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Faculty Affairs News 038 -- July 16, 2015

fall 2015 faculty orientation

We are six week away from the first day of classes, August 27, 2015. Mark your calendars for Fall Faculty Orientation on Monday, August 24. President Vistasp Karbhari will welcome ALL faculty, and Provost Ron Elsenbaumer will discuss the promotion and tenure process, as we bring everyone up to date on new policies and changes. Whether you are a clinical faculty member, a lecturer, tenure-track or tenured, ALL faculty are welcome. The full day's program is available here. For questions, please contact Maria Martinez-Cosio in the Division of Faculty Affairs at 26759 or

Faculty fellows-Division of faculty affairs (DFA)

UT Arlington faculty interested in developing programming for their peers are invited to apply to the Faculty Development Faculty Fellows program.  The fellows will focus on two areas of need: faculty mentoring and programs to support faculty productivity in research and writing. Fellows will receive a stiped, office space in DFA and opportunities for professional development in administration.  For questions please contact Dr. Nakia Pope at Application are due August 10 and forms are available here.

SACSCOC accreditation

The Provost's Accreditation Leadership team has been busy gathering data and reviewing processes in preparation for a compliance report to the university's accreditation agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges, or SACSCOC, in advance of a visit by an accreditation team in Spring 2017.  Faculty are central to this process as the accrediting agency will examine policies for evaluating faculty, seek evidence of professional development, and more importantly as we begin the Fall semester, will review faculty credentials (Comprehensive Standard 3.7.1). CS 3.7.1 calls for faculty teaching baccalaureate courses to have a doctorate or master's degree in the teaching discipline with 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline. Faculty teaching graduate courses must have an earned doctorate in the teaching discipline or a related discipline with a justification that clearly explains demonstrated competency. All faculty must have a credential form on file. If you are unsure, please check with your department's administrative assistant.  The forms are available here.


UT System has made available a new tool to enable people to find faculty experts.  Influuent, created by Elsevier, contains the profiles of approximately 15,000 UT System faculty. Elsevier Fingerprint Engine mines the text of academic documents – publication abstracts, funding announcements and awards, project summaries, patents, proposals/applications, and other sources – to create an index of weighted terms, “the Fingerprint.” This new tool targets industry seeking partners for new endeavors, researchers seeking collaborators, and media seeking experts. This new tool does not yet allow faculty to edit their profiles.  For questions, please contact the Office of Research at 21021.  To check your profile go to

Strategic Planning research workshops

The Office of Research has three more workshops available for faculty who would like to discuss collaborations around the goals of UT Arlington's Strategic Plan.

7/22: Data Driven Discovery (2-4:30p) Dean Rachel Croson and Dr. Krish Prabhu (AT&T CTO). University Center, Rio Grande
7/28: Health and the Human Condition (2-4:30p) University Center, Blue Bonnet South
8/5: Global Environmental Impacts (9-11:30a)  University Center, Rio Grande

Faculty development leave

Have you set up a visiting scholar position? Do you have a funding proposal outlined?  Both of these items will help maximize your use of 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.  More information on the selection criteria and timelines for the submission of proposal are available at

library remodel

Plastic curtains and lots of excitement will greet faculty as you enter the Central Library in the next few weeks.  The first floor is undergoing a major remodel as the Fab Lab is expanded to include a 4x8 foot wood router, a drill press and a spinning lathe to allow UT Arlington faculty and students to take ideas to fruition.  The 3-D printer and laser cutter will continue to be available during the construction. The FabLab will experience a brief shutdown July 25th to the 28th, and the first floor restrooms will be closed to the public starting Tuesday, July 14th. A POD Market (Provisions on Demand) similar to the one located in the University Center will also open on the 2nd floor of the library to accomodate users during day and evening hours.

Did You Know...

....that UT Arlington's Library has a new Scholarly Communications page that provides information for faculty on ways to protect their scholarship?  Information is offered on predatory publishers, Open Access sources, online journal systems and classroom consultations on copyright issues regarding the use of materials for courses. Please visit

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