teams and the development of strong proposal months ahead of the call for awards. These summer workshops will be another step in clarifying and articulating areas of strength and help identifying faculty and staff that want to work together in these research areas. The first workshop, 'Sustainable Urban Communities’ will be Wednesday, July 8th, 2:00-4:30p in the University Center Bluebonnet room.  Dean Nan Ellin, Dean Jeanne Gerlach, and Dr. Mickey McCabe will frame some issues for discussion around urban planning, urban education, manufacturing in an urban environment and transportation.  Please RSVP here.

The second workshop, on ‘Data Driven Discovery and Knowledge Management’ will be Wednesday, July 22nd, 2:00-4:30 pm in the University Center Rio Grande room. Scheduled stage-setting speakers will be Dean Rachel Croson and Dr. Krish Prabhu (AT&T CTO). Please RSVP here.

Please mark your calendars for the last two sessions, scheduled for July 28th (2-4:30) and August 5th (9-11:30a). More information on these two will be forthcoming. ALL Faculty are welcome to attend. Join us and bring your topics of interest in any of these areas.

Intellectual Property

Do you own the product of your work?  Should you sign away your copyright when developing a new online course? Intellectual property is any invention, discovery, trade secret, technology, scientific or technological development, computer software, or other form of expression that is in a tangible form.  Director of Technology Management, Teri Schultz, will provide invaluable information about intellectual property ownership, patents, trademarks, and more.  Join the Graduate School for this program on Thursday, July 9, 2015 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm in the Planetarium Conference Room for a discussion on this fast-changing landscape. Reservations strongly encouraged. Please go to http://www.uta.edu/gradstudies/admitted/RCR%20Workshops.php for more information and to register.

Fulbright africa applications open

Applications are due August 3rd for scholars wishing to teach and conduct research at educational institutions and non-profit organizations across Sub-Saharan Africa. U.S. embassies in the region contribute to the program through their direction of an extensive network of scholars and share their expertise with colleagues and students.  In addition to accomplishing their grant-specific goals, Fulbright Scholars often build lasting relationships that serve as the foundation for on-going projects and other interactions on the personal and the institution level. Countries seeking experts include Madagascar, Ghana, and ZambiaThe UT Arlington Office of International Education can assist with questions, (817) 272-2355 or www.uta.edu/oie.  For a brochure on the Fulbright SubSahara program, please click here.

Professional Learning Communities for 2015-2016 Announced

The Division of Digital Teaching and Learning and the Division of Faculty Affairs invite faculty and staff to join the Professional Learning Community (PLC) for the upcoming academic year 2015-16.  There will be opportunities for software experimentation, course redesign, group conference attendance, and informal learning. Participants are expected to develop a project that applies the technology or concepts learned through the PLC. Collaboration will take place through on-campus and online sessions among the group members and with national and international leaders in educational technology.

PLC groups for 2015-16:
Blended Learning, facilitated by Dr. Nakia Pope, sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence
Synchronous Learning in a Digital Environment, facilitated by Dr. Peggy Semingson, sponsored by the LINK Lab

A link to the application form and additional information on the program including each group calendar can be found at the LINK Lab website. Applications will close August 3.

Faculty Presenters Needed for Student Fall Leadership Retreat

The student Fall Leadership Retreat is an annual program sponsored by the Leadership Center and Student Affairs and occurs on September 11, 2015. It focuses on leadership development through educational sessions and experiential learning activities. More than 200 UT Arlington students participate and faculty are needed to present on leadership topics, preferably one that fits with the 2015 theme of "Resilience." If you would like to be a presenter, please fill out the interest form by July 31st.

Postdoctoral positions available

UT Arlington faculty are invited to recruit Provost Post-Doctoral Fellowship applicants for openings starting in August 2016. The purpose of the 2-year fellowship is to develop and prepare scholars from underrepresented groups for future faculty positions in academia, specifically U.S. citizens from groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding:

  • Alaska Natives (Aleut, Eskimo or other Indigenous People of Alaska)
  • Black/African Americans
  • Mexican American/Chicanas/Chicanos
  • Native American Indians
  • Native Pacific Islanders (Polynesian/Micronesian)
  • Females in STEM fields.

Fellows will receive an annual stipend of $40,000 USD and a research allowance of $2,000 USD. The university will also provide a medical and dental benefits package. For more information, please visit UTA Provost Postdoctoral Program or  http://www.uta.edu/diversity/faculty/

Did You Know...

....it is almost time to sign up for benefits? All UT Arlington employees are invited to attend the Benefits Fair is at the Maverick Activity Center (MAC) in the lounge on Friday, July 17, 2015 from 9:00 am to noon. Insurance and financial vendors will be in attendance to answer questions, including the new benefits coverage for married same-sex couples and their families.  Door prizes will be awarded. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Human Resources at benefits@uta.edu or (817) 272-5554.


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The University of Texas at Arlington, Box 19128, 817-272-7422.