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Faculty Affairs News 024 -- December 22, 2014


Spring semester is right around the corner! Here are a number of important dates are worth knowing.

  • Faculty Peer Observation of Teaching: Information Sessions for faculty and academic administrators. We'll discuss the policy, answer questions, and provide more information about how to become a certified peer observer.
    • 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; no classes)
    • 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

Division of Faculty Affairs and CTLE open House

All faculty are invited to join us on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 from 12- 3 pm for an open house at the new offices for the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence and the Division of Faculty Affairs. The Center is located on the 4th floor of the Central Library, Suite 415. Faculty can tour two new conference rooms, one of which will be available for faculty use after-hours. Please RSVP by clicking here.

international faculty/student exchanges

A competition for the 6th round of the Obama Administration's 100,000 Strong In the Americas Initiative  opens January 15, 2015. Grants of $25,000 grants are available for higher education institutions interested in developing faculty and student exchanges between the U.S., Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada. One grant per institution is allowed. For more information see:

Spring faculty writing groups

Approximately 22 faculty have participated in writing groups led by DFA since last summer. Some of the groups have stayed together since last summer; other have lasted the scheduled 8-12 weeks. What do they have to say was most useful about their experiences?

  • Learning to write each day increases efficiency drastically, by orders of magnitude.
  • The time management and planning tactics were immensely useful.
  • I submitted my first proposal as PI in 2 years, and it wouldn't have happened without this group! The camaraderie provided by the group was also helpful.
  • I am scheduling my days more efficiently and focusing on productive research outputs on a daily basis. I plan to use similar tools (google doc and weekly planning tools) for graduate researchers, to train them early how to ensure that they are doing something that edifies them and something that adds to their productivity each day.

Spring groups will begin in early February. If you are interested in learning strategies for daily writing, better managing your time and are looking to connect with colleagues from a variety of disciplines, please contact Dr. Maria Martinez-Cosio at; or at 817-272-3302; or in the new DFA suite on the 4th floor of the library.


All faculty summary reports for fall 2014 Student Feedback Surveys should arrive in electronic mailboxes by Tuesday morning, December 23, 2014. If you were expecting to receive SFS results but haven't, please send an e-mail message to Vice Provost David Silva.

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