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Faculty Affairs News 022 -- November 20, 2014

Nakia S Pope Director CTLE headshot

New Director for the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence Appointed

The Division of Faculty Affairs is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Nakia S. Pope as Director for UT Arlington's Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence. Dr. Pope, who earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Education from the University of Virginia, comes to UT Arlington from Texas Wesleyan University where he oversaw campuswide teaching initiatives, including their Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). Dr. Pope brings with him experience and expertise in teaching effectiveness, teaching innovation, applied ethics, and American educational philosophy. He officially joins the DFA team on Monday, December 1. We hope that you join us in welcoming him to Maverick Country.

REP and FDL Proposals Due on December 2 at 4:00 PM

The Faculty Development Leave Program allows for one semester off at full pay to engage in research, or a year off at half the faculty member's salary. Faculty must have a tenure decision by the time the leave begins.  The Research Enhancement Program funds all tenure-track and tenured faculty who wish to engage in new research, providing upwards of $10,000 for individual grants for innovative proposals. The REP is intended to serve as 'seed money' to assist faculty in securing external funding for their research.  For questions on the REP, contact John Bricout For questions on the FDLs, contact Maria Martinez-Cosio

Writing bootcamp For Faculty
Registration Deadline: December 19, 2014

Are you challenged to write daily as you juggle teaching, growing service demands and home responsibilities? Do you try to use the winter break to do a marathon writing session, feeling frazzled and frustrated?  NCFDD's Faculty Success Program can help whether you are a junior faculty member, a veteran researcher or a seasoned professor. UT Arlington is an institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development Diversity (NCFDD) which you may know as the "Monday Motivator" people. Several of us have participated in this transformative experience and can respond to your questions. For more information contact Maria Martinez-Cosio at or

engage Your Students in research through aces

As you prepare syllabi for spring courses, consider involving your undergraduate and graduate students in UT Arlington's Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES), on March 25, 2015. The call for abstracts will open on November 24  and will close on February 6, 2015.

You can encourage participation by the students  in your spring classes by:

  • Announcing ACES on your course syllabus, and providing incentives for students to attend and see the excellent work being done by their peers.
  • Announcing ACES during your course, both early in the semester before the abstract deadline, and later shortly before the event.
  • Constructing a course assignment around participation in ACES, by assigning a review of one or more presentations.

For more information, please go to

Did You Know...

...that students participating in UT Arlington Study Abroad programs, including those that are faculty-led or -affiliated, are eligible to utilize their regular UTA financial aid?  Students may also be eligible for additional scholarships, such as the International Education Fee Scholarship (IEFS).  For more information, please visit the Study Abroad website at or contact Kelli Anderson at

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