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




1. Strategic Planning Update    

 2. Save the date-- May 4 CLAS Spring Meeting 

3. Advising Tips 

4. Export Control Guidance for Faculty and Staff 



5. Is Your Laser Pointer Dangerous?   

6. From the Office of Fellowships  

7. Library survey 



8.  Important Due Dates      

9. Upcoming Events     


Spring Summer Courses 



1. Strategic Planning Update    


Last week, Visual and Media Arts and Anthropology were the final two units in CLAS to take part in visioning conversations. On Friday, the Strategy and Innovation Group met for the third time to discuss the ideas presented in their readings and the themes they had been hearing in the visioning workshops this semester. In April subgroups of the SIG will analyze Jamboards and meet on Friday afternoons to talk about what they are seeing. 

Total CLAS Faculty/Staff who have participated at least once: 498   

Total CLAS Faculty/Staff who have submitted comments via the College Strategic Planning Website: 8    



2.   Save the Date—May 4 CLAS Spring Meeting 

On May 4 from 2-3:30 p.m. on Zoom, the College of Liberal Arts and Science will hold a Spring Meeting for all CLAS faculty and staff.  Please hold this date to join your colleagues to celebrate our award winners, hear brief reports from CLAS faculty governance committee chairs, and receive an update on college visioning and planning to date as well as next steps.  Break out groups will allow for discussion.  An email invitation will be sent out soon including a Zoom link. 



3. Advising Tips --Accessing Advisee Lists Via Navigate   

Faculty can access a current list of assigned advisees through the Navigate platform. The instructions provide a step-by-step introduction to the report functions in Navigate and allows you to save this list for easy access in the future. This is also a great time to reach out to your students who are working their way through the registration process and may need some assistance. The report provides the ability to either email the group or provide individual outreach. 



4. Export Control Guidance for Faculty and Staff 

Federal laws control how items, technology, and data may be exported from the United States and shared with foreign persons within the United States. These laws intersect with many university activities—including, but not limited to, international collaborations, travel, and shipping—and in some cases a license from the federal government may be required. The Office of Research Compliance and Integrity has developed a guidance document for faculty and staff members to assist in identifying when export control flags may arise in your work. Please consult this guidance document and the GVSU Export Control website for more details, and contact the Office of Research Compliance and Integrity [email protected]; (616) 331-3197 if you have any questions and/or need us to conduct a review on your behalf. 




5.  MDE recommends approval of the new elementary teacher prep program 

The Michigan Department of Education has recommended approval with minor revisions of GVSU’s teacher preparation program applications for the B-K, PK-3, and 3-6 grade bands. The program includes the Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Elementary Teaching (PCKET) major housed in CLAS. Students will begin coursework for the new program in Fall 2021.   



6.  Is Your Laser Pointer Dangerous? 

With the growth in online availability of laser pointers, unregulated and dangerous pointers have hit the market. Lasers are classified on their hazard rating, from low (Class 1) to high (Class 4). Only Class 1, 2, 3R, or 3A laser pointers are permitted for use in classrooms.  Some of these lasers have been misclassified or have no classification rating at all. There is a real risk that these lasers could cause lasting eye damage to you or your students. You can find more information at the Laser Safety Website.  

Laser pointers should be purchased through Office Depot, GVSU’s preferred office supply vendor, or another reputable supplier. If you have a Class 3b pointer, an unlabeled pointer, or if you are concerned that the power level could be dangerous, Lab Safety can run it through our power meter to confirm the power classification and, if needed, replace it with a compliant laser. Contact Jim Seufert for more information. 




7. From the Office of Fellowships  


The SMART Program provides STEM students with the tools needed to pursue higher education and begin a career with the DoD. With a full scholarship, students pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degrees will be able to focus on complex research to further the DoD’s mission and create lasting impact. SMART is a one-for-one commitment; for every year of degree funding, the scholar commits to working for a year with the DoD as a civilian employee.  Summer internships prepare scholars for full-time employment and get them accustomed to working with the DoD. 

SMART offers a large package of benefits to qualified candidates: 

  • Full tuition 

  • Annual Stipend 

  • Summer Internships 

  • Health Insurance 

  • Experienced Mentor 

  • Employment at a DoD Facility 


GVSU Events

Interested in international service? Curious about the Peace Corps? Eager to learn more about the application process? Join this Information Session to hear from and ask questions of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers as well as the Peace Corps Recruiter for our region.  

Curious about fellowship opportunities leading to a career focused on using your language skills in the intelligence and security fields within the U.S. government (across many different agencies and departments, at home and abroad)? This is a great opportunity to learn a critical need language.  

  • Teaching English Abroad Information Session – April 16, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. 
    Are you interested in teaching English abroad? If so, join us to learn more! The Office of Fellowships is conducting an informational about fellowships that support the experience of teaching abroad: The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme (JET), English Program in Korea (EPIK), Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF), U.S. Teaching Assistantships at Austrian Secondary Schools (USTA), and many more! Please consider attending this event because fellowship-sponsored experiences like these open doors for future careers - they are great experiences in themselves and will stand out on your resume and broaden your cultural humility and intercultural skills. 

External events

  • Fulbright U.S. Student Program Overview Webinar, Wednesday, March 31, at 3 p.m.  Staff at the Institute of Internal Education (IIE) offer an overview of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program and the opportunities it provides to teach English, research, or study abroad. The new Fulbright Application cycle launches on this day – please spread the word! The GVSU deadline for completed Fulbright U.S. Student applications is Monday, August 16, 2021. 

  • Knight-Hennessy Scholars Outreach and Recruitment (multiple information sessions available)—The Knight-Hennessy Scholars (Stanford University) is a magnet for talent. They curate a multi-disciplinary community of scholars, offer a platform for purposeful leadership development, and empower scholars to affect a large-scale positive impact in the world.  


Open App Cycle (April due dates) 

  • Challenge Detroit Fellowship: Challenge Detroit brings together individuals of various intellects and backgrounds from across the country to make a positive contribution in Detroit by working with area companies, non-profits and cultural institutions. Fellows receive work placements at industry leading host companies and nonprofits, a $38,000 annual salary (+ benefits typical of the host company), and participate in strategic, intellectually-based, partner projects with area non-profits and a leadership development program. Fellowship application open for an extended period of time. / Due April 12, 2021 

  • Dorothy Day Fellowship Program: The Dorothy Day Fellowship Program is for women of faith who desire to live in community and share life with families experiencing homelessness. The two-year residential program in Ohio offers private living space, a stipend, educational options, and opportunities for growth, and more. Each fellow receives mentoring in the fight against family poverty and homelessness, as well as shares in the work of maintaining and staffing the shelter. While not required, fellows can also attend classes at nearby Xavier University to work towards a master's degree or professional certificate. Women of color are strongly encouraged to apply. / Due April 15, 2021 

  • City Year Corps: City Year Americorps Members are as diverse a group as the communities they serve. We’re looking for individuals to commit to one year of service to work alongside teachers and their peers to support the students who need that extra attention, to work on a diverse team, and who are ready to make a difference through a challenging and fulfilling experience. City Year Corps members are focused on helping students stay in school and on track to graduate. To participate, you must have a high school diploma, GED, some college, or a college degree; be able to dedicate 11 months to full-time service; be between age 18 and 25; and be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident alien. City Year operates in 24 locations in the U.S. Multiple deadlines. / Due April 16, 2021 

  •  Study Abroad in Japan: Bridging Scholarships: The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in at least a 3 month-long study-abroad program in Japan. A stipend of $2,500 (for students on semester-long programs) or $4,000 (for students on academic year programs) will be given to each candidate. Stipends will cover the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year. Applications are accepted twice a year for Bridging Scholarships. / Due April 16, 2021 



8. Library Survey 

University Libraries are working through a new strategic planning process and are seeking faculty input to shape the future directions of the Libraries. Please consider sharing your input in this three-question survey: 




8.  Important Due Dates            


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.         

Mar. 31   Fellowship deadlines:      

Apr. 1   Mental break day, no classes.       Homework or other assignments may not be due on the April 1 break day.   

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

Apr. 6   North America Language and Culture Assistants Program (NALCAP) – April 6, 2021 – North America Language and Culture Assistants Program (NALCAP) Deadline     


Apr. 8  Unit heads send unit commencement plans to Monica [email protected]   

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

Apr. 15  First Dibs Classroom Requests due to Cindy Laug ([email protected])    

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        

May 21    Catalog copy changes due to [email protected]      

Jun. 1   Unit Self-Studies due in GV Advance        



9. Upcoming Events            


Mar. 30   Indigenous History, Historical Ecology, and the Environmental Tipping Point in the Southern Amazon.  Contact Jim Penn for Zoom link.  

Mar. 31     Unit Heads Meeting (Zoom)            

Mar. 31     Peace Corps Information Event. Students interested in international service: Learn more about the application process. 3:30 p.m. Hear from returned Peace Corps Volunteers and Peace Corps Recruiter for our region.   RSVP for this event to receive a Zoom link.     

Apr. 9     Using Trophic and Movement Ecology to Inform Fisheries Management and Ecology, AWRI. 2 p.p. Contact [email protected] in advance for the Zoom link.  

Apr. 13   Graduate Showcase 2021     

Apr. 16   Graduate Dean's Citation Awards Virtual Event    

May 4  College Meeting 2-3:30 p.m. (Zoom) Invitation will be emailed. 





HST 303 01 Era of Sectional Conflict, Civil War, and Reconstruction 38114 

Asynchronous online in the spring semester 

Instructor: Professor Scott Stabler 

Join an online class this spring that addresses relevant issues on a daily basis. Statues, such as of Robert E. Lee, is just one of the many that causes people to reflect on history.  



Global Migration. PLS/GSI 215 

Instructor: Jack Mangala 

An interdisciplinary analysis of the global movement of immigrants and refugees and its relationship with culture, politics, the economy and development. Students will learn about human migration as a key feature of globalization. Possible topics include migration history, immigration policies, integration and citizenship, child migrants, border control, the global rise of anti-immigration parties, remittances and diaspora communities and transnationalism. 
* The course double dips for Gen Ed Foundations (Social and Behavioral Sciences) and Global Perspectives 


Personal Health and Wellness - PED 207- Sections 01, 02 and 03 
online asynchronous 

Instructors: Ingrid Johnson, Tess Armstrong, Eliza MacDonald 

Provides students with the knowledge, skills, and ability to assess personal health status and reduce risk behaviors. Social and behavioral models facilitating physical activity, health, and wellness are explored. Students will analyze physical, social, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, and environmental wellness. Fulfills Foundations - Social and Behavioral Sciences. 
3.000 Credit hours 


Move-Dance-Learn! PE and Dance for Elementary Education - 40266 - PED 266 - 01 
Instructor: Karol L Tiemersma 

Provides knowledge and skills for elementary classroom teachers to utilize best practices in Physical Education and Dance to enhance their teaching. Focuses on developmentally appropriate elementary Physical Education and Dance content and instruction, curriculum resources, classroom management, and cross-curricular integration. 2.000 Credit hours Class 9:00 am - 11:15 am TR In person 


Intercultural Communication COM 378 

Instructor: Anthony Spencer 

Our culture is our collective history/experiences. Culture impacts our lived experiences and our interactions with others. In Intercultural Communication we examine how fundamental issues of our identity like race, gender, sexuality, language, religion and other factors influence our communication. The course provides a chance to dialogue and learn about important cultural issues facing the U.S. and the rest of the world today. The more we learn about ourselves and others; hopefully we will become better communicators. This course will provide you a chance to find out how other people have different lived experiences and how we can show value to those differences. 


What's Language Got to Do With it? Exploring Identity through Language, Literature, and Culture. MLL 300 

Instructor: Majd Al-Mallah 

This course is offered online, with the goals of understanding the formation of identity through language, literature, and culture. Discussion will be based on literary works and films that highlight a deeper understanding of the issue of identity and its formation. All materials are in translation. Counts as an Issues course. 



American Government and Politics PLS 102 

Instructor: Whitt Kilburn 
Sec. 01, Online, Asynchronous, CRN: 39779 
Learning to think critically about politics and government is a foundation of democratic citizenship. PLS 102 offers an overview of these subjects in an American context. Students will learn about the constitutional foundation of American democracy, civil rights and liberties, campaigns and elections, and how Congress, the presidency, and judiciary function both in theory and in practice. Students will discover how these institutions interact with the news media, parties, and interest groups to affect governance. In a flexible, self-paced format, students review rich multimedia course materials to complete weekly assignments. No prerequisites. 


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