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Faculty Affairs News 032 -- April 16, 2015

ACES Thanks to faculty

Thanks to the 87 faculty judges for their service at the 11th Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES) event on Wednesday, March 25. Over the past several years, ACES has enjoyed increased visibility on campus as it increased from 147 student participants in 2010 to a record-setting 302 participants this year. This is a 19% increase over the number of students last year. You joined an esteemed list this year of 25 alumni, 34 doctoral students and 87 faculty members who judged some of the best scholars attending UTA. You can see if any of the students you judged were given awards.   at Thank you for helping to enrich our students’ educational experience.
Raymond Jackson, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Office of Graduate Studies


How can you improve the response rate on your Student Feedback Surveys (SFS). We polled faculty who receive 75-100 percent response rates in their courses that ranged from 95-20 students. The consensus is shared by this faculty member:

"I talk to my students about the SFS and how they are used (namely in merit and promotion, as well as for revising the course).  I tell them who reads the evaluations and why, and stress how seriously they are taken.  In general I have found that students have no idea how or if the information they provide is used.  I set aside 10-15 minutes of class time, ask them to bring electronic devices that day, step out of the room, and have them fill in the evaluations in class.  This is probably the single most important factor." 

Before the surveys go live, double check that you are listed as the faculty of record for your courses.  At the beginning of each term, the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Reporting sends out a request to all SFS contacts in every department and college for the list of team-taught courses that need to have separate surveys for different instructors. Please check with your administrative assistant on this important issue. For questions, please review the FAQs at

save the date for spring meeting of the faculty and associates

The Spring Meeting of the University Faculty and Associates is set for Tuesday, May 5 at 4:00 PM in the Rio Grande Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center. We will honor faculty receiving awards for excellence in teaching, research, and service, as well as faculty receiving Faculty Development Leaves. Refreshments will be served. Come out and support your colleagues!


The Provost approved 10 awards out of 24 proposals for faculty development leave. Some faculty chose a year’s leave at half-pay, taking advantage of a new university policy that provides additional funding to cover full health benefits. For more information to assist you in planning for next year’s call, visit

The winners of the 2015-2016 FDLs are:

Jaehoon Yu, COS/ Physics Professor, who will be working at ATLAS- Brookhaven National Lab & Fermi Accelerator in France.

Cristoph Csallner, ENGIN/ Computer Sci & Eng., who will engage in research at NASA Ames Center.

James Richards, CAPPA/Architecture, Associate Professor, working on a book under contract  with Wiley& Sons due January 2016.

Georgios Alexandrakis, ENGIN/Bioengin, Associate Professor, engaging in research in the UK on cancer detection/optics microscope.

Jeffery Demuth, COS/Biology, Associate Professor, CRSPR Genetic engineering on the genome editing project in Germany.

Liping Tang, ENGIN/Bioengin, Professor, Tumor markers China Pharmaceutical University & University of Louiville.

Jackie Stodnick, COLA/English, Associate Professor, working on a book under contract with Oxford University Press.

Kevin Schug, ENGIN/Chemistry/ BioChem, Associate Professor, conducting research at the Chromatography Lab in Sicily, Italy.

Kate Holliday, CAPPA/Architecture, Associate Professor, who also won a Smithsonian Fellowship and will be working on a book project.

10. Sonia Kania, COLA/ Modern Languages, Associate Professor. Completing a book manuscript.


Congratulations to the following UT Arlington faculty that earned promotions to full professors: Pat Taylor (CAPPA), Kytai Nguyen, (Bioengineering), Brian Dennis (Electrical Engineering), Heng Huang (Computer Science and Engineering), Manfred Huber (Computer Science and Engineering), George Chave (Music), Graham Hunt (Music),  Kevin Schug (Chemistry and Biochemistry).

Promotion and Tenure Workshop

All faculty are invited to attend a discussion with Provost Ron Elsenbaumer on Wednesday, May 13 from 2-3:30 pm in COB 154 (College of Business).  Faculty submitting their dossiers for the next promotion cycle are particularly encouraged to attend, as well as P&T committee chairs.  Please call Maria Martinez-Cosio at 2-3302 or email with any questions.

Visuality and Pedagogy Panel

The CTLE is co-sponsoring a panel on "Visuality, Physicality, and Pedagogy" at the Cultural Constructions: Image/Text/Meaning Conference, presented by the Department of Modern Langages and the UT Arlington Libraries. The conference occurs April 23-24th, with most events happening on the 6th floor of the Central Library. The panel will discuss how faculty successfuly use images and physical objects to promote student learning. A full flyer about the panel can be found here.

Summer Peer observation training 

Peer observation training continues throughout the summer, with four sessions happening in May after Commencement. Check the CTLE website for dates, times, and links to register. More dates and times for June will be added soon.

Did You Know...

...there are free services to help you manage the stress of the end of the semester?  Call the University of Texas at Arlington's Employee Assistance Program (EAP).  The services are confidential and at no cost to UT Arlington employees. You can obtain legal services, safe rides home and up to 4 counseling sessions.  Children and grandchildren 26 years old are also eligible to receive services. Call 1-800-343-3822 (24 hours/7 days per week) or visit for more information.

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