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


CLAS Weekly Mailing 08-11-21


1. Strategic Planning  

2.  CLAS Start Up Meeting Advanced Notice 

3. Reminder: Finance Approvals 


Faculty and Unit Heads    

4.  Tenure Track Professional Development Funds – Message from Assistant Dean Michelle McCloud    



5.  Important‌ ‌Due‌ ‌Dates               

6. Upcoming‌ ‌Events             






1. Strategic Planning  


Dean Drake and Associate Dean Anderson integrated feedback from faculty and unit heads into the draft of the CLAS Vision, Strategies, Tactics, Action Plan and presented it to several members of the SSIG/WSIG. Representatives from that group will present this document at the Fall Start-Up Meeting on August 26. 



2.  CLAS Start Up Meeting Advanced Notice 

On Thursday, August 26, from 10:00 a.m. until approximately 12:00 p.m. the honor of your presence is requested at the 2021 CLAS Faculty and Staff Meeting. This meeting will take place on the Zoom platform.  


You will receive an email invitation soon, but you may register now to receive a Zoom link, which will arrive in your email after you submit the request. 


Agenda papers will be available soon on the website Start Up page. 


Before the meeting on August 26, we invite you to coffee, refreshments, and conversation under the tent near Zumberge pond from 8:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. 



3. Reminder – Finance Approvals 

Pcard applications, Declining Balance Debit Cards requests and Banner Finance Access Request forms should be forwarded to Assistant Dean McCloud ([email protected]) for review and approval. If you have any questions or concerns, please call (616) 331-2495. 



Faculty and Unit Heads  


4.    Tenure Track Professional Development Funds – Message from Assistant Dean Michelle McCloud 

Last year, in light of the pandemic, professional development funds were centralized under CSCE. Professional development funds have been returned to the units this year. The following changes will occur with professional development funds beginning July 1, 2021: 

 a. The guidelines for use of funds that were put in place last year have been adopted. They are provided below. 

 b. At the end of the year, the college will have to report on the use of professional development funds that will include information of any allocation of supplemental funding above the $900/faculty member. Reporting guidelines are being developed and will be shared with unit heads and faculty once available. 

Guidelines for use of professional development funds 

  • Registration fees and travel for conferences, workshops, or other professional meetings relevant to the faculty member’s scholarship or teaching 
  • Registration fees for continuing education courses required for obtaining and renewing licensure and credentials 
  • Membership dues to professional organizations relevant to the faculty member’s scholarship or teaching 
  • Costs of in-state travel for the purposes of scholarship such as field study, archival, and data collection 
  • Material costs relevant to the faculty member’s scholarship or teaching that are not readily available (books, journals, videos, microforms, laboratory and studio supplies, software, datasets, etc.) [NOTE: computer software, hardware, or peripherals must follow the Technology Supply Policy
  • Editorial services/fees for article, journal or book submissions [NOTE: payments for services must be done through department P-card according to Business and Finance Purchasing Procedures - the independence of the provider must be established]  
  • Participation Support on Human Subjects Research Studies 


Calendars          ‌    ‌ ‌ ‌              

5.  Important‌ ‌Due‌ ‌Dates      ‌        ‌ ‌ ‌                  ‌ ‌ ‌   ‌     ‌ ‌ ‌                   

Aug. 10-11 Examinations - 2nd 6 and 12 weeks            

Aug. 16    Grades Due from faculty - 2nd 6 and 12 weeks            

Aug. 18   Deadline for units to cancel low-enrolled courses 

Aug. 30  Candidate Submits Personnel Portfolio to Unit Head       

Sep. 1    The electronic sabbatical site is open for eligible faculty to submit proposals. Proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. on September 1. The Sabbatical website provides a proposal template and helpful information for completing the proposal.         

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6. Upcoming‌ ‌Events         ‌ ‌ ‌               

Aug. 11-13 New Faculty Orientation (TT)       

Aug. 11   Science on Tap: Why Lead In Pipes. Speaker: John Bender, Chemistry.  SpeakEZ Lounge, 600 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids.  8 p.m. 

Aug. 11-14  Ethics, Practical Reasoning, Agency: Sellars' Practical Philosophy Online workshop, Aug. 11-14, 2021. 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily.  You are cordially invited to attend this online workshop on the practical philosophy of the influential 20th century American philosopher Wilfrid Sellars. Registration is free.       

Aug. 16  Start date for Kristin Winfrey, CLAS Office Coordinator (AY) [surge position]      

Aug. 24  Unit Head Retreat: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Grand Ravines Lodge – 9920 42nd Ave. Jenison, MI 

Aug. 25  Fall Conference on Teaching and Learning. Register in Sprout         

Aug. 26    In-person coffee, refreshments, and conversation, 8:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Under the tent near Zumberge Pond

Aug. 26   CLAS Fall Startup meeting, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  [Zoom]   

Aug. 27      GVSU Arts Celebration “Honest and Unrefined: Art Outside the Academy”.  Aug. 27 – Nov. 5, 2021. GVSU Art Gallery, Haas Center for the Performing Arts     

Sep. 8 Unit Head Meeting: 3 - 5 p.m, KC Room 2204 Pere Marquette Room    

Sep. 10    Paleo-Olympics, 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.   

Sep. 17    CLAS Faculty Research Colloquium. Add yourself to the Zoom link list. Note: You only need to sign up once to receive all Zoom links for the colloquium this AY. 

Sep. 22 Unit Head Meeting: 3 - 5 p.m., Zoom    

Sep. 22 Unit Head Meeting: 3 - 5 p.m., Zoom    

Sep. 30      Opening Reception for Honest and Unrefined: Art Outside the Academy: Sep. 30, 2021; 5 – 8 p.m.   GVSU Art Gallery, Haas Center for the Performing Arts      

Oct. 4        GVSU Arts Celebration Tesla Quartet Beethoven concert.  7:30 p.m. Cook DeWitt.     

Oct. 15    CLAS Faculty Research Colloquium. Add yourself to the Zoom link list

Nov. 10-11 Teach In. For more information, contact Prof. Karen Gipson, faculty lead for the 2021 Teach-in, at [email protected] . 

Nov. 19  CLAS Faculty Research Colloquium. Add yourself to the Zoom link list










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