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Faculty Affairs News 040 -- August 6, 2015

Faculty Orientation

Only 18 days until the ALL Faculty Orientation kicks off.  On Monday, August 24, ALL  full-time and part-time faculty are invited to a day-long event that includes a welcome from the President, a talk by Provost Ron Elsenbaumer on promotion and tenure updates, and an introduction of new research initiatives by our new V.P. for Research Dr. Duane Dimos. We will also be welcoming approximately 70 new faculty, including 25 tenured or tenure-track, as well as 8 new administrative faculty.

For the first time this year, the Division of Faculty Affairs in partnership with units across campus will offer a series of workshops, talks and professional development opportunities the week before classes begin.  Fall semester begins Thursday, August 27, 2015.  Some of the events scheduled for that week include:

"Interdisciplinarity In and Out of the Classroom" by Drs. Anand PuppalaDavid Arditi and Julienne Greer who will discuss the connection between music, robots, and recycled materials. Moderated by Dr.Nakia Pope, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. August 19 from 1-2 pm.

“Copyright for Blackboard”  by UT Arlington's Central Library's Brett Currier, J.D. and Director of Scholarly Communication. Blackboard offers a platform for sharing articles, videos, images and other sources with your students. But how do you know what's fair use?  August 19, 2-3 pm

"Preparing for Tenure," a panel of recently tenured colleagues will share their advice for staying focused, balancing work/life issues and how they prepared their tenure dossier. August 20 from 2- 3pm.

For the daylong Orientation schedule, please click here.  For the week-long pre-Orientation Professional Development for all full-time and part-time faculty, click here.  Questions? Contact the Division of Faculty Affairs at 272-7422 or email Maria Martinez-Cosio at

what is a qep?

As part of UT Arlington's accreditation process, the institution must develop a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). So what is a QEP?  According to our accrediting organization SACSCOC, "The institution has developed an acceptable Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) that includes an institutional process for identifying key issues emerging from institutional assessment and focuses on learning outcomes and/or the environment supporting student learning and accomplishing the mission of the institution." UT Arlington is finalizing the formation of its QEP Leadership Team which will begin identifying those issues that impact our students' success. Dr. Nakia Pope, the Director of UT Arlington's Center for Teaching and Learning and a Department of Philosophy faculty member will lead the QEP Committee as its members gather data from many of you about the key issues the QEP may seek to address. Stay tuned or contact Dr. Pope at with your suggestions.

late grades

We want to thank all faculty that work to get course grades in on time. This critical function has many implications when course grades are submitted late. Shannon Williams from the Registrar’s Office provided us with an example of the potential “downstream effects” for students enrolled in a Fall course in which grades are reported past the deadline:

1) the student can be dropped from enrollment in any Spring courses that require the Fall course as a prerequisite; 2) the student can be dropped from all Spring coursework if the Fall grade impacts course completion and GPA rates for financial aid and could result in dismissal; 3) once the late grade is entered, the student may not be able to register back into the Spring coursework from which they were dropped because the class was full; 4) the student may not receive any financial aid disbursement they otherwise would have automatically received for Spring because of the impact of the missing grade on their Fall schedule.  Due dates for grades, including 4th week Progress Reports (for Freshmen only) are available at

syllabus template

The UT Arlington 2015-16 syllabus template is available via the Provost's webpage (Related Links column on the left).  Changes for this year include updated Title IX language and Disability Accommodations.  Faculty are reminded that all syllabi must be posted to their Mentis profile by the start of classes. UT Arlington Handbook of Operating Procedures (HOP), Section 6-502 states, "for each credit-bearing course taught at the institution (except for those officially designated as "independent study" or "private lesson"), a "representative syllabus" must be made available online by the first day of the registration period for the course.... Timely dissemination and posting of a day one syllabus that meets minimum standards is the joint responsibility of the instructor of record for the class and his/her immediate supervisor (director, chair, or dean)." 


Starting Fall 2015, the university is moving to an electronic parking pass system that no longer requires stickers on each car. Faculty can now log onto and register up to three vehicles for a parking permit. Net ID and password are required to enter the portal and faculty will need to enter the license plate numbers for each car. Permits will be checked by roving vehicles with scanners and violators will be mailed a ticket if they do not have a valid parking permit.  Faculty can also share cars using ZipCar. There are at least two vehicles on campus available and academic departments can open accounts to allow faculty to use these vehicles for work-related activities. Day permits for visitors are also available via mobile phones. Permits are $3 and are available through this app


There is still time to submit applications to become a fellow for the Division of Faculty Affairs. Tenured UT Arlington faculty interested in developing programming for their peers are invited to apply.  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 Monday, August 10.

Did you know

....that the university has an institutional license for Qualtrics which is a more robust survey tool than Survey Monkey? In addition, Qualtrics offers added security measures for your data which responds to IRB and research compliance regulations. Qualtrics can also be used as a link for respondents to RSVP for events and offers templates and sample questions for your surveys.  Access the site through the UT Arlington's Central Library webpage

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