The University is proposing a new policy to institute performance bonuses for permanent EHRA employees (both faculty and non-faculty). Proposed University Policy: 102.16, Performance Bonuses for Permanent EHRA Employees is pending approval by the Board of Trustees at its April 27 meeting. Beginning today, April 3, supervisors of EHRA faculty and staff should prioritize completing evaluations for all faculty and staff members they plan to recommend for a performance bonus. Per Academic Affairs procedure, annual evaluation conferences for non-tenured, tenure-track faculty members shall be completed prior to Monday, May 1. More information is available on the Human Resources website and details regarding allowable spending parameters will be provided to colleges and units from the Office of Academic Affairs.
The Black maternal health crisis needs our attention. Today, Monday, April 3, an important film viewing (4:00-5:30 p.m.) and discussion (5:45-7:00 p.m.) event will be taking place in the Lucas Room in the Cone University Center to review the documentary "Aftershock." This interactive event is a collaboration with the Charlotte Maternal Child Health Workgroup and the Graduate Public Health Association, sponsored by the College of Health and Human Services Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access committee and the Department of Public Health Sciences. Students, faculty, professionals, and community members are invited to engage in this event. Registration.
Is it time to take the next step in your career? Learn more about pursuing a leadership position in higher education or educational research in the Department of Educational Leadership. We are hosting a Think About It Thursday graduate education information session where UNC Charlotte employees can learn more about certificate, master's, and doctoral opportunities. Questions: contact Cathy Howell.
Atkins Out Loud: Ravi Shankar and West meets East
Atkins Out Loud invites you to experience the "Haunting Hues of Sitar and Kathak." Ravi Shankar was India's best known Sitar virtuoso and Indian music composer and was single handedly responsible for the popularity of Indian music in the West. In this presentation, ethnomusicologist Anirban Bhattacharyya will talk about the intersections of Sitar through the influence of Ravi Shankar in music and dance. He will discuss cross-cultural interactions between Indian classical and Western music in the context of World Music history. The presentation will also feature performances of some of Ravi Shankar’s scores made for the Western audience on the Sitar by Chandrachur Bhattacharjee, a traveling guest artiste from India. It will also feature Ohio-based dancer Smt. Antara Datta sharing her choreography in Kathak dance to Shankar’s Tarana, rhythmic compositions.
Wednesday, April 5, 12:30 - 1:30 PM, Halton Reading Room
Faculty Professional Development Showcase
Atkins Library is co-sponsoring the Faculty Showcase 2023 with campus partners: Office of Assessment & Accreditation, Center for Teaching & Learning, and Communication across the Curriculum.
Thursday, April 6, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Halton Reading Room
Atkins Library Book Discussion/Workshop
The Atkins Book Club has selected Teaching for Justice and Belonging: A Journey for Educators & Parents as its spring book club selection. Authors Tehia Starker Glass, PH.D. and Lucretia Carter Berry, PH.D., will discuss their book and provide an interactive workshop on how to put these learning concepts into practice. Click here to access the ebook for this educational workshop.
Thursday, April 27, 4:00 - 5:30 PM, Halton Reading Room
Nexus: Networking Across Disciplines fosters the emergence of interdisciplinary research teams by providing faculty with structured opportunities to learn about one another’s research and brainstorm areas of mutual interest. Through a series of workshops several months apart, Nexus supports the initial stages of project development as faculty formulate shared research questions, consider analytical strategies, and identify potential funding sources. Nexus 2023 will target faculty in two research areas of focus and distinction: 1) Socioeconomic Mobility; and 2) Urban Health. Workshops will be held on May 18-19, 2023, and August 17, 2023, with working groups expected to brainstorm ideas over the summer. Applications are due by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, April 10 (information and application). Each faculty member in Nexus will receive a $1,000 stipend for participating fully in the workshops. Nexus is organized by the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Division of Research with support from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the Cato College of Education, and the College of Health and Human Services. Questions can be directed to Professor Beth Whitaker, Executive Director of the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies.
The BRIDGES Academic Leadership Program offers the opportunity to develop and strengthen leadership skills, knowledge, and networking in order to be successful change agents in communities. BRIDGES is an inclusive professional development program dedicated to supporting cisgender or transgender women and nonbinary colleagues in higher education who seek to gain or strengthen their academic leadership capabilities, and/or individuals who demonstrate a commitment to supporting women and gender issues and equity in the academy. Individuals of any gender identity who want to position themselves for advancement in the academy and/or who demonstrate a strong interest or commitment to supporting women and gender equity in the academy are encouraged to apply. Attend the virtual information session to learn about this unique leadership program and to hear from past BRIDGES participants. More information.
Tuesday, April 11, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM, via Zoom
The Office of International Programs (OIP) invites faculty and staff to the annual Country-Culture Workshop, this year focused on Nigeria, one of our growing international student populations. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from experts on Nigerian culture, history and the educational system to better support advising and instructional efforts. In addition, the workshop will include a panel discussion with Nigerian students who will address their adaptation to the U.S. educational system. A traditional Nigerian lunch will be provided. The deadline to RSVP is Tuesday, April 11. Please visit OIP’s website for more information.
Annual Faculty Showcase
Please join us for this year’s Faculty Professional Development Showcase and learn how fellow faculty made improvements in their teaching as a result of their participation in professional development activities around campus. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness and celebrate faculty best practices at UNC Charlotte. This Showcase is hosted by the Office for Assessment and Accreditation, Center for Teaching and Learning, Atkins Library, and Communication Across the Curriculum. A light lunch will be served.
Thursday, April 6, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Halton Reading Room, Atkins Library (Register by March 24)
Using Feedback to Improve Teaching and Learning
Providing students with clear feedback is integral to the teaching and learning process and can motivate and guide behavior change that translates into student success. Soliciting feedback from students allows faculty to make changes in their instructional strategies that also lead to student success. This workshop provides an overview of tools and strategies for giving and receiving feedback – both traditional and technology-based – that can be easily incorporated into any course. This workshop counts towards the Essentials of Teaching and Learning Certificate.
Monday - Friday, April 17 - 21, Asynchronous, Facilitated (Register)
Getting Started with Active Teaching and Learning
Active learning requires students to be engaged in their learning rather than being passive listeners. To enhance learning, students must speak, write, think deeply, and collaborate with others about the content and concepts presented in class. This workshop provides an introduction to active teaching and active learning strategies that can be used during class. This workshop counts towards the Essentials of Teaching and Learning Certificate.
Wednesday, April 19, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Register)
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 is an online, asynchronous training session over three days. There is no set meeting time. This workshop counts towards the Essentials of Teaching and Learning Certificate.
Monday - Wednesday, April 24 - 26, Asynchronous, Facilitated (Register)
Supporting Student Study Skills in the Age of A.I.
Join this session to learn how to better support students’ study skills in the age of A.I.. We will demonstrate how to prompt A.I. tools (like ChatGPT) to develop self-study guides, practice assessments, and serve as a personal learning assistant for students. By the end of the hour, you will have an action plan for how to communicate these strategies to students in your course(s).
Supporting Student Writing Projects in the Age of A.I.
Join this session to learn how to integrate AI tools effectively in writing projects throughout the semester. We will demonstrate how to chunk and scaffold project tasks for peer review and instructor support, as well as how to prompt A.I. tools (like ChatGPT) to enhance the writing process at each stage. By the end of the hour, you will have a planning tool and strategies for integrating AI into writing projects.
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