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Seeking Internship Sites for Graduate Higher Education Students

The Higher Education Program at UNC Charlotte will offer an academic credit-based internship for master’s students in Spring 2024. We are currently recruiting UNC Charlotte offices/departments that would be willing to host and supervise one (or more) interns. If your office is interested in being an internship site for Spring 2024, please complete this form by Friday, November 10.

2024-2025 FAFSA Update

The FAFSA is changing for the 2024-2025 aid year. As the Department of Education works to finalize the FAFSA Simplification Act, know that Charlotte is committed to communicating changes to the awarding process and anticipated impacts to our students and families as soon as details are confirmed. (Please link to: https://ninercentral.charlotte.edu/financial-aid-loans/2024-2025-fafsa-updates)

Course and Curriculum Deadlines for 2024-2025 Catalogs

October 31st is the submission deadline for 'Course' proposals & December 31st is the submission deadline for all other curriculum proposals.  Submit your proposals now in Curriculog to help ensure your proposals reach final approval in time for publication in the next Catalog. Only timely course and program proposals will be included.  For more information visit Course and Curriculum Deadlines and FAQs.  Please note that Curriculog training and open swim sessions are being held.  To learn more about Curriculog and to register for training, visit Curriculog Training.

UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens Fall Plant Sale

Fall is the best time to plant in our region, and it’s a great time to plan for spring blooms! You’ll find an outstanding selection of native and non-native hardy shrubs, trees, perennials, wildflowers, ferns and cool weather annuals. This is a great opportunity to ask lots of questions of our knowledgeable staff and volunteers. All proceeds support the operations of the gardens and greenhouse. 
Learn more at https://gardens.charlotte.edu/fall-plant-sale/  including directions and parking.
The sale is held in Lot 5.

  • 12 to 4 p.m.; Oct. 5: Gardens’ members and UNC Charlotte faculty, staff, and student preview day.
  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Oct. 6; Open to the public
  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Oct. 7; Open to the public

Part Time Job Fair

The University Career Center will host the Spring Part-Time Job Fair on Wednesday, October 4. 2023, 11:00 AM-2:00 PM. The event will be held at the Popp Martin Student Union, 3rd floor. Students can participate between classes. Business Casual is recommended (shirt, top, polo), but students can come in other appropriate attire including shorts, jeans, t-shirts, and sweatshirts.
The Part-time Job Fair is open to all majors and all class levels. Employers offer over 2,000+ job opportunities, with pay rates up to $25.00 per hour. All the employers are hiring and some may ask students to provide a resume. There are Part-Time, Seasonal/Temporary, Full-Time (non-degree) and some Internships.

CEI Announces Golden Hack: Impact Weekend

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation will be hosting Golden Hack: Impact Weekend October 20th- October 22nd, where students from all majors, backgrounds and levels of experience will come together for a common focus- to learn, brainstorm and share ideas and creations over a weekend. Students will collaborate in a low-stakes environment to design, develop and pitch ideas that solve real world problems. This is an opportunity for students to expand their skill set while challenging themselves in their areas of interest and networking with UNC Charlotte faculty and industry leaders.
Golden Hack will cover categories including: 1) Digital Transformation: AI, Virtual Reality and Health Informatics 2) Sustainability 3) Securing Cyberspace 4) Social Impact: Community Engagement.

CEI is looking for 1) faculty and staff mentors 2) partnerships with classrooms and 3)research related to the Hack Categories to help students work on real world solutions. Please contact Laura Smailes

OUR is listening!

The Office of Undergraduate Research 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.

Center for Teaching and Learning Workshops & Announcements

Part 1: Canvas Studio - Creating Video Assignments
Canvas Studio has replaced Kaltura Capture and My Media for instructional videos! This workshop will cover the basics of using Canvas Studio to create and share instructional media through your Canvas courses. Topics include: how to upload existing media, recording new media, captioning videos, editing media, embedding media on pages, understanding the video Library, and creating assignments that involve video submission and having students submit assignments involving videos.

  • Thursday, Oct 5, 2:00 pm - 3:00 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 an active learning framework that can be used to move toward active learning engagement and strategies in your classroom. This workshop counts towards the Essentials of Teaching and Learning Certificate.

  • Monday, Oct. 9, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm | (Register)

*NEW* Reducing Grading Time with Gradescope
Gradescope is a feedback and assessment tool that dramatically reduces the pain and time associated with grading exams, homework, and other assignments.  Increasing numbers of faculty at UNC Charlotte have been utilizing this tool for the last three years.  During this webinar, faculty members will discuss how they have implemented Gradescope in their courses.  They will provide examples of the types of assignments which they utilize and the advantages they have discovered while using Gradescope.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm | (Register)

  • Thursday, Oct. 12, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm | (Register)

Part 2: Canvas Studio for Video Quizzes
Canvas Studio's in-video quiz feature allows instructors to embed interactive quiz questions at specific points in videos. Students can respond to multiple-choice, true/false, or other types of prompts while watching the video. This feature enhances student engagement, reinforces key concepts, and provides a way for instructors to assess understanding. Customization includes time limits and multiple attempts. Learn how to use this tool with your videos to increase student engagement!

  • Monday, Oct. 16, 1:00 pm - 2:00 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 workshop counts towards the Essentials of Teaching and Learning Certificate.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 17, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm | (Register)

*NEW* Part 3: Canvas Studio Analytics
Canvas Studio Analytics can enhance your instructional practices utilizing the power of data to understand student engagement with video content. Learn how to track views, comments, and participation, and gain valuable insights to optimize your teaching strategies.

Thursday, Oct. 19, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm | (Register)

Office of Undergraduate Research Seeks Faculty Fellows

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.

J. Murrey Atkins Library News and Events

Podcasting Workshop
Podcasting is on the rise! In 2023, more than 460 million individuals listened to podcasts worldwide. With nearly 3 million podcasts available, audiences can listen to a wide-range of stories, perspectives and voices. Podcasting isn’t just for celebrity hosts or journalists; anyone can create, host and launch a podcast... but how?  Join us for this free workshop hosted by Joni Deutsch (award-winning podcast executive who's worked with shows from PBS, NPR stations, iHeart and other high-profile podcasts), who will share the fundamentals of podcasting, including easy tips on how to record, produce, market and grow an audience around your podcast. This workshop is designed for anyone interested in podcasting and sharing their ideas/stories through audio. No prior knowledge or experience is required.

  • Tuesday, October 3 - 5:30-7 pm - Area 49 Visualization Lab, Atkins 2nd Floor

Latinx Muralismo in Charlotte
Join the Department of Languages and Culture Studies and Area 49 in Atkins Library for an exciting day exploring the Latinx muralismo scene in Charlotte. The day will include a panel discussion with two local artists and an afternoon mini-mural workshop.
Panel Discussion
Being a Latinx Artist in Charlotte: A conversation with Nico Amortegui and Valentín Ramírez

  • 11:15 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.  -  Visualization Lab, Atkins Library second floor 

Muralismo Taller / Mural Workshop
NC-based, Colombian-born artist Nico Amortegui will guide participants through a hands-on, mini-mural workshop. Wear clothes to get messy! Nico is known for large-scale paintings and installations, which can be found locally throughout NC as well as internationally in places like Atlanta, DC, and Tel Aviv. His works are vibrant and expressive.

  • Wednesday, October 4 -   4 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.  -  Area 49, Atkins Library second floor 

 Please join for one or both parts. Space is limited for the workshop and registration is required.​

Antisemitism and the Origins of Critical Theory:  Horkheimer and Adorno’s "Philosophical Fragments"
Antisemitism is on the rise and critical theory is in the news. Can we learn something by going to the origins of critical theory, developed in Frankfurt, Germany exactly in response to the conditions that birthed Nazi Germany? Please join Dr. Martin Shuster, Professor of Philosophy and the Isaac Swift Distinguished Professor of Jewish Studies, for a talk and cocktail hour focused on the origins of critical theory in the work of the so-called Frankfurt School. The event also serves to mark the remarkable acquisition by Atkins library of a founding text of critical theory, Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno’s Philosophical Fragments (1944), a rare book of which only 300 copies exist, but which later was reworked to become their path breaking and hugely influential text, Dialectic of Enlightenment (1947).
Presentation of Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno’s Philosophical Fragments (1944) - 5 p.m. -  Special Collections, 10th floor.
Join Dr. Martin Shuster for a talk and cocktail hour - 6 p.m. -  Halton Reading Room, first floor.

  • Thursday, October 12 - J. Murrey Atkins Library

Where Do I Belong? Making Space for Your Story
Join Area 49 and the Dept of Language & Culture Studies for an afternoon of conversation, creation, and community building. Alum Raymone Byrd will present a talk, “Unafraid of Uncertainty” and light refreshments will be served. After the talk, join us in Area 49 to create your own story using our resources like the EZ Video Studio and the Makerspace. We’ll also have tables from campus partners so you can learn about resources and ways to connect and be supported at UNC Charlotte.
This event is part of the Area 49 Inclusive Programming Series and is sponsored by the Dept of Language & Culture Studies and Atkins Library

  • Monday, October 16 -  Visualization Lab & Area 49, Atkins Library second floor
    12:30-1:30 pm - Unafraid of Uncertainty: a Talk by Alum Raymone Byrd
    1:30-3:30 pm - Create your story in Area 49 (drop in or stay the whole time)
    1:30-3:30 pm - Visit with and learn about campus partners (drop in or stay the whole time)


Autumn's Echoes of Moonlit Poetry
Meet us at “midnight” (aka 3:00 p.m.) in the clover-covered woods for Autumn’s Echoes of Moonlight Poetry. Find your coven or troupe of woodland creatures as you read and enjoy dreamy, thought-provoking poetry and delicious treats. If you would like to read at this event, please share which poem you’d like to read by Friday, October 13. The forest floor will also be open for when the spirits inspire you to share your favorite poem or one of your own. Feel free to don your favorite costume or cloak as you enjoy a forest of dreamy rhymes and unsettling verse.  Drop by or stay for a while!

  • Wednesday, October 18 -  3-5 p.m - Halton Room at Atkins Library

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.