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Faculty Affairs News 075 -- Mar. 02, 2017


We are a month away from hosting a SACSCOC external review team. As part of the reaffirmation process, a campus committee developed a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) aimed at improving student success. UTA's QEP is the The Maverick Advantage, offering students five experiential learning activities to enhance career preparedness, appreciation of a diverse and inclusive community and enhance lifelong learning. The activities are Career Development, Community Engagement, Global Engagement, Leadership and Undergraduate Research. Faculty, staff and student members of the 29-member QEP committee are making presentations across campus in the coming weeks to share the plan and elicit ideas for implementation. The QEP is available at A one sheet summary is available here. The campus community is invited to fill out brief surveys on the QEP through the feedback section of the website.

Accreditation Information Sessions

There will be an information session to prepare campus stakeholders for the SACSCOC visit on March 22 from 9:15-10:45 am in Nedderman Hall, Room 100, and again from 4-5:30 pm. Reviewers from SACSCOC will be on campus April 4-6. During this three-day visit, there will be an intensive and thorough evaluation process in order to assess the soundness and standards of UTA. For questions, please contact Loraine Phillips, Assistant Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness at

Leadership 101

UT System Assistant Vice Chancellor for Leadership Development and Veterans Affairs Tony Cuccolo will presenting a workshop open to all faculty and those interested in developing their leadership skills. Mr. Cuccolo is charged with leadership development programs for mid-level and senior campus leaders, and the establishment of an executive level leadership institute for UT System institutions. All are welcome to join us on March 22 from 1-2 pm Trimble Hall 200. Please RSVP here.

Maintaining and Enhancing Excellence in Teaching at an R-1 University

The University of Texas at Arlington is fortunate to have dedicated and distinguished faculty, true teacher-scholars, among whom are 4 members of the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Please join us on April 5 from 11:30 - 1pm as panel members discuss the importance of excellence in teaching, thoughts on how we as a campus might continue to build on the high levels we have today, and their thoughts about the future. The event will also, time permitting, include a moderated question and answer session with the audience.


  • Dr. Mary Lynn Crow, Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education
  • Kenneth M. Roemer, Professor, Department of English; College of Liberal Arts
  • Dr. Kevin Schug, Director, CLEAR; professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Science
  • Dr. Barbara Shipman, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, College of Science
  • Dr. Teresa Taber Doughty, Dean, College of Education

The lunch presentation will be at College of Business, Room 239. Please RSVP here.

Faculty Professional Development 2017

UTA's Title V-funded IDEAS project is offering a series of free sessions for all faculty interested in improving their teaching. All are highly interactive sessions and participants must have a Blackboard account and bring an electronic device (laptop, smart phone) to participate. Next week's session is:

  • March 6, 12-1 pm: Maximizing the Use of Rubrics in Your Teaching. Led by Dr. Andy Milson, Professor, History Dept.
    • Participants will build a rubric on Blackboard and learn strategies fror attaching rubrics to an assignment, grading with a rubric in BB and copying rubrics for future semesters. RSVP here.

Please contact Dr. Carla Amaro Jimenez, IDEAS Faculty Coordinator at with your questions.

Mentor Commons

Mentor Commons offers an on-demand online digital library for faculty development. All instructors are encouraged to review the menu of 20 minute videos addressing common classroom challenges, new strategies for engaging students and other professional development topics. To access, UTA instructors including graduate students can log into Blackboard, search under "Organizations," and enroll in "Faculty Development Organizations" which houses Mentor Commons. For instructions, click here. For questions, please contact Dr. Antoinette Sol, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at

Promotion and Tenure Workshops

Provost Ron Elsenbaumer and the Division of Faculty Affairs Faculty invite faculty and staff to two sessions on the promotion and tenure process.

  • March 8 - 12pm in COBA 254 is the Nuts and Bolts Workshop for those preparing dossiers.
  • March 22 - 12-1pm in Pickard 223 is for administrative assistants who support the P&T process.

Please contact Dr. Antoinette Sol, Vice President for Faculty Affairs at, with your questions.

Upcoming Events

  • The Big Event - April 8, 2017 9am - 1pm

    • Faculty are welcome to join students and staff on a day of service to the surrounding community. More information here.
  • Faculty Creative Works - Tuesday, April 18, 2017 4 - 6pm

    • Please mark your calendars for this reception that celebrates the diversity of our faculty's work and stay tuned for more exciting events.
  • Spring Break - March 13 - 17

  • ACES - March 22

    • UTA's Annual Celebration of Excellence (ACES) by Students showcases student research through poster sessions at the E.H. Hereford University Center. All faculty and students are welcome.

Coming Up...

Work/Life Balance Roundtable for Faculty and Staff; applications for Leadership Academy for 2017-18; foundational meeting for the UTA Women's Faculty and Staff Network on April 19.

Did You Know...

...the campus community now has access to additional healthy food choices (vegan-friendly) through Freshii located inside the POD Market in the University Center? Smoothies, fresh-squeezed juices, made-to-order wraps and bowls are also available.