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Faculty Affairs News 043 -- September 17, 2015

four-week grades due

Faculty teaching freshmen classes are reminded that four-week course grades are due on September 25.  These grades are an important indicator for your students of their academic progress, but also kicks into action academic advisors that can assist students through early intervention strategies.  The four-week grades can take the form of a syllabus quiz, or a brief test on BlackBoard (for a short video for creating BB tests click here). The Office of Records and Registration has created a website that walks faculty through the processes for entering grades, setting the needed approval status on MyMav and verifying that your grades were entered correctly. You can access it via this link.

Promotion, tenure, annual reviews

Faculty are reminded that as they submit dossiers to their units to begin the review process for promotion and tenure, they should check that their Mentis profiles are up to date.  The same is true for faculty preparing for annual reviews and Comprehensive Performance Reviews (6th year post-tenure).  Questions may arise as your documents flow through the various levels of review (i.e. chair, dean, provost) and Mentis is the authenticating source for faculty academic information. Discrepancies in publication dates, timeline gaps and outdated information (journal articles listed under review in summer but may now have been accepted for publication) can delay timely review of important tenure and promotion documents.  Also, please make sure that your syllabi are also posted on Mentis. If you're having trouble, please email mentis@uta.eduor call (817)-272-0062.  A mentis FAQ is also available at

The qep needs your ideas

The QEP Committee is seeking ideas from the campus community about potential themes, or focus areas for the plan.  The Quality Enhancement Plan is a necessary part of our 2017 SACSCOC Reaffirmation and focuses on enhancing some aspect of student learning. Our initial stage is selecting a theme for the plan before moving on to program ideas and specific student learning goals. Examples of themes include “Critical Thinking,” “Global Learning,” and “Financial Literacy.” Do you have an idea for a theme that would be meaningful for our students and enhance their learning here at UTA? Please share your ideas with the Development Team. They can be emailed to the Team’s chair, Nakia Pope, at


Please join us on Wednesday October 7 at 4 pm for the Fall Faculty Meeting and Associates in the Rio Grande Room at the University Center. We will recognize our newest faculty emeriti which were approved by the UT Regents at their meeting on August 19-20.  Eleven UT Arlington faculty earned this honor:  Drs. Carolyn Cason and Jennifer Gray from Nursing; Dr. Wendy Faris from English, Dr. José Angel Gutiérrez from Political Science, Dr. Craig Stottler Kuhner from Architecture, Dr. Roger Mellgren from Psychology, Dr. Harry Paul Reeder from Philosophy, Dr. Lana Rings from Modern Languages, Dr. James T.C. Teng from Information Systems and Operations Management, Dr. Richard B. Timmons from Chemistry and Dr. James Spaniolo from Communications. President Vistasp Karbhari will welcome the faculty and assist the Provost in the conferral of the emeriti awards. Food and refreshments will be available after the program. All faculty are welcome.

Faculty affairs announces first class of faculty fellows

The Division of Faculty Affairs is pleased to announce it has chosen Dr. Holly Hungerford-Kresser and Dr. Peggy Semingson as its inaugural faculty fellows. Faculty fellows are chosen by a peer committee after submitting proposals describing faculty development projects. Each fellow will work with Faculty Affairs to implement these projects during the Fall 2015 semester, with an option to continue for Spring 2016. Dr. Hungerford-Kresser’s project involves developing a new faculty mentoring program. Dr. Semingson will work to create electronic resources such as videos and podcasts, designed to help faculty promote student engagement and increase their productivity. Each fellowship comes with a stipend. Faculty Affairs plans to add more Fellows in the Spring so please watch the Faculty Affairs Newsletters for an announcement.

friday open writing time

Join other faculty during "Open Writing Time" every Friday from 9-10:30 am in the Conference Room in the Division of Faculty Affairs (DFA). Coffee and snacks will be available as we develop effective writing routines to achieve our academic goals. Please contact DFA at X2-722 with any questions.

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 completing study-related IRB documents.  To register for this FREE mini conference and for more info, please visit this link.

Did you know

....that the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History has a Research and Learning Center?  This service, which is totally funded, provides UTA researchers with the space, logistics, and publicity for engaging participants in their current research studies or educational ventures.  To learn more about opportunities for professors and graduate students to conduct studies at the Research and Learning Center, contact Debbie Cockerham at, or visit

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