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Faculty Affairs News 044 -- October 1, 2015

QEP Update

The QEP Development Team has been working hard, looking at data from multiple areas of campus in an effort to focus in on a theme for our plan. The next step is to gather broad campus input on areas of student learning that we can enhace to make a real impact for our students. Stay tuned for a web-based way to provide that input, but in the meantime, feel free to email any ideas to Nakia Pope at

Midterm Grades Due Now

Faculty are reminded that they can begin entering midterm grades between now and Monday, October 19, at 5:00 pm. Students needing a midterm grade will have an icon next to their name on your progress report grade roster(s) in MyMav. Grade Roster Icon   These midterm grades are critical for helping our students assess their progress. Faculty can also trigger the Early Alert System to assist students that may be struggling by filling out a web form for individual students that may need assistance, or for a group of students that may share the same concern. Please click here for more information and the forms

UTA’s First Title V Grant

UT Arlington received a $2.6 million grant from the Department of Education, its first major award as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). The I.D.E.A.S. Project includes the I.D.E.A.S. Center on the 2nd floor Academic Plaza in the Central Library. The Center will provide centralized and flexible services to high-need students to support their transition to the university. Partnerships with faculty will help identify support and strategies for success for students in transition. Peer mentors and tutors will be available during non-traditional hours at the library, as well as innovative use of technology to offer support to our students while off-campus. The 5-year grant begins October 1, 2015. The UT Arlington HSI Task Force helped spearhead the development of this grant with leadership from Dr. Carla Amaro-Jimenez, Jennifer Sutton-Luken and Dr. Maria Martinez Cosio. You can read the entire announcement from the U.S. Department of Education here.

Additional Funding Available for Faculty Development Leaves (FDLs)

President Vistasp Karbhari has approved funding for up to 20 FDLs, almost doubling the usual number awarded.  Eligible faculty must be tenured or have received tenure by the time the FDL is awarded. Information sessions on the FDLs and the Research Enhancement Program (REP), which offers awards of up to $10,000 to faculty for research, will occur on Thursday October 15 from 2-3:30 pm in College of Business 609 and Monday, November 9 from 2-3:30 pm in Nedderman 106.  Guidelines and FAQs for FDLs are available at  Guidelines for the Research Enhancement Program are available at

McNair Wants You

Do you have a promising undergraduate student that you’d like to encourage to explore a graduate degree? Refer them to the McNair Program Open House  on Wednesday October 14 from 11- 1pm.  The program offers scholarships, GRE preparation, travel to undergrad research conferences and opportunities to explore careers in university teaching and research.  For more information, contact Joan Reinhardt at 272-3725 or go to

Highlight your Research

Innovation Day@UTA is scheduled for October 22, 2015 in College Park Center. Faculty and students are encouraged to submit poster presentations highlighting their research. This year’s event will an InnovationDay@UTA Student Competition, panel presentations on innovation, entrepreneurship and angel investing, as well as "Lunch and Learn" presentations at the StartUp Lounge (across from the MAC) directed to SBIR/STTR funding, the iCorps program to help begin the process of starting a company, and resources at the US Patent Office for small businesses, all culminating in a pizza lunch for the attendees. For more information, please go to


All faculty are invited to an open house in the Honors College Reading Room (College Hall 100-A) from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. (remarks at 3:30) on Wednesday, October 14th, to celebrate the move of the Center for Service Learning to its new home in the Honors College. The main goal of the Center is to support faculty seeking to incorporate service learning into their courses, and students who wish to pursue independent research projects in nonprofit settings. For more information, contact Kevin Gustafson, Associate Dean of Honors and Director of Service Learning, at

Faculty Mentoring Program

The Division of Faculty Affairs is pleased to introduce Dr. Holly Hungerford-Kresser who will be leading UT Arlington’s Faculty Mentoring program as a DFA Faculty Fellow. Dr. Hungerford-Kresser will be providing training for mentors and focused activities for junior faculty to support their research and teaching. In the first phase of the program, junior tenure stream faculty will be matched with tenured faculty members from outside their unit. We invite all 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year untenured faculty to participate by filling out the survey available here: Additionally, tenured faculty are encouraged to volunteer as mentors to our tenure stream faculty for the 2015-2016 academic year. To sign up as a faculty mentor, please click here

Mentor training will be available to help new mentors prepare to support our junior faculty in their research and teaching. Please contact Dr. Holly Hungerford-Kresser, DFA Faculty Fellow at or 817-272-2524 if you have any questions about the program.

Did you know

…that UTA conferred 10,585 degrees for the 2014-15 academic year. 60 PhDs were conferred in Summer 2015 terms, bringing the total doctorate count to 216.  Kudos to our faculty and staff for helping our students succeed by supporting their educational journeys towards a degree.

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