Announcements, Forums, and Meetings
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Fall 2017 Academic Admin Forum Meeting Dates
Tuesday, September 19, 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., NextGen Residence Hall, Storrs Campus (lunch available)
Tuesday, November 14, 2:00 - 4:30 p.m., Rome Commons Ballroom, Storrs Campus (networking reception 3:30-4:30 p.m.)
Recent Agenda, Announcements, and Materials
The University community is invited to a public talk by Martha Potvin, Provost/VPAA of Springfield College, on March 22 at 4:00pm at Konover Auditorium. Faculty are particularly encouraged to attend her talk: Reducing the Gender Gap in STEM Faculty Hiring as a Prelude to Supporting the Needs of a Diverse Faculty: The Need for a Full-Court Press. The talk will also be available via livestream here.
A UConn alumna of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Dr. Potvin served as Dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Dakota and subsequently as the Executive VPAA/Provost at Montana State University. At Montana State she was the co-PI on their NSF ADVANCE grant, Project TRACS: Empirically Investigating Transformation through Relatedness, Autonomy, and Competency Support. The TRACS project had a significant impact not only on hiring practices at Montana State that contributed to a substantial increase in gender diversity in their STEM and social and behavioral sciences, but also resulted in sustainable changes to policies, process and work-life balance for faculty in all disciplines. Other outcomes of the grant have led to several peer-reviewed scholarly articles and the 2015 Inclusion Cultivates Excellence Award from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.
As many of you know, last year the University Senate passed a by-law change regarding final assessments in all undergraduate classes. The change reinforced the responsibility of all faculty and instructors of undergraduate courses to provide a clear form of assessment of student work and also stated that final assessments (previously labeled exams) are no longer mandated. Further, this change eliminated the approval of the department and of the dean of the school or college before the beginning of the semester in which the course will be offered if a faculty member decides not to offer a final examination.
Given this change, we write to ask for you to circulate this memo to your faculty in order for us to gather some very important information. We would like to know if any of your faculty has decided NOT to administer a final examination during the scheduled exam week. As you know, we are currently trying to eliminate the bunched finals effect of having too many exams scheduled in any given day. We also do not have enough rooms for all of the final assessment slots that are currently scheduled. Since we have learned anecdotally that some of our faculty are not actually using rooms that are assigned to them as they are using various forms of assessment that do not require final exams, we may have some rooms that are available for other faculty. This will help all of us and also ensure that we have fewer make-up exams to administer.
We have developed a brief form for faculty to complete if they are not administering a final exam. Please ask your faculty to take a few minutes to complete the form so that we can help resolve the bunched finals and also our challenge with finding enough rooms. Thank you for helping us with this very important task.
For those faculty offering in person exams, please note that thousands of exams are administered during the final exam period. Because of this, faculty and students are advised to make travel/personal plans after finals week has concluded.
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Through the Faculty Excellence Awards, the UConn Foundation Office of Alumni Relations recognizes the outstanding contributions and achievements of UConn faculty. Nominators are invited to participate in this process by submitting nominations to either annual award in the two categories listed below.
Faculty Excellence in Research and Creativity Awards
- In the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
- In the Sciences
Faculty Excellence in Teaching Awards
- On the Undergraduate Level
- On the Graduate Level
Honorees will receive a monetary award of $500 and special recognition during a fall UConn Foundation Board Meeting.
The Faculty Excellence in Research and Creativity Awards are given to individual faculty who have made significant and or creative contributions to a field of knowledge or area of inquiry. These awards recognize research excellence and the highest levels of creativity that enhance the University’s academic and creative reputation. Individuals who are nominated for this award must have a distinguished record of ongoing scholarly and/or creative productivity and must have worked at UConn for at least 10 years.
The Faculty Excellence in Teaching Awards are given to individual faculty for excellence in teaching. These awards recognize individuals who rise above good instruction, engage students thoroughly in the process of learning, and have contributed significantly to the intellectual life of the University through their teaching. Individuals who are nominated for this award must have a distinguished record of sustained teaching excellence and must have worked at UConn for at least 10 years.
Nominations are due February 29, 2017. More information is available through Alumni Relations.
The University of Connecticut’s Women’s Center is pleased to announce the granting of the 100 Years of Women Scholarship Award for the twenty-fifth year. The 100 Years of Women Scholarship Fund was established in 1992 to honor a current matriculated UConn undergraduate or graduate student or a high school senior planning to enroll in the University of Connecticut, who, as a role model or advocate, has demonstrated a commitment to women’s issues through service to their community or school. Applicants must be enrolled for the entire Fall 2017/Spring 2018 academic year. The scholarship award ranges up to $1,000.
We would appreciate your sharing information about the award with students, staff, and faculty members. Eligibility criteria, the scholarship application, and recommendation forms are available at the UConn Women’s Center, the Office of Student Financial Aid Services, and can be downloaded from the Women’s Center website.
Applications are due by February 28, 2017. Previous recipients are eligible to apply.
For more information, please call the Women’s Center at (860) 486-4738, or the Office of Student Financial Aid Services at (860) 486-2819.
The Provost’s Outstanding Service Award is designed to honor and recognize those who have demonstrated excellence in service to the University of Connecticut that far exceeds reasonable expectations of their positions. The award will honor faculty whose volunteer service (i.e., not that assigned as part of one’s job description or expectations in teaching, research or assigned service) is exemplary in enhancing the University’s mission in teaching, research, service, or engagement. Ordinarily, the awards would be bestowed on those whose service is voluntary, individually or on committees. The case should be made in the formal nomination and in supporting letters, that the nature of the service goes beyond promoting one’s own research or teaching, or extending service through extension activities.
By honoring such individuals, the University demonstrates its commitment to service as an activity essential to its mission and to its governance, provides incentive for faculty to pursue activities that enhance the quality of their service, and emphasizes the importance of outstanding service.
Normally, there will be up to two awards each year. Recipients of the Provost’s Outstanding Service Award will be current UConn faculty who have extraordinary records of service in committees and/ or university volunteer activities.
Nominations are due February 15, 2017. More information is available through the Provost’s Office.