January 9

Categories: Weekly Digest Tags: 2023

January 9, 2023

Five Year Academic Calendar

UNC Charlotte’s updated five-year calendar is now available on the Registrar website. This update includes adjustments to spring break as well as inclusion of part-of-term dates.

Deadline Extended for Provost Award Nominations

The deadline has been extended for two 2023 Provost awards – the Bonnie E. Cone Early-Career Professorship in Teaching and the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising.* The deadline for submitting nominations for these awards is Friday, January 13. Details regarding nomination requirements can be found on each award’s webpage.

*Please note: The Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising are now accepted in alternating years. For 2022-2023, we are accepting nominations for the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising. In 2023-2024, we will accept nominations for the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Academic Policy Changes

The Faculty Council approved changes to the following UNC Charlotte Academic Policies at its December 1, 2022 meeting:

The updated policies with revision history are posted under Academic Policies and Procedures on the Office of the Provost website.

University Policies Related to Records Handling and Storage

University Policy: 402, Student Education Records (FERPA)
Federal law protects the confidentiality of records maintained by the University and relating directly to a student and also provides guidance for the proper handling of records by UNC Charlotte as a public institution. University Policy 402 defines what is considered a student education record and where such records may be located. Additionally, the policy addresses persons permitted access to such records and their responsibility for maintaining confidentiality in handling and accessing them. Please take an opportunity to review University Policy: 402, Student Education Records (FERPA).

University Policy 605.3: Retention, Disposition, and Security of University Records
Chapters 121 and 132 of the General Statutes of North Carolina govern the retention and disposition of University records, including student education records. The UNC System Office provides minimum retention standards for the handling of student records in the UNC Records Retention and Disposition Schedule. Please take time to ensure the proper storing, handling, retention, and disposition of student education records. Please discuss this policy and schedule with all employees approved for access to handle these records. For more information, see University Policy 605.3, Retention, Disposition, and Security of University Records.

Levine Program Seeks Representatives to Accompany Freshmen on NOLS Expedition

The Levine Scholars Program is seeking two members of the UNC Charlotte community to accompany the incoming first year class on a 23-day expedition with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). The campus representatives will travel with the students on the round-trip flight from Charlotte to the site of the expedition (Lander, Wyoming) and be a full participant on the backpacking expedition. The trip is scheduled for July 9-August 4, 2023 (dates include round-trip travel). Requirements for the liaisons include full-time employment at UNC Charlotte and working knowledge of academic programs across the University. They must possess a high level of familiarity with the student culture on campus, and both academic and extracurricular opportunities available to undergraduates. We are seeking a campus representative who is interested in establishing an ongoing mentoring relationship with students in the Levine Scholars Program. Individuals with backpacking experience and a high comfort level being in close interaction with students over a protracted period of time are best suited for this opportunity. The Levine Scholars Program will cover all programmatic costs required for participation in the expedition. To apply for the liaison position, please submit a letter of interest and resume by noon on Friday, January 27, to Diane Zablotsky.

Levine Scholars Program Faculty Fellow

The Levine Scholars Program (LSP) announces an opening for a Faculty Fellow for the 2023-2024 academic year. The primary purpose of this appointment is to further develop the civic engagement and research opportunities of Levine Scholars; assist in the development of the LSP summer study abroad program; and establish structures to assist Levine Scholars in applying for postgraduate awards, admission into graduate programs, and postgraduate employment.

The appointment is to begin July 1, 2023, and continue through May 31, 2024. Any tenured member of the faculty with the rank of associate professor or professor is eligible to apply. A letter of interest describing experience in civic engagement and leadership development, and a current curriculum vitae with references, should be addressed to Dr. Diane Zablotsky. The application deadline is January 23, 2023.

Goals and activities of the Faculty Fellow:

  • Act as a primary resource to students for their civic engagement projects at the individual and group level. Direct scholars in the development, review, approval and completion of their projects.
  • Assist scholars in developing and pursuing a research agenda, including providing assistance in developing and reviewing abstracts for submissions to research conferences.
  • Coordinate the Levine Scholars Program Research Mentoring Initiative.
  • Develop and/or deliver the LSP summer international study opportunities for scholars and other undergraduates.
  • Establish and implement structural supports to assist students in applying for post-graduate scholarships, graduate school admission, and professional employment.
  • Participate in existing Levine Scholars programming where appropriate.
  • Opportunity to accompany students on NOLS expedition in summer 2024.

Qualifications for appointment:

  • Tenured faculty member appointed to the rank of Associate Professor or Professor.
  • Experience with high-achieving undergraduate students.
  • Experience in civic engagement and experiential learning for undergraduate students.
  • Interest and experience in supporting undergraduate students in developing research agendas.
  • Demonstrated experience in student leadership development and/or mentoring undergraduate students.
  • Interest or experience in program development and inter-program coordination.
  • Interest or experience in program assessment.
  • Strong relationship building skills, with the ability to interact effectively with a broad range of stakeholders, from faculty to current scholars to community leaders.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • High energy level, engagement skills, and dedication to the continued success of the LSP.

Conditions of the appointment:

Appointees serve for an 11-month period, from July 1, 2023 through May 31, 2024 (with the possibility of being reappointed). Appointees holding nine-month appointments are paid their regular academic yearly salary augmented by summer stipend of two-ninths of their salary. Appointees holding 12-month appointments are paid their regular salary and receive their usual vacation leave. Office space is provided in Levine Hall. The LSP Faculty Fellow appointment is for 20-24 hours per week in the coming academic year and the Fellow is expected to provide sufficient additional professorial and service contributions to their home department and college to constitute at least half of their efforts for the University. Funds are provided from central resources to provide instructors for one course per semester that otherwise would have been taught by the Fellow, while other duties are covered from department and college sources.

Call for Faculty Projects to Paper Chase Program

Are you a faculty member looking to increase your research publication productivity? Do you have research data waiting to be published? Are you willing to mentor UNC Charlotte students on their research and writing skills? The Paper Chase program, sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research, is intended to train students and faculty on an effective method to disseminate research findings. Faculty project applications are due January 25. The on-campus Paper Chase Writing Event will be held on campus May 17-19, 2023. Faculty will receive a stipend for their participation. An information session for faculty will be held via Zoom (Meeting ID: 943 3341 3439, Passcode: 809083) on Friday, January 13 at 12:00 p.m. Contact: Alicia Dahl

Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) 2023

Please save the date for UNC Charlotte’s Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) 2023, which will be held in the Popp Martin Student Union on Tuesday, April 25. The URC 2023 registration form will open on Monday, January 23, and close at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 24. Students are required to submit an abstract of their research project as part of the registration. More details.

The Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) 2023 organizing committee is seeking faculty, staff, and doctoral students to serve as judges for the URC 2023. Those interested in this service opportunity should complete the URC 2023 Judges Recruitment Form by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 24, to indicate their availability to judge posters and/or oral presentations at the URC 2023.

Center for Teaching and Learning Workshops

Teaching with Poll Everywhere
This workshop will introduce faculty/staff to Poll Everywhere, and how to use the student response software in classroom and other learning spaces. During the workshop participants will explore how to get registered and create polling content within Poll Everywhere. We will guide you on downloading your class roster from Canvas into Poll Everywhere and how to export grades from the polling responses into Canvas.

Teaching with Poll Everywhere
This workshop will introduce faculty/staff to Poll Everywhere, and how to use the student response software in classroom and other learning spaces. During the workshop participants will explore how to get registered and create polling content within Poll Everywhere. We will guide you on downloading your class roster from Canvas into Poll Everywhere and how to export grades from the polling responses into Canvas.

  • Thursday, January 11, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (Register)

1:1 Faculty Consultations
The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) provides instructional consultation and advising to individual faculty, faculty groups, or departments to address emerging teaching and learning needs around the university. Possible topics for individual consultation include course design and alignment, instructional strategies, assessment and feedback, instructional technologies, or topics from our workshops. If you would like to request a consultation with a CTL team member, please email help@uncc.edu with details about your specific request.

Self-Paced Workshops
The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) offers several asynchronous, self-paced workshops that are available 24/7, on-demand. We have topics including: Starting with a Fresh Canvas, Canvas Assignments and Gradebook, Teaching with Zoom, Canvas Analytics Foundations, and more! Check out our self-paced workshops by visiting our registration site.

Faculty News Council

Please visit the Faculty Governance website for the latest news from the Faculty Council including:

Dissertation Defense

The dissertation defense is one of the ways a new scholar demonstrates readiness to join the academy and is an opportunity to share their research widely. View All Dissertation Defense Announcements.

Latest AA News

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