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Faculty Affairs News 039 -- July 30, 2015

SACSCOC and faculty credentials

Do you have an official transcript of your terminal degree on file in your department? Is your most current CV also on file and readily available?  These are key elements that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) requires for accreditation. UT Arlington is in the throes of conducting an audit of faculty credentials in preparation for the next accreditation visit in April 2017.  All faculty that teach a credit-bearing course and/or have direct instructional activity in a credit-bearing class must have a credential form on file with their department. SACSCOC Guidelines specify out the type of credentials faculty should have to teach general education, undergraduate, and graduate courses. The Guidelines are available at

texas Advanced ComPuting Center (TACC)

UT Arlington faculty are invited to connect with TACC for high performance computing, visualization, data analysis, storage, software, and cloud gateways & portal interfaces.  All users are allocated 1 TB for their research needs. Although located on the UT Austin campus, a TACC  representative is available in the Metroplex to provide access. Contact our TACC liaison Dr. Brian Beck with your questions or to learn more about TACC  at 940-488-4703 or


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 stipend, office space in DFA, and opportunities for professional development in administration.  For questions please contact Dr. Nakia Pope at Forms are available here. Applications are due August 10. 

Strategic Planning research workshops

The Office of Research has one more workshop available for faculty who would like to discuss collaborations around the goals of UT Arlington's Strategic Plan. The open forum is scheduled for August 5 from 9-11:30 am in the University Center, Rio Grande room. The topic is "Global Environmental Impacts."  For more information contact the Office of the Vice President for Research Dr. Duane Dimos at 2-1021

Inaugural interdisciplinary research program

Congratulations to five winning teams from seven colleges and schools who have won the first competition for interdisciplinary research grant program.  The grants offered up to $20,000 per team 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. Information on the winning teams is available here

Faculty are encouraged to begin forming research teams for the next funding round. Proposals for 2016 Interdisciplinary Research Program awards are expected to be due next spring and more information is available at

Did You Know...

....that faculty sponsors of student groups may need to file a travel authorization form if they travel more than 25 miles from campus and/or overnight?  Forms filed are ultimately kept by UT Arlington University Police Dispatch in case of an emergency and must include a roster of students. More information on UT Arlington's Travel for Student Groups Policy is available here

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