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


CLAS Weekly Mailing 02-23-22


 1. Reach Higher Together 

 2. Repair Clinic Tonight 

3. Campus Dining Makes Headway 



4. Clarification on Midterm Grading Deadline 

5. CLAS Vision, Commitments and Action Plan (2021-2025), Faculty Fellows, implementation teams 

6. Outcomes of the election  



7. Important deadlines      

8. Upcoming events      


COVID Policy 




1. Reach Higher Together 

Now that the university’s Reach Higher Together plan has officially launched, we thought you might like access to a one-pager overview as well as the full document. 

One-pager overview 



 2. Repair Clinic Tonight 

Now that we are back at Alert Level 2, Repair Clinic will be held 6-8 p.m. tonight (Feb. 23) in the Holton Hooker Multipurpose Room.  Please let students in your sphere know that they can drop in to have not only free mending, but also free knitting instruction, an advising conversation, and a healthy snack. 


3. Campus Dining Makes Headway 

Campus dining, though not yet to full employment, has opened Hen and Harvest, Pizza, the Grill, and late-night options in Kleiner this semester. There are also many upcoming special upcoming dining events that faculty and staff can share with students. 



4. Clarification on Midterm Grading Deadline 

CLAS midterm grades are due by midnight on Monday, February 28, 2022. We are using the same grade submission timeline used for final grades in the fall semester and will continue to use this timeline in the future. Apologies for any confusion. Any questions regarding grading should be directed to AD Betty Schaner. 


5. CLAS Vision, Commitments and Action Plan (2021-2025), Faculty Fellows, implementation teams 

As you will have seen in the email that went out to the college from Dean Drake yesterday, the college is pleased to present to you the CLAS Vision, Commitments and Action Plan (2021-2025). The linked document represents more than a year of collaborative work within the College. Thank you for the time you spent in Jamboard sessions last winter and in unit meetings this fall to generate feedback on an earlier draft of the plan. Special thanks to the 35 CLAS staff and faculty members who participated in our strategy and innovation groups and who helped to evaluate the mounds of feedback we received from across the College.  

The CLAS plan describes two signature initiatives and three support initiatives.   

  • The two signature initiatives are college-wide priorities. They represent the integration of strategies and tactics that engendered the greatest amount of enthusiasm across the most units in CLAS. These curricular/pedagogical initiatives must be faculty-driven, and the Dean’s Office will help coordinate the work and invest the resources necessary.   

  • The three support initiatives address strategies and tactics that resonated with faculty and staff in CLAS, and that intersect with the work that is occurring in the signature initiatives. Because the three support initiatives are also tied to institutional priorities and administrative structures, the CLAS Dean’s Office will steward the work in collaboration with Faculty Council, the Graduate Directors Council, the Faculty Development Committee, and CLAS staff and faculty.  

What happens now?   

  • Implementation Teams: Teams will be established to lead each of the initiatives. Teams will research, design, launch, assess, and share pilot projects that have the potential to be implemented across the College.   

  • Apply to Participate: We encourage interested faculty and staff to apply to be Faculty Fellows and implementation team members. Note that membership on the teams is not a prerequisite for participation in the pilot projects. The implementation teams will be engaged in conversation with units across CLAS and will draw upon the assets and tactics that have already been documented as part of our planning process.  

  • Faculty Fellows: During the next several weeks, we will be looking for 4-5 Faculty Fellows to lead the work on each of the two signature initiatives. Tenured faculty may apply for these positions. Applications are due on March 7.   

  • Team Members: Faculty and staff interested in positions on the implementation teams will be asked to submit applications in early April (more details will follow the selection of the Fellows).  

  • Start-Up Meeting: Implementation teams will have initial meetings on May 4 and 5.  

  • Summer Work: Implementation teams will work from May 6-June 29.  

  • Report Out: Implementation teams will meet and report out on their work on June 30.  

  • Finalize Plans: During July and August, Faculty Fellows and Dean Leads will finalize plans for 2022-23.  

As you read the plan and reflect on where you or your unit might like to plug in, we encourage you to have conversations with your unit head. Questions about the Faculty Fellow positions or implementation team membership should go to Donovan Anderson. 


6. Outcomes of the Election  

All AFF candidates have been elected.  Congratulations. 

TT election results will be confirmed later this week and announced soon after.   



7.  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. 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. 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.  



8. Upcoming‌ ‌events         ‌ ‌ ‌                                   

Feb. 23  Repair Clinic 6-8 p.m. Holton Hooker. Free to all GVSU students.   

Mar 1   A Conversation with Fiona Hill: Russia, Ukraine, and American Democracy. Fiona Hill served on the National Security Council from 2017 to 2019 and is currently Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. 10 – 11 a.m., Pere Marquette Room 

Mar. 2   Unit Head Meeting via Zoom     

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

Mar. 14 India: Our Reluctant, Critical Partner in Asia, Richard M. Rossow, Senior Advisor and Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, DC. 3-4 p.m., 2263 KC         

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     

Apr. 29 7 p.m. Commencement (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), Van Andel Arena  


Blackboard Ultra migration website 

eLearning Technologies team has prepared an LMS migration website that includes extensive information about the University’s transition to Blackboard’s modern “Ultra” user experience. 


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)   



Stanford University Innovation Fellows (UIF), interdisciplinary design thinking- and innovation-centered training program 

The provost office has provided the funding necessary to support a cohort of four students in completing the training and becoming fellows. The cost to students to be a part of this program is $0. 

 The University Innovation Fellows program empowers students to become agents of change at their schools. The Fellows are a global community leading a movement to ensure that all students gain the attitudes, skills, and knowledge required to navigate a complex world.  

Fellows create student innovation spaces, start entrepreneurship organizations, facilitate experiential workshops, work with faculty and administrators to develop new courses, and much more. They serve as advocates for lasting institutional change with academic leaders, lending the much-needed student voice to the conversation about the future of higher education.  

What does the program entail? 

  • Contact and collaboration with Stanford's Hasso Platner Institue of Design (d.School) 

  • Access to a global network of Fellows 

  • A six-week online training program 

  • A mentor from another school who has been through the program 

  • A project to address a need at GVSU through design thinking 

  • A chance to go to Stanford for the global Silicone Valley Meetup, a conference where fellows from around the world gather for a weekend of workshops and learning 

More info here: 


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