January 15, 2020 Volume 4 Issue 6

Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science Workshop Offered Spring 2020

The Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, Emory College, and the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing will host the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science for a two-day, on-campus workshop for Emory faculty in STEM and other science fields on May 13-14, 2020. The Alan Alda Center at Stony Brook University advances science and medicine through training in clear and vivid communication.

Emory faculty university-wide in the natural sciences, social sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics are encouraged to apply. Applications are due Friday, January 31.

On day one of this two-day workshop, Alda Center instructors will guide participants through improvisation exercises to help them become more aware of connecting and engaging with various audiences. Participants will notice a transformation in the way they approach communication, relating to others in a more empathic way. The second day of training will allow participants time to reflect upon lessons learned from improvisation exercises and begin to apply new skills to refine and practice presenting their work in a new and more engaging way.

For more information and to apply, visit the CFDE website or contact Allison Adams, aadam02@emory.edu, CFDE associate director for research and scholarly writing.

Requests for Temporary Faculty, Leave, Course Releases Due January 31

ALL requests for faculty leave, course releases, and temporary faculty are due to the Emory College Office of Faculty by Friday, January 31. This year these requests will be made through a Qualtrics survey; go to the website for the appropriate links under policies and procedures available on the Office of Faculty website. If you have questions, please email dean_of_faculty@emory.edu.

University and College Award Nominations Needed

Emory Williams Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Awards

Emory College faculty, students, and alumni are encouraged to submit nominations for the prestigious 2019-2020 Emory Williams Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Awards.

Nominators should submit a one-page letter justifying the nomination and include specific information about the nominee’s teaching. Send electronic nomination letters to Dean_of_Faculty@emory.edu with the subject line “Emory Williams Nomination” by Friday, February 28.

Cuttino Mentoring Award

This award is named in honor of the late history professor George Peddy Cuttino, who was known among several generations of Emory students not only as a teacher but also as an outstanding mentor beyond the classroom. The successful recipient of this prestigious award should exhibit a similar record of exceptional mentoring of students. One page nomination letters addressed to Dean Carla Freeman, should be sent to the Dean_of_Faculty@emory.edu email address with “Cuttino Award” in the subject line by Friday, March 6, and include specific information about the nominee’s record as a mentor.

Heilbrun Distinguished Emeritus Fellows Program

This marks the 20th year of competition for the Heilbrun Distinguished Emeritus Fellowship. The program will support two fellowships in the amount of $10,000 each for the 2020-2021 academic year. Any faculty who have not previously received this award and have achieved emeritus status on or before September 1, 2019, are eligible to apply.

The criteria for selection will include:

  • The relationship of the proposed project to the candidate's previous research.
  • The feasibility of completing the project within the term of the Fellowship.
  • The pertinence of the research to resources available at Emory.
  • The overall value of the research to the applicant's field or discipline.

Fellowship recipients will be asked to agree to the following conditions:

  • Submission of a written report to the Committee upon completion of the Fellowship.
  • Formal acknowledgment of Fellowship support in any published work that results
  • Attendance at receptions and social gatherings sponsored by the Committee.

Application details include:

  • Detailed description of the planned research project to be undertaken during the term of the fellowship
  • Budget detail of the research expenses
  • Curriculum vita that includes activities undertaken since gaining emeritus status

Applications should be sent to the email account Dean_of_Faculty@emory.edu with “Heilbrun Fellowship” in the subject line and be received by Wednesday, April 1.

What is 'Excellent Teaching'?

Hiram Maxim and Arri Eisen, currently Emory College Teaching Chairs and members of the T&P and LTF Promotion Committees, respectively, will lead three informal discussion coffees spring semester to explore this question with early-career tenure- and lecture-track faculty. Each meeting is limited to 10 faculty, so please RSVP to dean_of_faculty@emory.edu at least one day before your session preference.

The discussion will take place 9-10:30 a.m. on the following days:

  • Friday, January 24, Callaway Center, room S420
  • Monday, March 23, Modern Languages, room 201
  • Friday, April 17, Callaway Center, room S420.

Undergraduate Education: News and Deadlines

Upcoming Student Academic Deadlines

There are a number of academic deadlines for students in January/early February. The most important for faculty are:

  • Tuesday, January 21 – End of Add/Drop/Swap;
  • Thursday, January 30 – Deadline for Letter Grade/Satisfactory-Unsatisfactory Changes;
  • Friday, January 31 – Deadline for the Submission of Incomplete Work to Faculty from Fall 2019; and
  • Friday, February 7 – Deadline for Degree Applications for Spring 2020 graduation.

Student Absences During Flu Season

In an effort to prevent the spread of influenza on campus this season, Dr. Sharon Rabinovitz, Executive Director of Emory University Student Health Services, requests that faculty:

  • Do not ask students to provide Student Health Services documentation for short-term (three days or less) absences due to illness. This takes the time of the SHS staff from treating ill students and can fuel outbreaks.
  • Do not require students to return to class if they have a fever and are significantly ill. Allowing students who are ill to stay home is the best way to prevent spreading illness.

Student absence information can be found on the Office for Undergraduate Education’s Resources A-Z webpage and in the Faculty Guidelines for Student Absences. In the event of short-term absences due to illness, the OUE defers to the judgment of faculty regarding missed classes, quizzes, tests, or assignments. Students are able to self-certify their absence under the Emory College Honor Code using the Self-Service Absence Form.

New Accommodate System Launches

All faculty and lead staff recently received information from Allison Butler, director of the Office of Accessibility Services, regarding their new Accommodate software platform. Faculty can log-in to review student accommodation letters for their classes on the new platform. Questions about Accommodate can be directed to accessibility@emory.edu or by calling 404-727-9877.

Inclement Weather Class Policy – Dates for Spring 2020

Due to the increasing number of inclement weather/university closure days in recent years, Emory College authored an Inclement Weather Make-Up Policy. The full policy can be found on the OUE Faculty Resources web page. Should there be a need to enact the policy in Spring 2020, the following dates have been pre-identified as the make-up dates:

  • Saturday, March 21 & Sunday, March 22
  • Saturday, April 4 & Sunday, April 5

OUE will send communications to faculty, staff, and students in the event the policy is enacted. Questions regarding policy can be directed to Dean Jason Ciejka, jciejka@emory.edu.

Ramadan Information

As a reminder, Ramadan will be observed between April 23 and May 23. Any questions or concerns may be sent to Jason Ciejka, jciejka@emory.edu, or Cora MacBeth, cmacbet@emory.edu. Information on OUE Proctored Make-Up Exams will become available in late March. Thanks to faculty in advance for their work to help students of faith to observe their religious traditions.

Summer 2020 Facility Upgrades

The Emory College Office of Facilities will be accepting summer upgrade proposals for review through Thursday, January 30. Send questions and proposals to Dwight Raby at draby@emory.edu. Proposals received after January 30 will not be considered for Summer 2020.

Upcoming Events

Turkish Lecture Series

The Halle Institute for Global Research will host the annual Turkish Lecture Series on Tuesday, February 4. The lecture will feature Elif Batuman, author of The Idiot and The Possessed, which explores her identity as a Turkish-American woman, intentionality about the precision of language, and befuddlement in the early age of email. The event includes a seated luncheon and lecture, which will be held from 12-2 p.m. at the Emory Conference Center in the Silverbell Pavillion. Read more about the Turkish Lecture Series and RSVP for the event by January 23 to reserve your seat for lunch.

Fox Center Response Forum Jan. 29

The Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry will host the 2020 Response Forum Wednesday, January 29 in Ackerman Hall, Carlos Museum. The Forum will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m. The table discussions will immediately follow. Contact the Fox Center with your top three choices of tables, at 404-727-6424 or foxcenter@emory.edu. Participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Feast of Words Feb. 10

The Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, together with the Emory University Bookstore, and Emory Libraries and Information Technology, will host the annual "Feast of Words," a celebration of Emory faculty authors or editors of books published in 2019, from 4 – 6 p.m., Monday, February 10, in Ackerman Hall, Carlos Museum. RSVP at emorylib.info/feastofwords.

Inclement Weather Reminder

In the event of inclement weather, call the Emory Closing Information/Inclement Weather hotline, 404-727-1234. Closings and delayed openings also will be posted to the main Emory web homepage, www.emory.edu and across the University and Emory College social media channels.

Department leaders should discuss and plan how closing information will be distributed to staff and faculty should a closing occur. For more information regarding emergency preparedness and response, see the Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR) website.

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Upcoming Meetings

Jan 15, 4:00 - 5:30 PM Faculty Senate Meeting

Location: Jones Room, Woodruff Library

Jan 24, 8:30 - 10:30 AM Tenure, Promotion, and Mentoring Info Session (Chairs and their Tenured or Tenure-Track Faculty)

Location: Atwood Chemistry, Room 360

Leaders: Carla Freeman, Valerie Loichot; 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. - Tenure-Track Faculty; 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. - Tenured Faculty interested in the promotion process

Feb 7, 8:30 - 9:30 AM Chairs and Directors Orientation: Funding Opportunities and Grant Culture

Location: PAIS 250

Leaders: Tiffany Worboy, Ron Calabrese, Carla Freeman, Chryssi Laguines, Kate Lawlor

Feb 12, 4:00 - 5:30 PM Faculty Senate Meeting

Location: Jones Room, Woodruff Library