September 11

Categories: Weekly Digest Tags: 2023

Early Alerts are due for all 1000/2000 level courses by 12:00 p.m.on Friday, September 15. Are you new to Charlotte? Request access to our Advisor Toolkit page. CONNECT Best Practices training modules are located on Canvas under published courses. Advisors and faculty can request a one-on-one or team follow-up training session centered around your departmental initiatives. For more information contact Gary Martinez, Advising Systems Specialist, or LeeFredrick Bowen, Executive Director of Advising Systems.

The new Charlotte Core General Education Curriculum eliminates the written and oral communication course requirement for new students admitted this semester (Fall 2023). This requirement also will not be reinforced for students admitted prior to Fall 2023 who are under the 2017 general education program. DegreeWorks has been updated to reflect this change. The writing and oral communication course requirement should no longer appear in the General Education block in DegreeWorks for any student.

The Charlotte Core has transitioned from the private Google site to a public site. The website contains important information about the core competencies, the new general education curriculum, and faculty and staff support.

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) seeks faculty fellows to provide leadership to programs supporting faculty and student engagement in research projects and dissemination. The goal of the Office for Undergraduate Research is to continue to expand the opportunities for undergraduates to engage in authentic research, mentored scholarship, and creative performance at UNC Charlotte. OUR provides opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to engage with the undergraduate research enterprise through curricular innovation, co-curricular mentored research experiences, and dissemination of novel research knowledge to diverse audiences through professional and public conferences.

Faculty Learning Community Fellows
OUR seeks to identify two faculty fellowships for curricular innovation. The responsibilities of these fellows are to organize and lead a faculty learning community on embedding undergraduate research into the curriculum. The fellows, with the assistance of the Director of OUR, will curate a reading list of general and disciplinary resources to provide relevant examples for curricular integration of scaffolded undergraduate research experiences, transferable skill development through Undergraduate Research, Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CURE), and best practices for teaching research skills and processes through the curriculum. The fellows will recruit willing faculty across diverse colleges and departments, organize and lead a series of discussions, journal clubs, books groups, or other relevant sessions to examine, evaluate, and innovate curricular adaptations that are culturally appropriate for UNC Charlotte from these discussions. The fellows will come from different disciplines in the natural and social sciences or humanities and arts. Goals for this fellowship include engage current faculty members in curricular discussions; encourage current faculty to innovate in courses with Undergraduate Research; develop ideas adaptable to disciplinary curricula for Undergraduate Research embedding; build cohort confidence in exploring curricular UR integration among members; identify additional professional development opportunities for embedding UR into curricula for faculty and teaching staff; and report outcomes to the Director of OUR annually. 

The fellows must be tenured or tenure-track faculty members and be an experienced undergraduate research mentor. Fellows will meet regularly with the Director of OUR to provide leadership for OUR and to communicate progress towards deliverable tasks. The duration of the fellowship is for two years with the potential for renewal for a third year based on outcomes. Compensation is $5000 for the year. 

Undergraduate Research Journal Fellow
OUR seeks to identify a faculty fellowship for dissemination of undergraduate research. The responsibilities of this fellow are to explore, examine, consider different models for undergraduate research journals at UNC Charlotte. The fellow will not only evaluate existing models, but they will seek campus partners, as appropriate, and recommend a sustainable, culturally appropriate model for an undergraduate research journal at UNC Charlotte. Goals for this fellowship include: compile a list of models for UR Journals; engage students and mentors at Charlotte by convening focus groups or soliciting campus input as appropriate; evaluate existing models and recommend a sustainable model for a Undergraduate Research Journal at UNC Charlotte; identify a path forward for publication of issue 3 within one year; advance the implementation of the new model, as appropriate, by seeking campus partners and collaborators; and report outcomes to the Director of OUR annually

Faculty fellows will meet regularly with the Director of OUR to provide leadership for OUR and to communicate progress towards deliverable tasks. The duration of the fellowship is one year with the potential for renewal for a second year to launch the Journal model. Compensation is $5000 for the year.

A reminder of University Policies 402 and 605.3 regarding the retention of records:

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 specifies when and how such records may be disclosed. 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, disposition, and security 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.

The Women + Girls Research Alliance, a unit of urbanCORE, UNC Charlotte’s hub for engaged scholarship, is excited to announce a call for proposals for projects that emphasize community partnerships and community-engaged research activities, that addresses the critical areas of mental health and wellness, economic security/mobility, and equity in the Charlotte metropolitan area. UNC Charlotte faculty are invited to submit proposals from September 11-October 23 that contribute to a deeper understanding of these vital issues and promote positive change within communities. More information.

Beginning Friday, September 15, the ADVANCE Faculty Affairs and Diversity Office will host a Writing Community for new faculty, where new faculty can come to “SHUT UP and WRITE” in a supportive environment – coffee/tea and snacks will be provided. All new faculty are invited to participate in the Writing Community. Faculty are not required to have participated in the Writing Workshop that was facilitated by Dr. Katie Garahan, Director of the Writing Resources Center, in order to participate in the Writing Community. The first Writing Community session is scheduled for Friday, September 15, 9:00-11:00 a.m., in Colvard South 3042 (ADVANCE FADO Conference Room). In an effort to have new faculty be involved in the design of the writing initiative going forward, we ask that you indicate your interest in attending the Writing Community sessions and provide input about how you would like the initiative to be structured going forward.

Each year, UNC Charlotte joins organizations across the nation by recognizing Constitution Day & Citizenship Day with a special presentation for students and community members. The federal holiday was formally established in 2005, to recognize the signing of the US Constitution on September 17, 1787, in Philadelphia, PA. It is an extension of the original holiday, Citizenship Day, which was signed by President Harry S. Truman in 1952 and other state-level observances before that. UNC Charlotte’s presentation this year will feature Tina Shull, Ph.D., who will discuss climate change and constitutional rights, and Kent. L. Brintnall, Ph.D., who will discuss free speech and religious liberty. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

  • Monday, September 18, 11:15 AM – 12:30 PM, Lucas Room, Cone University Center (Register)

The Graduate School staff and guests invite Graduate Program Directors and graduate education champions to learn more about new initiatives and opportunities for graduate programs during the Fall Graduate Education Summit.

  • Friday, September 22, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Halton Reading Room, J. Murrey Atkins Library (Register)

The SoTL Grants Program 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 p.m. on October 1.

The Office of International Programs invites you to attend an International Speaker Series* event featuring Daniel Runde, Senior Vice President at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a leading global think tank. Runde is the author of “The American Imperative: Reclaiming Global Leadership through Soft Power,” published in February 2023. The event is free and open to the campus community. For more information and to pre-register, please visit the OIP website.

  • Wednesday, October 11, 3:00 – 4:30 PM, Cone Center 112

*The International Speaker Series is a long-standing initiative that offers the campus community an opportunity to hear from internationally renowned experts in various fields. The topics that speakers address range from economics to globalization and foreign policy.

faculty and staff to submit globally focused events that will occur during International Education Week (IEW) for inclusion in OIP’s online calendar and printed publications. Additionally, faculty and staff are encouraged to apply for up to $250 in supplemental funds per event to defray costs associated with the programming. Event submissions are now open and will close on Friday, October 13. OIP will only consider on campus events for event publication and funding.This year, International Education Week will be celebrated from November 13 to November 17. For more information and to submit your event, please visit the OIP website.

International Education Week is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of State. The purpose of the week is to celebrate the incredible opportunities afforded to us with international education. In doing so, we observe our human diversity, intercultural connections, and cultural understanding. During International Education Week, participants can expect globally-focused dialogue, lectures from experts in the field, performances from diverse cultures, films from around the world, etc.. UNC Charlotte plays a special role in shaping awareness as we proudly serve a diverse student, faculty and staff population.

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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