October 30

Categories: Weekly Digest Tags: 2023

The UNC System recently released a new UNC System Academic Program Approval Calendar. The Office of Academic Affairs has created a set of associated timelines to help departments and colleges plan for the development of new academic degree programs. The timelines as well as a set of Best Practices can be found on the Academic Program Planning and Authorization website.

Enhancing Cultural Awareness
This course is facilitated by the Office of International Programs. The training will present an overview of the common definition and assessment of culture at UNC Charlotte and explore cultural dimensions based on theory and research. Participants will receive resources for sample assignments and a mapping exercise to enhance student cultural awareness. This workshop counts towards the Essentials of Teaching and Learning Certificate and is offered in two formats: an asynchronous , facilitated three-day Canvas course or as a 1-hour synchronous virtual workshop.

  • Wednesday, November 1 – Friday, November 3 (Register)
  • Tuesday, November 7, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Register)

Part 1: Getting Started with ChatGPT
Join this workshop if you have never set-up an account or are a beginning user of ChatGPT. This hands-on workshop will cover an introduction to generative AI and ChatGPT. Participants will set-up a ChatGPT account, learn how Generative AI produces a response, practice prompting with ChatGPT, experiment with personalized learning techniques, and practice producing instructional materials that could be used in your courses.

  • Thursday, November 2, 3:00 – 4:00 PM (Register)

Robert Robinson, a human rights activist who connects local experiences to global concerns, will narrate his experiences for students during his residence in the College of Humanities & Earth and Social Sciences during the week of November 6. He is also offering a public lecture re: Enforcing Human Rights: From the Local to the Global. Read more.

  • Tuesday, November 7, 4:30 PM, Fretwell 113 (Register)

For millennia, female authors, printers, and songwriters have shared their beliefs and devotional practices within their domestic and religious networks. Even Protestant women have a long history of making significant religious contributions, according to Amanda C. Pipkin, Ph.D. To illustrate the power of these efforts, Pipkin recounts the story of six Dutch women who were vitally important to the development of the Reformed Church, a sixteenth- and seventeenth-century predecessor of other reformed faiths based on the teachings of Jean Calvin, such as Presbyterianism. Her book reveals that a substantial number of early modern women did, in fact, drive reform and revival movements thus providing an early foundation for women’s ministry in today’s reformed Churches. Read More.

  • Tuesday, November 7, 7:00 PM, Dubois Center at UNC Charlotte Center City (Register)
    *Reception at 6:00 PM.

NC Campus Engagement is offering the following opportunities to faculty at member campuses:

Moving Beyond the Policy: Practical Considerations for Reforming Promotion and Tenure
Dr. Emily Janke will host a webinar and share challenges, successes, and advice learned while integrating community engagement into the RPT processes at UNC Greensboro. Sponsored by LEAD CaliforniaCollaboratory, and NC Campus Engagement.

  • Wednesday, November 8, 1:00 – 2:30 PM (Register)

Deadline for PACE Conference Call for Proposals – November 17
NCCE is seeking presenters for the 26th annual Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement (PACE) Conference, the longest running conference in the nation focused on community-based teaching and scholarship. PACE is Wednesday, February 14, 2024 at Guilford College, Greensboro.

Deadline for 2024 Community Engagement Awards & Prizes – December 8 
Nominate a colleague or partner or apply for one of the awards below: 
Engaged Faculty Award
Civic Engagement Professional of the Year
Community Partner Award
UNCG/NCCE Engaged Scholarship Prize –$1500 faculty prize/$500 graduate student prize

Faculty are invited to attend a luncheon workshop to learn how to incorporate three simple techniques into any course to engage students to talk to one another. If you find it difficult to get students to participate in class discussions, Jake Fay from the Constructive Dialogue Institute will help you create a vibrant classroom environment. Anne Moore, dean of Atkins Library will moderate the discussion. The event is sponsored by the UNC Charlotte Free Expression and Constructive Dialogue Task Force. 

  • Thursday, November 9, 12:00 – 2:30 PM, Halton Reading Room, Atkins Library (Register)

Join the UNC Charlotte campus community for a conversation around upward mobility with Dr. Raj Chetty, William A. Ackman Professor of Economics at Harvard University and director of Opportunity Insights, Tuesday, November 14 at 3:00 p.m. in the Popp Martin Student Union. Professor Chetty will share his recent research examining how neighborhoods, higher education, social capital and other factors shape children’s chances of achieving the American dream. Join us for a discussion about how we can work together to create great possibilities for our community. Kelly Vosters, UNC Charlotte assistant professor of economics, will moderate the discussion. Register here.

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is under new management and looking to build upon previous success as we move into the future. We’re asking faculty and staff working with undergraduates to please complete a short feedback survey to help us refine programming and resource deployment to best support undergraduate research endeavors throughout the entire University.

Douglas L. Grimsley, professor emeritus in the Department of Psychological Science, passed away on October 24, 2023. Doug spent 37 years at UNC Charlotte (1970-2007) and was one of the first psychology faculty members to conduct psychophysiological research. He was the 1976 recipient of the NCNB Award for Teaching (now known as the Bank of America Award for Teaching Excellence). Obituary.

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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