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


We have a new Provost  

As you will have read yesterday in the president’s email announcement and in the university’s external announcement (GVNext article on our new Provost), Dr. Fatma Mili will be our provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs beginning in July. Thank you to all those involved in this process, both our colleagues on the search committee and those who attended the candidate talks and provided feedback.  

We can look forward to Provost Mili’s commitment to and experience in exactly the kind of initiatives that rose to the top through our visioning process—high impact practices, experiential learning, community engagement, teaching excellence, scholarly engagement, DEIA, interdisciplinarity and multidisciplinarity, global perspectives, teaching with technology, and liberal education as essential for social transformation and the social good. She is a multilingual teacher-scholar with interests in arts and culture, the ethics of her own field, and student success.  

I find myself very glad that we will be ready to engage her with our developing initiatives when she arrives. John F. Kennedy said that “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” Provost Mili’s leadership will be shaped by what she learns from us, and we will be shaped by what we learn from her. I look forward to working with you to introduce Provost Mili to the excellent work of CLAS faculty, staff and students, and to our vision for the future. 



CLAS Weekly Mailing 02-16-22


1. Midterm Grading Reminder – From Assistant Dean Betty Schaner 

2. Addressing Academic Misconduct (Faculty & Staff) 

3. Reminder: CLAS Service Award nominations   



4. Historical Analysis  

5. Your eLearning support people 

6. Time to Vote! 

7. Classroom improvements 



8. Important deadlines     

9. Upcoming events       

COVID Policy 





1. Midterm Grading Reminder – From Assistant Dean Betty Schaner ([email protected])  

Midterm evaluations are the week of February 21 and midterm grades must be reported in the Banner grading system by midnight, Monday, February 28. Midterm grades are required for all first-year students (including ALL new transfer students) who started Fall 2021 and Winter 2022, and for undergraduate students classified as less than good standing. Reporting grades in Blackboard does not meet the midterm grading requirement. Information on the process for reporting midterm grades is provided by the Registrar’s Office. 

New this semester, faculty can identify students who require midterm grades by checking the Class List Button on the Banner Additional Student Information page. You will need to log in with your GVSU network ID and password to access this site.  

Unit Heads are to notify Betty Schaner and Mona Silva of the designees for routing grading emails. In preparation for grading, please make sure your unit has current and accurate contact information for all faculty – tenured, tenure-track, affiliate, visitor, and adjunct – in case outreach is needed for missing grades. 

Unit Heads and New Faculty Mentors, please check with new faculty members, including affiliate, visitor, and adjunct, to confirm they understand the grade submission process. With the addition of all new transfer students, faculty teaching upper-level courses should be aware that mid-term grades may be required for more students than in the past. 



 2. Addressing Academic Misconduct (Faculty & Staff)  

Addressing academic misconduct is one of the many responsibilities of faculty and staff at GVSU. These conversations with students can be difficult and it is important that faculty and staff follow the procedures as outlined in the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities. This session is designed to equip faculty and staff with the tools needed to address academic misconduct and to review the partnership with OSSCR as they do so.  March 8, 10-11:30 a.m. workshop 



3. Reminder: CLAS Service Award nominations   

The CLAS Outstanding Service Awards Nomination Form is due to your unit head by March 1. The unit head is responsible for assembling the nominee’s materials and submitting to Kristin in the CLAS Dean’s Office ([email protected]) by March 15. The CLAS Service Awards include:  

  • CLAS Lifetime Faculty Service Award  

  • CLAS Annual Faculty Service Award  

  • CLAS Administrative and Professional Service Award   

  • CLAS Teaching Excellence Award for Affiliate Faculty Teaching Intro Level Classes 




4. Historical Analysis  

Starting Fall 2022, the general education category Historical Perspectives will be titled Historical Analysis, with updated student learning outcomes. Questions should be referred to the General Education Program at [email protected]


5. Your eLearning support people 

Each unit has a designated eLearning Instructional Designer and an Instructional Technology Project Specialist



6. Time to Vote! 

Both the AFF and TT elections are underway. 

AFF voting closes Friday, February 18 at 11:59 p.m.  AFF ballot 

TT voting closes Monday, February 21 at 11:59 p.m.  TT Ballot 

More information.   

Direct questions to Len O’Kelly, Faculty Council chair [email protected]


7. Classroom improvements 

The Academic Space Committee is looking for answers to “do we have classrooms that faculty don’t like that could be improved with modest changes?”  If you have suggestions for simple improvements of specific classrooms, please send them to George McBane by Friday, February 18.  Examples might include “needs tables rather than tablet desks”, “orientation is wrong; instructor should be on west side”, “needs another whiteboard on side wall”, “needs a second monitor at instructor station”, “needs better lighting on board.”  Your email need only specify each room and your suggestion for improving it. 





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. 11-18 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 Any changes of meeting time or modality anticipated for F22 or W23 courses should be made by this day so they can be in place when the schedule becomes visible on March 1. 


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. 18  Oldenburg Writing Contest deadline for submission. For more information, [email protected] 

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   

May 6  2022-2023 catalog changes due to [email protected]  

May 6 Facilities requests for work to be done Summer 2023 (more substantial projects needing university funding, renovations, whole-classroom furniture changes, etc.) Submit to Mona Silva on Facilities Request Form



9. Upcoming‌ ‌events         ‌ ‌ ‌                                  

Feb. 16   Unit Head Meeting via Zoom    

Feb. 16   Philosophy Club Meeting on fundamental aspect of Generalized Artificial Intelligence, the Turing Test. 6 p.m., MAK-B-LL-110 

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 will be in-person! 6-8 p.m. Holton Hooker Multipurpose Room.   

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. Register for lecture (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. 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 

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.


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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