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Faculty Affairs News 018 -- October 2, 2014

Faculty mentor workshop: IRB
Friday October 10, 12:00 -1:00 pm, maverick activities center, upper lounge

Robin Dickey will discuss some of the more unusual cases presented to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and lessons for researchers interested in doing challenging research, including those using new technology such as Skype and Facebook for interviews, collecting blog or Twitter data, and those engaged in research with protected populations: prisoners, pregnant women, children and those with mental disabilities. RSVP at

workshops for faculty development leaves and research enhancement grants
Wednesday, October 15 & Thursday, October 23

John Bricout will lead two sessions on best practices for applying for Research Enhancement Grants (REP) and Maria Martinez-Cosio will discuss Faculty Development Leaves (FDL) on two dates:

  • Wednesday, October 15, 2:00-3:00 PM, Business Building (COBA) 241
  • Thursday, October 23, 2:00-3:00 PM, Chemistry-Physics Building (CPB) 303

The REP and FDL submission systems will open the first week in November. In the meantime, faculty members should begin preparing their proposal narratives. More information is available at


Did you know that the Obama administration is offering grants for international student and faculty exchanges? A new round of proposals opened on September 15   Do you have colleagues abroad or in Latin America that may be interested in developing faculty and student exchanges?  Are you interested in this idea and want to explore it further but have yet to develop any contacts?  Join Jay Horn from UT Arlington's Office of International Education, colleagues from the College of Engineering and the Division of Faculty Affairs as we explore these exciting opportunities for our faculty and students. RSVP at


As has been policy for many years, all employees of the UT System much seek approval for any work considered "outside activity." Beginning this fall, however, all such requests must be made through the new UT System Outside Activity Portal. Be sure to complete requests for approval prior to engaging in outside employment or other compensated activity; in service on an outside board; or in any other outside activity that may reasonably appear to create a conflict of interest or conflict of commitment with your employment at UT Arlington. To access the portal, visit

NOTE: Requests made and approved in the previous online system will not carry over into the new system; hence, requests to continue previously-approved activities must be renewed within the new system.

Update: Faculty Input Sought for survey on Fraternity/Sorority Life

The deadline for responding to UT Arlington's faculty survey on fraternity / sorority life has been extended to Friday, October 3. Faculty input is especially welcome, so please take a few moments to complete the survey. To participate, click here


... that UT Arlington faculty may receive a service learning designation for courses that meet service learning criteria? This course designation, granted the Center for Community Service Learning (CCSL), will be available for students registering for classes and service learning courses will be listed on the CCSL website.  To learn more about the course designation procedure, visit (Now is the time to be considering such options for the spring semester.)

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