Back-to-School 2016

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Upcoming Events

 The Fall Teaching Excellence Seminar will be held in the Gateway Ballroom on August 25 from 7:30 am to 12 pm.  The seminar is intended to educate and inform new instructors on UNT policies and best practices in teaching and learning.  It is a key first step for all new TAs and TFs, and all other UNT instructors are encouraged to attend.  

UNT’s First Flight student orientation week culminates with New Student Convocation in the Coliseum at 4:15 on August 25.  This year we’ll be welcoming about 4,000 new students in a celebration lasting about 45 minutes. New Student Convocation marks an important milestone in the lives of our students, and it becomes all the more memorable when the faculty who will educate and mentor them are able to join.  Please consider joining us! Faculty members who are able to attend should enter through doors A or B and sit in section 104.  Faculty do not need to wear academic regalia to this event.  As a further encouragement to join us, two $500 travel grants will be awarded by raffle to faculty members who register for and attend this event, courtesy of the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs.  Click here to register.

Salute to Faculty Excellence Week will be September 19-23, with the awards dinner and celebration happening on September 22 at Apogee Stadium at 6:30.  Tickets for the dinner are $35 and you can click here to register.  For a complete listing of the week's activities, click here.

 This year’s International Education Week is November 14-18.    See for a complete listing of events.   Fulbright information sessions will begin in September, with the first one being September 16 from 2-3 pm in Marquis Hall, 107.    See for more information.


President and Mrs. Smatresk are pleased to invite newly hired faculty to a reception. Light refreshments will be served. Please come by and meet the Smatresks!

Date: Thursday, September 8, 2016, 6:00–8:00 pm.

Location: Union, President's Suite and Patio (3rd Floor).  

Please RSVP to 565-3624.


The Office for Faculty Success is thrilled to celebrate UNT's newly promoted and/or tenured faculty and librarians.  See the list of these 62 esteemed faculty members so that you can congratulate them as you see them around campus this fall. Also, please welcome our newest outstanding faculty members and librarians to UNT.  The list of 106 new UNT personnel can be found here.  We are so excited to have these wonderful individuals with us. 

Did you know that UNT has an extensive mentoring program for new full-time faculty?

Research has indicated that high-quality mentoring can help early career faculty be productive and achieve greater degrees of job and personal satisfaction. At UNT, each new faculty member is paired with a senior colleague from within his or her unit. In addition, each new faculty member is part of an inter-disciplinary team made up of 10 to 12 new faculty members from units across campus. Each of these teams has three senior faculty mentors. Cross-disciplinary teams are intended to foster an environment of collaboration, to help our newest colleagues gain a sense of the broader campus culture, and to provide a safe venue for the sharing of challenges and opportunities. If you would be interested in serving as a mentor, or if you would like to know more about mentoring programs at UNT, please contact the Office for Faculty Success.


UNT has five affinity groups that may interest you:

Black Faculty Network Contact:
Embracing Diversity: A Network for Foreign-Born Faculty Contact:
La Colectiva: Women of Color Faculty Mentoring Group Contact:
LGBT Faculty Mentoring Network Contact:
Women's Faculty Network Contact:

Organizational Details

 The administration dates for SPOT for the fall 2016 semester are set.  Faculty members can list the dates of November 21-December 6 in their syllabi.  The updated calendar of all SPOT survey administration date information is listed on the SPOT website.





UNT’s Faculty Information System is up and running. Faculty members are required to upload their undergraduate syllabi each semester. Faculty members should also make certain that their professional activity details are up-to-date on an ongoing basis. Editing one’s FIS profile can be accomplished by clicking on the appropriate link on Please note that one must first disable one’s pop-up blocker. The public-facing side of the system is at 


Back-to-school give-away: Click here to register for a gift bag of office supplies and goodies to help your fall run smoothly!  The giftbag will be awarded on September 5th so register now!

Important Dates 
Fall Teaching Excellence Seminar August 25, 7:30 am to 12 pm, Gateway Ballroom
Promotion and Tenure Workshop September 14, 4-5 pm, Union #385
President's State of the Union Address September 15, Murchison, 3:00-5:00
Salute to Faculty Excellence Week September 19-23
Salute to Faculty Excellence Awards Dinner September 22, Apogee Stadium, 6:30 pm
Lecturer Workshop September 28, Union 385, 3:00-4:00
International Education Week November 14-18
Fall SPOT Administration November 21-December 6