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Faculty Affairs News 016 -- September 4, 2014

Fall Faculty Mentor Workshops: Brown Bag Series

All faculty (tenured, tenure-track, clinical, visiting, associates of the faculty, lecturers and PhD students) are invited to our Fall Brown-Bag Series:

What do Foundations Fund?  Friday, Sept. 12, 12-1 p.m. 6th floor Library Parlor.  Shawn Ferrell, UT Arlington's Director of Foundation Relations and Brian Builta, grant writer, will engage us in a hands-on session on finding the best fit for your research project. Participants are asked to post their project abstracts for possible use as examples for the session at

IRB (Institutional Review Board): Prisoners, Facebook, Sexual Deviance and Other Challenging Research. Fri. Oct 10, 12-1 pm. Maverick Activities Center, Upstairs Lounge.  Robin Dickey reviews 60-100 requests for research with human subjects monthly at UT Arlington. She will provide case studies to highlight best practices for expediting your research through this mandatory process if you are engaging with human subjects in your research.

Managing "Disagreements": Conflict Resolution in the Academy. Friday, November 14, 12- 1 p.m. 6th floor Library Parlor. Have you had a disagreement with a research collaborator? Are you trying to navigate your department's political minefield? Are you struggling to keep peace in your lab?  Dr. Gary Lacefield, Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Marketing and a certified mediator will share strategies for resolving conflicts in the unique environment provided by the academy.

RSVP for the first workshop at

Global conversations on digital learning in your own backyard

The LINK Research Lab (Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge) has announced a full slate of fall events to begin a conversation on digital learning that includes experts from the around the globe. The Fall Speakers Series features the research and innovative ideas of our local faculty and colleagues from distinguished institutions. Topics include synchronous online learning, support for underrepresented learners, learning analytics, and the built environment, to name a few. The series will unfold as webinars, panel discussions, and public presentations. Additionally, a workshop, co-sponsored with the College of Education and Health Professions, on “Conducting Educational Design Research” will take place in November. Presentation sessions will be streamed live and archived for post-event viewing.

Calling all Qualitative Researchers: "Speed Networking" Event
Friday, September 5, 12:00 -1:00 pm, Central Library

Do you engage in research using qualitative methods and/or software? Are you looking to meet other qualitative researchers on campus, expand your professional network and/or collaborate with others engaged in qualitative research? Come to the UT Arlington Qualitative Research Speed Networking Meetup event on Friday, September 5 from 12-1 pm in the 6th floor of the Central Library.
Peggy Semingson and Maria Martinez-Cosio invite you to post a brief summary of your qualitative work, research interests or questions on a blog they have created for this get-together: Invite your colleagues, advanced PhD students and others engaged in qualitative research to join us. RSVP at ... and don’t forget to bring your lunch, as well as a two-minute summary of your work interests as we engage in speed networking.

Important Policy Updates to the Handbook of Operating Procedures

Faculty members should familiarize themselves with three updates to UT Arlington's Handbook of Operating Procedures.

  • Updated text to ADM 6-305, paragraph F, clarifies composition of the University Promotion and Tenure Committee.
  • Updated text to ADM 6-302, paragraph D, clarifies expectations and policies regarding coming up for tenure before the end of the full probationary period.
  • A new section of the HOP, ADM 6-710, spells out UT Arlington's new policy on Faculty Peer Review of Teaching. Additional information on the peer review policy, including links to model forms to implement the new policy in your school or college, can be found at a new page on the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence website,

Did you know...?

... that now is the time to work for tenured and tenure-track faculty to work on their REPs (Research Enhancement Proposal)? The Research Enhancement Program grants support research and creative activity including capital research equipment, materials and supplies, salary for GRAs, summer salary for faculty and research travel. Mentis opens for REP submissions on November 3 and closes December 2, 2014. Questions? Contact University Research Committee Chair John Bricout at

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