Friday, April 11, 2014

Difficult Conversations: Starting a Dialogue Across Difference

Join faculty from different disciplines for a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) panel discussion on 
Difficult Conversations: Starting a Dialogue across Difference
Wednesday, April 16th, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Talon Room, Building 16, Room 4202
RSVP for lunch:

Faculty from different disciplines will address how to help students have some of the most difficult conversations across differences, including those tense conversations about group work and the lack thereof, and about differences across social divides. UNF faculty will share research and tips about facilitating these discussions and the potential long-term impact of engaging students in dialogue across difference. Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP at:

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Frankly Fridays - Who owns course content?

Frank Conversation about
Faculty Issues

Topic: Who owns course content? Intellectual Property in the Digital Age
Friday, April 4th, 9:30-10:30 AM, Osprey Commons Faculty Lounge (Building 16, Room 4201)
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When a faculty member and a university enter into a relationship (based on a faculty hire), both parties typically intended for the relationship to be one with longevity. Both parties benefit from each others' success. Recent technological innovations, like Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and social media, have challenged the nature of the relationships between faculty and universities and between faculty and students. Recent conversations around copyright of MOOCs has started a broader conversation about how the intellectual contributions of faculty are attributed and protected.  As Cary Nelson, a former president of the American Association of University Professors, explains, this "is not just the ability of faculty members to profit from their own writings or inventions, but the future of their profession." As faculty and universities engage in conversations about intellectual property, students have inadvertently joined the discussion. In a recent debacle over the posting of a course lecture through social media, faculty members and the university joined sides to combat students' posting of a lecture that was not intended to be distributed outside of the classroom. Digital advantages and innovations are providing some unique challenges to faculty and universities across the nation. UNF has a couple of policies that address copyright and intellectual property rights. 

Come discuss how these issues impact UNF and faculty across the nation.
We will meet in the Faculty Lounge on the 4th floor of the Osprey Commons.
OFE will provide the coffee and pastries.

Let us know you will be there:

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Funding Available through the William T. Grant Foundation

Please see the message below from John Kantner, Assistant Vice President for Research, about funding
opportunities for early career faculty (within 7 years of their terminal degree).

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) would like to present the following limited submission program:

William T. Grant Foundation
William T. Grant Scholars Program
Limited Submission Program (an internal selection process is required)
The William T. Grant Foundation has an open solicitation for the William T. Grant Scholars Program, which awards early-career researchers up to $350,000 over five years to enable them to expand their expertise and to do work that benefits youth. The 2014 focus is on reducing inequality, and projects must address issues that have compelling relevance for theory, programs, polices, or practices affecting youth ages 5 to 25 in the U.S. Projects also must be consistent with the Foundation’s Current Research Interests:

UNF will be able to submit proposals from only one applicant from each college. Therefore, to begin the internal selection process, ORSP is inviting interested applicants to reference the attached procedure to review eligibility criteria and to submit a pre-proposal. 

The deadline to submit a pre-proposal to ORSP is Monday, April 28, 2014 by 6:00 p.m. The submission deadline to the Foundation is July 9, 2014.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

To Share or Not to Share: The Open Syllabus Project

In a recent Chronicle article, Mark Parry discusses the benefits and challenges associated with gathering and sharing syllabi via web based databases. In particular he looks at the Open Syllabus Project an online database similar to MIT Open CourseWare and Syllabus Finder, meant to be used “as a platform for the development of new research, teaching, and administrative tools.”  

Of course there are several arguments against sharing syllabi including legalities such as copyright and ownership but by simply acknowledging the original author some of those concerns are usurped. In a 2012 Chronicle article entitled, "Forking Your Syllabus" by Brian Croxall, the author states, "When you’re beginning to plan something new, you can always benefit from seeing what others before you have done."

Would you agree that sharing syllabi in an open database is beneficial to the collective higher ed body or are the legal ramifications of copyright infringement and plagarism to great? Share your comments below.

To read the full articles click below:

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Promotion and Tenure Panel

Please join faculty from across the campus for the annual Promotion and Tenure Panel discussion. Dr. Earle Traynham, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, along with faculty from a variety of disciplines, will discuss the criteria for the awarding of promotion and tenure and will address the many factors that are involved in successfully navigating the tenure and promotion process. Assistant, Associate and new faculty members are especially encouraged to attend.

Promotion and Tenure Panel
Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Talon Room, Building 16, Room 4202
Reception at 4:30 p.m., Faculty Lounge

FLOWHE Quarterly Meeting

FLOWHE, the Florida Office of Women in Higher Education, the Northeast Chapter, will hold their quarterly meeting on Friday, April 11th, 2014.

What Your Wardrobe Says about You - with Gari Greenwald
Friday, April 11, 2014, 11:45-1:00 p.m. 
Talon Room, Building 16, Room 4202
 Click here to register!

Gari Greenwald is a wardrobe consultant who moved to Jacksonville from Atlanta in 1996.  She has a degree in Fashion Merchandising from the Art Institute of Atlanta and has established her own business working with individuals on developing their own personal style and learning what works best for their body type.  Her presentations include “How to Dress for an Interview”, “How to Dress for Your Body Type” and “How to Dress for the Workplace”.  As an expert in the field, she has appeared on WJXT’s The Morning Show and several other media outlets  in Florida.  She is also a former instructor at the John Casablanca’s Modeling and Career Center and has published articles for Women’s Digest and Senior Times.  Visit her website at for more information.  

Brought to you by the Florida Office of Women in Higher Education(FLOWHE). 
Attendance is free but you must reserve your spot!
You can also order lunch in advance for only $15 – Click here to register!

For more information, contact Karen Arlington at 904-997-2645 or or Dr. Christine Holland at(904) 620.3823 or 

Scholarly Ventures: Applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award

The Fulbright Scholar Program offers teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries for the 2015-2016 academic year. UNF faculty who are past recipients of Fulbright Awards will share their experiences in applying for the award and how they benefited from the program. UNF faculty and professionals interested in the program are encouraged to attend the presentation and learn more about core Fulbright Scholar opportunities. 
Scholarly Ventures:
Applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award
Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.
Student Union, Building 58W, Room 3804

The event is sponsored by the International Center and the Office of Faculty Enhancement. 
Bring your lunch. Beverages and deserts will be served.