September 5

Categories: Weekly Digest Tags: 2023

The Mind, Bodywork and Spirit: Bodyweight Bodywork session, with Phoenix Rising Fitness, will start with a meet and greet and thought/writing prompts followed by a bodywork session. The session is made possible through an interdepartmental partnership between the Women + Girls Research Alliance, the Center for Integrated Care, and the Department of Writing, Rhetoric and Digital studies. 

  • Thursday, September 7, 5:30 – 7:30 PM, Harris Alumni Center (Register)

urbanCORE, UNC Charlotte’s hub for engaged scholarship, is announcing a new initiative called the Community-Oriented Research and Engagement (CORE) Series for faculty. Over the academic year, we will offer workshops, panels, brown bags, and other events to support the multifaceted work of community engagement. Whether you are curious about how community engagement works or a veteran community-engaged scholar, we welcome you to attend. More information.

Information Session on Community-Engaged Funding Opportunities
Attend an information session about the grant-funded opportunities available to faculty through the Community Innovation Incubator. Attendees will learn details about the grant requirements, stipends, expected workload, and what past projects have looked like. Time allowing, attendees will also be able to consult one-on-one with an urbanCORE staff member. More information

  • Tuesday, September 12, 2:00 – 3:00 PM, Sycamore Hall and via Zoom

Fragmenting churches and ‘switching’ of religious alliances is a phenomenon that is not only timeless, but one that is increasing here in the US and in communities abroad. UNC Charlotte Associate Professor Eric Hoenes del Pinal illustrates the cultural factors that may contribute, by focusing on a Catholic parish in Cobán, Guatemala. A serious social rift emerged as some of its Q’eqchi’-Maya members began to identify with the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, and members of both the mainstream and charismatic congregations began to view each other as religiously distinct and problematic “others.” In Guarded by Two Jaguars, Eric Hoenes del Pinal tells the story of this dramatic split and in so doing addresses the role that language and gesture have played in the construction of religious identity. Although members of these two congregations are otherwise socially similar, their distinct interpretations of how to be a “good Catholic” led them to adopt significantly different norms of verbal and nonverbal communication. These differences became the idiom through which the two groups contested the meaning of being Catholic and Indigenous in contemporary Guatemala, addressing larger questions about social and religious change.

  • Tuesday, September 12, 7:00 PM (6:00 PM reception), The Dubois Center at UNC Charlotte Center City (Register)

Join the Office of Undergraduate Education and the Office of Assessment and Accreditation over Zoom to learn about changes to assessment in general education courses. We will briefly review the new process for assessment but most of the time will be dedicated to your questions. 

  • Wednesday, September 13, 1:15 – 2:15 PM, via Zoom (Register)
  • Thursday, September 14, 10:00 – 11:00 AM, via Zoom (Register)

As we seek to support our changing student body, developing a suite of high impact, low lift pedagogical practices plays a key role in all modalities of teaching and learning. This webinar will discuss the evidence-based findings and specific proactive and responsive interventions produced by the Student Experience Project, a three-year study conducted at six access-oriented universities across the country. Participants will gain familiarity with the seven key learning conditions, including self-efficacy and growth mindset, and will learn how to access open resources tools to foster these conditions in the F2F, blended, and online settings. Facilitated by Dr. Sandra Watts, Teaching Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies Affiliate Faculty, UNC Charlotte.

  • Friday, September 15, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, via Zoom (Register)

The SoTL RFP is open and requesting proposals for SoTL research that is explicitly tied to the teaching and learning goals of our Strategic Plan. Proposals are due by 11:59 pm on Sunday, October 1.

The Women + Girls Research Alliance (W+GRA) will be hosting the 2023 Leadership Cafe on October 16, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 pm, at the Student Union. Register to attend.

Are you interested in becoming a table conversation leader and leading discussions and sharing collective discoveries on the mental health and economic mobility of women and girls in the Charlotte metropolitan region? Volunteer with Dr. Michelle Meggs, executive director of the Women + Girls Research Alliance, and Rhonda Caldwell, president of the Women’s Intercultural Exchange, at the Leadership Café. Deadline to register is Monday, October 2, 2023. More information.

The Graduate and Postdoctoral Writing Center seeks a faculty fellow to provide grant-writing training to Charlotte postdoctoral scholars and graduate students in doctoral and research master’s degree programs. The initial appointment would be for 18 months, with annual renewal options. The desired start date for the position is January 2024. Application review will begin on Monday, October 2. Interested faculty are encouraged to send a resume and letter of interest outlining why they believe they will be successful in this position to Interim Dean Pinku Mukherjee.

The Graduate and Postdoctoral Writing Center is a new initiative created through a collaboration among the Graduate School, Division of Research, and the Writing Resources Center. Launching in Fall 2023, the center’s team will include the Graduate School’s Associate Teaching Professor of Writing, the Director of Charlotte’s Writing Resources Center, a faculty fellow, two doctoral writing fellows, and part-time administrative support.

Join 400+ UNC Charlotte faculty and students that have completed the Charlotte Launch National Science Foundation I-Corps program – apply to participate in the Fall 2023 Charlotte Launch NSF I-Corps Cohort. The program provides UNC Charlotte faculty, staff and students with commercialization training and new NSF funding. The goal of the program is to identify potential commercial uses for technology and research. The next stage is a six month $50,000 NSF I-Corps Teams grant. Applications are currently open and are reviewed as they are submitted. Applications close September 15; the cohort launches October 4. Contact Devin Collins or Laura Smailes for more information.

The Engaged Scholarship & Student Impact Symposium is designed to bring the Charlotte community together by creatively intertwining research and evaluation alongside innovations in pedagogy, partnerships and projects that inform student impact. 

  • Tuesday-Wednesday, November 7-8, Popp Martin Student Union (Register)

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

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.

For up-to-the-minute news from Academic Affairs (faculty awards, research, recognition, initiatives), visit the Academic Affairs Division News webpage.

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