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Faculty Affairs News 013 - July 31, 2014

Special Pre-Fall Edition

Faculty Orientation for Everyone!                 (A new format for fall 2014)
Monday, August 18, 2014

In response to requests from across the campus, we have restructured "New Faculty Orientation" so that it is now "Faculty Orientation," with information sessions open to all members of the faculty, including part-time faculty, current faculty, long-serving faculty, tenured, tenure-track, clinical, in-practice, adjunct... All are welcome to attend sessions as they'd like.

Of special note are a trio of identical "All Faculty Orientation" sessions to be offered at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 5:30. At these sessions, the emphasis will be on new or revised policies / programs relevant to every member of the faculty. You are encouraged to attend whichever of the three sessions best fits your schedule.

To learn more -- and to sign up (which helps us with planning) -- visit between now and August 6th. We look forward to welcoming you (back) on Monday the 18th.

OUr "Day One" Workshop is Back (by popular Demand)

Unsure what to cover on the first day of class? Looking for ways to build rapport and community among your students? If so, join us for a repeat of last spring's workshop titled "Setting the Tone on Day One: A Workshop of Best Practices for the First Day of Class," to be held from 10:00 - 12:00 PM on the Sixth Floor of the Central Library. Sign up at Open to all faculty and teaching staff (including GTAs).

LINK Research Lab

The LINKResearch Lab is pleased to announce its Summer Fellows for 2014: Mohan D. Pant, Assistant Professor in Research Methodology and Peggy Semingson, Assistant Professor in Literacy Studies, both from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education and Health Professions. They will be working on projects related to learning analytics and networked models of teaching and learning. The call for applications for future Fellows opportunities will be announced in August.

George Siemens, Executive Director of the LINK Research Lab, is collaborating with other global scholars to offer an online UTArlingtonX course:  Data, Analytics and Learning beginning October 20. The course is an introduction to the logic and methods of analysis of data to improve teaching and learning. Participants may audit the course or may successfully complete all the of course’s activities to earn a certificate of achievement.

Additional information and registration can be found at the edX site:

Important Documents Now Online

MavsMeet Convocation
Tuesday, August 19 at 4:00 PM, College Park Center

This fall's MavsMeet Convocation to open the academic year will be held on Tuesday, August 19th at 4:00. All faculty members are welcome and encouraged to attend to show your support. To learn more, visit


The UT Arlington Library provides Course Reserves Services to all faculty, this service allows faculty to add supplemental reserves material to enhance their course curricula.  Reserve materials can include books, book chapters, journal articles, old exams, professors' notes, or homework solutions necessary for course work. The Library maintains both traditional print reserves and electronic reserves.  Electronic Reserves provide students with online access to course readings, exams, class notes and other supplemental material. E-Reserves are password-protected (Net ID logon) and only accessible by students enrolled in that specific course. The library reserves staff can place scanned journal articles and or book chapters online for any course.  In keeping with copyright guidelines, only 10% of the content of a book can be scanned for online access.  For more information please contact reserves staff at

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