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Faculty Affairs News 041 -- August 20, 2015

Faculty Orientation

Next Monday, August 24, we welcome ALL  full-time and part-time faculty to the 2015-16 academic year.  All are invited to a day-long event that includes a welcome from the President, an update by Provost Ron Elsenbaumer on promotion and tenure, 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. Faculty can visit with OIT, Parking Services, Disability Services, the Bookstore (need commencement regalia or a new computer?), Educational Technology Support (how does classroom technology work?), University College (what are support services for our students?) and numerous benefits vendors at a Resource Fair from 12-3:30 in the Blue Bonnet Ballroom.

Our last session for Orientation Week is "Using Technology in UTA's Classrooms" on Tuesday August 25 from 1-3 pm in Science 100. Join Don Lane from Educational Technology Services as he demonstrates  basic operation for projector systems, lecture capture and audience response systems.

For the day-long Orientation schedule, please click here.  Questions? Contact the Division of Faculty Affairs at 272-7422 or email Maria Martinez-Cosio at

are you a clery csa?

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is the landmark federal law that requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses. Several faculty and staff will soon receive information about their roles as CSAs or “Campus Security Authorities.”  These are individuals to which students may report crimes or dangerous situations and include faculty that serve as advisors to student clubs; those that take students on travel abroad, and those that serve as program advisors.  CSAs do not investigate crimes but simply report them using an online form. For questions, please contact Assistant University Attorney, Emily Ulman, at  For an overview of campus safety rules and resources, please review UT Arlington’s Annual Campus Fire and Security report.

preparing Graduate students

CIRTL has opened registration to a number of courses that may be helpful to your GRAs. CIRTL, or The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning  is a coalition of 23 research universities across the nation. Its goal is to improve the STEM learning of all students at every college and university, and thereby to increase the diversity in STEM fields and the STEM literacy of the nation. All UT Arlington GRAs and faculty are eligible to enroll in these free courses that include teaching with technology, how to create a teaching portfolio and creating assessment and evaluation plans. You can register here. There will also be an accompanying learning community with the MOOC every other Friday this Fall. Contact kyle.oconnell@MAVS.UTA.EDU with your questions.

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)." 

instructors of record

Faculty are asked to review MyMav to ensure that their instructor assignments for Fall 2015 are accurate. If you are not listed as an instructor on MyMav by Friday August 21, you may not be receiving a Student Feedback Survey at the conclusion of the course. If faculty wish to provide MyMav or Blackboard access to graduate students assisting with their courses, their departmental administrative assistant can list the graduate student as a TA in MyMav using the "Instructor Role" assignment. GRAs who are instructors of record, meaning that they are responsible for officially assigning grades to students enrolled in the course, must be listed as "Primary Instructor" in MyMav.  Courses with more than one instructor or team-taught courses must be reported to the SFS team as only the first instructor or record listed in MyMav will receive an SFS.  For questions or to report team-taught courses, please contact Dr. Araya Maurice at or Arnita Williams at

Minimum Course enrollment

Faculty are reminded that the University's minimum on-campus course enrollment for long semesters (Fall and Spring) is 10 students for graduate courses and 15 students for undergraduate courses. Departments can seek an exemption from the Provost by submitting an appropriate justification for classes running less than this minimum.

UT Arlington faculty Senate

All faculty are welcome to attend Faculty Senate meetings. This year's Faculty Senate chair is Dan Cavanagh from Music, who will lead the Senate at their September 9, 2015 meeting in electing new officers. Meeting information, including minutes of past meetings, can be found here ( If you have an item you think is important for the senate to consider, please bring it up with your departmental representative.

Did you know

....that UT Arlington police provides a number of services to faculty, including unlocking your classroom door if your swipe card or key does not work? Due to demand at the start of the year, there may be a delay in response so all instructors should ensure that their cards or appropriate keys can unlock their classrooms. Faculty who cannot access their classrooms are also asked to send an email to MyMav at so the problem can be corrected.  The UT Arlington police non-emergency number is 817-272-3381.

Faculty Affairs News is an online publication of the  Division of Faculty Affairs at
The University of Texas at Arlington, Box 19128, 817-272-7422.