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


CLAS Weekly Mailing 09-01-21


1. Strategic Planning  



2. Strong Start 

3. Advising Tips 


Unit Heads 

4. Any Late Hires? 

5. Enrollment Projection tool for 22/23 scheduling 

6. Award Nomination Information from Associate Dean Anderson and the CLAS Faculty Development Committee 




7. Important Deadlines 

8. Upcoming Events 



1. Strategic Planning 

The draft CLAS Vision, Strategies, Tactics, Action Plan: A Series of Propositions 2021-2025 has been posted to the CLAS website. Unit heads and SIG members will lead unit conversations about this document in September and October. 



2. Strong Start 

How can we ensure that students begin their GVSU career strongly? Pew FTLC’s Strong Start Initiative focuses faculty attention on best practices for engaging students in first- and second-year undergraduate courses. If you are interested in learning more about the initiative or would like to strengthen your courses to best engage incoming students, do not hesitate to contact us. Direct inquiries to David Eick, Pew FTLC Faculty Fellow ([email protected]). 


Join a Fall 2021 Strong Start Initiative Faculty Learning Community (in-person or Zoom both available). 


3. Advising Tips  

Academic Support is available for all students: 

Advising Centers – the students in each college at GVSU have access to professional academic advisors to assist with course scheduling, major exploration and dissemination of academic policies and procedures. Each center is now offering virtual appointment scheduling via Navigate. Both in-person and virtual sessions are available for many courses. 

Tutoring Center – scheduled and drop-in tutoring is available for many 100 and 200 level classes. The Center is offering virtual tutoring sessions that can be scheduled through the new Navigate student platform. Encourage students to seek help early and often! 

Fred Meijer Center for Writing and Michigan Authors – the Center provides assistance to all students with any writing project throughout their academic careers. Virtual appointments and drop-in hours are available. 

University Libraries – a variety of services, resources, study and presentation spaces are available for students, faculty and staff.  

The Knowledge Market – Drop by the Knowledge Market at the Mary Idema Pew or Steelcase Library or make an appointment to meet with consultants from the Library Research Center, the Writing Center, the Speech Lab or the Data Inquiry Lab. Consultants work one-on-one or in small groups to develop research strategies, analyze data, improve writing and polish presentation. 

MyLakerSuccess website links students (and faculty and staff) to a wide variety of academic, personal and professional resources. 

MyBlueLaker is an interactive virtual assistant available to students to download on phones and other devices. Students can ask questions via the app and are provided with quick answers and links to a wide variety of campus resources.   

Late Add Process:  Students who wish to add classes after the open registration date (September 3 at 5:00 p.m.) will need to follow the posted procedure. Late registrations typically include additional tuition and late fees. 

Credit/No Credit Grade Requests: Students have until Friday, September 3 by 5:00 pm to request the Credit/No Credit grade option for Fall 2021 courses. The online process routes students through the appropriate permissions needed to use this grading option. 

Course Drop/Add/Refund Schedule for Fall 2021 is now posted to the Registrar’s website.   


Unit Heads 

4. Any late hires? 


If you have hired VIS, ADJ or AFF faculty since mid-August, they may not have received the publication The CLAS Teacher.  We would appreciate it if you could pass the current issue to them. 


5. Enrollment Projection tool for 22/23 scheduling 

A spreadsheet and instructions are available to help units predict course enrollments and the numbers of sections for their courses in academic year 22/23.  This is a revised version of the tool provided last year.  The files are available in the CLAS Unit Heads Blackboard site under Enrollment/Scheduling. 



6. Award Nomination Information (FDC Award Memo 2021) from Associate Dean Anderson and the CLAS Faculty Development Committee 

The nomination details and submission information are attached for your review.  The deadline to submit nomination packets is Friday, October 1, 2021.  If you have questions, please contact Kristin Winfrey at [email protected].  



7.  Important‌ ‌Deadlines      ‌        ‌ ‌ ‌               

 Anytime    Faculty can self-submit an item for the FORUM.             ‌ ‌     ‌ ‌ ‌   ‌     ‌ ‌ ‌                    

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.          

Sep. 3         Last day to Add, Register, or Pay by 5 p.m.  

Sep. 6         Labor Day Recess  

Sept. 9       Tentative: Annual Schedule software training on Coursedog, 10-11:30 a.m .

Sept. 20     Tentative: 2022-2023 Annual Schedule First Round opens in Coursedog  

Sep. 30      Nominations for Promotion to associate professor as part of winter actions due  

Oct. 1         Award Nominations due to Dean’s Office (Kristin Winfrey) 

Oct. 1       Faculty use Digital Measures to create their Faculty Activity Plans (FAPs) and submit to their unit heads. Joint appointees submit to BOTH unit heads. 

Oct. 8       In the cases of joint appointees, the unit head in the secondary unit submits feedback on the FAP to the primary unit head.    

Oct. 8-Nov. 30   Unit process for reviewing FAPs 

Oct. 11    Teach-In proposals due. Contact Prof. Karen Gipson, the faculty lead for the 2021 GVSU Teach-in.

Oct. 11-15   Mid-term Evaluations  

Oct. 15      Tentative: Annual Schedule First Round in Coursedog due to Dean’s Office, Tracy McLenithan  

Oct. 13      Units submit promotion materials (promotion to professor) to the Dean’s Office. Earlier submissions are welcome.  

Oct. 25-26    Fall Break  

Oct. 29          Drop with a “W” grade deadline  

Nov. 24-26    Thanksgiving Recess  

Nov. 29      Tentative: 2022-2023 Annual Schedule Final Round opens in Coursedog  

Dec. 1        Completion of FAP review process. Units do not need to forward FAPs to the Dean’s  office but should store electronic copies of all FAPs. 

Dec. 11         Classes End and Commencement  

Dec. 13-18      Final Exams  

Dec. 21         Grades due before noon  

Jan. 7        Tentative: 2022-23 Annual Schedule Final Round due to Dean’s Office, Tracy  McLenithan  



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8. Upcoming‌ ‌Events         ‌ ‌ ‌               

Sep. 3    Retirement celebration for Karen and Steve Matchett. 1-3 p.m., PAD 308. Remarks at 2:30 p.m. 

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

Sep. 9    Summer Scholars Showcase 4-7 p.m. in 2250 Kirkhof Center (Grand River Room). 

Sep. 9      Science on Tap: Ask an Anatomist. 8 p.m.  

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

Sept. 10    AWRI Seminar: Understanding Population Structure: The need for basic life history information.  Multi-purpose Room, Lake Michigan Center, Muskegon. 2 p.m. Mask required. 

Sept. 11    Making Waves is joining the Mayor’s cleanup efforts the week of September 11.  We will be coordinating two ½-day river clean-ups on the Grand River from canoes, kayaks, and any other watercraft you want to bring.  This is a bring your own boat event.  

Sep. 14    Padnos Artist-in-Residence, Sean J Patrick Carney, 7:30 p.m., Seidman Center (Downtown) 

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. 17     Pablo Mahave-Veglia Faculty Recital, SVS, 7:30 p.m. 

Sep. 19     Guest Artist Recital: Paulina Zamora, piano, SVS, 7:30 p.m. 

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

Sep. 22      “From Figure to Ground: How Humans Became Technology’s Tools”, Douglas Rushkoff, Carey Memorial Lecture. Virtual 7 p.m.  

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. 5     Undergraduate Research Fair  5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in 2250 Kirkhof Center (Grand River Room). 

Oct. 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17   Side by Side by Sondheim, LAT, 7:30 p.m. /Sundays  2 p.m.  

Oct. 15       CLAS Faculty Research Colloquium. 

Oct. 21     Jazz Concert, LAT, 7:30 p.m. 

Oct. 23     Choir Concert. TBD 

Oct. 29     Symphony Orchestra Concert. LAT, 7:30 p.m. 

Nov. 5  Wind Symphony + Concert Band, LAT, 7:30 p.m. 

Nov. 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 14  Mac Beth, Black Box Theatre, 7:30 p.m. / Sundays 2 p.m.  

Nov. 9     Varsity Glee Club Concert, CDC, 7:30 p.m. 

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

Nov. 19      CLAS Faculty Research Colloquium. 

Nov. 29   Chamber Music Recital, SVS, 7:30 p.m. 

Dec. 4          Fall Dance Concert, LAT 7:00 p.m. 

Dec. 4       Early Music Ensemble, SVS, 7:30 p.m. 

Dec. 5         Fall Dance Concert, LAT, 2 p.m. 

Dec. 6        GV Arts—Holiday Concert, Fountain Street Church, 7:30 p.m.  

Dec. 7      Jazz Concert, LAT, 7:30 p.m. 



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