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Faculty Town Hall with Provost Bertone

Please join the UNC Charlotte AAUP chapter for a Faculty Town Hall with Provost Bertone. Led by faculty working to improve our university, the UNC Charlotte chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) focus areas include: academic freedom and shared governance; economic security of all faculty, graduate students, and post‐doctoral fellows; ensuring higher education's contribution to the common good.

  • Tuesday, February 21, 4:00 PM, Fretwell 206 or Zoom (Register)

J. Murrey Atkins Library News and Events

The Black Read
Join Atkins Library to read and discuss passages from Black Literature, speeches, and correspondence. Bring what you would like to read or reach out to
Adreonna Bennet or Randi Beem to request library materials for the event. Find potential reading options in our Black History Month: Literature and Resources guide. Readings will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Dr. Janaka Lewis. Refreshments and prizes for participants will be provided.

  • Wednesday, February 22, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Halton Reading Room

Fostering Constructive Disagreement in Student Discourse
Kevin Marinelli, teaching associate professor and executive director for the Program for Public Discourse at  UNC Chapel Hill, will share practical insights gleaned from his experience teaching rhetoric and directing the Program for Public Discourse. He will focus on constructive dialogue in the classroom and across campus, including approaches to public dialogue and deliberation, classroom exercises and student development. Participants will leave with a toolkit of rhetorical activities, best practices and theoretical perspectives.
More information

  • Thursday, February 23, 7:000 PM, via Zoom

Download the Library Mobile App to put Atkins at your fingertips
Atkins Library partnered with Ex Libris to bring the Library Mobile App to Niner Nation! This innovative, free application puts Atkins' website in the palm of your hand. Log into Library Mobile with your NinerNet credentials for quick access to your library account information, the library’s catalog, to discover library events, and much more.
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Women’s History Month Tribute Submissions

The UNC Charlotte Women + Girls Research Alliance is accepting tribute submissions for Women’s History Month. Submissions are open to students, staff & alumni as well as any Charlotte community members. We are looking for tributes to any women in your life, on campus, in our community or any other influential women you would like to acknowledge. Submissions are due by 11:59 p.m. on February 22. More information.

Last Week for URC 2023 Registration

Remember to please have your students register for UNC Charlotte's Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) 2023, which will be held in the Popp Martin Student Union on Tuesday, April 25. The URC 2023 registration will close at 5:00 p.m. this Friday, February 24. Students are required to submit an abstract of their research project as part of the registration. More details.

The URC 2023 organizing committee is also seeking faculty, staff, and doctoral students to serve as judges for the conference. Those interested in this service opportunity should complete the URC 2023 Judges Recruitment Form by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 24. Thank you for your commitment to undergraduate research at UNC Charlotte!

Provide Positive Feedback to Students via New Feature in CONNECT

We are rolling out a new feature in CONNECT this week that allows instructors to provide kudos/positive feedback to students. Instructors in 1000/2000 courses will receive a progress report similar to Early Alert reporting. Participation is optional. The report will close out on Monday, February 27. For questions, please contact LeeFredrick Bowen, Director for Academic Advising Systems.

2023 Yield Summit

Enrollment Management is hosting the 2023 Yield Summit on Tuesday, February 28 from 10-11:30 a.m. Learn more about how you can support enrollment efforts for Fall 2023. Registration is required.

Nexus: Networking Across Disciplines 2023

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 17-18 and August 17, 2023, with working groups expected to brainstorm ideas over the summer. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 31. Each faculty member in Nexus will receive a $1,000 stipend for participating fully in the workshops. For more information, please join us on Monday, March 13, from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in the Lambla Gallery of the Storrs Building (RSVP). We will celebrate successes of interdisciplinary working groups that formed through Nexus 2022 and discuss target research areas for Nexus 2023. 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.

Join the Honors Faculty

The Honors College is now accepting applications to the Honors Faculty! Now through March 15, nominate your faculty to be part of the Honors Faculty (faculty may also self-nominate). Visit the Honors College website for more information and to access the application.

Applications Open for Next Gambrell Faculty Fellows Cohort

The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute is seeking the fifth cohort of faculty fellows to research issues related to economic mobility in the Charlotte region, with support from The Gambrell Foundation. This year, the Gambrell Faculty Fellows program will fund up to six projects with grants up to $18,000 each. The fellows will join a growing group of researchers contributing to our community’s ongoing search for solutions that could foster greater equity. Previous cohorts of Gambrell Faculty Fellows include faculty from seven colleges and 15 different academic disciplines. More information.

Global Gateways Program Application Now Open

The Office of International Programs is excited to announce that applications for Global Gateways are now open to all Charlotte students interested in "global living on campus." Global Gateways is an on campus residential program where students from diverse backgrounds live together to learn and appreciate differences and other cultures. Global Gateways was established in the fall of 2013 as a residential community where students work on understanding themselves as cultural beings, strengthen their intercultural competence, and practice interaction within an intercultural environment. Additionally, students gain skills in event planning and time management in the program. Please share this opportunity with students who may have an interest in global learning or study abroad, for instance. For more information, visit our website or contact globalgateways@uncc.edu.

Marian Beane Crossing Borders Writing Contest

The Office of International Programs invites UNC Charlotte students who are interested in sharing their international experiences to enter the Marian Beane Crossing Borders writing contest. The contest was developed in 2004 by Marian Beane, the former Director of the International Students and Scholars Office within the Office of International Programs. Beane continues this tradition in hopes that this contest serves as a constructive way for students to reflect on the value of international living and its impact on personal growth. Please share this opportunity with students who may be interested in telling their story. Winners may receive up to $400. For more information, visit our website or contact globaleducation@uncc.edu.

Nominations for Faculty and Student International Education Awards Now Open

The Office of International Programs is pleased to accept nominations (including self-nominations) for the 2023 Faculty International Education Award and the 2023 Student International Education Award. The Faculty International Education Award recognizes a faculty member for outstanding contributions to the enhancement of the international education experience at UNC Charlotte. Areas of excellence may include: teaching, research, curriculum development, program development, grant writing, university service, and/or community service.

The Student International Education Award recognizes outstanding contributions and involvement in international programs and studies at UNC Charlotte. For nomination and application information as well as eligibility criteria, visit the International Education Awards website. Nomination deadline: March 10; application deadline: March 24.

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.