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Faculty Affairs News 042 -- September 3, 2015

Welcome to fall 2015

Thank you all for your role in a smooth start to Fall classes. We welcomed more than 36,000 students, a number that will grow as several programs finalize enrollment.  We are also welcoming approximately 25 tenured or tenure track faculty, in addition to 5 new chairs or directors, two new deans and a number of librarians, clinical faculty and lecturers into the Maverick family.  The Celebration of New Faculty brochure provides information on our newcomers, many of whom bring distinguished achievements and recognition to UT Arlington.


As many of you know, UT Arlington has begun preparing for our reaffirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission of Colleges (SACSCOC). Among the requirements is an important piece that touches all teaching faculty:  compliance with faculty credentials. Faculty without degrees in their teaching discipline as specified by SACSCOC criteria will be credentialed on a case-by-case basis through a justification form that aligns the course learning outcomes with alternate qualifications (see new Faculty Credential Manual and forms available at under “Forms.”) Please use the new form exclusively after September 1, 2015. A training for administrative assistant and chairs will be provided in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned for details or contact the Division of Faculty Affairs at 272-7422 or email Maria Martinez-Cosio at

QEP Planning Is Ongoing

In preparation for our SACS-COC Reaffirmation visit in April of 2017, work has begun to develop UTA’s next Quality Enhancement Plan. The QEP Development Team is led by Nakia Pope and actively seeks input from faculty, staff, and students about the next QEP. If you have an idea about student learning needs that might work for our next QEP theme, or want to help in any other way, email Nakia at

Faculty Orientation

The Division of Faculty Affairs offered 10 workshops during Faculty Orientation Week August 19-25, to welcome ALL  full-time and part-time faculty to the 2015-16 academic year.  We thank you all that participated in the panels, including one composed of faculty that recently received tenure.  We had more than 90 faculty attend the President's welcome and our Faculty Resource Fair helped new and existing faculty finalize parking passes, learn about LINK Lab and the Office of Research, and resolve questions about benefits with Human Resources representatives. Whether you attended faculty orientation or not, we appreciate your feedback. Please answer the Qualtrics survey (only 9 questions!) and let us know how we can improve faculty orientation for next year.

Peer Observation Training — Fall Schedule

There are monthly opportunities available to be trained to be a peer observer. Remember that all tenure-track faculty need to have evidence of peer observation in their dossier, while tenured faculty need to have evidence prior to going up for full professor. Observations must be performed by a faculty member of equal or higher rank and cannot be a direct supervisor of the faculty member being observed. The full training schedule can be found here.

funding for phd students

DS Pro is required for all PhD and PhD-bound students at UT Arlington. Faculty members that have a DOCTORAL student as a GTA or EGTA or ANY sponsored research, please note that DS PRO must be completed by Tuesday, September 8 or the students will be droppped and their aid may be jeopardized. The DS Pro for graduate students is still required for students to receive their scholarship disbursement. DS PRO is an online tool that allows faculty that supervise doctoral students to track the students' progress and provide yearly milestones towards degree completion. Students and their faculty advisors both have a role in completing the mandatory DS-Pro online.  For questions, please contact the Office of Research at 2-0925.

Do you have a semester plan?

Faculty are invited to join us for a workshop for developing a semester plan on Friday, Sept 11 from 9-10:30 am.  As an institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD), the workshop will follow Kerry Ann Rocquemore's model and those interested in joining us are encouraged to review her video and PPT slides.  Faculty participating define their academic goals for the semester (journal article, book proposal, grant draft, new course outline, etc.) and break the goals down into weekly tasks that allow for progress towards completion in small steps.  Accountability will be provided to faculty through "Open Writing Time" every Friday from 9-11:30 am in the Conference Room in the Division of Faculty Affairs (DFA). Please register for the workshop here and contact DFA at X2-722 with any questions.

Seeking to Write an Academic Book?

UT Arlington faculty are invited to join a 6-week book writing group led by Dr. John Garrigus, associate professor from History. The writing group will start September 16 from 2-3 pm and will meet weekly.  The group will focus on the mechanics of writing an academic book: developing a strong proposal, researching your market, comparing publishers, and developing a work plan for completing the manuscript on time.  Faculty interested are asked to write a one-paragraph description of their book project, including the current stage of production of their work and submit to Maria Martinez-Cosio at by 5 pm Friday September 11.  The group will be capped at 10 participants. For questions, please contact DFA at 817-272-3302.

are you team-teaching this semester?

The  university's team that administers the Student Feedback Surveys needs your help if you are participating in a course with more than one instructor. Please determine which instructor(s) should receive a student feedback survey for the course and inform the SFS team so that the appropriate surveys are generated. The SFS process works correctly for multiple-instructor courses only if you inform them about these team-taught classes. (Unless you instruct them otherwise, they will assume that for a team-taught course, only the first “instructor of record” listed in MyMav will be surveyed.) Contact the SFS team for questions:  Dr. Araya Maurice ( and Arnita Williams (

IRB Mini conference

Can you compensate subjects for participating in your study? How do you recruit subjects online? What is considered minimal risk when it comes to obtaining approval from IRB for your research?  All faculty and students, particularly graduate students that plan to conduct research with human subjects for their masters thesis or dissertation, are welcome to attend the IRB Mini-conference on Friday, September 25, 2015 at the Maverick Activity Center (MAC) 2nd floor lounge area.  Office of Research staff will discuss the "nuts and bolts" of the Institutional Review Board (IRB), as well as conduct a mock IRB Board meeting with scenarios and discussions on strategies for competing study-related IRB documents.  To register for this FREE mini conference and for more info, please visit this link.

Did you know

....that The UT Arlington campus will be closed Monday, Sept. 7, for the Labor Day holiday, but some services for students and faculty are available. All UTA Libraries locations will be open Monday with a reduced schedule. Check the library hours at

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.