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Faculty Affairs News 015 -- August 21, 2014

Welcome (Back)!

Welcome to the first edition of UT Arlington's Faculty Affairs News for academic year 2014-15, FAN 015. On the first and third Thursday of each month, we will publish information about events, policies, and resources of interest to the faculty. Should you have any feedback about FAN, please contact Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs David Silva.

Team-Based Learning Special Interest Groups being FOrmed

The Division of Faculty Affairs and the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence invites all faculty to join in the Team-Based Learning Special Interest Group ("SIG") this Fall. Participants meet once per month to discuss the Team-Based Learning (TBL) pedagogy and to share successes, challenges, materials, and innovative ideas with their colleagues. Two groups will meet this semester – Group #1 meets on Mondays from 2-3:30pm, and Group #2 meets Thursdays from 9-10:30am. All faculty are welcome, including those with limited experience in TBL as well as veterans of this pedagogical method. Contact Dan Cavanagh for more information or to sign up.

New Faculty Writing Support Group: Writing & Parenting

The Division of Faculty Affairs is launching a new writing group targeting faculty with young children seeking to increase their research production while balancing home life and wellness.  The group met through the summer and it is kicking off a new semester by opening up enrollment to new members. Faculty must commit to weekly meetings, daily writing and commitment to time management strategies derived from the Center for Faculty Development and Diversity ( Additional special interest faculty writing groups will be launched the first week in October. More information will be shared via the Division of Faculty Affairs News. Please contact Maria Martinez-Cosio for more information or to sign up for the "Parents Writing Group."

2014 Faculty Orientation was a great Success! (Thank you!)

We had a terrific turnout for our first all Faculty Orientation last Monday, August 18, 2014. According to our records, we had approximately 200 faculty attend throughout the day as we presented three one-hour sessions on the "Top Ten Things" UT Arlington faculty need-to-know as we begin the 2014-15 academic year: updated student profile; behavior intervention; student mediation; peer observation of teaching; student feedback surveys... The "Top Ten" PowerPoint slides are available at the Faculty Orientation website. In the next week or so, we will also post other PowerPoint presentations shared that day as well as video of selected sessions. Please feel free to share with your departments.

Maverick Speaker Series for 2014-15

This year's Maverick Speaker Series has been announced. For details on "who" and "when," visit


... that neither departments, units or colleges can set institutional attendance requirements for students in their programs?  Only an individual faculty member can set his or her methods for evaluating student performance, which can include attendance policies. It is important that students understand that any attendance rules applied in your course are your own and not a matter of institutional policy. Doing so will keep the University in compliance with Federal regulations as they apply to Title IV funding. (For a summary, see

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