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Faculty Affairs News 023 -- December 4, 2014

Dates worth Knowing

As we round out the fall semester and look forward to the spring, a number of important dates are worth knowing.

  • Commencement Ceremonies
    • Thursday, December 11, 2014 -- Nursing and Health Innovation (7:00 PM)
    • Friday, December 12, 2014 -- Architecture + Social Work + Urban and Public Affairs + University Studies (11:00 AM)
    • Friday, December 12, 2014 -- Science + Education (3:00 PM)
    • Friday, December 12, 2014 -- Liberal Arts (7:00 PM)
    • Saturday, December 13, 2014 -- Business (11:00 AM)
    • Saturday, December 13, 2014 -- Engineering (3:00 PM)
  • Final Grades for Fall 2014 due in MyMav
    • Tuesday, December 16, 2014 (by 12:00 noon)
  • Faculty Peer Observation of Teaching: Information Sessions for faculty and academic administrations
    • Thursday, January 15, 2015 (2:00 - 3:30 PM)
      Rady Room, Nedderman Hall, 6th floor
    • Friday, January 16, 2015 (10:00 - 11:30 AM)
      Rady Room, Nedderman Hall, 6th floor
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (University Closed)
    • Monday, January 19, 2015
  • First Day of Classes for Spring 2015 (click here for the full academic calendar)
    • Tuesday, January 20, 2015
  • Student Abstracts due for ACES 2015
    • Friday, February 6, 2015

Commencement FAQs

For those with questions about faculty participation at this fall's commencement ceremonies, please view the FAQ page. You can access the document by visiting the Office of Provost webpage on Academic Policies; look under “Faculty Policies.” Should you have a question not addressed by the FAQ sheet, please contact Vice Provost David Silva ( and we’ll update the page as appropriate.

In Need of Support?
Consider Contacting the Employee Assistance Program

UT Arlington's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can provide support for all UT Arlington employees, including members of the faculty, who may be facing personal and professional challenges that interfere with their work and undermine their quality of life. Concerns addressed by the EAP team include child care concerns, elder care concerns, parenting support, managing depression or anxiety, and time management. To learn more about how to access the services offered by our EAP, visit or call 1-800-343-3822.


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

Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs to Depart

In mid-February 2015, David Silva, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, will be leaving UT Arlington to assume the position of Provost and Academic Vice President at Salem State University in Salem, MA. Plans for new leadership in the Division of Faculty Affairs are in the works. In the interim, the DFA team will continue to provide ongoing support for faculty recruitment, faculty development, and faculty advocacy. 

Did You Know...

...that UTA Athletics offers an opportunity for children through age 12 to get involved with the University? Blaze's Kids Club offers a range of benefits for the youngest members of our campus community, including free admission to all UTA home athletic events, an official membership certificate, and a birthday card from Blaze. To learn more about how to enroll your little one(s), visit the Blaze's Kids Club page!

Faculty Affairs News is an online publication of the  Division of Faculty Affairs at
The University of Texas at Arlington, Box 19128, 817-272-7422.