Thursday, January 31, 2013

Community and Civic Engagement Academy for Faculty

Please see the notice below for a faculty training opportunity on Community and Civic Engagement.
The event will be on May 14-16, 2013.
The deadline for applications is March 8, 2013.
Space is limited. For more information visit the academy webpage:

The Community and Civic Engagement Initiative within Auburn University’s College of Liberal Arts announces the first Academy for Civic Professionalism (ACP) for faculty in the arts, social sciences and humanities who are interested in incorporating the tenents of civic professionalism into their courses, outreach scholarship and P & T documentation.

ACP will provide an intense three-day workshop for successful participants. The purpose of the Academy for Civic Professionalism is:
To promote and develop civic professionalism knowledge and initiatives among faculty and colleges in the nation
To encourage faculty to rethink their teaching strategies and goals as they develop courses with civic professionalism as a focus for students
To develop an emphasis on ethics and responsibility as it pertains to knowledge and application To foster collaborative teaching, research, and outreach efforts among faculty and across universities
To provide resources and support for engaged faculty

ACP will take place in Auburn, Alabama from May 14-16, 2013. The schedule for the Academy will include a rigorous and invigorating schedule of speakers, workshops, working sessions led by Engaged Scholars from Auburn University, and project site visits. Speakers include Rick Battistoni, Director of the Feinsten Institute for Public Service at Providence College, KerryAnn O’Meara, Associate Professor at the University of Maryland, Timothy Eatman, Co-director of Imagining America, and Julie Ellison, Professor at the University of Michigan and lead organizer of Citizen Alum.

Cost is $1,950 per person. This includes instructional materials, on-site faculty coaching, access to planning tools and resources, a half-day site visit, a pre-Academy reception on Monday, and breakfast and lunch each day.

The application deadline is March 8, 2013. ACP is limited to 25 participants so get your application for admission in early. Visit the website for the Academy for Civic Professionalism at to download your application and find out more information.

Feel free to contact Dr. Giovanna Summerfield, Associate Dean for Educational Affairs College of Liberal Arts, Auburn University,, 334-844-2890 with any questions or comments.

International Conference on College Teaching and Learning

The National Council of Instructional Administrators (NCIA) and the Mobile and Social Learning Conference will sponsor the 24th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning. The conference will be held on April 8th - 12th, 2013, at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

For more information about the conference, visit the conference website at

The deadline for proposal submission is February 22nd, 2013.
Conference organizers will provide a "Best Paper" award of $1000.
Proposals must be submitted online. For more information, visit the website.

For more information, contact Jeana Davis at

Interdisciplinary Conference for Teachers of Undergraduates
Gordon State College in Barnesville, GA, will be hosting the Eleventh Annual Interdisciplinary Conference for Teachers of Undergraduates on March 22nd-23rd, on the Gordon State College campus. The theme for this year's conference is "Teaching Matters: Making Connections."

The deadline for proposals is February 14, 2013.

"this year's conference focuses on theories and evidence-based practices that create learning spaces and foster collaboration among teachers, learners, ...communities. Presenters can focus on specific classroom practices, discipline approaches, theoretical perspectives  as well as research projects."

For more information, see the conference website at:
or contact
Dr. Elizabeth Watts Warren
Conference Coordinator
Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Gordon State College
Barnesville, GA 30204

Adjunct Professors Unite!

A new resource by the Chronicle provides adjunct professors not only resources for their thankless jobs but a community of fellow adjuncts who are working together to help each other. The website uses crowd-sourcing to provide information about salary ranges in the area as well advice from fellow adjunct professors. Faculty can submit their own salary information, blog, or simply connect with other adjunct faculty in their region.

To access the resource website, visit the following address:

Plagiarism and Fraud in Research Grant Funding

A new research report published in Nature identifies several suspicious grant applications among those submitted to major granting agencies like NSF and NIH. The researchers used a text similarity detection program to search over 600,000 grant applications. Their analysis identified 167 duplicate grant pairs. The researchers then inspected the published reports from those grants and found that some researchers failed to include all grant funding in their report. This duplication resulted in millions of dollars being wasted on duplicate funding.

The conclusion from the analysis is that some researcher submit grants to multiple agencies and occasionally receive funding from both, for the same project. The authors recommend using this text-matching software by granting agencies to detect suspicious applications. Their hope is to reduce waste in government funding and provide more researchers with legitimate funding.

To read more and engage in a discussion with others, see the Chronicle article on the report.
To read the original report, including tables of duplicate funding in different agencies, see the article published in Nature.

FLOWHE February Leadership Panel

The Florida Office of Women in Higher Education (FLOWHE) will be hosting a FLOWHE Leadership Panel on Monday, February 25th, 11:45 AM – 1:30 PM at UNF; Student Union West – Building 58, Room 3703A.  This should be an exciting session with UNF leaders, Shari Shuman, Pamela Chally, Karen Patterson, and Barbara Hetrick.

This is a Brown Bag Lunch event so bring your lunch and your questions for our panelists.

 Parking Information:
You must obtain a daily parking pass for $3/day or you will certainly get a parking ticket. With the parking pass, you may park in Garage 38 (2nd floor and above) conveniently located next to the UNF Student Union (Building 58 see map of campus).  However, parking is very limited by lunchtime.  Visitors may also purchase a Daily Parking Permit for $3 from a Parking Permit Dispenser located in Lots 18 and 53 and take the Osprey Connector shuttle to campus.  The Campus Route starts at UNF Hall/Lot 53, stops at three location in the campus core, then two stops at Lot 18 and back to the campus core for four stops before returning to UNF Hall/ Lot 53. For more information about shuttle schedules, visit

For more information on FLOWHE, please contact the FLOWHE Institutional representatives:
Florida State College at Jacksonville:  Karen Arlington, or 646-2257 or
University of North Florida:  Tina Holland, or 620-3823

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

2nd Annual Timucuan Science & History Symposium

Please see the information below from Dr. Suzanne Simon

Join us for the 2nd Annual Timucuan Science & History Symposium on Friday, January 25th at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island.

This year’s keynote speaker is 
University of North Florida 
President John Delaney.

For a list of all presenters and abstracts, visit:

Registration Fees

Students with valid ID: $10.00
Registration beginning January 2nd: $40.00
On-site registration after January 21st
payable by cash or check

Find out more at

Friday, January 11, 2013

Killing the Email Beast

The Tech Therapy guys from the Chronicle have posted a podcast about academics managing email inboxes. A professor of English describes an experience where he committed to bringing his email inbox down to zero. If you are making resolutions about your inbox in the new year, this podcast may provide some perspective.

Monday, January 7, 2013


Office of Faculty Enhancement (OFE) has MOVED!! The new location is in the Osprey Commons (Building 16, the updated dining facility behind Building 14, alongside Candy Cane Lake).
The location is not as far as you think (less than one Bob Marley song away -- I tried it!).
To find us, take the elevator to the 3rd floor, then go all the way down the hall to Room 3111.

We are excited about the new opportunities provided by these new facilities. Please stop by and say hello if you have a chance (you will need to excuse the boxes for now as we are still unpacking).