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Faculty Affairs News 036 -- June 18, 2015

Summer faculty development series

What's Orcid? Hint: it's not a flower but a valuable electronic tool for establishing an academic identity. Do I have to worry about copyright issues when I post readings on Blackboard for my students?  Hint: it depends on fair use rules.  "Tools of the Academic Trade", "Author's Rights" and "Copyright and Blackboard" are some of the topics scheduled for the Summer Faculty Development Series sponsored by UT Arlington's Central Library and the Division of Academic Affairs.  The sessions are every Wednesday at 2 pm in Central Library 315. The first session is July 8 at 2 pm "Tools of the Trade": This session will quickly introduce a range of tools to help you identify grants, develop data management plans, review your writing, and analyze and promote the impact of your research. Tools include Pivot, DMPTool, iThenticate, PubPeer, Journal Citation Report, ORCID, and UT Arlington’s Institutional Repository. Please RSVP here. For questions and a copy of the flyer listing all four sessions, please contact Gretchen Trkay or Andy Herzog


Did you know that 85.5% of students who graduated in Spring 2014 would choose UT Arlington as their institution of choice?  Eighty-six percent of student rated their academic experience as excellent or good. Approximately 66% were transfer students and 68% felt they adjusted to UT Arlington within one semester.  The Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Reporting makes available a variety of data on our students that can help inform our teaching as well as our response to student needs. Access the Exit Survey and other data please go to and click on the Surveys tab at the top of the page.

Fall Faculty orientation

Join us for an extended faculty orientation week starting Wednesday August 19.  A number of university partners including the Central Library, Division of Faculty Affairs, the Vice President for Research and the Human Resources Department are crafting a series of workshops and events to kick off Fall 2015.  The all-faculty orientation is scheduled for Monday, August 24, 2015 in the Blue Bonnet Ballroom. By "all faculty" we mean tenure-stream, contingent and research faculty, full-time and part-time. Following 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 the year on a positive note.  Classes begin Thursday, August 27.

iThenticate Licenses available

UT Arlington faculty have first dibs on iThenticate licenses.  The university has approximately 600 available seats for users and will roll out first availability to faculty before opening these seats to graduate students. iThenticate is an electronic tool that allows faculty to check their work against 50 billion web pages and 130 million content items, including 40 million works from 590 scholarly publishers. A growing number of journals are using iThenticate to check manuscripts submitted for consideration. The tool may be particularly useful for faculty co-authoring with students and those engaging multiple writers. If interested in obtaining access to iThenticate, please contact Ashley Zmau  More information at

Faculty development leave

It's not too early to begin drafting your proposal for a Faculty Development Leave (FDL). FDLs are available to tenured faculty and assistant professors who will have received tenure by the time the leave begins. Eligible candidates must have served as a full-time faculty member for at least two years at UT Arlington. There will be several workshops in the Fall to answer questions on the selection process ahead of the November 3 opening of the electronic portal.  The FDL program aims to support faculty in, among a number of projects, achieving excellence through the completion of a research project, engagement in substantive creative activities or preparation for the integration of new techniques into a course that is significant to the unit.  More information on the selection criteria and timelines for the submission of proposal are available at

Did You Know...

....that the Division of Faculty Affairs is a facility available for faculty to use?  Located in the Central Library Suite 415, the DFA area offers meeting rooms for faculty-related activities such a research group meetings or grant-writing sessions; smaller offices for faculty that wish to 'hide out' and get some quiet writing time, free coffee and water and a collegial environment. For more information on using this space, please contact Denise Cobbs at or stop by for a cup of coffee or tea, Monday- Friday 8- 5 pm.

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