For the Faculty and Staff of The University of Texas at Arlington

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Ann McFadyen and James Quick

Positive outcomes: James Campbell Quick and M. Ann McFadyen, management professors in the College of Business, analyzed FBI reports, case studies, and human resource records for their research on workplace violence.

Close supervision, resources can prevent workplace violence

Two management professors argue that employers can prevent workplace violence by keeping dangerous employees positively engaged and closely supervising them to ensure they get the help they need.

James Campbell Quick and M. Ann McFadyen of the College of Business analyzed FBI reports, case studies, and human resource records to focus on the estimated 1 to 3 percent of employees prone to workplace acts of aggression, such as homicide, suicide, or destruction of property.

The team advances the case for “mindfully observing” employees and found that human resources professionals and supervisors can advance health, wellbeing, and performance while averting danger and violence by identifying and managing high-risk employees, anticipating their needs, and providing support and resources.

“The cause of these problems are understandable and predictable, and many times these violent incidents shouldn’t be viewed as random or surprises," says Quick, a Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior and the John and Judy Goolsby-Jacqualyn A. Fouse Endowed Chair in the Goolsby Leadership Academy.

The paper is in the Journal of Organizational Effectiveness: People and Performance

Read more about Quick and McFadyen's research, which is part of UTA DNA.

Military Times

College of Business named one of best for veterans

UT Arlington is one of the best business schools in the United States for military veterans, according to rankings released Monday by Military Times.

The University has about 3,000 veterans or veterans’ family members attending classes here. Of those, about 2,200 are veterans. UT Arlington placed No. 33 on the list of 64 institutions.

Military Times focused on culture and curriculum that caters to military veterans when conducting and scoring the second annual Best for Vets: Business Schools survey, a nearly 80-question analysis of a school’s complete offerings for veterans.

“We have a great tool in the Goolsby Leadership Academy. Many of our veterans have skills that make them a great fit with our leadership initiatives,” Business Dean Rachel Croson says. “And it’s not just the business school. We have an entire university that backs the veterans across many, many platforms.”

Read more about the College of Business' honors.

Sonja Watson

Dr. Sonja Watson

Watson named director of Women's and Gender Studies

Sonja Watson has been appointed the director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. She will begin her duties in August.

Dr. Watson, an assistant professor of modern languages and an expert in Spanish and Afro-Caribbean literature, joined UT Arlington in 2007 and served on the advisory board of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and as a faculty fellow of the Center for African American Studies. Previously, she spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at Washington University in Saint Louis.  

“Dr. Watson is a renowned scholar and a respected teacher whose cross-cultural research will help to provide critical understanding of women, gender, and power in a global context,” says Beth Wright, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “She is committed to furthering knowledge about women, men, gender, sexuality, and their many diverse lenses, and encourages the critical examination of traditional theoretical perspectives.”

Watson succeeds Desirée Henderson, who has served as director since 2010. Under her leadership, the program developed the women's and gender studies curricula, and both the first Women’s Studies Scholarship Endowment and the Student Association for Gender Equity were established. Dr. Henderson will continue as a member of the English faculty.

Read more about Watson's appointment.

Sanjay Gupta graphic

Sanjay Gupta discusses medicine and media on Tuesday

Tickets are still available to see Sanjay Gupta, neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent, in the next Maverick Speakers Series event.

Dr. Gupta will speak on "Medicine and Media" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at College Park Center

Gupta anchors the weekend medical affairs program Sanjay Gupta MD on CNN. A practicing neurosurgeon, he is a member of the faculty and staff at Emory University School of Medicine and chief of neurosurgery at Grady Memorial Hospital. Forbes Magazine has named him among its 10 Most Influential Celebrities.

General admission tickets are free but required. The premium seating package is $25 and includes a front-of-house seat and reserved parking near the venue. Tickets are available at

The Maverick Speakers Series is sponsored in part by Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital.

Rick Lynch

Mr. Robotic: Rick Lynch,  executive director of the UT Arlington Research Institute, will demonstrate a few robots before the Focus on Faculty presentation Wednesday, March 19, at the Central Library.

Robotics feature of Focus on Faculty

See some of UTA's robotics demonstrated for the Focus on Faculty lecture at noon Wednesday, March 19, on the sixth floor of Central Library. PR2, unmanned vehicles, and 3-D-printed prosthetics will be on display before the program by Rick Lynch, executive director of the UT Arlington Research Institute.

Lynch will discuss how the research and development efforts at UTARI assist people in the performance of dirty, dull, and dangerous tasks and in improving the lives of those with disabilities. UTARI focuses on unique, affordable solutions to complex problems and short-term commercialization of research through innovations in advanced manufacturing, biomedical technologies, and robotics.

Lynch, a West Point graduate, earned his master’s degree in mechanical engineering with a concentration in robotics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He served in the United States Army for 35 years, retiring as a lieutenant general. His commands included the Third Infantry Division in combat and III Corps at Fort Hood.

College Park South garage spaces reserved for Maverick Speakers Series event

The College Park South garage will have about 200 spaces reserved on Tuesday, March 18, for the Sanjay Gupta appearance for the Maverick Speakers Series. The garage will reopen to normal use after the event.

Spaces in the south garage for Arlington Hall permits, the Dan Dipert Welcome Center, and College Park District businesses will remain open throughout the day. Spaces in the faculty, staff, and student areas will be closed for event guests.  

Parking options include permit spaces in the College Park North and Central garages. Contact Parking and Transportation Services at or 2-3907.

  Mav Pic Military Science Hall of Honor

Honorable bunch

Inductees into the 34rd Military Science Hall of Honor were recognized Saturday. Top, from left, are Stanley I. Thompson, a 1974 graduate in electrical engineering who helped form the Cadet Corp Alumni Council and Sam Houston Rifles Alumni Association; Susan Manifold Tillotson, a Distinguished Military Graduate in political science and the first female Corps Commander in 1977; and Martin B. Woodruff, a 1970 Distinguished Military Graduate in mathematics and mayor of Decatur. Below, James McGinn, left, and Will Latham, members of the Class of '48, were the oldest alumni at the induction ceremony.

Tickets available for TEDxUTA

Hear from some of the most innovative minds in technology, entertainment, and design at TEDxUTA at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 22, in Rosebud Theatre in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Speakers include Yolanda Bruce Brooks, a sports medicine clinician; Michael S. Brown, Nobel Prize-winner and director of the Jonson Center for Molecular Genetics at UT Southwestern; Romeo España, co-founder of the North Texas Drone User Group; Bart Shaw, Fort Worth architect; Esther Sternberg, medical professor and mind-body science expert; and Haily Summerford, Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center director.

UT Arlington faculty members and students speaking are:

  • Myrtle P. Bell, a management professor, author, and diversity leader
  • Kaushik De, a professor of physics associated with the world’s most advanced accelerators, DØ at Fermilab and ATLAS at CERN
  • Smitha Rao, an electrical engineering research associate whose research include MEMS energy-harvesting devices
  • Barton Weiss, an associate professor of film and award-winning independent film/video producer, director, and editor
  • Bob Woods, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and faculty adviser to the UTA Formula SAE team
  • Jarryd Willis, a psychology doctoral student researching political psychology and compromise between political parties
  • Kelly Walters, a political science and psychology sophomore

Tickets are $15 for students, $25 for UTA faculty/staff, and $35 for the general public. For more information, visit

Wear green to save some greenbacks on St. Paddy's Day

Wear Green, Save Green is the theme on St. Patrick's Day in the College Park District. Wear green on Monday, March 17, to receive 10 percent off your bill at any College Park restaurant.  

If you're not wearing green, stop by the College Park District tables on the library mall and in the E.H. Hereford University Center for a 10 percent off coupon while supplies last.

Sign up for the weekly College Park Newsletter to find out about events, specials, and receive coupons for the College Park District restaurants.

Applications due for service and service learning awards

The Center for Community Service Learning awards two faculty members and three students—one graduate, two undergraduate—each spring with a monetary award and a plaque in recognition of their commitment to their communities and/or their enrichment of the learning experience through service learning. Faculty members who teach service learning courses may pass the student award information to qualifying students.

Applications are due by Tuesday, March 18. For more information, contact Susan Dequeant at 2-2124 or

Extra Credit

Thursday, March 13

Managing Stress in the Workplace Examine what stress is, how to understand it, and how to identify its sources. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Monday, March 17

Kinesiology Lecture Series Beth Deschenes and Billy Crawford of UT Southwestern present "Physical Therapy: Professional Trends and How to Stand Out in a Competitive Applicant Pool." Free. Noon, Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Kinesiology.

David K Pennington

Mike Moses K-16 Leadership Speaker Series David K. Pennington, right, president-elect of the American Association of School Administrators, offers his perspective on education leadership. Free. 5:30-7 p.m., University Club, Davis Hall. Education and Health Professions.

Tuesday, March 18

Managing Projects and Making Decisions Develop strategies to successfully manage projects and effectively make decisions. Bring an in-depth problem for the class to discuss. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Health Insurance Marketing Information Session and Enrollment Learn about and enroll in the Affordable Care Act. Deadline to enroll is March 31. Free. Noon-3 p.m. and 4-7 p.m., Rio Grande Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Rural Health Outreach Program.

Wednesday, March 19

Fundamental Skills for Supervisors and Managers Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Engineering Distinguished Speakers Series John Rogers of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign presents "Stretchy Electronics That Can Dissolve in Your Body." Free. Reception 5 p.m., Room 601; lecture 6 p.m., Room 100; Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

Coming up

Biology Colloquium Series David Reznick of the University of California at Riverside speaks on “Experimental Studies of the Interaction Between Ecology and Evolution in a Natural Ecosystem.” Free. 4 p.m. Thursday, March 20, Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology.

CPR/AED Training Hands-on skills training prepares participants to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies and the safe use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). $50. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, March 22, Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. Also, Saturday, April 26. Campus Recreation.

Geraldine Brooks

'Female Heroes in Fact and Fiction' Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks, right, is guest speaker for Women's History Month. Her recent novel, Caleb’s Crossing, was a New York Times best-seller. Free. 7 p.m. Monday, March 24, sixth floor atrium, Central Library. Festival of Ideas Global Research Institute, Women’s and Gender Studies, Women’s History Month.

The Publishing Rollercoaster: Writers Sound Off Expand your knowledge of professional publishing from concept through research, submission, revision, and publication. This webcast is perfect for those who are hoping to get published for the first time, or those who wish to improve their skills. Free. 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, Room 315A, Central Library. UT Arlington Libraries.

Human Resources Training Dealing Effectively with Conflict and Confrontation, Thursday, March 27; Advanced Supervisory Skills, Wednesday, April 9; Managing Across Generations, Tuesday, April 15; The Art of Listening, Thursday, April 17; Customer Service 101, Tuesday, April 22; and Dealing with Difficult Employees and People, Wednesday, April 23Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Also, Welcoming Diversity, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Friday, March 28Human Resources. 

Women's Home Improvement 102: Wall Repair and Texture This hands-on course will cover the proper drywall, painting, and texturing tools needed for an amazing wall transformation. Basic knowledge of home repair tools needed. Men welcome, too. Register online. Faculty, staff $75; use code UTHALF. 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays, March 22-April 5Continuing Education.

(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)

Going Out

Friday, March 21

Friday Night Film: 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' Rated PG-13. Free fresh-popped popcorn while supplies last; other concessions for sale. Tickets $1, $1.50 with credit card. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.


Gallery 76102: Abstraction on the Edge Exhibit of paintings and works on paper by Arlington artist Bill Barter. Gallery hours noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, Gallery 76102, 1401 Jones St., Fort Worth. Through March 31Fort Worth CenterGallery 76102.

MavsArt Enjoy a variety of artistic media by faculty, staff, and students. First floor, Central Library. UTA Libraries.

Mindful Moments Learn mindfulness techniques to help deal effectively with stress. New day. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Mondays, Room 310, Ransom Hall. Health Services.

Visual Resource Commons and Gallery The Jonathan A. Campbell and Tanya G. Dowdey African Art Collection is a multi-dimensional collection of 11th-20th century art and artifacts. Free. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, Suite 2109, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.

Planetarium The spring schedule includes new shows Back to the Moon for Good, Exoplanets, and Molecularium, plus returning favorites Pink Floyd and Spacepark 360. Planetarium.

(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)



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