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Faculty Affairs News 021 -- November 6, 2014

Fall semester grades Reminder

UT Arlington faculty are required to include additional data when recording an “F” for a student’s grade in My Mav. (This process will replace the Office of Financial Aid’s “Attendance Verification Roster” that many of you have completed last year for non-passing students).  Also, please remember that all grades must be entered on time. If you face challenges entering grades, please contact Shannon Williams, Director of Student Services, at 26105 or

When assigning an “F” grade, you will be presented with three options for the “Justification for F.” You must select one of the following options that clarifies why the student earned an “F”:
Option 1 - In attendance/performed poorly
Option 2 - Never attended or participated
Option 3 - Stopped attending as of ___(“date last attended” will be required). For the purposes of grade reporting, attendance and/or “date last attended” is defined as one of the following for all face-to-face and online courses:  physically attended a class and/or participated in an online discussion; or turned in an assignment and/or took an exam; or communicated with someone, in any documentable format, about the academic subject studied in the course. Should you need assistance with determination of attendance, contact Tanya Vittitow, Associate Director of Compliance, at

Blackboard grade extract & upload information:

Qualitative methods meet-up: November 21, 12-1 Pm, university hall 521

All faculty and graduate students are invited to join us for a brown bag presentation by Dr. Sabrina Williams on analyzing videos. As a faculty member in the Department of Communications, Dr. Williams gathers and analyzing video data, and will share her practices and experiences. Questions, contact Peggy Semingson at

Faculty-led study abroad workshoP

Join us for a brown bag on Wednesday, November 12 from 3-4 pm in University Hall 521 for a discussion on facuty-led international study groups. Kelli Anderson from UT Arlington's Office of International Education will share best practices, safety considerations and availability of student scholarships to join faculty-led groups. We'll also share information on grant opportunities to fund study abroad programs. Please RSVP at

Managing “Disagreements”:  Conflict Resolution in the Academy

Friday, November 14; 12-1 pm, 6th floor Library Parlor   

Have you had a disagreement with a research collaborator? Trying to navigate your department’s political minefield? Working 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 academic environment. Open to all faculty, graduate students and administrators! Bring your lunch and join us as we acquire new tools for managing conflict.

Financial investments: The rules of the road. November 18, 12- 1pm, 6th floor atrium, central library

AAFSA and The Division of Faculty Affairs will sponsor a financial investment workshop. Mr. Joseph Way from Edward Jones will discuss 10 principles for sound investing and also discuss how to identify the most common investment mistakes. This is a brown bag event, free and open to all to attend.


....accountability can significantly improve your writing production? All faculty and graduate students can partake in a 14-day writing challenge offered by the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) that kicks off November 10, 2-14. UT Arlington is an institutional member of NCFDD which offers workshops, summer writing bootcamps and support for pre-tenure, post-tenure faculty as well and administrators. Go to for more information or contact Maria Martinez-Cosio at

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