Weekly Mailing to Tenure line, Affiliate, Visitors, Administrative Professionals, and Professional Support Staff in CLAS


CLAS Weekly Mailing 01-19-22


1. Grand Morsels 

2. Watch for changes in event modality 

3. Advising Tips 

4. Last Call! Niemeyer Student Awards Nomination deadline is Friday, January 21 



5. The neurodiverse student 

6 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Information Session 


Unit Heads 

7. GVSU Employee Departure Notice Process – From Human Resources 



8. Important deadlines 

9. Upcoming events 


COVID Policy Links 



1. Grand Morsels 

Welcome to the inaugural session of Grand Morsels, a virtual series communicating science concepts. The name Grand Morsels reflects the intent to break down, or digest, large or difficult scientific topics into understandable bite-size morsels. 

Each month, GVSU faculty from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) will be sharing their expertise in an interesting and practical manner with the theme of Science is Everywhere Around Us, hosted by the Regional Math and Science Center (RMSC). The programs will be interactive with time for questions.  

Grand Morsels - January 25 topic: 
Talking Through the Air: The Science of Wireless Communication  

This session will look at the evolution and science behind something we depend on every day: broadcast transmissions. This is a look into how we get radio, television, and other information beamed to our homes. Explore how radio communication happens: how the human voice is sent through the air and heard hundreds of miles away – sometimes further! Learn how the technology that made radio evolved into television, satellite, and cellular signals. presented by Dr. Len O'Kelly, GVSU School of Communications. 

For more information and to register 

The program is FREE and will be offered through Zoom on the last Tuesday of each month (during the academic year) 7-7:45 p.m. and is intended for K-12 teachers, along with secondary students and the community.  

Save the Dates: February 22, March 29, April 26, 2022 
Future topics for 2022 will be presented by GVSU CLAS faculty from anthropology, chemistry, and biology. 


2. Watch for changes in event modality 

Please note that events may be changing modality while we are in Alert Level 3. For instance, the Faculty Awards Convocation and both winter 2022 GVSU Arts Celebration events have been changed to virtual. Check websites for updates. 


3. Advising Tips - Student Conduct, Intervention and Support 

The Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (OSCCR) provides faculty and staff with support, services and guidelines that pertain to academic integrity. When incidents occur, faculty are encouraged to file a report to request additional action. This keeps a record of all incidents and allows the full University Conduct Process to be initiated. 


Students of Concern – Faculty and staff are encouraged to refer a student via the CARE process who may be struggling with academic, personal, and/or emotional difficulties and may be exhibiting concerning behavior. Referrals are made through the Navigate Student Platform and staff from the Student Academic Success Center and Dean of Students Office will provide outreach to students. Questions regarding this process should be directed to Emily First ([email protected]), Student Support Manager. Additional information and outreach strategies can be found on the Students of Concern flyer


The Faculty/Staff Referral Guide provides easy access to a wide variety of support services on campus for our students. 


4. Last Call! Niemeyer Student Awards Nomination deadline is Friday, January 21 

The Niemeyer Awards nominations are due to the CLAS Dean’s Office ([email protected]) by January 21. For more information, timeline and Nomination Form, go to the Provost website




5. The neurodiverse student 

Mentoring Neurodiverse Students, Part 1 
Friday, February 4, 2022, 1-2:30 p.m. 

Mentoring Neurodiverse Students, Part 2 
Friday, February 18, 2022, 1-2:30 p.m. 

Like most universities, GVSU has an increasingly neurodiverse student population. Mentors can play critical roles in supporting students with Autism, ADHD, or other types of neurodiversity in their college experiences and help prepare them for post-graduate success.  

This two-part series is designed for faculty and staff to provide a strengths-based approach to understanding and supporting neurodiverse students. Sessions will occur virtually and will include a combination of lecture and small group discussion. Participants should plan to attend both sessions. 

Facilitated by Jamie Owen-DeSchryver, Psychology, and presented by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (OURS). 


6. Fulbright U.S. Scholar Information Session 

Date: Thursday, February 3 

Time: 3 - 4 p.m. 

Format: Zoom (contact Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program:  a brief overview of its purpose and structure, application timeline and evaluation criteria followed by Q and A. 

Faculty speakers:   

  • Lara Jaskiewicz (2019-2020, Lithuania) 

  • Dianne Conrad (2019-2020, Ireland) 

  • Rachel Powers (2019-2020, Argentina) 

  • Robert Adams (2018-2019, Austria) 


Unit Heads 


7. GVSU Employee Departure Notice Process – From Human Resources 

In addition to submitting a formal resignation or retirement notice to the Appointing Officer, Human Resources now requires the Supervisor (or Academic Coordinator) to complete the online Departure Form. Please go to GVSU Employee Departure Notice Process to submit the form when someone retires or resigns, and for helpful information and checklists for a smooth transition.  




8.  Important‌ ‌deadlines      ‌        ‌ ‌ ‌                              

Anytime       Faculty can self-submit an item for the FORUM.   [email protected]           ‌ ‌     ‌ ‌ ‌   ‌              
Each Day     All members of the GVSU community must fill out the online self-assessment each day they are on campus. (VAT)           

Jan. 18, 19, 20 Tutoring Director candidates’ talks 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.   request the Zoom links here  

Jan. 19     Unit Head Meeting 3-5 p.m.    

Jan. 20     Provost candidate #2  

Jan. 20     CLAS Faculty Research Colloquium, 3 p.m.  

Jan. 21     Budget Planning Template due to Dean’s Office, Rafael Juarez-Yuen  

Jan. 21 Niemeyer Student Award Nominations due to Dean’s Office (Kristin Winfrey)     

Jan. 21   Deadline to apply for the 3-Minute Thesis Competition (3MT). Students completing graduate-level independent research, dissertations, and theses are eligible to participate.     

Jan. 24    Nominations open for governance committees  Nominations close Feb. 7. 

Jan. 24    Faculty governance nominations open today  

Jan. 24    Provost candidate #3  

Jan. 24      Visitor Request System for 2022-2023 academic year due; online system closes    

Jan. 27    Provost candidate #4  

Jan. 28       For joint appointments and other reassignments, date by which secondary unit head submits feedback on FAR to primary unit’s head so that this feedback can appropriately be taken into consideration.     

Feb. 4       75% tuition refund deadline   

Feb. 7       Nominations for governance committee close at midnight   

Feb. 11     Units submit contract renewal materials to the Dean’s Office (CLAS Personnel Committee     

Feb. 11-18 AFF Faculty vote in election for AFAC and CAFAC. 

Feb. 14-21 TT Faculty vote in election for CLAS and University committees 

Feb. 18     Units submit tenure and promotion materials to the Dean’s Office (CLAS  Personnel Committee)     

Feb. 18       Last date by which unit’s peer review should be complete, considering joint appointment feedback when relevant. (Units may opt for earlier deadlines.)      

Feb. 25      Units submit promotion only materials (promotion to associate professor if not associated with a tenure decision)     

Mar. 1      Mid-term grades due by 12 p.m.      

Mar. 1     Annual Schedule goes live in Banner 

Mar. 6 – 13  Spring Break     

Mar. 9      Date by which unit head submits electronic FARs, CVs, and Unit Head Summaries to Dean’s office.  

Mar. 11   “W” deadline (by 5 p.m.)    

Mar. 15  CLAS Award Nominations due to Dean’s Office (Kristin Winfrey)  

Mar. 21   Open Registration Begins 



9. Upcoming‌ ‌events         ‌ ‌ ‌                              

Jan 19     Promoting Active Learning  (ACUE) January 22 for faculty of all types. Application deadline January 19.    

Jan. 20   Opening 5-8 p.m. Sorrow/Fullness: A Reflection on Mourning. 

Jan. 25     Grand Morsels 

Jan. 27     Blood drive, KC 2263, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. 

Feb. 3     Blood drive, Holton-Hooker Hall, 11 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.   

Feb. 3     Fulbright U.S. Scholar Information Session, 3 p.m. Zoom. Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships                   

Feb. 8      Faculty Awards Convocation, virtual 

Feb. 17   CLAS Faculty Research Colloquium, 3 p.m.      

Feb. 18-19  Sixth annual Roger That! public symposium on space exploration   

Feb. 22     Grand Morsels 

Feb. 23 Repair Clinic (format to be decided depending on Alert Level closer to the event)  

Mar. 14   GVSU Arts Celebration Poetry Night  (virtual)         

Mar. 29   2022 Mosaic Lecture.  Dr. Mariel Vazquez, professor of Mathematics at UC Davis     

Mar. 29     Grand Morsels 

Mar. 31   New Music Ensemble Composition Competition       

Apr. 5      GVSU Arts Celebration Lecture presents: An Evening with Hanif Abdurraqib    (virtual)            

Apr. 9   Princeton Review free/online virtual exam, MCAT Practice Test (April 9)        

Apr. 9   Princeton Review free/online virtual exam, GRE Practice Test (April 9)        

Apr. 9   Princeton Review free/online virtual exam, DAT Practice Test (April 9)        

Apr. 26  Grand Morsels 


COVID Policy Links

Lakers Together 

Attendance policy

Travel Risk Assessment Tool and other travel information

Face Coverings Compliance Protocol (including employee FAQs)

Cancellation/Closure/Remote policy (SLT 6.3) which was updated in 2020 by the Senior Leadership Team.


Academic Support is available for all students 

 Advising Centers – the students in each college at GVSU have access to professional academic advisors to assist with course scheduling, major exploration and dissemination of academic policies and procedures. Each center is now offering virtual appointment scheduling via Navigate. Both in-person and virtual sessions are available for many courses. 

 Tutoring Center – scheduled and drop-in tutoring is available for many 100 and 200 level classes. The Center is offering virtual tutoring sessions that can be scheduled through the new Navigate student platform. Encourage students to seek help early and often! 

 Fred Meijer Center for Writing and Michigan Authors – the Center provides assistance to all students with any writing project throughout their academic careers. Virtual appointments and drop-in hours are available. 

 University Libraries – a variety of services, resources, study, and presentation spaces are available for students, faculty, and staff.  

 The Knowledge Market – Drop by the Knowledge Market at the Mary Idema Pew or Steelcase Library or make an appointment to meet with consultants from the Library Research Center, the Writing Center, the Speech Lab, or the Data Inquiry Lab. Consultants work one-on-one or in small groups to develop research strategies, analyze data, improve writing, and polish presentation. 

MyLakerSuccess website links students (and faculty and staff) to a wide variety of academic, personal, and professional resources. 

 MyBlueLaker is an interactive virtual assistant available to students to download on phones and other devices. Students can ask questions via the app and are provided with quick answers and links to a wide variety of campus resources.  


Winter Information Sessions about Fellowships 

Listings on the Fellowships website 

Page last modified May 16, 2022