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Faculty Affairs News 049 -- December 18th, 2015

campus security

This week's incident offers all of us an opportunity to check our enrollment in the various communication channels UT Arlington makes available to its campus community.  Urgent notices, including those related to  campus closures due to weather are shared via email, social media (Facebook,Twitter), text, voicemail and in cases of emergency, via loudspeakers in buildings and through an outdoor announcement system.  Notices are also posted on UT Arlington's main webpage as a banner  at the top of the page.  To check if you are registered for the Campus Alert System, please check here. UT Arlington also an Emergency Hotline for sharing important information about campus closings and other critical situations at 866-258-4913.  Our campus community members that saw something that aroused suspicion this week and reported it allowed our professional campus safety officers to do their job. Police Chief Kim Lemaux shared this message.  Thank you all for heeding the warning system and staying in place while the situation was assessed.  Please continue to be vigilant, and if you see something, say something.

Faculty Senate travel grants

Tenured and tenure-stream faculty are eligible to apply for $500 to travel to conferences through a new Faculty Senate Grant program.  The goal is to improve UT Arlington’s faculty excellence and national/international reputation in research and/or creative activity. Acceptable uses of these travel funds include presentation of papers, but it is not required for these funds.  These funds can be used to shop a book proposal at a related conference, attending a pedagogy conference for the explicit goal of improving instruction, etc.  The first deadline is January 25, 2016 for travel on or after Feb. 1, 2016. For information and the application, please click here. Mark your calendar for future submission deadlines:

5:00pm August 25 for travel commencing between September 1 and November 30.
5:00pm November 25 for travel commencing between December 1 and January 31.
5:00pm January 25 for travel commencing between February 1 and April 30.
5:00pm April 25, for travel commencing between May 1 and August 31.

Strategic Research Appointments for Faculty

The VP For Research, Duane Dimos will be hosting a presentation on the new Strategic Research Appointments for Faculty (SRAF) program on January 14th (Thursday), 3:00, Life Science Building 210.  This is a new initiative that will enable faculty to spend time at another institution (or institutions) to conduct research while expanding their knowledge & expertise and building key partnerships. It aims to significantly advance our research efforts under the UTA strategic plan themes: Health and the Human Condition, Sustainable Urban Communities, Global Environmental Impact, and Data-Driven Discovery. Proposals for Strategic Research Appointments for Faculty are due 11:00pm January 25th and must be submitted via These appointments provide support for one semester at full salary to enable a faculty member to spend time at another research institution.  Details available here.

final grades

The deadline for filing grades for Fall 2015 is next Monday, December 21 at 5 pm.  All primary instructors are required to verify that their grades extracted successfully and are accurate by going into MyMav and setting the grade approval status to "approve."

Please note that "F" grades cannot be entered on Blackboard, only through MyMav. When selecting an “F” grade, faculty will be presented with three options for the “Justification for F.” One of the following options must be selected to clarify why the student earned an “F”:

Option 1 - In attendance/performed poorly
Option 2 - Stopped attending as of ___(“date last attended” will be required)
Option 3 - Never attended or participated

The Office of Admissions and Records has created a website to assist faculty with grading, available here.

spring syllabus

Faculty are reminded that class syllabi must contain critical infomation for students with disabilities, as well as language regarding updated Title IX regulations.  Please refer to the University Syllabus template available on the Provost's webpage for the appropriate language.

Monday Motivator and Much More

Do you read the "Monday Motivator" newsletter emailed to you every week? Have you engaged with the faculty development services offered by the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) including their writing challenge, summer writing camps, or web-based seminars on grant writing and time management?  if so, we'd like to hear from you.  Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey on your use of their services.  If not, please visit and explore the many options offered through UT Arlington's institutional membership with NCFDD.  E-mail NCFDD to be added to their mailing list and for access to member-only services.  Questions, please call us at DFA at 817-272-7422 or email is at

Did You Know....

 ... that Qualtrics is the preferred survey tool for UT Arlington.  UT Arlington has an institutional membership with Qualtrics which offers sophisticated analysis tools and an easy menu of options for constructing a variety of surveys.  This free tool offers higher protection than other survey services, particularly if used for research projects.  To access, university community members will need their netID and password. Qualtrics can also be used to engage in evaluation of events such as conferences or talks.  Please click here for more information.

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