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UNT Faculty Newsletter January 2015 Edition

Happy New Year!

We hope that you enjoyed a relaxing winter break and have returned ready to teach, challenge, and mentor the 36,000+ students who will be returning to campus next week. The first day of class (January 20th) is one of the most critical in terms of setting the tone for the semester, establishing course expectations, and creating curiosity among students. Hopefully, you have reflected on how you will engage students this semester.  Best of luck in 2015!

Semester Checklist

red check markReinforce the Succeed at UNT campaign by embedding supportive practices in your teaching pedagogy.

red check markInclude the SETE administration dates (April 20, 2015 - May 8, 2015) in your course syllabi. 

red check markUpload your undergraduate course syllabi to the Faculty Profile System by January 27, 2015 as per HB 2504.

red check markCheck out the many helpful resources available on the CLEAR website. 
 

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Eric Ligon, Distinguished Teaching Professor, College of Visual Arts & DesignTeaching Excellence Seminar  

The Spring Teaching Excellence Seminar, sponsored by CLEAR, is a power-packed event which offers UNT's newest instructors an opportunity to learn about UNT policies and best practices in teaching and learning. The seminar is mandatory for all new TAs and TFs, and all other UNT instructors are encouraged to attend.  Contact Alison Pelzel or Nancy Fire with your questions.  Register today for the seminar that will be held on January 15, 2015, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. in the Gateway Center Ballroom.

Faculty Award Nominations Due February 2nd

Bring the UNT Eminent Faculty bronze eagle to your department in 2015!   Nominations for the upcoming year are knocking at our door, with a Februrary 2nd deadline.  Specific requirements and nomination procedures can be found on the links below.  If you have any questions, please contact the Office for Faculty Success (940) 369-5206. 

Spring Promotion & Tenure Workshop

All probationary, tenure-track faculty and associate professors seeking promotion are encouraged to attend a workshop with Provost Warren Burggren. Unit administrators and support staff who assist in the process are also strongly encouraged to attend. The spring promotion and tenure workshop will be held on February 13, 2015 from 1:00 p. m. - 2:00 p.m. in Gateway 51.

Women’s Faculty Network Luncheon & Book Discussion
Crucial Conversations:  Tools for Talking When Stakes are High

 

Do you ever wonder, "Why do people only seem to listen to the person who pushes the hardest or shouts the loudest?"  The Women's Faculty Network invites you to attend a discussion about communication skills to use when the stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong.  Led by Drs. Yolanda Flores Niemann and Christy Crutsinger, the session will highlight key points from The New York Times bestselling book, Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High. Using academic case studies, real-time examples, and participant role playing, attendees will receive pratical advice on how to effectively hold tough conversations. The luncheon and discussion is slated for 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., February 13, 2015 in Gateway 43/47.  Lunch will be served.  Seating is limited. Register today!

Improve Your Chances of Getting Funded

Learn how to write a successful grant proposal from UNT's top researchers. Topics will include insights into the peer review process, addressing 'broader impacts,' as well as insider tips for creating a competitive application.  Register here

Panel members are:

  • Bill Buckles, Professor, Computer Science and Engineering
  •  Rick Nader, Vice Provost for International Affairs
  •  Jincheng Du, Associate Professor, Materials & Science Engineering
  •  Marco Nardelli, Distinguished Research Professor, Physics & Chemistry
  •  Yong Tao, Distinguished Research Professor & Chair, Electrical & Energy Engineering

The two-hour workshop, moderated by Angela Wilson (Regents Professor of Chemistry), will be held on February 24, 2015 from 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., BLB 180.  If you have questions, please contact faculty.success@unt.edu or Angela.Wilson@unt.edu.

Calling all New Faculty!

FacultyCONNECT is a cohort-based program that provides the newest members of our UNT community an opportunity to share experiences and gain institutional knowledge.  Upcoming events for new faculty are listed below:

  • January 30, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., Pohl Recreation Center, Room 205, Topic: Achieving Work Life Balance in the Academy (Featured Topics: nutrition, sleep, exercise, and stress management).  Register here.
  • February 20, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., Gateway 42, Topic: Mentor Appreciation LuncheonRegister here.

 Support Graduate Education This March

Demonstrate your support of graduate education at UNT by participating in the annual Graduate Exhibition, an event sponsored by the Toulouse Graduate School. The graduate school is seeking faculty  judges.  No previous experience is required; however, an orientation immediately prior to the event will be provided.  Judging for the research poster and visual arts categories will take place on March 7, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Judging for the music performances begins at 2:30 after a reception at the Murchison Performancing Arts Center.  Criteria for judging, along with the judges registration form can be found at http://tsgs.unt.edu/exhibition/judging_awards.  Contact Dana Mordecai by email, or call (940)-369-7387 for more event information.
 

Important Dates
Spring 2015

January 15

Spring Teaching Excellence Seminar

January 20

First Day of Class

January 27

Upload undergraduate course syllabi to Faculty Profile System per HB 2504

March 16 - March 20

Spring Break (no classes)

April 20 – May 8

SETE Administration

May 7

Last Class Day

May 8

Reading Day (no classes)

May 9 – May 15

Finals

May 16

Commencement

 Academic Leaders Corner   

Building, strengthening, and sustaining UNT's administrative leadership is an important part of the work that we do in the Office for Faculty Success.  Upcoming events are listed below:

Please send your good ideas, comments, and/or suggestions for the next Faculty Newsletter to faculty.success@unt.edu.