February 24, 2021 Volume 5 Issue 14

All-Faculty Meeting TODAY at 4 p.m.

The Spring All-Faculty meeting takes place today at 4 p.m. The zoom link is here. Key agenda items include:

  • Aditya Jhaveri and Alex Koo from College Council will provide an update on implementation of the recommendations that the Senate passed in December regarding supporting students during the pandemic.
  • Dean Michael Elliott will provide an update and take questions on the plans for fall semester.
  • José Luis Boigues will present on implementation of the Race and Ethnicity GER.

New Series Featuring College Faculty, Scholarship on Race Launches March 5

Emory College and the James Weldon Johnson Institute have launched “First Fridays at 4: Emory Faculty Scholarship on Race,” a new program featuring the groundbreaking scholarship of Emory College faculty (many of them recent hires) on a wide variety of topics related to the study of race, difference, and social justice. This monthly series kicks off at 4 p.m. Friday, March 5 with Tayari Jones, Professor of English and Creative Writing, speaking on “Dispossession: The Price of ‘Progress.’” For zoom link and to RSVP, visit the James Weldon Johnson Institute website.

Named Chair Nominations Due April 5

Faculty department chairs and program directors as well as any regular faculty are encouraged to nominate their colleagues for consideration as named chairs. Nominations play a crucial role in helping to identify faculty deserving of recognition. All nominations are kept on file for three years. In particular, nominations for the Dobbs and White chairs may be considered over several years, and new materials may be added to the file after the initial nomination. Nominees should not already be holders of named chairs.

To nominate a faculty member, please submit a brief letter of nomination (no more than one page) and a copy of their detailed CV to Dean_of_Faculty@emory.edu by Monday, April 5. Nominations that include letters of support (no more than one page) from more than one faculty member are encouraged, although all nominations will be considered carefully.

Descriptions of Named Chairs and the Winship Award

Samuel Candler Dobbs: Full professors who have shown extraordinary accomplishment and considerable future promise in research and teaching.
Goodrich C. White: Full professors who have distinguished themselves by extraordinary service to the university and by strong accomplishment in research and teaching.
Winship Distinguished Research Award: Three are awarded annually. Tenured faculty who demonstrate singular accomplishments in research. Such recognition should honor achievement and further scholarly research and research-based teaching. Awarded for a three-year term.

Schedule Your COVID-19 Screening Test

All faculty and staff who are coming to campus regularly are strongly encouraged to schedule a weekly test. Click here to schedule your on-campus appointment.

This simple saliva test is highly accurate, with results coming by email in less than 48 hours. There are four testing locations: WoodPEC, Emory Conference Center, SAAC, and Goizueta Business School. The Emory Forward site has information about the testing program and a link at the bottom that you can also use to schedule a test.

Vaccine Townhall March 4

Join President Greg Fenves and Amir St. Clair, associate vice president for COVID-19 response and recovery, plus special guests, for the next biweekly vaccine community update Thursday, March 4. See the Emory Forward site for the zoom link, and for recordings of previous updates. Check the Emory Forward site for the latest information on vaccine availability and distribution for the Emory community.

Undergraduate Education: Upcoming Notable Dates

Faculty should note the following important dates and deadlines for March from the Office for Undergraduate Education.

  • March 15-19: No Assignment Week (While synchronous class sessions will be held, faculty should not give exams or assign graded work outside of class hours.)
  • March 16: Spring Rest Day (Rest days should be treated as a holiday, i.e., no class meetings, assignments due, asynchronous assignments, out-of-class screenings, etc. should take place.)
  • March 19: Partial Withdrawal Deadline
  • March 19: Deadline for Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading basis changes (Note: The Faculty Senate passed a resolution allowing students the opportunity to change one class to S/U after the deadline, and not later than the last day of teaching).

Online Teaching Resources

Emory Center for Digital Scholarship Spring Workshops

The Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS) will offer a workshop series this semester that may be of interest to College faculty. All classes are Wednesdays at 1 p.m. and last one hour, on Zoom. Please RSVP through the ECDS calendar. For questions about these workshops, email ECDS, ecds@emory.edu. Classes include:

  • February 24 – Accessibility and Captioning Videos
  • March 3 – Working with Dates in R
  • March 10 – Working with Git and GitHub
  • March 17 – Intro to Python
  • March 24 – Data Manipulation in R
  • March 31 – Finding Health Data

CFDE Online Teaching and Learning Programs Offered

The Center for Faculty Development and Excellence will offer the following online teaching programs for faculty in March:

  • Trivia Games in Zoom (online workshop), 10:30-11:45 a.m., Friday, March 5. Click to Register
  • Discussion Boards Can and Should Be More Than Busy Work (Webinar/Panel), 1-2:15 p.m., Monday, March 8. Click to Register
  • “It’s About Flipping Time!” Four-Week Program with Workshops. 10:30-11:45 a.m., Fridays, March 12-April 2. Click to Register

LAST CALL: Faculty Award Nominations Needed

Emory Williams Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Awards

Emory College faculty, students, and alumni are encouraged to submit nominations for the prestigious 2020-2021 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, Feb. 26.

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 Senior Associate Dean Deboleena Roy, should be sent to the Dean_of_Faculty@emory.edu email address with “Cuttino Award” in the subject line by Friday, March 5, and include specific information about the nominee’s record as a mentor. 

LAST CALL: Student Award Nominations

Brittain Award Nominations Due March 1

Campus Life has announced that the 2021 M.L. Brittain Award nomination process is open. The award is given annually at Commencement to one undergraduate and one graduate student who have performed the most “significant, meritorious, and devoted service to Emory University.” All nominations should be submitted by Monday, March 1. Please see the call for nominations for more information about the award.

McMullan Award Nominations Due March 5

Emory College is soliciting nominations for the Lucius Lamar McMullan Award. The McMullan Award is meant to honor a graduating senior of uncommon stature in the eyes of the Emory community. Academic achievement is an important criterion, but not the sole measure of excellence. The recipient should also demonstrate outstanding citizenship, exceptional leadership, and singular qualities of mind and character. The winner of the McMullan Award will receive $30,000 at the time of graduation to be used for any purpose of their choosing.

Nominations should be submitted via the nomination form by Friday, March 5. Please see the call for nominations or email Jason Ciejka, jciejka@emory.edu, for more information.

PERS Grant Proposals Due March 18

The Program to Enhance Research and Scholarship (PERS) will consider proposals from regular Emory College faculty for modest seed funding for new research, research travel, other research related activities, and matches for equipment grants. Proposals must demonstrate, where appropriate, efforts to seek other sources of funding, and will be evaluated on the basis of merit and need. The spring application deadline is 5 p.m., Thursday, March 18.

Heilbrun Distinguished Emeritus Fellows: Applications Open

This marks the 21st year of competition for the Heilbrun Distinguished Emeritus Fellowship. The program will support two fellowships in the amount of $10,000 each for the 2021-2022 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:

  • 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 April 2, 2021.

Emory Forward

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