September 2014

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MONDAY - Salute to TEACHING Excellence

Salute to Faculty Excellence week kicks off on September 22  in the Gateway Ballroom with a fun-filled, fast-paced morning.  UNT's Distinguished Teaching Professors will ignite discussion in a Pecha Kucha, (meaning “chit chat” in Japanese.)  Each professor will answer the provocative questions:  "When did the light go on and what did you see?" using only 20 slides in six minutes and 40 seconds.  You may want to try a Pecha Kucha in your class this semester so come and check it out.   Registration is required and seating is limited so reserve your seat now. Breakfast will be served at 7:45 a.m. and presentations will be given from 8:15-9:45 a.m.  Sponsored by the Center for Learning Enhancement, Assessment, and Redesign.

SFETUESDAY - Salute to NEW Faculty

FacultyCONNECT is designed for first, second and third year faculty to explore collaborations, strengthen university relationships, and learn more about support services available at UNT.  At this meet and greet luncheon scheduled for September 23, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. (Gateway 43/47).  New faculty will have the opportunity to learn about UNT's Mutual Mentoring Program and strategies for being a good mentee. Welcome new faculty.  Please register today!


The Office for Faculty Success, in collaboration with the Office of Research & Economic Development, is pleased to announce the Distinguished Research Lecture on September 24, 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Gateway 43/47).  The featured lecturer is Dr. Richard Rogers, Regents Professor of Psychology  and recipient of the 2014 UNT Foundation Eminent Faculty Award.  Rogers is hailed as the ‘international authority’ in the field of forensic psychology. His lecture will highlight his cutting edge research on Miranda warnings, challenge the audience’s own understanding of their Miranda rights, and perhaps bust a few audience misconceptions.


The 2014-15 Leadership Fellows will kick-off their year long program on September 25, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., (Gateway Boardroom).  The UNT Leadership Fellows program, founded in 2008, has supported over 40 faculty members who have shown interest and demonstrate potential in academic administration.  Congratulations to our 2014-15 fellows: Stephen F. Austin, Vocal Studies; Sian Brannon, UNT Libraries; Nandika D'Souza, Mechanical and Energy Engineering/Materials Science Engineering; Michael Grieg, Political Science; Jiyoung Kim, Merchandising & Digital Retailing; David Molina, Economics; Brian Richardson, Communication Studies.

SFEFRIDAY - Salute to FACULTY Excellence

Join the UNT Foundation, President Smatresk, and Provost Burggren for the Salute to Faculty Excellence Awards Dinner and Ceremony slated for September 26, 6:30 p.m. (Apogee Stadium).  At this Green Tie Affair, we will honor UNT Award winners and celebrate over 70 UNT faculty members who  began the 2014 academic year with a promotion in rank, newly granted tenure, or both.  Reservations can be made online and must be completed by September 16.


Teaching Corner


Are you new to UNT? Do you want to learn how technology can improve your teaching?  Join the CLEAR tribe on September 16 for the Technology Speed Dating: Meet Attractive and Suitable Teaching Technologies workshop scheduled in the Willis Library Forum from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  This fast-paced session will allow faculty to spend nine minutes with a technology expert as they decide which teaching technologies will help them 'teach happily ever after.'  Registration is required as space is limited.  Refreshments will be served.  

QEP Forums Slated for September

In the fall of 2013, the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Leadership Team asked the UNT community for suggestions about how we can improve instruction and you responded with over 300 great ideas.  These innovative ideas have  been culled down from 300 to four and now it is time for some difficult decision making.  Will our QEP focus be... Global Engagement?  Career Pathways?  Community Engagement?  or Undergraduate Research?  Please attend one of the open forums this month to learn more and share your thoughts.

Important Dates

September 16

Promotion and Tenure Workshop

September 30

Faculty Development Leave Application Deadline

November 19

Promotion and Tenure Workshop







Mentor MinuteThe number of foreign-born faculty in U.S. institutions of higher education has been steadily increasing for several decades.  Many foreign-born faculty complete their advanced degrees in the US and are subsequently recruited by universities across the nation for their expertise and skills.  Do you identify yourself as a foreign-born faculty member?  Would you like to join an interdisciplinary mentoring group to help you navigate your academic career?  Meetings will begin in October and will be held on the second Friday of each month.  Contact  to join this dynamic mentor network.   

Women's Faculty Network Launches Fall Program   

 The Women's Faculty Network (WFN) will host its first meeting on October 17, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., (Gateway Center Ballroom).  The session will include a panel discussion from members of the Opportunity Analysis Committee who will discuss highlights from the in-depth review of UNT's distribution of resources.  Members will also share "Stories from the Road," network with colleagues across campus, and identify new faculty members to mentor.  Register today!  WFN Leadership Team members are:  Kimi King (Political Science), Sheri Broyles (Journalism), Tracy Everbach (Journalism), Terri Sundberg (Instrumental Studies), and Carol Revelle (Teacher Education & Administration).

Lecturers on the Move 

Did you knowDid you know that there are over 250 full-time lecturers at UNT who are impacting student lives, contributing to their discipline and making a difference in their communities? We are pleased to feature Lesli Robertson, senior lecturer in the Studio Arts department, in this edition of the Faculty Newsletter for her creativity and collaborative efforts with artists throughout the world.  Her exhibition, the Mother Load Project, will make its debut on September 19 in Dallas.  Thanks to faculty like Lesli who are excelling in the classroom and beyond.

Academic Leaders Corner

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

  • UNT Chair Academy, September 10, BLB 060, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Topics - UNT Foreign Language Requirement; Data Spot; and Future of SETE (chairs only)
  • Leadership Fellows, October 14, Hurley Administration Board Room, 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Speaker - Walt Gmelch, "Chairing an Academic Department" (leadership fellows only)
  • Academic Leadership Workshop, October 15, Gateway Center 43/47, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Speaker - Walt Gmelch, "Mending Cracks in the Academic Wall" (vice provosts, deans, associate deans, chairs only)
  • UNT Chair Academy, November 20, Location & Topic TBD, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (chairs only)

Please send your good ideas, comments, and/or suggestions for the next Faculty Newsletter to