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


CLAS Weekly Mailing 02-09-22


 1. Advising and Registration Tips 

2. Anti-Racism, White Consciousness learning cohort 



3. TT and AFF Candidates, please check this page ASAP 

4. Voting begins soon 

5. New FTLC Series 

6. AACU Conference on Diversity, Equity, and Student Success [Funding Available] 


Unit Heads  

7. Supporting CLAS Affiliate Faculty 



8. Important deadlines    

9. Upcoming events    

COVID Policy 




1.  Advising and Registration Tips  

The 2022 Spring/Summer schedule of classes is now available to view in Banner. The Fall 2022 and Winter 2023 schedules will be viewable on March 1. Students will also receive an email from the Registrar with their assigned registration date. The full schedule is now available and outlines the specific registration dates based on credits completed and in progress. 

As students prepare for the opening of the registration process, we wanted to direct faculty attention to the CLAS Faculty Advising Repository. This is a handy “one stop” advising resource. Another helpful resource is the CLAS Academic Advising Center where you can access curriculum guides for all CLAS majors and minors for all active catalog years. Registration begins on Monday, March 22. 

As a reminder, the student Guest Application process has changed. Previously, students used one uniform guest application to apply to any Michigan school. The new process requires that students who wish to attend elsewhere during the spring/summer semester use the application specific to the institution they plan to attend. Please refer students to the website for the transfer school for assistance. Students can search for schools that offer specific courses accepted by GVSU by using the Michigan Transfer Network and selecting the “Transfer Your Courses” option. 


2. Anti-Racism, White Consciousness learning cohort

The Inclusion & Equity Institute is once again offering its Anti-Racism, White Consciousness learning cohort. This is a virtual 5-part series during which we will do the self-examination work of understanding how to deepen ally-ship through anti-racism commitments. The series takes place Mondays 3:00pm-5:00pm on February 28, March 7, March 21, April 4, April 18 via Zoom. Registration is available on Sprout and is limited to only 25 participants. Maddie Creutz, co-facilitator, is available for questions at [email protected]





3. TT and AFF Candidates, please check this page ASAP 

If you have accepted nomination for the faculty governance election, we ask that you check this election webpage (TT, AFF) to make sure your name, unit, and statement are displaying correctly for the committee membership you seek. If not, please email [email protected] so that we can adjust before the ballot is finalized on Friday. 


4. Voting Begins Soon 

Affiliate Faculty: Voting begins Friday! The ballot will be open from 1 a.m. on Friday, February 11 until 11:59 p.m. on February 18. Questions may be directed to Len O’Kelly [email protected].  

TT Faculty: Voting begins Monday! The ballot will be open from 1 a.m. on Monday, February 14 until 11:59 p.m. on February 21. Questions may be directed to Len O’Kelly [email protected].  


Approval Voting: CLAS elections use approval voting. Faculty vote for everyone they think can ‘do the job’ of the committee. If there are 5 people running for 2 seats on a committee and all of them (based upon the text they uploaded about why they are accepting the nomination) appear capable of embracing the work of the committee, then you may vote for all 5. Once voting is open, click on the Ballot link and vote for the nominee by clicking on the box beside the nominee’s name. Please be sure you have the time to look at every committee as voting can take some time to go through the entire ballot. You may not re-enter your ballot. Information on committees and candidate statements may be viewed in advance (start on the Faculty Governance page). 


5. New FTLC Series   

Visual Literacies: Concepts and Methods 

Our students negotiate a myriad of visual media, within and beyond the classroom. How can we support their engagement with these materials in nuanced and informed ways? This series offers participants an introduction to core concepts and practices associated with visual literacy. The sessions can be taken independently but are also designed to complement one another. Consider combining two or more workshops bridging theory with practice to support student learning. 


Topics include: 

Visit the Pew FTLC’s Visual Literacies: Concepts and Methods webpage and for links to register in Sprout.  


6. AACU Conference on Diversity, Equity, and Student Success [Funding Available] 

CLAS has been involved in a collaborative effort with CUSE and with CSCE on the integration of DEIA work into our scholarship, service, and teaching, and the Dean’s Office has funds available to send faculty to the 2022 AACU Conference on Diversity, Equity, and Student Success from March 17-19. The conference will take place in New Orleans, but we would like to encourage faculty to consider the virtual option. The virtual option can provide the flexibility necessary to accommodate the complexity and the busyness of our lives, and it would also allow more people to participate. 

We will ask participants to take part in a pre-conversation and a post-conversation. The goals of these meetings will be for faculty to connect and to learn from each other, as we think about our curriculum, our pedagogy, and our scholarship and about how we can best serve our students. 

The early bird deadline for registration is February 14. If you are interested in attending this conference, please send an email to Donovan Anderson ([email protected]) by noon on Friday, February 11. 


Unit Heads  

7.  Supporting CLAS Affiliate Faculty 

Unit heads can find the memo about best practices regarding affiliate faculty in the CLAS Unit Heads Blackboard site in the “Non-TT Faculty Resources Folder.” Item number one in that document states with reference to contract renewals that departments should “provide their Affiliate Faculty with concise, well-written instructions for submission of various components of the review process, including due dates for each required element of the process.” 



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)              

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. 15    Requests to move S22/F22/W23 sections into Active Learning classrooms in MAK should be sent to Mona Silva   

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    AP Awards nominations are open until February 25 at 5 p.m.  

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

Feb. 25    The registration process for SSD begins on February 7- February 25, 2022.
Feb. 28 Cook Leadership Academy. Please direct students you work with to apply here before applications close on Monday, February 28.  

Feb. 28    Mid-term grades due by midnight        

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. 15 Spring/Summer Staffing Plans due to the Dean’s Office   

Mar. 21   Open Registration Begins    

Mar. 30 Deadline for nominations to Full Professor 

Mar. 30  Facilities requests for Summer 22 small projects (minor furniture changes, whiteboards, small department-funded projects) should be sent to George McBane. Prior discussion to establish feasibility, cost, etc. Recommended.   

Apr. 15 Requests for new dibs room assignments, accompanied by plans to fill them at or above the standards described at Department Dibs Room Use Policy, should be sent to Mona Silva

 Apr. 30 Sabbatical Reports deadline for Fall 2021 sabbaticals  


9. Upcoming‌ ‌events         ‌ ‌ ‌                                 

Feb.11 Indicator of Reduction in Soils (IRIS) Technology: An efficient tool for wetland identification, research, and management. AWRI Seminar. Contact Heidi Feldpausch ([email protected]) for the Zoom link. 

Feb. 16   Unit Head Meeting via Zoom   

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: Human impacts on the environment – the view from archaeology and the past     

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

Mar. 2   Unit Head Meeting via Zoom   

Mar. 14   GVSU Arts Celebration Poetry Night. Register for Poetry Night (virtual)            

Mar. 16   Unit Head Meeting via Zoom   

Mar. 19   2022 Michigan History Day Region 4   

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

Mar. 29     Grand Morsels: Why fish don’t freeze, how soap works, and more: The Amazing Chemistry of Water    

Mar. 30   Unit Head Meeting via Zoom   

Mar. 31   New Music Ensemble Composition Competition          

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

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. 13  26th Annual Student Scholar Day   

Apr. 13   Unit Head Meeting via Zoom   

Apr. 14 The Arnold C. Ott Lectureship in Chemistry: Microplastics are Here, There, and Everywhere. 5 p.m. reception for 6 p.m. lecture. Grand River Room, KC.   

Apr. 26   Grand Morsels: The Science of Handwashing     



COVID Policy Links

Lakers Together 

Provost’s COVID site

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.


Icy Patches?  

Many campus doorways have salt bins and shovels provided for quick touch ups. You can also report specific areas needing attention by calling 331-SNOW. 


GV Arts Celebration Poetry Night and Lecture postcards available 

All faculty and staff should have received a GV Arts postcard via their unit. If faculty would like a stack to distribute to a class, contact [email protected] to request. More information at Registration is open to the campus community and general public for both events: 

Poetry Night registration (Danez Smith, et al.) 

GVSU Arts Celebration Lecture registration (Hanif Abdurraquib) 

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