February 13, 2018

Save the Date: Faculty Meeting with President Sterk April 4

Emory University President Claire Sterk will host a meeting for all Emory College faculty Wednesday, April 4, from 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. in 208 White Hall. The meeting will feature a Q&A format to provide an opportunity for Emory College faculty to speak with President Sterk about areas of concern and interest.

Join Undergraduate Curriculum Conversations

The College Faculty Senate GER Working group will host several faculty forums in February and March to discuss the future of the undergraduate curriculum and goals for general education requirements. Two sessions are focused on special topics: first year seminars and writing courses.

For a full list of available dates, and to RSVP to attend a forum, go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GERFacultyForums

For questions about the forums, email co-chairs Robyn Fivush or Joanne Brzinski.

Upcoming Deadline: Faculty and Student Awards

Emory Williams Teaching Award Nominations Due Feb. 21

Emory College faculty, students and alumni are encouraged to submit nominations for the prestigious 2017-18 Emory Williams Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Awards. These awards are made annually in each of the three divisions (natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities) and are presented at Commencement in May. Winners are selected by a committee of College faculty and students. Joint nominations and nominations from departments and programs are encouraged.

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 Wednesday, Feb. 21. Contact Carla Freeman, senior associate dean of faculty, with any questions.

Thomas Jefferson Award Nominations Due Feb. 15

The Thomas Jefferson Award is presented annually at Commencement to honor current Emory faculty and staff who have significantly enriched the intellectual and civic life of the Emory community through personal activities, influence, and leadership, usually over the course of many years.

The award recognizes personal and professional integrity as well as distinguished service using several criteria. Any Emory University employee may make a nomination of a current Emory faculty or staff member by sending an original letter of nomination and the nominee's CV or resume.

The nomination letter should be directed to the attention of the Chair and Members of the Jefferson Award Selection Committee. Send nomination letters and CVs to Tom Jenkins by e-mail, thomas.jenkins@emory.edu. Nominations are due Thursday, Feb. 15, at 5 p.m.

McMullan Award Nominations Due March 2

Emory College is soliciting nominations for the Lucius Lamar McMullan Award, made possible by the generous gift of William Matheson '47G. The award seeks to honor Emory College graduates who show extraordinary promise of becoming future leaders and rare potential for service to their community, the nation, and the world. The winner of the McMullan Award will receive $25,000 at the time of graduation to be used for any purpose of his or her choosing. The McMullan Award is presented at the College Diploma Ceremony in May.

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 demonstrate outstanding citizenship, exceptional leadership, and singular qualities of mind and character.

Nominations may be submitted by members of the College faculty, administrative staff of Campus Life, or the senior administrators of the University. Given the unusually prestigious nature of the award, nominations reflecting the collective judgment of the nominee on the part of more than one or two individuals are particularly encouraged. Nominations should be submitted via the nomination form by Friday, March 2.

For questions about the award, contact Jason Ciejka, 404-727-0674, Assistant Dean in the Office for Undergraduate Education.

Upcoming Deadlines: Grant Funding

PERS Applications due March 20

The Program to Enhance Research and Scholarship (PERS) invites proposals from Emory College faculty for seed funding to: support new research, research travel, and other research related activities; for bridge funding; and for matches for equipment grants. A limited amount of funding also is available to presenters at international and national research conferences when the conference presentation will likely seed new research, and in those areas where such funding is not available through external grants.

Full details and the application can be found on the OFRS website.

College Website Support

Cascade Basic Training for New Users

The Emory College Office of Communications is hosting several basic Cascade 8 web training sessions this spring for staff and faculty website administrators. These sessions are especially good for people new to website work or who need a refresher.

Cascade Basic Training for Beginners

  • Feb. 20, 1:30m.- 3:30 p.m.
  • March 21, 10 a.m.- Noon
  • April 17, 2-4 p.m.

All classes take place in Room 314, Woodruff Library, Electronic Classroom (across from the Jones Room). Register for the class on the Emory College Office of Communications website. Contact senior web producer Jill Hennecy with any questions about the training.

Undergraduate Admissions: Department Outreach Letters Due March 9

Emory College's Directors of Undergraduate Studies are invited to provide letters of welcome to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for admitted students who have expressed an interest in individual departments or programs.

Several departments have participated in this admissions recruitment effort in recent years, which makes a difference in the decision of the best students to select Emory, and helps recruit a diverse and talented class. If you need a copy of a letter previously sent from your department, or a template and letter samples to compose an email for admitted students, contact Beverly Clark, director of communications for Emory College. Send completed letters to Beverly Clark by Friday, March 9.

Teaching Resources

CFDE Innovative Pedagogies Series

The Center for Faculty Development and Excellence will offer two more workshops for its Innovative Pedagogies Series this semester, which highlight and reflect on the challenges and rewards of teaching across traditional intellectual boundaries.

Community Partner as the Teacher: Collaborating with Community Partners to Facilitate Student Learning

Wednesday, March 21; 12:30 p.m.–2 p.m.

Panelists will discuss the impact of working with community partners to create opportunities for effective learning and critical thinking both inside and outside the classroom. Panelists: Elizabeth Bounds, Kim Loudermilk, and Elizabeth Downes.

What We've Learned from Teaching MOOCs

Wednesday, April 11; 12 p.m.-1:30p.m.

Panelists will discuss their experiences creating and teaching Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and how MOOCs can contribute to social impact in the areas of diversity and inclusion, global challenges, and social justice. Panelists: Ellen Ott Marshall, Michael Kuhar, and Pamela Scully.

For more information and to register, visit this link.

Upcoming Meetings

Feb 21, 4:00 - 5:30 PM College Faculty Senate Meeting

Location: Jones Room, Woodruff Library

Mar 7, 4:00 - 5:30 PM College Faculty Senate Meeting

Location: Jones Room, Woodruff Library

Mar 28, 4:00 - 5:30 PM College Faculty Senate Meeting

Location: N304, Math and Science Center

Feb 19, 2:00 PM - 3:30 AM Lead Staff Department Operations Meeting

Location: 360 Atwood Chemistry Building

Mar 2, 3:30 - 5:00 PM Chairs and Directors Orientation Session

Location: White Hall 200

Topic: Funding Opportunities and Grant Culture; Speakers: Tiffany Worboy, Ron Calabrese, Rhonda Davidson, Carla Freeman, Kady Weingart

Mar 29, 4:00 - 5:00 PM Chairs and Directors Orientation Session

Location: White Hall 200

Topic: Evaluation and Merit Process for Faculty and Staff; Speakers: Carla Freeman, Laura Papotto