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Unit Head and Faculty Weekly Mailing 10-29-13

 

For Faculty

 

1. Kudos for our contributions to developing K-12 teachers.

 

2. CLAS Teaching Roundtables

 

3. Reminder of search for Associate Dean

 

For Unit Heads

 

4. Best Practices for Effective Meetings seminar

 

5. Important Dates

 


For Faculty

1. Kudos for our contributions to developing K-12 teachers.

 

At a recent meeting, Dean Collins of the College Education noted that Grand Valley has once again achieved “exemplary” status through the Michigan Department of Education’s annual evaluation process. This marks the 7th year out of the 7 years of rankings where we have achieved this ranking. GVSU tied for its 68/70 score with UM and are #1 in the state for institutions our size. One sizeable area of the scoring relates to the pass rates for the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification content area tests (MTTC). All CLAS programs are reporting pass rates that are above the state average. In a time when teacher preparation is nationally criticized, it is wonderful to celebrate success such as this. Thank you to all the programs for your continued efforts to develop tomorrow’s teachers.

 

2. CLAS Teaching Roundtables

 

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences invites you to participate in our 2013 Teaching Roundtables which will take place Monday, November 25th from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Pere Marquette Room (2204 KC).  Below are the six topics of discussion and sign up information will be available soon. Registration is required: http://gvsu.edu/clas/clas-teaching-roundtables-264.htm .  Lunch provided.

 

  • “Creating a Supportive and Engaging Environment in Introductory Courses - Helping Students Persist and Succeed" – Shannon Biros and Thomas Pentecost (Chemistry Department)
  • “Game-playing Across the Disciplines: How Roles and Victory Objectives can Deepen Students’ Ability to Explore Complexity” – Gretchen Galbraith (History Department)
  • “The Undergraduate Student Thesis: Understanding the Major and Showcasing Scholarship” – Amy Masko and Corinna McLeod (English Department)
  • "The Distance Between Us" (the 2013-2014 Community Reading Project selection) – Jo Miller and Lisa Miller (English Department and Center for Adult and Continuing Studies)
  • "Support and Accountability: Developing Research Projects for Millennials” – Michelle Miller-Adams (Political Science Department)
  • “Designing for Lifelong Learning Using the Inverted Classroom” – Robert Talbert (Mathematics Department)

 

3. Reminder of Search for Associate Dean

Faculty are reminded of an e-mail sent October 15 containing the Position Announcement for CLAS Associate Dean for Faculty Resources and Scheduling

Applications are due November 4, 2013. If you have any questions, please contact the search committee chair Mark Richards (richardm@gvsu.edu). 

 

For Unit Heads

4. Best Practices for Effective Meetings seminar

A spring cleaning item that could move a lot of dust bunnies, figuratively speaking: did you ever wonder if there were ways to improve your departmental meetings? GRCC shares its seminar series, including Best Practices for Effective Meetings, with GVSU faculty and staff (sign ups accessible via our www.gvsu.edu/seminars ).

~Fred

 

5. CLAS Important Dates

Important Dates

Event

Location

Oct. 31

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

11:30am – 1:30pm

Nov. 1

Sabbatical approvals due to Dean

 
Nov. 4 CLAS Associate Dean for Faculty Resources and Scheduling applications are due November 4, 2013. If you have any questions, please contact the search committee chair Mark Richards (richardm@gvsu.edu).  

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

 

Dec. 4

Unit Head Meeting

2215/2216 KC

Dec. 5

GVSU Service Award Holiday Party

3:00-5:00pm

Grand  River Room, KC

Dec. 7

Commencement

Van Andel Arena

Dec. 7

Awards of Distinction Scholarship Competition

CLAS Contact is Heidi nicholhe@gvsu.edu

Dec. 9

Banner opens for final grading

 

Dec. 9-14

Final Exam Week

 

Dec. 10

CLAS Holiday Open House

11:30am – 2:00pm; Pere Marquette Room (2204 KC)

Dec. 10

Cook Carillon Tower Holiday Open House

1:30-3:00pm; Carillon Tower Plaza (Allendale)

Dec. 17

Grades due from faculty before noon

 

Dec. 18

Unit Head Meeting

2215/2216 KC

Dec. 23

College Offices Close at 5pm until January 2nd

 

Jan. 2

Offices Open

 

Jan. 6

Classes Begin

 

 

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