September 2015

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Faculty Focus

 Michael V. Leggiere is Professor of History and Deputy Director of the Military History Center at the University of North Texas. Dr. Leggiere is an acclaimed expert on Napoleon. His first book, Napoleon and Berlin: The Franco-Prussian War in North Germany, 1813, published by the University of Oklahoma Press as volume I of its “Campaigns and Commanders” series, won the La Société Napoléonienne Internationale 2002 Literary Award. His second book, The Fall of Napoleon, is volume one of a two-volume series being published by Cambridge University Press. The first volume, titled The Allied Invasion of France, 1813-1814, was released in November 2007 and won the La Société Napoléonienne Internationale 2008 Literary Award. Volume 2 will be forthcoming in 2017. Dr. Leggiere’s third book, Blücher: Scourge of Napoleon, was published by the University of Oklahoma Press, likewise as part of its “Campaigns and Commanders” series, in February 2014. That book received the Society for Military History’s 2015 Distinguished Book Award for biography. His two-volume 1,400-page work on the 1813 Campaign, titled Napoleon and the Struggle for Germany, was published by Cambridge University Press in April 2015. He was recently commissioned by Yale University Press to write a new history of the 1815 Campaign and the Battle of Waterloo.

Amanda Giordano, Assistant Professor of Counseling and Higher Education, has been the driving force in creating an  innovative Addictions Counseling Research Team (ACRT). This group has published quite a number of studies with doctoral and Master’s students. For many of the students, this is their first publication. In 2014 and 2015 alone, Dr. Giordano co-authored 6 publications with grad students, has another 2 in press, and has several more in submission. According to Jan Holden, chair of the Counseling and Higher Education Department, “Amanda’s initiative and mentorship are amazing; as a result of her example, I have formed a research team, including Master’s level students, in my specialization area – except I’m supposed to mentoring and guiding her!”

Lecturers on the Move

 Rachel Yeatts, Senior Lecturer in the Department of English, specializes in creative nonfiction, poetry, trauma narrative, and writing as healing. Robert Upchurch, chair of the English Department, reports that Dr. Yeatts has established a “marvelous mentoring program for the lecturers and teaching fellows in our department.” This program was developed under a UNT mentoring grant and incorporates Dr. Yeatts’ strong belief in the value of mentoring that supports members’ professional lives through social and professional events.

Dr. Yeatts is also an accomplished songwriter and mandolin player whose first CD, Paradise Mountain, was released in 2014. Dr. Yeatts and her band Blue GrassFire play regularly at a number of area venues.

Salute to Faculty Excellence 2015

This year’s Salute to Faculty Excellence, a week-long celebration of the many ways UNT faculty excel, will begin September 28 and culminate on October 2 with the annual Salute to Faculty Excellence Awards Dinner and Ceremony at Apogee Stadium’s Club Level. Reservations are required and space is limited. Click here for more information about the Salute to Faculty Excellence week.

This year’s awardees include:

Awardee Department Award
UNT Foundation Award
Angela K. Wilson Chemistry UNT Foundation Eminent Faculty Award
T. David Mason Political Science UNT Foundation Faculty Leadership Award
Donna Emmanuel Music Education UNT Foundation Faculty Community Engagement Awards
Lesli Robertson Studio Arts UNT Foundation Outstanding Lecturer Award
Regents Professorships
Jeff M. Allen Learning Technologies Regents Professor
Nandika Anne D'Souza Mechanical and Energy Engineering Regents Professor
Research Awards
Rajiv S. Mishra Materials Science and Engineering Distinguished Research Professor
Jyoti Shah Biological Sciences Distinguished Research Professor
Armin R. Mikler Computer Science and Engineering Research Leadership Award
Dornith Doherty Studio Arts Creative Impact Award
Kelly Donahue-Wallace Art Education and Art History Teacher Scholar
Yan Wan Electrical Engineering Early Career Award for Research and Creativity
Deborah A. Rohwer Music Education Toulouse Scholar Award
Teaching Awards
Phillip R. Foster Engineering Technology Distinguished Teaching Professor 
Nicole D. Smith English Distinguished Teaching Professor
Jacqueline Vanhoutte English Distinguished Teaching Professor
Wendy L. Watson Political Science J.H. Shelton Excellence in Teaching Award
Ruthanne "Rudi" Thompson Biological Sciences President's Council Teaching Award
Manjula S. Salimath Management President's Council Teaching Award
Bethany Blackstone Political Science 'Fessor Graham Award
Stephen Garretson Educational Psychology Outstanding Online Teacher and Course Award
Royce Jefferson George Teacher Education and Administration Exemplary Online Teacher and Course Award
Smita Shukla Mehta Educational Psychology UNT Piper Professor Nomination
Service Awards
Jennifer L. Callahan Psychology Ulys and Vera Knight Faculty Mentor Award
James David Meernik Political Science President's Council Service Award
Sandra Spencer English Citation for Distinguished International Service

Newly Promoted/Tenured Faculty

Congratulations to the 78 faculty members who were promoted and/or tenured in 2015! A complete list of newly promoted/tenured faculty can be found here.

Save the Date: Collaborating with Strangers Workshops

Over the coming year, the UNT Libraries will host a series of Collaborating with Strangers Workshops. These workshops will connect faculty to assets on campus that lead to mentoring, collaboration, research, networking and creative opportunities. Upcoming workshops include:

Collaborating with Strangers: Lecture: Bess de Farber from the University of Florida

Collaborating with Strangers: Practice Session 1

Collaborating with Strangers: Practice Session 2

Collaborating with Strangers: Collaborating with Strangers on Sustainability Issues

Please contact Susan Smith for more information.

Emeritus College Invites Faculty to Teach

 UNT's highly successful Emeritus College would like to invite faculty and qualified graduate students to teach in the Spring 2016 session. The Emeritus College is in its 7th year offering non-credit classes specifically designed for adults 50 and older. The Emeritus College currently serves nearly 400 members each year. Its mission is to provide a broad range of educational activities and intellectual stimulation for faculty and the community. The classes are an excellent way to showcase the exciting work going on at UNT. Andrew Torget, an Assistant Professor in UNT’s History Department “love(s) the energy and excitement that Emeritus students bring to every class.  And I relish the opportunity to share my insights and research with people who come simply for the joy of learning. Reid Ferring, Professor of Geography believes that “teaching in the EC is the perfect way for our faculty to show the lay public that our research and our interests can have benefits well beyond our classrooms.”

The EC is now soliciting proposals for Spring 2016 (February-April). Classes will be held on the UNT campus (Mondays and Wednesdays), Robson Ranch (Tuesdays and Thursdays), and the TWU campus (primarily in May). To find out more about the Emeritus College, visit their website.

Mentor Minute

Need to increase your research productivity? Consider joining the network “Getting More Productive with Your Research,” a mentoring group for any faculty that aspire become more productive. Led by Victor Prybutok, Regents Professor in Information Technology and Decision Sciences, and Jim Meernik, Professor in Political Science and CAS Social Science Coordinator, this group will discuss successful strategies for increasing both the quality and quantity of your research. The group will also host research workshops in which group members present their manuscripts, ideas and challenges they face on their projects. The group meets twice per month. If you are interested in joining the mentoring network, please email Dr. Prybutok or Dr. Meernik.

Women's Faculty Network

Have you ever left a meeting wondering, “How could I have done that better?" During a luncheon on Friday, October 9, 2015, Drs. Christy Crutsinger and Angela Wilson will discuss talents and strengths and how these can help you develop personally and professionally. This session will address how to advance careers, address challenges, and approach others to move towards success, based upon individual strengths.

Registration is required for the event by September 29. Registrants will be asked to complete a brief survey for full engagement in the October 9 discussion. Click here to register.

 The Student Perceptions of Teaching (SPOT) is the new student evaluation system for UNT.  Developed and offered by the University of Washington this proven system offers both online and paper administration options, as well as evaluation forms that support different pedagogical formats (e.g., large lecture, online, studio). 

Fall 2015 administration dates will be November 9 - November 22 during the 12th-13th weeks of the semester.  Faculty will receive an automated email with information about evaluation details and a link to the faculty portal at least three days before the survey opens and faculty and chairs will receive summary reports one week after grades are posted.  To learn more about IASystem and view the variety of evaluation forms, visit their website.














The Provost Wants to Tailgate with YOU

Finley Graves, our Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs, invites faculty and their families to a tailgating party before the homecoming game on October 10 against Portland State. We’ll have food, prizes, a petting zoo, and more. We’ll be tailgating from 12:00 – 3:00; game time is 4:00. Please stop by!

Reservation for "The Secret Lives of Faculty" Pecha Kucha Session and Breakfast - A Salute to Faculty Teaching Excellence

 To kick-off our 2015 Salute to Faculty Excellence Week, brave UNT faculty members will present Pecha Kucha sessions on the theme “The Secret Lives of Faculty.” Pecha Kucha is Japanese for "chit-chat" and describes a presentation format using 20 slides which advance automatically in 20 second intervals. This will be the second year we’ve used this format for the event and the feedback from last year’s attendees indicated the program was “funspiring” – both fun and inspiring. To view the recordings from last year’s Pecha Kucha, visit  Don’t miss out this year!

Date/Time: Monday, September 28th
7:45-8:15 a.m. Full Breakfast & Gathering
8:15-9:30 a.m. Pecha Kucha Presentations
Location: Gateway Center Ballroom

This event is open to all instructors and staff, but space is limited. Register here.

Grants for Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Available for Publishing with Eagle Editions

UNT Libraries Scholarly Publishing Services is pleased to announce a competition for grants to UNT teaching faculty for use towards publication fees to publish new works of scholarship under the Eagle Editions imprint. Thanks to generous support from the UNT Libraries' Dean's Innovation Fund, UNT Libraries Scholarly Publishing Services will make up to five grants of up to $1,000 in the fall of 2015. Click here for more information.

Important Dates

September 18

Women in Higher Education One Day Regional Conference

September 28 - October 2

Salute to Faculty Excellence Week

September 30

Faculty Development Leave Application Deadline

October 2

Salute to Faculty Excellence Award Dinner and Ceremony

(Reservations Required)

October 2

Teaching Professor Technology Conference

October 9

Women's Faculty Network Luncheon

October 10

Homecoming Tailgate and Game

November 9 (12:00 a.m.) 

Fall 2015 Instructor Evaluations Open

November 22 (11:59 p.m.) 

Fall 2015 Instructor Evaluations Close