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Faculty Affairs News 033 -- May 7, 2015

Come to the PIG! (Purposeful Idea Gallery)

Join us as we kick off planning for UT-Arlington's next Quality Enhancement Plan with a PIG! The Purposeful Idea Gallery will be a "come and go" event where you can come, get inspiration, and share ideas related to enhancing student learning at UT-Arlington. Circulate through the DFA suite at your own pace, interacting with provocative quotes, revealing data, big ideas, and your fellow UTA citizens. We hope you will leave feedback, ideas, and challenges of your own. The PIG happens May 14th from 12-4 PM in the DFA Suite #415, Central Library 4th Floor. More information can be found here, at our PIG Flyer.


Student Feedback Surveys close Friday, May 8 at 11 pm.  How can you improve the response rate on your Student Feedback Surveys (SFS)?  For online courses, Dr. Martha Mann suggests letting students know that ther feedback helps (1) to shape revisions of the course; (2) the actual survey findings determine which courses are delivered online (versus face-to-face delivery or no course offering); (3) which faculty members are appointed to teach the courses; and (4) how the faculty member might improve his or her teaching style. FAQs available at

Final grades

The deadline to post final grades is May 19, 2015, 12 noon. Please verify that your grades have been entered and you have set the grade approval status to “approved” on your MyMav grade roster.  Instructions are at

interdisciplinary research grants

UT Arlington's new VP for Research, Dr. Duane Dimos invites all faculty to information sessions on a new grant program to encourage interdisciplinary research. He will be holding two information sessions: Tuesday, May 19th, 2:30-4:00p and Wednesday, May 20th, 2:30-4:00p. Both information sessions will be held at the College of Business in Room 245 East. The program guidelines for the $20,000 grants are available at

Commencement 2015

We look forward to seeing all faculty at Commencement. The university awarded 9,647 degrees (bachelors, masters and PhDs) in 2014 and we expect to break that record this year. The commencement schedule is as follows:

Thursday, May 14

7:00 p.m. College of Nursing and Health Innovation

Friday, May 15

11:00 a.m. School of Urban and Public Affairs/School of Social Work/University College/School of Architecture 
 3:00 p.m. College of Science
 7:00 p.m.  College of Liberal Arts

Saturday, May 16

11:00 a.m. College of Business
3:00 p.m. College of Engineering
7:00 p.m. College of Education

Summer Book clubs

Join us this summer for not one, but TWO book clubs. One group will read How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching. Another group will tackle Theory and Practice of Online Learning. Virtual attendance options are available. To register for either group, click here.

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.

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. 

Did You Know...

UT Arlington offers a host of sport, music summer camps for children and teens. Some, including the Men's Basketball Camp offers a staff promo code, which would give them $25 off the cost of tuition. The promo code for them to use will be: UTASTAFF. For a complete list of your camps, including robotics, biology and engineering, girls camps and others, please go to

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