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Unit Head and Faculty Weekly Mailing 1-29-14


For Faculty


1. Faculty Awards Convocation, February 6, 2014

2. Faculty Fulbright Workshop, Friday, March 14, 2014

3. The Aggregator--Some recent university announcements you may find of interest


For Unit Heads

4. AWRI Scholarship and Internship Announcements

5. CLAS Important Dates

For Faculty

1. Faculty Awards Convocation, February 6, 2014

As you know, the Faculty Awards Convocation honors faculty for major milestone years of service along with awards presented for University excellence in the areas of teaching, scholarship, service, and advising. We ask that you encourage faculty and staff in your areas to attend to show support for their colleagues.

Faculty Awards Convocation

Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 4 p.m.
Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium, Richard M. DeVos Center
Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus

A reception will immediately follow the ceremony. Please contact the Provost Office at 331-2400 or provost@gvsu.edu with questions or to rsvp.

Faculty to be honored include (your CLAS colleagues in bold):

Celebration of Milestones

                25 years

Charlene Beckmann, Professor of Mathematics

Jay Cooper, Associate Professor of Leadership and Learning

Rob Franciosi, Professor English

Paul Jorgensen, Professor of Computing and Information Systems

Fran Kelleher, Professor of History

Karen Novotny, Professor of Mathematics

Bill Osborn, Professor of English

Patrick Thorpe, Professor of Biology and Cell and Molecular Biology

Michael Webster, Associate Professor of English

Wendy Wenner, Professor of English

                30 Years

Dorothy Armstrong, Professor of Education

Ed Baum, Professor of Chemistry

Ruth Ann Brintnall, Associate Professor of Nursing

Catherine Gardner, Associate Professor of Mathematics

Jon White, Professor of Criminal Justice

                40 Years

Milt Ford, Professor of Liberal Studies

Theodore Sundstrom, Professor of Mathematics

45 Years

Samir IsHak, Professor of Management


Awards for Scholarly and Creative Excellence

                Distinguished Undergraduate Mentoring Award

                                Rachel Powers, Associate Professor of Chemistry

                                David Stark, Associate Professor of History

                Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award

                                Cynthia Coviak, Associate Dean and Professor of Nursing

                Distinguished Early-Career Scholar Awards

                                Shannon Biros, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

                                Amanda Dillard, Assistant Professor of Psychology


Pew Awards for Excellence

                Burch, Jacobs & Moore Diversity Teaching Excellence Award

                                Rachel Peterson, Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies

Pew Teaching Excellence Award for Part-Time Faculty

                                Steven Hawks, Part-time Instructor of Marketing

                Pew Teaching Award for Library Faculty

                                Matthew Reidsma, Assistant Librarian of University Libraries

                Pew Teaching Excellence Awards

                                Timothy Evans, Associate Professor of Biology

                                Mandy Menke, Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures

                                Terry Stockton, Affiliate Faculty of Special Education, Foundations, and Technology

Ayana Weekley, Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies


University Awards for Excellence

                Outstanding Advising and Student Services Award

                                Matthew Boelkins, Professor of Mathematics

                Outstanding Community Service Award

                                Shawn Bultsma, Assistant Professor of Leadership and Learning

                Outstanding University Service Award

                                Karen Gipson, Associate Professor of Physics

                Distinguished Contribution in a Discipline Award

                                Deborah Herrington, Associate Professor of Chemistry

                                Figen Mekik, Professor of Geology

                University Outstanding Teacher Award

                                Bradley Ambrose, Professor of Physics


2. Faculty Fulbright Workshop, Friday, March 14, 2014

Looking for a way to re-energize your academic career?  Eligible to apply for a sabbatical in 2015-16 or beyond?  Sign up for the faculty Fulbright workshop on Friday, 14 March 2014, 1:00 to 2:30 pm, University Club room, DEV (Pew Campus).  Dr. Andrew Reiss, of the CIES Fulbright Office in Washington, D.C. will be here to present on Fulbright opportunities and answer your questions.

The workshop will be followed immediately by a reception (2:30 to 3:30 pm) with previous GVSU Fulbright Scholars, who will be available to talk with you about their own successful applications.

Register at:  www.gvsu.edu/seminar  (under FTLC events)


3. The Aggregator --Some recent university announcements you may find of interest

This week we’ve received many reminders and announcements from units outside of CLAS.   For your convenience, here are some of note.

For Unit Heads

4. AWRI Scholarship and Internship Announcements

                (RBAnnis attachment), (Scienctech attachment), (Wipperfurth attachment)

It is that time of year again!  AWRI is accepting applications for the following:

  • R. B. Annis Foundation Undergraduate Student Internship for summer 2014
  • D. J. Angus – Scientech Educational Foundation Internship for summer 201,
  • And Bill & Diana Wipperfurth Student Research Scholarship for fall 2014


5. CLAS Important Dates


Important Dates



Feb. 1

Student Success Collaborative: Success markers due

Email to: Betty Schaner or Mary Schutten

Feb. 3

Faculty Activity Reports (FAR) are due to units


Feb. 5

Unit Head Meeting

3:00-5:00pm; 2215/2216 KC

Feb. 6

Faculty Awards Convocation

4pm; Loosemore Auditorium

Feb. 8

Awards of Distinction Scholarship Competition

CLAS contact is Heidi nicholhe@gvsu.edu

Feb. 13

Materials for W14 Contract Renewal due to Dean’s Office (CLAS Personnel Committee)

Heidi Nicholson

Feb. 14

Student Scholars Day Registration Closes at 11:59pm


Feb. 15

Facilities requests for new academic programs due


Feb. 17

Banner Opens for Mid-term Grading


Feb. 19

Unit Head Meeting

3:00-5:00pm; 2215/2216 KC

Feb. 20

Materials for W14 Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor due to Dean’s Office (CLAS Personnel Committee)

Heidi Nicholson

Feb. 20

CLAS Faculty Research Colloquium

2:30-5:00pm; 308 PAD

Feb. 25

Banner Closes at noon for Mid-term Grading


Feb. 28

Materials for W14 Promotion to Associate Professor only due to Dean’s Office (CLAS Personnel Committee)

Heidi Nicholson

Mar. 3-7

Spring Break


Mar. 11

UH Summary of Peer Recommendations Due

Cindy Laug

Mar. 12

Unit Head Meeting

3:00-5:00pm; 2215/2216 KC

Mar. 17

S/S 14 Staffing Plans Due

Cindy Laug

Mar. 26

Unit Head Meeting

3:00-5:00pm; 2215/2216 KC



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