December 2012

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Incentive Announced for Faculty Work Climate Survey

We want to learn more about your experiences as a faculty member at UNT so that we can respond with relevant programming and support resources.  If you have already completed your work climate survey, thank you.  If you haven't, please take a few minutes to do so.  Look for your survey reminder from the Cornell Survey Research Institute.  As of December 4th, we have achieved a 46.44% response rate.  For departments achieving an 80% response rate by December 14, 2012 (11:59 p.m.), the names of all full-time faculty from the respective departments will be entered into a drawing to win $250 to apply toward faculty travel of other professional development.  Ten faculty members will be randomly selected from the representative departments. You can view your department's progress here.

SETESETE Goes Mobile- Increasing Your Response Rate has Never Been Easier

The Student Evaluation of Teaching (SETE) is open through Saturday, December 8th. We are pleased to announce that SmarterSurveys mobile version is now available for both faculty and students.  There is no action required to activate or access the mobile site. Simply log on to the portal using a mobile device and click on the SETE icon.  Consider having a colleague or graduate student attend your class to administer the survey by asking students to use their mobile device (e.g. tablet, iPad, smart phone).

Pre-Finals Week, Reading Day, Final Examinations, and Student Success

As per UNT Policy 15.2.16, pre-finals week refers to the seven calendar days preceding the final week of each fall and spring semester and is designated so that students can adequately prepare for their final exams.  During this week, student organizations do not meet and activities requiring student participation such as field trips, athletic events, or performances should not be scheduled unless approved in advance.  Please note that no classes are to be held on Reading Day, December 7th.  Final exams should be administered at the designated times according to the published schedule.  Any deviation from the schedule must be approved in advance by the appropriate academic dean.  If a student has three final exams scheduled on one day, they may appeal to their academic dean to reschedule on another day during the final examination period.

Brenda McCoyRegister Now for the Spring Teaching Excellence Seminar

Registration is now open for the spring Teaching Excellence Seminar (TES), which will be held on January 10, 2013 in the Gateway Center. This seminar introduces new TAs/TFs, adjuncts, lecturers, and the faculty at large to best practices in teaching and supportive resources.  Please click the following link to access the full agenda and online registration portal as advanced registration is required.
Brenda McCoy, College of Public Affairs and Community Service; featured 2012 TES Speaker. 

Gearing Up for the Spring 2013 Semester

It's a busy time of the year!  Most faculty members are grading final projects, meeting with students, and preparing for final exams.  However, the spring 2013 semester is just around the corner and many of you may be preparing your course syllabi.  For helpful tips on preparing your course syllabi, please refer to the Teaching Excellence Handbook and HB 2504.  Remember that all course syllabi must be uploaded to the Faculty Profile System by January 21, 2013.                                          

Important Dates-Spring 2013

January 14

First Day of Class

January 21

Upload all course syllabi to Faculty Profile System

March 11-17

Spring Break

May 3

Reading Day   

May 4-10

Final Exams

May 10

Doctoral and Master’s Commencement

May 11

Undergraduate Commencement

Please send your good ideas, comments and/or suggestions for the January Faculty Newsletter to  Don't forget to check out the new Faculty Success website to learn more about upcoming events, important deadlines, faculty spotlights, and professional development opportunities.