Thursday, June 19, 2014

Transforming STEM Education Conference

Image by claritaFaculty in the STEM and STEM related fields may be interested in an upcoming Association of American
Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Academic Renewal Conference focusing on Transforming STEM Education. Such conferences provide opportunities for networking and for being inspired around teaching and learning. See the details below or follow the conference link to learn more.

Transforming STEM Higher Education
A Network for Academic Renewal Conference

November 6-8, 2014
Atlanta, Georgia
Register by September 24 for best conference rates.

The Association of American Colleges and Universities and Project Kaleidoscope invite you to attend the Transforming STEM Higher Education Conference. The conference will address both the importance of increasing the number of STEM baccalaureate degree earners who master complex STEM content and competencies and also the importance of enhancing STEM literacy for all students. To these ends, the conference will strategically address several dimensions of STEM higher education reform, including innovative and effective approaches to undergraduate STEM teaching and learning; strategies for measurement and evaluation; inclusive excellence; faculty professional development; and advancement of effective institutional change strategies. 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Place Matters Partnership Conference

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Faculty interested in community-based learning may be interested in an upcoming conference on campus community partnerships hosted in part by the Pennsylvania Campus Compact and Albright College. See the details below.

Place Matters: Partnerships Between Institutions of Higher Education and their Local Communities

September 12, 2014
Albright College, Reading, PA

To celebrate the opening of its new Center for Civic and Global Engagement, Albright College, in partnership with PA Campus Compact, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of University Partnerships, and the Federal Reserve Bank, will be hosting a conference to explore how colleges and universities can work with local partners to positively impact the quality of their communities and provide transformative learning opportunities for their students. This one-day conference will include a keynote speaker, panel discussion, workshops, poster session, and networking. Please plan to join participants representing higher education, government, NGO’s, and economic development entities.
Registration opens July 15, details forthcoming.

To learn more, visit:

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)
Let us know you will be there:

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