January 2014

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Greetings Faculty,

I hope that your 2014 is off to a great start.  And speaking of great starts--- let's talk about classes that begin on Monday. The first day of class, as you know, is one of the most critical in terms of setting the tone for the semester, outlining course expectations, and creating curiosity among students.  One way to get students on the right path is to reinforce the Succeed at UNT Campaign in your course introduction and teaching pedagogy.  For additional ways to promote student success on the first day of class and throughout the semester, please check out CLEAR's First Day of Class website or Succeed at UNT faculty tips.

Syllabus Checklist   

red check markThe administration of the SETE will be open between April 14 - May 4 for Spring 2014. 

red check markAs per HB 2504, all undergraduate course syllabi must be uploaded to the Faculty Profile System by January 20, 2014.

Faculty Award Nominations Due February 3rd

UNT Foundation StatueThe deadline for faculty awards is knocking at our door---nominations are due February 3, 2014.  Specific requirements and nomination procedures can be found on the links below.  If you have any questions, please contact Faculty of Success. Bring the UNT Eminent Faculty bronze eagle to your department in 2014!

  • UNT Foundation Eminent Faculty Award
  • UNT Foundation Faculty Leadership Award
  • UNT Foundation Community Engagement Award
  • Ulys and Vera Knight Faculty Mentor Award
  • University Distinguished Research Professorship
  • University Distinguished Teaching Professorship

Big Money for Creative Students

Innovation Greenhouse AwardOur classrooms are filled with talented and creative students.  Consider nominating students who show extraordinary creativity for the new Sherman/Barsanti Inspiration Award, made possible by a gift from donors Bob and Bette Sherman. Along with the recognition at the annual Alumni Awards Dinner, comes big money-- first prize- $10,000; second prize- $3,000 and third prize-$1,000.  For nomination procedures, visit the Innovation Greenhouse website.  Nominations must be received by 5 p.m., February 1, 2014.  

Promotion & Tenure Workshop

Warren Burggren, Vice ProvostAll probationary, tenure-track faculty and associate professors seeking promotion are encouraged to attend a workshop with Provost Warren Burggren. Unit administrators and support staff who assist in the process also are strongly encouraged to attend. This semester’s promotion and tenure workshop is scheduled for February 11, 2014, (3:30-4:30 p.m., Chestnut 120 A & B).


Need to Plug in? Did you know

Did you know that the Division of Equity & Diversity supports several Special Interest Group Networks (SIGNs) to help members of the UNT community- students, faculty, staff, and alumni- have a voice on matters of diversity and inclusion. Are you looking for a place to ‘plug in’?  Consider joining a SIGN such as GLBTA, UNeTE, Disability Taskforce or form your own. To learn more about SIGNs, contact Damian Torres at 940-565-3299. 

Upcoming SIGN Event:

Event:First Things First:  Success, Tenure and Promotion” featuring Walter Bradley, February 7, 2014, (9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m., Sage Hall 116). Bradley, Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Baylor University, will highlight Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to faculty members in the academy.  The workshop is sponsored by a SIGN group of UNT's Multicultural Center.

Academic Leader’s Corner

Building, strengthening, and sustaining UNT's administrative leadership is an important part of the work that we do in the Provost Office.  Upcoming events are listed below:

  • Academic Leadership Workshop, "Future of Online Scholarly Publishing," February 5, Gateway Center 43/47, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Chairs Council, February 10, Hurley Administration Builiding Room 204, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Academic Leadership Workshop, March 26, Gateway Center 43/47, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Please send your good ideas, comments, and/or suggestions for the February Faculty Newsletter to faculty.success@unt.edu.