College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Unit Head Mailing 8-16-11

  1. Sabbatical Forum – Sept. 29  
  2. New Enhanced People Finder for Faculty/staff (online directory)   
  3. Scholarly Writing Initiatives for Faculty & Staff     
  4. CLAS Important Dates

  1. Sabbatical Forum – Sept. 29

The fall Sabbatical Forum (optional) is being hosted by the Faculty Development Committee on Thursday, 9/29, from 3:30-5:00 pm in 308 Padnos Hall.   This bi-annual event allows you to meet with members of the FDC committee to answer any questions you may have.


  1. New Enhanced People Finder for Faculty/Staff (online directory)

IT has announced a new online version of the Campus Directory.  This enhanced version provides ALL of the same access to data that the printed campus directory has.  It provides unlimited, unrestricted lists when searching within departments and advanced search functionality including ‘sounds like’ look-up. Campus log in is required.



3. Scholarly Writing Initiatives for Faculty & Staff (attachment)– Ellen Schendel

This year, the Fred Meijer Center for Writing & Michigan Authors is beginning a series of Scholarly Writing Initiatives designed for faculty writing articles, proposals, and books, as well as faculty and staff working on dissertations. These programmatic opportunities include:

  • Participating in week-long writing retreats and in Friday mini-retreats at the Pew and Allendale campuses
  • Scheduling one-to-one writing consultations with a professional writing consultant
  • Joining a faculty/staff writing group

We will advertise these initiatives through new faculty orientation events this week and the writing center's regular mailings to SWS faculty at the start of the fall term, but appreciate your help in passing along the attached flyer to other faculty and staff you think would be interested in knowing about these opportunities.


4. CLAS Important Dates 


Important Dates



Aug. 17 & 18

New Faculty Orientation *


Aug. 17

CLAS New Faculty Social**

Alumni House

Aug. 23

Unit Head Retreat

324/330 KEN, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Aug 23

University Picnic

Pew Campus, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Aug. 24

FTLC Conference

EC, 8:30-2:00 register on www.gvsu.edu/seminars

Aug. 25

CLAS Faculty and Staff Meeting

10:00 a.m. Louis Armstrong Theatre-followed by lunch

Aug. 26

President’s Address & Convocation


Aug. 29

Fall 2011 Classes Begin


Sept. 1

NEH Summer Stipends Application due

CLAS Dean’s Office, B-4-232 MAK

Sept. 5 + 6

Labor Day Recess


Sept. 6

Offices Open


Sept. 14

Unit Head Meeting

2215/2216 KC, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Sept. 16

CLAS Research Colloquium

308 PAD, 2:30-5:00 p.m.

Sept. 16

Deadline for Grandparents, Grandkids, Grand Valley (G3) camp –faculty in all disciplines welcome

For information, contact Margo Dill in the RMSC

Sept. 22

Michael Sandel, Distinguished Academic lecturer, Fall Arts Celebration

2nd Floor –EC, 7:00 p.m.

Sept. 28

Unit Head Meeting

2215/2216 KC, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Sept. 29

Fall Sabbatical Forum

308 PAD, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Sept. 30

Request for promotion or early tenure during W2012 Personnel Action

Submit your completed form to dean’s office (B-4-232 MAK)

*Sponsored by Provost’s office. Special invitations sent from their office.

**Sponsored by CLAS; invitation only

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