Unit Head and Faculty Weekly Mailing 12-17-13
For Unit Heads
1. Syllabus Construction, a proactive tool for student success- Mary Schuttenÿ
As the semester ends and another is just around the New Year, thinking ahead to the Winter 2014 syllabus. People often ask this office what types of student appeals are most challenging? The most challenging ones involve grade appeals in courses where course information is incomplete or absent on the syllabus such as an academic integrity statement, grading scale, basis for assigning grades, etc.. The absence of course information increases the stress of both student and faculty alike. A complete syllabus is a proactive tool to support student success throughout the course. The Faculty Handbook and the PEW FTLC are two great resources for syllabus construction. According to the Faculty Handbook, there is an outline of Information Given Class at First Meeting (3.01.H.1):
1. A syllabus.
2. The title, department, and number of the course.
3. Prerequisites to the course, if any.
4. The name, office number, and office hours of the instructor offering the course.
5. An explanation of policy relative to student absences.
6. The objectives and requirements of the course.
7. The basis for grading in the course.
8. The texts and/or laboratory supplies required for the course.
9. Date and time of final examination (from published exam schedule)
d. Office Hours for Student Conferences Members of the faculty are expected to post and maintain adequate office hours.
The PEW FTLC has a white paper regarding syllabus construction in its January Preview email sent to all faculty that would be very useful http://www.gvsu.edu/cms3/assets/B78A66C2-A774-13A2-78CDCF13A1345FC3/resourcehandouts/syllabus_handout_7-13_web.pdf
Friday, February 28, 2014
Hosted by: Oakland University, Rochester Michigan
Abstract Submissions Accepted until 1/6/14
They are still looking for a few good abstracts in many disciplines. Although the early deadline has passed, we are still accepting abstracts through January 6th. The CfP can be accessed through this link (ignore the deadline): Michigan Academy 2014 Call for Papers
An alternate method to get the CfP, is to go to themichiganacademy.org website. Select the blue "Conference" tab at the top of the page and then select Call for Papers from the drop down list.
The Winter Study Abroad Fair will be held Tuesday, January 14, 10am - 3pm in Henry Hall Atrium, Padnos Hall of Science. For more information, go to www.gvsu.edu/studyabroad/fair.
For Unit Heads
4. Transfer and freshman orientation information - From Betty Schaner (attachment)
The master calendar for transfer and freshman orientation for 2014 is now available (see attachment). This is provided for your information and planning use.
Dec. 18 Unit Head Meeting - Cancelled
Dec. 23 College Offices Close at 5pm until January 2nd
Jan. 2 Offices Open
Jan. 6 Classes Begin
Jan. 6 Winter Personnel materials are due to units
Jan. 7 The Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year Nominations due For award details contact Tracy McLenithan Tracy McLenithan firstname.lastname@example.org
Jan. 8 Unit Head Meeting 3:00-5:00pm; 2215/2216 KC
Jan. 11 Awards of Distinction Scholarship Competition CLAS contact is Heidi email@example.com
Jan. 13 Round 2 Schedule Due firstname.lastname@example.org
Jan. 18 Awards of Distinction Scholarship Competition CLAS contact is Heidi email@example.com
Jan. 20 Martin Luther King Day; No classes
Jan. 21 Glenn A. Niemeyer Award Nominations for faculty and students due to Dean's Office, For award details: Glenn A. Niemeyer Award Tracy McLenithan; firstname.lastname@example.org
Jan. 22 Unit Head Meeting 3:00-5:00pm; 2215/2216 KC
Jan. 23 CLAS Faculty Research Colloquium 2:30-5:00pm; 308 PAD