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Weekly Mailing to TT, AFF, VIS, AP, PSS in CLAS

CLAS Weekly Mailing 02-24-21 

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1. Strategic Planning Update 

2. Be Quick! 2021 AACU Conference on Diversity, Equity, and Student Success 

3. I am GV Nominations Open 

4. Advising Tips --Student Success and Resources 

5. Upcoming Talk 

Faculty 

6. Student Dialogue: The Constitution, Insurrection, And Me  

7. Online and Hybrid Course Offerings 

8. From the Office of Fellowships 

Calendars       

9.  Important Due Dates       

10. Upcoming Events       

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1. Strategic Planning Update 

Last week, 3 units and the CLAS Affiliate Faculty Advisory Committee participated in visioning conversations.   

Total CLAS Faculty/Staff who have participated: 268  

Total CLAS Faculty/Staff who have submitted comments via the College Strategic Planning Website: 4    

 

2. Be Quick! 2021 AACU Conference on Diversity, Equity, and Student Success 

CLAS would like to invite interested faculty and staff in the College to attend the 2021 AAC&U Conference on Diversity, Equity, and Student Success. This virtual conference will take place from March 24-March 26. The lineup of pre-conference workshops on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 24 looks particularly intriguing. Topics such as “Anti-Racism and Social Justice Across the Curriculum”, “Developing a Framework for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Work”, and “Illuminating Greatness in Faculty Diversity, Retention, and Recruitment” align with important College and University priorities. CLAS would value your participation in this conference, as we work to build our capacity in this area and aim to pull together a cohort of people who are committed in DEI work. After the conference, we will meet to share our thinking and the insights we gained from this conference.  

For Faculty: Please apply for an FTLC Faculty Conference Grant. Note that the AAC&U early bird registration ends March 1. Since Grand Valley is a member institution of AAC&U and will be sending a large group of people, you should register as a Member Team, and the conference fee will be $195. The preconference workshops cost an additional $95. Please apply for the Faculty Conference Grant prior to registering for the conference through the AAC&U website. If you have used up your FTLC funding for this year, please let Donovan ([email protected]) know, and we will find the funds for you to attend. 

For Staff: If you are interested in attending this conference, please let Donovan know by Friday, February 26. 

 

3. I am GV Nominations Open 

The Office of Student Life’s I am GV campaign is back and accepting nominations through Sunday, March 7 at 11:59 p.m. 

The “I am GV” campaign seeks to recognize student leaders who are a part of our campus community. This is not limited to only areas related to Student Life – any current student may be nominated for their leadership. Students/Faculty/Staff may nominate up to 10 students.  

In 2020, over 600 students were recognized for their leadership with involvements from across campus.  

Nominate a student leader you know today:  submit a nomination 

 

 

4. Advising Tips --Student Success and Resources 

CLAS Academic Advising Center – the Center continues to offer virtual academic advising appointments for all CLAS and Exploratory Study Students. The appointment link on the Center’s website allows students to easily schedule these appointments online. 

Tutoring and Study Support – tutoring sessions are offered virtually for individual, small group and drop-in sessions. Students can schedule these appointments through the Navigate System and the Center’s website offers step-by-step directions for this process. The site also includes the list of courses currently being tutored and easy links to a wide variety of other study resources. 

Success Coaching and Study Skills Workshops – the Student Academic Success Center offers individualized success coaching sessions as well as drop-in and group workshops on study skills and other important student success strategies. 

 

5. Upcoming Talk 

The Department of Visual and Media Arts is sponsoring a talk by international artist, Tarrah Krajnak. 

Tarrah Krajnak stretches the possibilities of photography, performance, and installation. Her work engages with intellectual and material histories ranging from socio-political conditions of Lima, Peru in the late 1970s, to the legacy of modernist canons within the history of photography. She is the 2020 recipient of the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize for documentary studies.  Examples of her work can be seen on her website at: www.tarrahkrajnak.com 

Monday, March 8 at 2 p.m. for an artist talk via Zoom.  RSVP at [email protected] 

 

 

Faculty 

6. Student Dialogue: The Constitution, Insurrection, And Me  

 

Dialogue Across Difference is a series of dialogues led by students, for students around current event topics that are presented at the President’s Roundtable series.  

 While the President’s Roundtable series is similar to community-discussion events held in the past, this new Dialogue series hopes to reach students in a more welcoming, intimate way. Please consider sharing  the information below with your students.  

 Join us on zoom Friday, February 26 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.  

Following the Presidential Roundtable discussion with Jeff Rosen, join us for a student dialogue as we reflect on the events that transpired on January 6, 2021 and our Constitution. 

Register here.  Questions, contact the Office of Student Life. 

 

7. Online and Hybrid Course Offerings 

revised UAS recommendation on hybrid/online course offerings was approved by the Provost on February 12.  Under this recommendation, courses need not be approved for online or hybrid delivery so long as our classroom capacities remain at the “socially distant” values. 

  

The Provost’s office has informed us that courses running in spring/summer 2021 and fall 2021 need not be approved for online or hybrid format, even if classroom capacities have returned to normal by fall 2021.   Winter 2022 will be the first semester where courses in online/hybrid format should be approved for those modalities, should we have returned to normal classroom capacities by then. 

 

 

8. From the Office of Fellowships 

Deadlines Coming Up: 

 Information Sessions: 

 New Announcements / Newly Opened Application Cycles: 

 

 

Calendars       

9.  Important Due Dates       

       

Feb. 22   provide feedback on draft of new University mission, vision, values statements here    

    

Feb. 24      Online system for Visitor Requests closes at 5 p.m.      

Feb. 26       Unit sabbatical recommendations due      

Feb. 26      Units submit promotion only materials (promotion to associate professor if not associated with a tenure decision)        

Mar. 2     Gilman Scholarship Student Deadline: 11:59pm Pacific Time     

Mar. 1        Nominator should submit form to the candidate’s unit head/supervisor for CLAS Service Awards       

Mar. 10      Mental break day, no classes.        

Mar. 12    CLAS Outstanding Service Award nominations are due to the Cindy Laug ([email protected]) in the Dean’s Office.  If the candidate is a staff member who reports directly to the dean, submit nomination to CLAS Dean’s Office       

Mar. 15     Faculty Activity Plan for 2021 need only describe work planned for fall semester 2021       

Mar. 15        Spring/Summer 2021 Staffing Plans due  

Mar. 19 Employee Self-Evaluation should be complete (for non-PSS employees), by March 19.   

Mar. 19 Supervisor fills out the form (for PSS employees), leaving Section D and the signature/date areas blank, by March 19.   

May 21    Catalog copy changes due to [email protected]  

   

Mar. 30  Nomination to full professor form to Heidi Nicholson     

Mar. 31   Minor facilities requests for Summer 2021 – minor furniture changes, whiteboards, small department-funded projects.  Submit directly to George McBane ([email protected]).  Prior discussion to establish feasibility, cost, etc. recommended.    

Apr. 1   Mental break day, no classes.        

Apr. 2 Supervisor prints off a hard copy of the form (with filled out information) and meets with the PSS employee to discuss, by April 2.   

Apr. 9    5 p.m. – Drop with a “W” deadline for Winter 2021       

Apr. 23 Supervisor signs/dates the form and scans (for PSS employees), then emails to GV Performance Management by April 23.   

Apr. 23 Supervisor finalizes evaluation (for non-PSS employees), including meeting with employee [Supervisor may begin with feedback as soon as they have received the submitted evaluation from their employee.]   

May 7   Facilities requests for Summer 2022 – changes requiring construction, full-classroom furniture changes, new electrical installations, etc.  Submit to Mona Silva ([email protected]) on Facilities Request Form available at https://www.gvsu.edu/clas/unit-heads-51.htm#F.    

Jun. 1   Unit Self-Studies due in GV Advance   

   

       

10. Upcoming Events       

     

Feb. 24      Unit Heads Meeting (Zoom)       

Feb. 24     Jeffrey Rosen: The Constitution,  7 p.m.,  Presidential Roundtable Series  

Feb. 26     AWRI Seminar Series: Sars-Cov-2 Testing in Wastewater: Welcome to The Digital World of PCR. Please contact Heidi Feldpausch at [email protected] if you are interested in participating. The Zoom ID and passcode will be sent out prior to the seminar.     

Mar. 18     CLAS Faculty Research Colloquium, use form to register to receive the Zoom link.       

Mar. 31     Unit Heads Meeting (Zoom)       

    

 



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