UTA MavWire
Thursday, January 19, 2023
Teresa Doughty

Doughty heading to Alabama at Birmingham

Teresa Taber Doughty, dean of our College of Education, has accepted the position of dean at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Education, a move that will bring her closer to her family. Her last day at UTA is Thursday, March 16.

Dr. Doughty has served as dean since 2016, leading the College of Education through a number of significant milestones, including national accreditation with the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation, a steady rise in national program rankings, and the launch of several new degree and certificate programs.

She established key new roles to address recruitment, marketing, data management, and online education needs, leaving the college poised for future success in the preparation of Texas’ education leaders.

Benjamin Smithers

IceCube equipment

Scientists like Benjamin Smithers, physics doctoral candidate, believe the nuclear reactions monitored by the IceCube Neutrino Observatory will lead humanity to a broader understanding of the universe.

“There are some pretty deep questions at IceCube, and the neutrino is at the center of them all,” Smithers said. “These invisible, nearly massless particles hold an abundance of information about how matter evolved, creating everything around us.”

Throughout his time at UTA, Smithers has contributed his talents to the IceCube collaboration, but always from afar. This year, his research took him more than 6,000 miles from home to Chiba, Japan.

College Park Center

New to campus? Take a tour

New faculty and staff can go on a campus tour at 3 p.m. on the last Friday of each month. Arrive at the Dan Dipert University Welcome Center, 580 South Center St., at 2:45 p.m. wearing comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Guided walking tours last approximately 1.5 hours. The next tour is on Friday, Jan. 27. Email questions to campustours@uta.edu.

Advancing the Dream gala

UTA hosted the “Advancing the Dream: Moving Toward Unity, Justice, and Peace” gala. The event included dinner, tributes, entertainment, and scholarship and award announcements as part of the annual four-day Arlington Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

Service learning fellow

The Center for Service Learning's Faculty Fellows program educates faculty on ways of incorporating service learning into courses while fostering relationships and research opportunities across disciplines and with community agencies. Apply by Thursday, Jan. 26. Contact Susan at dequeant@uta.edu for details.


Ask-A-Mav is an online resource where students can submit general questions or find information they could not find on the UTA site. This initiative points students to the best campus resources while providing guidance and support. Students can email Ask-A-Mav@uta.edu and expect a response within 24-48 business hours.

Graduation Help Desk

The Graduation Help Desk is here to help ensure every student graduates by addressing complex academic and non-academic issues that hinder a student's academic performance or path to graduation. Students can contact the Graduation Help Desk and expect a response within 24-48 business hours.

Academic Early Alert

UTA’s Academic Early Alert is a referral program that creates an intervention with academic coaches before students fall behind in their classes during the semester. Alerts are best when they are submitted early in the term. Read about the referral process and see the referral form.

Procedure and policy changes

BF-T-PR-04 Student Group and Organization Travel Procedure—Updates were made to meal expense options. Specifically, information on paying with a travel cash advance and a University-issued travel card were added for U.S. and international travel.

CO-CE-PR-07 Approval of Alcoholic Beverage Purchase and Reimbursement Procedure—This procedure title was changed from Approval of Alcoholic Beverages at University Sponsored Events and replaces prior procedure CO-CE-PO-02. Procedures were updated throughout to better align with current department processes. If your department reimburses for alcohol purchases, please read this updated procedure.

CO-CS-PR-12 Workers' Compensation Insurance Procedure—Updates were made to align with current processes and UT System’s workers' compensation policy. Specifically, procedures for reporting a work-related illness or injury, including employee and supervisor responsibilities and allowable leave time. In addition, this procedure clarifies that an employee cannot be discriminated against for filing a workers' compensation claim.

CO-UF-PR-03 Space Inventory Reporting Procedure—Minor updates were made to this procedure to update the department name and contact information.

Programs for supervisors, managers

The Office of Talent, Culture, and Inclusion is offering two leadership development cohort programs that begin in February. Learn more about the schedule, application process, and eligibility requirements on the leadership development webpage.

The MavsManager Foundations Program is intended to support leaders with two to three years of prior management experience who are supervising multiple full-time employees. Deadline to apply is Friday, Jan. 20.

The Supervisor Essentials Program provides a training cohort for new leaders with less than two years of supervisory experience. This program focuses on key topics for leaders who supervise at least one direct report. Deadline to apply is Monday, Jan. 23.

Email hrtraining@uta.edu with any questions about the programs.

Wondr weight loss program

UT Benefits is offering access to Wondr™—a digital weight loss program—at no cost to you. Wondr goes beyond diet fads to teach you science-based skills that will help you lose weight and improve your overall health without giving up the foods you love. Space is limited. Apply by Sunday, Jan. 22.

Wellness Wednesday

Discover hands-on tools to navigate your way to better holistic health, such as social and emotional wellness. Register for the Lunch-n-Learn program, which is at noon Wednesday, Jan. 25, in room 104 of Trinity Hall.

Tour guide referrals

The Dan Dipert University Welcome Center is seeking referrals from UTA faculty and staff for MavElite tour guides (Handshake Job #7329215). Submit this short referral form by Monday, Jan. 30. Questions? Email campustours@uta.edu.

Alumni@Work Lunch and Learn

For the Alumni@Work luncheon, enjoy a free box lunch while Latoya Oduniyi (’08 BA) with the Office of Talent, Culture, and Inclusion shares info on UTA resources available to help manage your work-life balance. Register for the event, which is at noon Wednesday, Feb. 1, in the Nueces Room of The Commons.

Protein Debate

Stacie Ellis, UTA's registered dietitian, discusses protein—how much is enough, its best and worst sources, and much more—for the Food for Thought session at noon Wednesday, Feb. 1, in Teams.

Teams toolbar update

Microsoft Teams is updating the meeting toolbar to make navigating meetings and accessing new features easier. Users may notice changes in their meeting toolbar, including a dedicated raise-hand button, a view button, and menu subgroups.

UTA Night with Dallas Mavericks

Join UTA alumni and friends to cheer on the Dallas Mavericks as they take on the Utah Jazz at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7. Purchase discounted tickets at mavsgroups.com/uta22 to receive an exclusive hat and entry to take a shot from the free-throw line!

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