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Faculty Affairs News 051 -- Feb 18, 2016

spring peer obServation training dates

Peer Observation of teaching can be a powerful tool for professional growth and sharing new ideas. As a trained peer observer you will meet with faculty and determine the goals for the lecture planned for observation (pre-meeting), provide valuable feedback after the observation and help faculty continue to improve their teaching. Peer review of teaching is required for any faculty member going up for tenure and promotion. The CTLE offers dates throughout the semester to become a trained peer observer and become familiar with the policy. To learn more and register for the training, click here.

grade forgiveness for transfer students

The Grade Forgiveness Policy has now been extended to transfer students. Incoming students (freshman and transfer) whose initial enrollment at UT Arlington began in the Fall 2013 term and thereafter may file a request to have a grade of D or F in a 1000 or 2000 course, forgiven. A student is limited to a total of two Grade Forgiveness opportunities under the certain conditions. More details available at

Statistical assistant for faculty and graduate students

Dr. John P. Connolly, manager of statistical services with the Office of Information Technology has moved into the Division of Faculty Affairs Suite in Central Library 415. John holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and Masters degrees in Liberal Studies and Business Administration, as well as a Bachelors of Engineering. He teaches seminars on OIT’s statistical software and provides assistance to faculty and graduate students on the statistical aspects of their research, including help with qualifying the research question, data collection issues, model specification and selection of software, and active collaboration on publication efforts. He can be reached at

Title V HSI Grant director

UT Arlington is searching for a director for the HSI Title V grant and is bringing 2 candidates for interviews. The campus community is invited to hear Dr. Olga Martinez-Hickman from UT Austin’s Institute for Public Schools Initiatives on Feb. 23  from 9:30-10:30 am in the 6th floor Library Parlor, and Brian English from UT’s Outreach Center on Feb 24 from 10:30-11:30 am in the Library Parlor. The $2.6 million Title V grant will enhance services for transfer and other non-traditional students through the IDEAS Center in the 2nd floor of the library, as well as through faculty development initiatives and online services to students. For more information on the grant click here.

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.

MavBlog changes

From 5:00 pm on Friday, the 19th of February through 11:00 pm on Sunday, the 21st of February, UTA will migrate to the newest version of WordPress and a new hosting solution to provide our Campus with a more robust blogging foundation. Several of the current themes in use are deprecated and unsafe and will not migrate to the new environment. If you are using a deprecated theme you have until 4:30 pm on Friday, the 19th of February to change to another theme. If you do not, your theme will be changed to the default theme during the final migration.

The following is a list of the deprecated themes. If you are using any of these themes, please visit{your_blog}/wp-admin and change your theme as soon as possible. The unsafe and deprecated themes are: ChinaRedMU, Cutline 3-Column Split, Freshy 2, Illacrimo.  For assistance, please contact Business Collaboration at

NCFDD Faculty Support

Do you need help in organizing your time to be more productive? Are you interested in a virtual writing “boot camp?” Or maybe interested in joining a group to write a book proposal?

NCFDD (the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity) offers these services and much more in partnership with the Division of Faculty Affairs.  An on-campus writing group is kicking off this week and more are planned for the summer. You may be familiar with the Monday Motivator Newsletter, a weekly email message with weekly productivity tips and advice, which is also part of our NCFDD member benefits.  For questions, please contact Ashanti Johnson at 23054 or

Did You Know....

 ... you can get an all expense paid trip for Spring Break? UT Arlington's 2016 St. Louis Alternative Spring Break trip is looking for staff advisors from March 13-18! You will be transformed by the experiences of volunteering, reflecting, and making a difference in people’s lives alongside passionate UT Arlington students. Contact Susan Dequeant, Assistant Director of Community Engagement in the Leadership Center at for more information. Space is limited.


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