College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Unit Head Mailing 9-2-08  


1.      Opportunity –Teaching Professor Conference Call for Proposals 

2.      Institute of International Education Guest Speaker  

3.      Great Opportunity – Reception and Seminar for Faculty  

4.     CLAS Important Dates 



1)      Opportunity – Teaching Professor Conference Call for Proposals

The Teaching Professor newsletter and Magna Publications invite
presentation, panel discussion, and interactive poster session
proposals for the sixth annual Teaching Professor Conference.

The goal of the conference is to produce substantive work upon which
teaching professors can act as change agents for building legitimacy,
scholarship, and respect for their roles on campuses and in society.

The Teaching Professor Conference offers seven topical areas

presented as concurrent sessions and poster sessions for the various
roles and concerns of teaching professors. We invite submissions for
75-minute presentations and panel discussions

focusing on the agenda of "Educate. Engage. Inspire."


2)      Institute of International Education Guest Speaker – message from Jeff Chamberlain

On Weds. Sept. 3rd, at 2 pm in the Padnos International Center Resource Room. a representative from the Institute of International Education will be speaking with interested students about the National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships.

Boren Awards provide a unique funding opportunity for U.S. students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East). The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

The Boren Scholarship provides opportunities for undergraduate students to study in countries that are generally underrepresented in study abroad.

The Boren Fellowship allows graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate studies.

Boren Scholars are awarded up to $20,000 for an academic year and Boren Fellows are awarded up to $30,000 for two academic years.

Additional information on preferred geographic regions, languages and fields of study and application procedures can be found at www.borenawards.org.

For more information please contact Jeff Chamberlain (chamberj@gvsu.edu) or Rebecca Hambleton (hambletr@gvsu.edu) or NSEP at 1 800 618 NSEP or boren@iie.org. 


3)      Great Opportunity – Reception and Seminar for Faculty – Message from Oliver Wilson

On September 16, please join the West Michigan Presidents’ Compact Committee for a reception and faculty seminar….

A conversation with Dr. Alma Clayton-Pedersen:  Building a Curriculum and Pedagogy of Inclusion

When:  September 16:  6:15 p.m. Reception, 7 p.m. Lecture.

Where:  Willow Room, Prince Conference Center, Calvin College, 5201 Burton SE

RSVP to Michelle Loyd-Paige, Dean of Multicultural Affairs, Calvin College lopa@calvin.eduby September 9, 2008

Please forward to any interested faculty member...

Dr. Alma Clayton Pedersen is a nationally known lecture on diversity issues in higher education.  She’s currently a Senior Policy advisor for the Association of American Colleges and Universities.  For more information please see:  www.diversityweb.org/Digest/W00/alma.html.

The West Michigan Presidents’ Compact Committee is an implementation group of an anti-racism compact signed by the presidents of West Michigan colleges and universities.  For more information see:



4)<      CLAS Important Dates


Important Dates





Sept. 3

Unit Head Meeting-3:00-5:00

2215/2216 KC

Sept. 6

CLAS Alumni Board Meeting

B-4-243 MAK

Sept. 8

Schedule Training Meeting,

10:00 a.m.

2215/2216 KC

Sept. 8

Music at Grand Valley, Fall Arts Celebration

8:00 p.m. Louis Armstrong Theatre

Sept. 12 (extended deadline)

Distinguished Alumni-In-Residence Selection**


Sept. 15

Award Submissions due to Dean’s Office

B-4-232 MAK

Sept. 17

Unit Head Meeting

2215/2216 KC

Sept. 18

Tenure/promotion dinner*

Alumni House

Sept. 19

CLAS Research Colloquium

2:30-5:00, 308 PAD

Sept. 24

New MAK Open House

9:30-11:30 a.m.

Sept. 24

Stephen Greenblatt- Guest Lecturer-Fall Arts Celebration

EC, 2nd Floor

Sept. 29

Nomination form for promotion/early tenure due

B-4-232 MAK

Oct. 1

Budget Requests for 2009-2010

Pat Haynes, B-4-232 MAK

Oct. 7

Art Gallery Exhibit, Fall Arts Celebration

5:00-7:00, Art Gallery, PAC

Oct. 10

Distinguished Alumni-In-Residence Luncheon*


Oct. 15

Facilities Requests due (form on website)

B-4-232 MAK

Oct. 24

Oct. 25

Dance Stars Across America, Fall Arts Celebration

8:00 p.m. Louis Armstrong Theatre

2:00 p.m. Louis Armstrong Theatre

Oct. 29

Poetry Night, Fall Arts Celebration

7:00 p.m. Eberhard Center

Oct. 31

CLAS Casual Costume Friday


 * By invitation only

**Fall 2008 participating departments for A.I.R. event are:

School of Communications (COM)         

Geography (GPY)                              

Writing (WRT)                                   

Biomedical Sciences (BMS)              

Statistics (STA)                                  

Mathematics (MTH)                           

Art and Design (ART)                        

Sociology (SOC)                                

History (HST)                                     

Modern Languages and Literatures (MLL)     

Physics (PHY)                                   



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