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Faculty Affairs News 052 -- March 3, 2016

jane Goodall tickets

General admissions tickets to Jane Goodall's March 31 talk as part of the Maverick Speakers Series sold out within 24 hours. UTA's Box Office cannot offer a waitlist for standby tickets but tickets are still available for a pre-show dinner.  This is the last event for the 2015-16 season of the Maverick Speaker Series and a new list for the 2016-17 season is expected out soon.

deadline approaching for conflict of interest disclosures

If you have received a gift over $250, engaged in uncompensated activities outside of UTA such as serving on a board, or have a significant interest in a business, go to the Outside Activity Portal to disclose potential conflicts. Approval is not required for immediate family members, but disclosure may be required for faculty, administrative staff and professional staff.  Log into the portal and click on the Make New Disclosure tab to complete the form. If you did not participate in any outside activity, click on the Report No Activity tab.

Some activities require prior approval. To request approval for outside activities, use the Request Approval tab in the Portal. The Conflict of Interest (COI) forms must be completed by March 25. If you have any questions, contact Jennifer Chapman in University Compliance Services and Legal Affairs at 2-2080 or

mentis updates and annual reviews

Faculty are encouraged to update their Mentis profiles as annual reviews for tenure-stream faculty in their 3rd, 4th and 5th year are due to the Provost's Office by Monday, March 7.  The Mentis profile system is the system of record and is used to check if there are discrepancies in the CV or other information submitted for annual reviews. Faculty needing assistance should contact the Division of Faculty Affairs at X27422 or

A domain of one's own: Digital presence for academic productivity

Matt Crosslin in the LINK Lab will be offering a demonstration of a Domain of One's Own, an approach that provides free, personal domain names and web hosting to help faculty and students develop their online identities, as well as explore strategies for sharing their work and manage their own portfolios.  The LINK Lab workshop is Monday, March 28 from 1-3 pm.  The first hour will provide a roundtable of faculty and staff from LINK Lab, the Library  and the Center for Teaching and Learning that will share tools to collaborate and promote one's own research using a Domain of One's Own; the second hour will focus on designing courses that use this approach. Please RSVP using this form. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence and the UTA Libraries.

Professor Emeritus applications deadline approaching

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.

faculty credentials

All faculty of record are required to have credentials on file with their department.   UT Arlington and its accrediting agency, SACSCOC subscribe to the principle that the content/level of the course determines the qualifications required to teach that course. Required credentials include an official transcript of the faculty member's terminal degree, as well as any other degrees that qualify her/him to teach their assigned course(s), an evaluation of equivalency of foreign degrees if the transcript is from a foreign institution, and a current curriculum vitae/CV.  A Certification of Credential Quality (CCQ) form must be filed via the electronic Sharepoint site by the department when hiring a new instructor of record (full or part-time) to teach a credit-bearing course; when an existing faculty member is assigned a course outside their teaching discipline; or when a faculty member acquires a new degree.  For more information, please refer to UT Arlington's Faculty Credential Manual or contact Dr. Maria Martinez-Cosio, Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at

Did You Know....

 ... if you hear cannon fire this weekend, there is no need to panic? UTA’s Cadet Corps Alumni Council (CCAC) will be celebrating the 2016 Military Science Hall of Honor with traditional canon fire on Saturday, March 5. There will be a total of three (3) blasts between 12:45pm and 1:00 pm.  Please share this message with your community, as we hope the sound of the canon fire will not raise any alarms but instead serve as a reminder of the  University’s rich history of service. To read more about CCAC, please visit:

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