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Unit Head and Faculty Weekly Mailing 10-22-13

For Faculty

 

1. Search for Associate Dean for Faculty Resources and Scheduling

 

2. Disability Awareness Month Tip: Did you know?

 

3. Student Fellowship and Faculty Grant Opportunities through MSGC (2014-15 Cycle) in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Aerospace, Space and Earth System Science—Bopi Biddanda

 

For Unit Heads

 

4. Update on proposing a current course as an online or hybrid course

 

5. Important Dates


For Faculty

1. Search for Associate Dean for Faculty Resources and Scheduling

Colleagues, I promised the unit heads that after the Search Committee for the Associate Dean for Faculty Resources and Scheduling received its charge, I’d share it with you.  That committee, led by Mark Richards, has begun its work, with the hope for public interviews perhaps in December.  Here is the charge I gave them.

Charge to the Search Committee for the AD for Faculty Resources and Scheduling

  1. Finalize draft position announcement.
  2. Determine what materials may enable you to identify the best candidates for the position, given its duties.
  3. Recruit good candidates to the candidate pool; conceive and conduct the most vigorous and inclusive internal search possible. 
  4. Conduct the work of the committee in a highly confidential manner.
  5. Desirable characteristics are
    1. rank at full professor;
    2. a deep respect for the faculty and their work;
    3. a track record of tact, integrity and transparency;
    4. demonstrated qualities of optimism, persistence, innovation and communication; 
    5. knowledge of the Handbook, and abilities to apply and explicate it;
    6. skills relevant to Personnel process and course scheduling.
  1. Identify the three or four best candidates to interview, and also identify a fall back pool.  Communicate clearly to all candidates throughout the process.
  1. Set up the interview activities necessary for all constituencies to participate and advise you.
  1. In reporting to the dean, make a recommendation of acceptable candidates, and elaborate on the strengths that each candidate will bring to the position and the challenges they might have to overcome.

Dr. Frederick J. Antczak, Founding Dean

 

2. Disability Awareness Month Tip: Did you know?

Occasionally, a student has a medical situation during the semester. Professors often ask for documentation of the issue to verify the situation. Did you know that Professors should have the student register with of Office of Disability Support Resources (DSR) and that office will then take over the responsibility of getting the desired documentation? Proceeding through DSR will  reduce stressors and will ensure confidentiality related to medical records.  

 

3. Student Fellowship and Faculty Grant Opportunities through MSGC (2014-15 Cycle) in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Aerospace, Space and Earth System Science—Bopi Biddanda

 

Last chance!

Grand Valley State University is an affiliate member of the Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC), and a participant in fellowship and grant funding opportunities competitively offered through the consortium.  The deadline for MSGC proposals is Wednesday, November 20, 2013.

All applications are on-line at www.mi.spacegrant.org for 3 categories of fellowships/grants: 

  1. Research Seed Grants for faculty members to initiate new lines of scholarly activities. 
  2. Fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students who will conduct research mentored by GVSU faculty. 
  3. Program grants to support pre-college education, public outreach and teacher training. 

Last year, GVSU secured ~$55,000 in fellowship and grant support from MSGC.  Your chances of success are maximized when you match your project with the Mission of MSGC (http://mi.spacegrant.org/index.php?page=about-us) and the strategic goals of NASA (http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/516579main_NASA2011StrategicPlan.pdf).

If you are interested in more information, visit the MSGC website at: www.mi.spacegrant.orgI must approve all proposals/applications as the GVSU representative prior to submission.  To discuss a proposal/application, please contact me at: biddandb@gvsu.edu or 616-331-3978.  I am available to discuss ideas and issues concerning submission of a proposal, and can guide you to other sources of help at GVSU. 

~Bopi

 

For Unit Heads

4. Update on proposing a current course as an online or hybrid course

To change the delivery method of a course from traditional to either online or hybrid, without any change of content, faculty should submit a Course Change Proposal through the Faculty Governance Online Curriculum Development website.  Once the proposal is submitted, the process of approval will include the unit, the Online Education Committee (OEC), appropriate Dean, and the Provost’s Office. Please note that Faculty Governance committees do not meet over the Spring/Summer semesters and no approval will be possible during that time.

If a course/program is new in content and proposes an online or hybrid format, or if an existing program seeks to change to a fully online program, the current curriculum procedures must be followed, with the addition of seeking the recommendation of the OEC via the online curriculum system. The recommendation of the OEC will be appended to the curriculum system, analogous to recommendations by IT and University Libraries.

 

5. CLAS Important Dates

 

Important Dates

Event

Location

Oct. 23

Out of the Box Event Registration required. Hosted by Faculty Council. catering numbers have been given.

11:30am – 1:30pm

Oct. 23

Unit Head Meeting

2215/2216 KC; 3:00-5:00pm

Oct. 25

Drop Deadline – grade W

 

Oct. 25

Promotion materials due to the Dean’s Office

 

Oct. 25

Winter 2014 textbook orders are due to UBS

 

Oct. 31

Out of the Box Event Registration required. Hosted by Faculty Council.

11:30am – 1:30pm

Nov. 1

Sabbatical approvals due to Dean

 

Nov. 6

Unit Head Meeting

2215/2216 KC; 3:00-5:00pm

Nov. 15

Staffing Plans for Winter 2014 due

Email notice to Cindy Laug when complete.

Nov. 15

CLAS 10th Anniversary Celebration is proud to announce:

The CLAS Faculty Research Colloquium will take place from 2:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

308 PAD

Nov. 25

CLAS Teaching Roundtables

11am – 12:30pm; Pere Marquette Room (2204 KC)

Nov. 27

No classes; Offices Open

 

Nov. 28-29

Thanksgiving Recess

 

 

 

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