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Faculty Affairs News 046 -- November 5, 2015

faculty development leaves (FDL)

All tenured faculty or those that will have a tenure decision by the time of their leave, are invited to a presentation on the Faculty Development Leave Program (  as well as the Research Enhancement Program (grants for faculty up to $10,000- Anand Puppala and Ann Cavallo will present on the REPs and Maria Martinez-Cosio will share insights on the FDLs. Join us Monday, November 9 at 2 pm in Nedderman 106. 


The SACSCOC team recently hosted Dr. Neal Armstrong, Professor Emeritus in Engineering from UT Austin who is serving as our SACSCOC consultant. After a day reviewing the progress of the team, Dr. Amstrong reaffirmed that the SACS leadership team efforts are on track (and in some cases, ahead of institutions in our accreditation class!) as the university prepares for the Spring 2017 site team visit. Faculty are strongly encouraged to check with their units to ensure that their official transcripts are on file, that their Mentis profile is updated (including ensuring that the title of your terminal degree is as it appears on your diploma) and actively engage in their units' institutional effectiveness plan. A new manual for faculty credentials and new forms are now available in the Provost's webpage under "Forms." A terminal degree list will also be available shortly as part of the manual.

CTLE YouTube Channel Launched

Due to the hard work of CTLE Faculty Fellow Peggy Semingson, CTLE now has its own YouTube Channel. Subscribe to the channel for videos on faculty productivity, teaching tips, and general advice on being a happy, healthy, and effective faculty member -- all from fellow faculty! The inaugural video, "Engaging Students with Language Simulation," features Dr. Jodi Tommerdahl. Check out the channel here

The QEP needs your input

Work continues on selecting the theme for our next Quality Enhancement Plan. We've received comments from approximately 200 students, faculty and staff so far in response to the question "How can we enhance student learning?" The QEP Committee meets November 11 so there is still time to include your comments.  Go to the QEP website today ( to leave us feedback.  Please circulate the link widely -- send it out to your students, give it to your departmental staff, or hire a banner plane.

Community Service Learning Roundtable

All faculty are invited to the first Service Learning Roundtable, to be held from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 18th, in the Sixth Floor Parlor of the Central Library. Administrators and faculty from the School of Social Work, the Department of Modern Languages, and the Department of Art and Art History will discuss how they have made service learning a part of both individual courses and their programs more generally. Come and join the conversation. The roundtable is sponsored by the UT Arlington Center for Service Learning. The 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

Qualitative Researchers Wanted (or those aspiring to become qualitative researchers!)

The Qualitative Research Brownbag will feature Dr. Priscilla Caçola, Director of the Developmental Motor Cognition Lab  at UT Arlington who will speak on working with interdisciplinary research teams on Friday, Nov 6, 12-12:45 in the Division of Faculty Affairs, Central Library 415. Virtual venue:  (Blackboard Collaborate). All faculty and graduate students are welcome and encouraged to join the Qualitative Group's Facebook page at For questions please contact Karabi Bezboruah, or Peggy Semingson at

14-day writing challenge

UT Arlington is an institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) which offers a variety of web-based workshops to increase faculty productivity including writing "boot camps."  A free 14-day writing group kicks off November 9 through NCFDD. This is a good way for faculty and graduate students to test the services provided by Kerry Ann Rockemore, which may lead some to enroll in the more intensive summer boot camp. For more info on the 14-day writing challenge

For information on NCFDD, including its workshops on grant writing, developing a semester plan and how to develop a daily writing practice, go to

Did You Know....

... UT Arlington begun the implementation of NetIDplus this week, which will require two-factor authentication when you access UTShare and VPN remotely or off-campus. You will receive an email from titled NetIDplus Security Enrollment. The enrollment process requires the use of a computer and an authentication device (like a cell phone or tablet). To get familiar with NetIDplus early, please visit If you need assistance or have questions at any step during your enrollment, please contact the Help Desk, or 817.272.2208.

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