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Faculty Affairs News 050 -- Feb 4, 2016

How to Publish While Raising a Family: A Writing Group to Increase your Productivity and Improve Work-Life Balance

Faculty are invited to join a facilitated 6-week writing group modeled after NCFDD’s writing groups ( starting February 15. Faculty will develop a semester plan and focus on identifying obstacles to their writing and developing a consistent writing routine. The program is sponsored by Faculty Affairs and will involve weekly meetings, as well as online tools. To register, please fill out the form here.  For questions, please contact Dr. Jacqueline Fay, English Department at or Dr. Maria Martinez-Cosio at

Disclosing outside work  

Do you need pre-approval for receiving an honorarium? What about reporting summer employment overseas? The Conflict of Interest, Conflict of Commitment, and Outside Activities Policy located in the HOP Section 5-508 ( responds to these questions. Outside employment during those months in which a member of the faculty appointed on a 9-month basis is not appointed is considered pre-approved, requiring no further approval, unless the outside employment reasonably appears to create a conflict of interest, in which case prior approval is required.  Disclosures for substantial interests in a business entity and significant gifts for calendar year 2015 must be submitted via the Outside Activity Portal no later than March 31, 2016.  Disclosures do not need to be approved.
A substantial interest in a business entity is defined as –
1.       A controlling interest,
2.       Ownership of more than 10 percent of the voting interest,
3.       Ownership of more than $5,000 of the fair market value,
4.       A direct or indirect participating interest by shares, stock, or otherwise, regardless of whether voting rights are included, in more than 10 percent of the profits, proceeds, or capital gains, or
5.       Service as an officer.
Substantial interest does not include investments in mutual funds or retirement accounts, so long as the individual does not directly control the investment decisions made in those vehicles.  If you have any questions, please contact the Office of University Compliance and Legal Affairs at or 817.272.2080.

In absentia

The UT Arlington Graduate Assembly eliminated the requirement that a student be enrolled to graduate, which also eliminated the requirement for the Request to Graduate In Absentia form. Policies related to continuous enrollment (for students still working on degree requirements) can be found here but there is no requirement that a student be enrolled in order to graduate. Please direct your questions to Dr. Joe Jackson in the Graduate School at

IRB Mini-Conference – The "how-to" of IRB Review

Faculty, staff, and students can learn about the IRB submission process, how to conduct ethical research studies with human subjects, and more at the Institutional Review Board Mini-Conference 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Friday, February 19th, in the Central Library's 6th Floor Atrium. Sessions include what to expect during the IRB review process, hot topics in human subjects research, and a sampling of protocol case studies.  Attendance can earn credits for RCR training and human subject training requirements! See the conference schedule and RSVP link here. The conference is sponsored by Regulatory Services and Research Administration and faculty are encouraged to bring their students to the sessions. For questions, please call 817-272-3723.

Professor Emeritus applications open

Applications for Professor Emeritus are now being accepted by the Faculty Senate.  The applications are available on the Provost’s webpage and the materials are due by March 26th to Senate Chair Dan Cavanagh.  The Handbook of Operating Procedures (HOP Section 6-201) requires that applicants be retired and have earned the rank of either associate professor or professor.  The process allows for self-nomination and the procedures are outlined in the HOP.  

The application form asks for departmental and/or school P&T committee review, the department chair’s recommendation (colleges only) and the dean’s recommendation.  The president forwards his list of nominees to the UT System Board of Regents in time for the August 2016 meeting.  The new faculty emeriti will be presented at the Fall Meeting of the Faculty and Associates scheduled for October 6, 2016 at 4 pm in the University Center. Please contact Dan Cavanagh ( with your questions.

LINK LAB: new media technologies and the scholarship of teaching and learning

Randy Bass, Vice Provost for Education and Professor of English at Georgetown University, where he leads the Designing the Future(s) initiative and the Red House incubator for curricular transformation will speak today, Thursday, Feb. 4th from 12-1 pm in 246 Nedderman Hall (LINK Research Lab). For 13 years he was the Founding Executive Director of Georgetown’s Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS).

Dr. Bass has been working at the intersections of new media technologies and the scholarship of teaching and learning for nearly thirty years, including serving as Director and Principal Investigator of the Visible Knowledge Project, a five-year scholarship of teaching and learning project involving 70 faculty on 21 university and college campuses. In January 2009, he published a collection of essays and synthesis of findings from the Visible Knowledge Project under the title, “The Difference that Inquiry Makes,” (co-edited with Bret Eynon) in Academic Commons (January 2009:

Did You Know....

 ... that the Central Library is now lending phone charger USB cables and accessories at the first floor circulation desk? The cables include micro USB, micro USB 3.0, iPhone 5 and 6, iPhone 3 and 4, and USB wall chargers. Soon these cables will also be available from the Architecture & Fine Arts Library and the Science & Engineering Library.


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