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Faculty Affairs News 025 -- January 19 2015

Welcome back

Spring 2015 promises to be a busy semester as we welcome new leadership on campus including a new VP for Research, a new Dean for the combined School of Urban and Public Affairs and Architecture, and a new VP for Development ( The Faculty Senate also welcomes a new chair, Dan Cavanagh from Music, and the Division of Faculty Affairs unveils its new space in the Central Library's 4th floor, Suite 415. Come by and say hello during our Open House on January 21 from 12:00 - 3:00 pm.

Faculty Peer Observation of Teaching
Training Sessions Begin in February

Faculty members who will be serving as Peer Observers are invited to sign up for one of eight trainings sessions. Each four-hour sessions will not only orient Peer Observers to the process but will also provide interative opportunities for practice, discussion, and reflection. To learn more about the new Peer Observation policy, visit Faculty Peer Observation of Teaching. To sign up for a training session, visit the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence website. Questions about the policy and its implementation can be directed to Nakia Pope, CTLE Director.

ACES is coming!

Student Abstracts for this year's university-wide student research symposium (ACES 2015) are due Friday, February 6, 2015. Visit the ACES website for details. Faculty should also consider volunteering to serve as an ACES judge.

First Day of class resources

Still looking for ideas as to what you might do on the first or second day of the semester? Consider these links:

Division of Faculty Affairs and CTLE open House

All faculty are invited to join us on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 from 12:00 - 3:00 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.

Spring faculty writing groups

UT Arlington's faculty writing groups are modeled after the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity's Boot Camp and focus on daily writing, creating new time management habits and accountability through weekly meetings and online tools. This Spring, we will offer several groups as you’ll see listed in the Qualtrics survey and enrollment form:

Should you have any questions or wish to share ideas for additional groups or faculty professional development programming, please feel free to contact Maria Martinez-Cosio at, 2-3302 or stop by the Faculty Commons in the Central Library 415. Also, please feel free to share this email with your colleagues.

Qualitative researchers group

The university-wide Qualitative Brown Bag meetup sessions start again on Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 12-1 pm in Central Library 415. Sessions and presentations will take place on Thursdays, bi-weekly through April 30.  All faculty and graduate students are invited to present on any facet of qualitative methodologies. To sign-up, visit For questions, contact Peggy Semingson at

Did You Know...

...that UT Arlington employees can take up to 8 hours of sick leave to attend their children's school events or for Parent-Teacher conferences? This policy applies to an employee who is a parent of a child who is a student attending a grade from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. For more information, visit the policy's web page at

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.