Weekly Digest

In This Issue

Graduate Admissions Funding Q&A Sessions for Faculty and Staff

Are you wondering about compensation packages, GASP, graduate assistantships or paying for fees? Join a Funding Q&A Session and let the Graduate Admissions funding and assistantships team answer all your questions. These sessions are held on the first and third Mondays of every month from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Upcoming Events.

Common Reading Author to Visit Campus

Scott Ellsworth, author of this year's Common Reading book The Ground Breaking, will speak on campus Thursday, October 13. The talk will take place in Student Union #340 at 7:00 p.m. and will be open to the UNC Charlotte community. The Common Reading Experience at UNC Charlotte provides a shared academic experience to assist first-year students in their transition to the university. In classes that have adopted The Ground Breaking: An American City and Its Search for Justice, students have the opportunity for self-reflection, critical thinking, student interaction, and understanding of diverse perspectives. For further information please contact Carla Eastis.

Classroom Presentations: International Student Panel Discussions Applications Open

Are you teaching course content that could be enhanced by hearing the perspectives of international students in your class? The Cultural Ambassador Program facilitates panel presentations by international students in classrooms and trainings. Faculty interested in having Cultural Ambassadors present in your class should complete the online Cultural Ambassador Program request form. The deadline to request fall presentations is September 5.

Center for Teaching and Learning Workshops

New Canvas Quizzing
This workshop will teach you the basics of creating quizzes in Canvas for assessments using the New Canvas Quizzing Tool. We will also show you how to migrate classic quizzes to new quizzes. We recommend it for anyone new to quizzing in Canvas or creating new quizzes from scratch.

  • Tuesday, August 30, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Register)

Canvas Assignments and Gradebook
Ensure your Canvas assignments and gradebook are organized so students can track their grade throughout the semester and learn tips and tricks to make grading easier. In this workshop, you'll learn how to use the Canvas Assignments page to set up your Gradebook to calculate course grades. You’ll also learn how to create and grade assignments, enter grades with SpeedGrader, and use rubrics for communicating expectations of quality.

  • Tuesday, August 30, 2:00 - 3:00 PM (Register)

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.

  • Wednesday, August 31, 1:00 - 2:00 PM (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.

  • Thursday, September 1, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Register)

Technology Development and Proof-of-Concept Fund

Research and Economic Development, through the Office of Research Commercialization and Development, is offering proof-of-concept grants for up to $10,000 to support product development and initial testing of new university-owned innovations and technologies with strong commercial potential. Through this program, the university hopes to fill a critical funding gap along the innovation continuum and reduce some of the barriers associated with licensing and commercialization by adding significant value to early-stage innovations. More information.

Center for Graduate Life and Learning Open House

The Center for Graduate Life and Learning (CGLL) will host an open house for graduate students, faculty and staff.  Come meet the CGLL team and enjoy refreshments. The CGLL is located in Atkins 149 next to the Career Center

  • Wednesday, September 7, 2:00 - 4:30 PM

  • Thursday, September 8, 8:30 - 11:00 AM

Charlotte Urban Institute: Virtual Discussion on Gentrification and Displacement

Join the Charlotte Urban Institute on September 22 at 12:00 p.m. for a virtual conversation about gentrification and displacement. We'll talk through what these terms mean, how we can be more precise with our language, and why it matters. The panel will include Ismaail Qaiyim, local lawyer and housing advocate; Dr. Kendra Jason, a Gambrell Faculty Fellow and UNC Charlotte associate professor of Sociology; and moderator Dr. Aaron Houck, Director of Regional Policy for the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute.

Be Part of Charlotte Teachers Institute’s Class of 2023 Seminar Leaders

Are you interested in sharing your research with a broader audience? Do you care about public education? Do you see PK-12 teachers as allies in your work? If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, then consider submitting a seminar proposal idea for the Charlotte Teachers Institute (CTI) lineup of 2023 seminars. CTI is an educational partnership among UNC Charlotte, Johnson C. Smith University, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) to strengthen teaching and learning through collaboration, creativity, leadership, and content knowledge. CMS teachers in grades PK-12 apply to participate in professor-led seminars based on research and teaching interests with the goal of creating original curricula for CMS students. To date, 800+ CTI Fellows have written more than 1,145 original curriculum units, all available on CTI's website. Check out CTI's website for more information, including the commitment to racial equity and testimonials from teachers, professors, and funders. Submit your ideas by September 12.

Hundreds of Graduate Students Connect at Orientation

As the fall semester begins, incoming graduate students engage in numerous orientation opportunities with the Graduate School and Center for Graduate Life & Learning. News Article.

J. Murrey Atkins Library News

Atkins Library’s supply of green express delivery bags is running low. If you have any of these green canvas bags in your office, please send them back as soon as possible via campus mail.

Faculty Council News

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

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