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Faculty Affairs News 010 -- March 20, 2014

Location Change for P/T Mentor Workshop on March 21

Due to overwhelming demand, the P/T Mentor Workshop scheduled for Friday, March 21, has been moved to the Rio Grande Ballroom – B, located on the second floor of the E.H. Hereford University Center. The workshop begins at noon.

Faculty Participation at Commencement: New FAQ Page Available

In light new expectations regarding faculty members’ participation at UT Arlington commencement ceremonies, we have produced a new FAQ document, which can be accessed at the Office of Provost webpage on Academic Policies; look under “Faculty Policies.” Should you have a question not addressed by this new FAQ sheet, please contact Vice Provost David Silva ( and we’ll update the page as appropriate.

Register Now for “Setting the Tone on Day One” (March 28)

Spaces are still available for faculty at every level—from GTAs to lecturers to full professors—to learn more about best practices for the first day of the term. The “Day One” workshop will take place on Friday, March 28 from 1:00 to 4:00 in the Central Library, Sixth Floor. To sign up, go to Registration will be open until Wednesday, March 26. (To view the workshop program, see below.)

Did you know…

… That “Food Truck Fridays" will start on Friday, March 21? This special initiative will continue for an additional five weeks, ending on Friday, April 18. Food Truck Fridays will take place from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM at the City of Arlington’s Founders Plaza, 100 West Abram Street (just two blocks north of the College Park District). Gather a group of colleagues and head to the edge of campus to enjoy good food in the great outdoors! For more information, visit the City of Arlington’s Parks and Recreation website (


Setting the Tone on Day One: A Workshop of Best Practices for the First Day of Class

Bring your laptops and mobile devices! * Participatory and Engaging! * Refreshments will be provided! 

March 28, 2014   *   1:00 – 4:00 PM

Central Library, Sixth Floor Atrium


Welcome by Dr. Lana Rings, Interim Director, Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence


What You Must Do on Day One: Policy, Law, and Accountability
-Dr. David Silva, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs


A General Overview of Day One
-Dr. Mary Lynn Crow, Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Day One Blog Post: “What helps me to be successful as a learner”
-Dr. Peggy Semingson, Department of Curriculum and Instruction &
-Dr. Lana Rings, Interim Director, CTLE


Break with Refreshments


Getting Students’ Attention and Assessing Prior Knowledge
-Dr. Kim Breuer, Department of History


Ice Breakers for Freshmen and Others in Small and Large Classes
-Dr. Nila Veerabathina, Department of Physics


Involving Students on Day One
-Dr. Mary Lynn Crow, Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Final Discussion ~ Q&A

 Sponsored by the UT Arlington Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE), a unit of the Division of Faculty Affairs

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