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Faculty Affairs News 034 -- May 21, 2015

A successful PIG

Thanks to everyone who attended our Purposeful Idea Gallery last week. We know it was a busy time of the semester, but many of you stopped by and shared ideas about student success. We've begun recording, compiling, and categorizing all of the Post-Its. Stay tuned for the results and for other idea-gathering events later in the summer. Thanks again!


A sincere thanks to all the faculty as we reached a new milestone in Student Feedback Surveys response rates.  The response rate climbed 10 points from 42%  to 52% as many of you engaged your students in understanding the importance of these instruments. Faculty should be receiving their responses via email in the next few days. Please save these reports as they are required for faculty going up for promotion, as well as promotion and tenure dossiers. Student Feedback Surveys for dynamic courses will not be available until grades are posted for those courses; typically the surveys are deployed a week before the course ends.

interdisciplinary research grants

President Vistasp Karbhari and Vice President for Research Duane Dimos encourage faculty to apply for new grants under the new Interdisciplinary Research Program (IRP). The IRP is intended to advance interdisciplinary research at UTA in alignment with the four guiding themes of the strategic plan: Health and the Human Condition, Sustainable Urban Communities, Global Environmental Impact, and Data-Driven Discovery.The maximum allowable budget for any one successful proposal is $20,000. IRP proposals must be submitted on or before June 15th and funds will be made available to each winning team on or before August 1st.  Teams can include contract faculty and graduate students but each team must include at least one tenured or tenure-track faculty member.  More Information is available at

faculty writing groups

The Division of Faculty Affairs will be offering three faculty writing groups this summer.  All faculty of any rank, including contract faculty are welcome to join. The groups meet weekly and use the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity Model ( to develop semester plans, writing goals, and accountability in reaching those goals. Join colleagues from various disciplines as we learn about each other's work and effectively use the summer to reach important goals.  The groups are expected to start in the first week of June and typically last  4-6 weeks. Please sign up here: Writing Group Sign-Up and call Maria Martinez-Cosio at 817-272-3302, 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. 

Fall Faculty orientation

It's not too early to mark your calendars for the all-faculty orientation scheduled for Monday, August 24, 2015.  New faculty will be invited to a welcome breakfast and following in last year's successful "Top 10" List, we'll again offer three one-hour orientation sessions to share the top ten things all faculty need to know to start off the year in a positive note. Stay tuned for opportunities for faculty development workshops and brown bags that week. Classes begin Thursday, August 27.

Finding grants and funding

PIVOT is available to all faculty to develop searches for grant opportunities. PIVOT maintains a database of grants, fellowships, and other funding information from public and private, domestic and international sources. Though the name refers to holdings on science funding, this service also offers a wealth of information on social sciences, humanities & community outreach funding. Faculty can create and save several searches that lead to weekly emails with opportunities, as well as suggestions for faculty on campus that engage in similar research. A tutorial for creating a PIVOT account is available here.

Did You Know...

....that UT Arlington has an institutional license for Qualtrics, a robust survey product that is available to all faculty and students? No need to pay fees to other vendors, worry about the security of your research data or be restricted by software limitations.  You will need to NetID and password to access Qualtrics.  The Central Library staff remind us that Qualtrics also allows you to have access to the administrative side of surveys that can be shared with other members of the UT Arlington community (once they have created a Qualtrics account); to do comparative data analysis across several surveys; to create “libraries” of questions, graphics, and messages that can be used in multiple surveys and manage survey distribution, monitor response rate, and automate reminders for those who have yet to complete the survey.

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