College of Liberal Arts and Sciences




Unit Head and Faculty Weekly Mailing 7-9-13


For Faculty


1. Department Name Change


2. The 4th Annual Collegiate Network Summer Summit


3. Call for Proposals: Higher Education Teaching and Learning


4. The Teaching Professor Technology Conference

For Unit Heads

5. Third and final call: First Annual Request for Out-of-State Experiential Learning Sites- Reports due this week


6. New Faculty Orientation


7. Important Dates



For Faculty

1. Department Name Change


Effective July 1, 2013, the name of the Department of Music has been changed to the Department of Music and Dance.


2. The 4th Annual Collegiate Network Summer Summit

Faculty are invited to attend a local conference on July 23 at no charge, and those who participate will receive a $200 professional development grant from the Community Service Learning Center.

The 4th Annual Collegiate Network Summer Summit
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
8:15-3:00 p.m.
Eberhard Center

The Summer Summit establishes an opportunity for networking and building partnerships between nonprofit and higher education sectors in West Michigan. Through presentations and networking sessions, the Summit will connect educational resources from area colleges/universities to local nonprofit organizations, so they can engage effectively with student volunteers. The Summit is cohosted by the GVSU Community Service Learning Center and the Johnson Center for Philanthropy.

Faculty will benefit from the information presented about engaging students in effective volunteer experiences, learning about the local needs of nonprofits in our community, and from the direct networking opportunity.  Additionally, the summit participants will be provided with a time to brainstorm opportunities to engage students (service learning projects, one-time volunteer events, internships, etc.) toward the end of the conference and it would be especially valuable for faculty from various disciplines to be present to engage in dialogue. 

The agenda for the conference can be found at www.summersummit.eventbrite.com, and faculty who wish to attend should contact Valerie Jones at jonesval@gvsu.edu for free registration and the professional development award no later than July 19.

3. Call for Proposals: Higher Education Teaching and Learning          



The International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL) invites you to submit a proposal for a presentation at its 2014 International Conference, to be held in Anchorage, in partnership with the University of Alaska Anchorage, May 31 - June 2, 2014.

Proposals are solicited on all topics related to higher education including those involving new technologies and globalization related issues. Both scholarly and practice reports are invited. Participants will be from the gamut of academic disciplines across the arts, sciences, and professions, as well as from other administrative and staff functions delivering and supporting new technologies and approaches to learning. As with every HETL conference, we support participation from around the world. Please submit your proposal for a presentation before the July 26, 2013 deadline or simply join us as a conference attendee by registering. No proposal is required if you are attending but not presenting.

To submit a proposal, go to https://www.hetl.org/2014-anchorage-conference-submission-form/
For details go to https://www.hetl.org/events/2014-anchorage-conference/

4. The Teaching Professor Technology Conference

New pedagogies and technologies (such as blended and flipped courses, online learning, social media, MOOCs, and mobile learning) are either already impacting or likely to increasingly impact teaching and learning in your disciplines. An opportunity to explore such strategies and their impacts is The Teaching Professor Technology Conference from October 4-6, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. Details are available at www.teachingprofesor.com/conferences.  If you're interested in being part of a CLAS delegation to the conference, please contact Fred Antczak before August 7, and we'll see if we can touch all their bases, and maybe create sharable resources.


For Unit Heads


5. Third and final call: First Annual Request for Out-of-State Experiential Learning Sites- Reports due this week (attachment)


Thank you for your assistance in gathering information on out of state experiential learning experiences for your unit. The university must determine how many Grand Valley students are engaging in learning experiences in each of the United States on an annual basis.

The list of states and the two questions to answer are attached in an Excel spreadsheet:

  • Please place the numbers of students by state who, in the last year, were engaged in experiential learning (internship, clinical, research, externship etc.) Please fill in numbers only for those states that hosted Grand Valley students.
    • N.B. Taking an out-of-state online course does not fall into the category of experiential learning.
  • If any of the placements were associated with a federal program, please list the number of these placements in the second column next to the appropriate state.
  • Save the spreadsheet with the unit name and return.

Please return your completed electronic file even if there is no data to report to Associate Dean Mary Schutten by July 12, 2013.Thank you for your assistance with this important—and now annual--task.


6. New Faculty Orientation (Attachment


New Faculty Orientation for Fall 2013 will be held on:

Wednesday, August 14

8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

(AM – Kirkhof Center; PM – Mary Idema Pew Library)

Allendale Campus




Thursday, August 15

8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

DeVos Center

Pew Grand Rapids Campus


Please note these dates on your calendar. We also ask that you not schedule any daytime department meetings on these two dates. The draft orientation agenda is attached.



7. CLAS Important Dates


Important Dates



July 12

Responses for Out of State Experiential Learning Sites Due

Associate Dean Mary Schutten (schutmar@gvsu.edu)

July 17 by 5pm

Fall staffing plans completed

Send notice to Cindy Laug (laugc@gvsu.edu)

July 25 – 27

CLAS 10th Anniversary Celebration is proud to announce:

Seventh Annual Conference of the International Society for MacIntyrean Enquiry

L.V. Eberhard Conference Center contact moesm@gvsu.edu

July 26

Fall draft contracts hand delivered to Unit Heads


July 29 at noon

Fall contracts due to Dean’s Office

Cindy Laug


Classes end 2nd 6 weeks and 12 weeks


Aug. 5-6

Final Exams


Aug. 12

Grades due 2nd 6 weeks and 12 weeks before noon

Banner and Blackboard close at this time


Aug. 13

CLAS 10th Anniversary Celebration is proud to announce:

Putting the Green in Next Generation Science Standards

Contacts Dalila Kovacs and Andrew Lantz

Aug. 14

CLAS New Tenure Track Faculty Social

By invitation

Aug. 14 & 15

New Faculty Orientation


Aug. 20

Unit Head Retreat

Mary Idema Pew Library, Multipurpose Room

Aug. 21

FTLC Conference

8:30am – 3:00pm; Eberhard Conference Center

Aug. 22

CLAS Faculty and Staff Meeting

9:30am, Louis Armstrong Theatre, Performing Arts Center

Aug. 23


11am; Field House

Aug. 26

Fall 2013 Classes Begin


Sept. 2-3

Labor Day Recess; Sept. 3 no classes but offices are open


Sept. 11

Unit Head Meeting

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

Sept. 20

CLAS 10th Anniversary Celebration is proud to announce:

The CLAS Faculty Research Colloquium will take place from 2:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

308 PAD

September 24

CLAS 10th Anniversary Celebration is proud to announce:

James W. Carey Memorial Lecture (3rd annual)

Speaker : Brent Malin

7:00 pm  

Loosemore Auditorium

Sept. 25

Unit Head Meeting

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



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