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


CLAS Weekly Mailing 09-08-21


1. Strategic Planning   



2. Fellowships 

3. Advising Tips - Student Conduct, Intervention and Support 



4. Important Deadlines

5. Upcoming Events  



1. Strategic Planning  


As noted last week, the draft CLAS Vision, Strategies, Tactics, Action Plan: A Series of Propositions 2021-2025 is available on the CLAS website. Unit conversations about this document will begin this week and continue through mid-October.  



2. Fellowships 

Fall Information Sessions - Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships - Grand Valley State University ( 

Competitive Fellowship Support for GVSU-administered Study Abroad 

Fund for Education Abroad – Application Deadline: September 15, 2021 

Gilman International Scholarship (funding for income-eligible students on university-administered study abroad programs) – Application Deadline: October 5, 2021 


Fellowship Office Support for Gilman Applicants 

  •  Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program Information Session - September 8, 2021, 3- 4 p.m. 

  • Gilman Writing Workshop - September 22, 2021, 3-4 p.m. 


Boren Awards – Now Live – (funding for immersive study of critical need languages as pathway to careers in federal security and intelligence fields; STEM students welcome!) National deadlines for the 2022 Boren Awards are: Boren Fellowships: January 26, 2022 at 5 p.m. EST and Boren Scholarships: February 2, 2022 at 5 p.m. EST 

International Opportunities not administered by GVSU 

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) (Immersive year of study and work in Germany) – Application Deadline: November 1, 2021 

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Summer Program (pipeline for Fulbright and more) – Application Deadline: November 16, 2021 

JET Program USA – The Experience of a Lifetime (Teaching English in Japan) – Application Deadline: Late November TBA 

Cultural Vistas Fellowships (Funded State-Department-sponsored International Study in Balkans, Central Asia and more) – Application Deadline: December 10, 2021 

RISE-DAAD (STEM research in Germany) – Application Deadline: December 15, 2021 


Fully Funded Summer Fellowship for Undergraduates 

Junior Summer Institute Fellowship (PPIA) - a rigorous academic graduate-level preparation program for undergraduate juniors committed to public service careers. The program was started to address the lack of diversity across the spectrum of professional public service, including government, nonprofits, public policy institutions, and international organizations. The purpose of the JSI Fellowship is to prepare students to obtain a Master’s or joint degree, in public policy, public administration, international affairs, or a related field.)  Application Deadline: November 1, 2021 

Students who are selected for the Junior Summer Institute cohort will study on the campus of one of the five participating universities: 

  • Carnegie Mellon University – Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy 

  • Princeton University – School of Public and International Affairs 

  • University of California, Berkeley – Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy 

  • University of Michigan – Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy 

  • University of Minnesota – Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs 

  • University of Washington - Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance 

Rangel Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) (Rangel Scholars) – 6-weeks in the summer at Howard University of exposure to international affairs careers. Eligibility: U.S. Citizen, cumulative 3.2 GPA at the time of applying, at least sophomore standing and must be and maintain full time status in the Spring semester. Financial support provided for travel to DC, $3,200 stipend, housing provided, two 3-credit courses, and a writing seminar; Programs starts mid-June and ends late July. Application Deadline: February 9, 2022 

Opportunities for STEM Students and alumni: 

NSF Graduate Research Fellowships Program (GRFP) ( – Application Deadline: October 18 and following days of the week, depending on STEM discipline NOW OPEN 

DoD - SMART Scholarship (guaranteed STEM employment in DoD labs upon graduation)– Application Deadline: December 1, 2021 

RISE-DAAD (STEM research in Germany) – Application Deadline: December 15, 2021 

Udall Foundation - Udall Undergraduate Scholarship - The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment. In 2021, the Udall Foundation anticipates awarding 55 scholarships of up to $7,000 each. 

Websites to share with students and alumni interested in careers in the State Department and USAID following upon graduate school: 

  • Pickering Graduate Fellowship Program (Pickering Fellows)- for graduating seniors and college graduates interested joining the foreign service at State Department. Eligibility: U.S. Citizen, cumulative 3.2 GPA during undergrad and interested in graduate school in the fall of the following year. Deadline: September 22, 2021 (likely to be similar in 2022) 

  • Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program (Rangel Fellows) – for graduating seniors and college graduates interested joining the foreign service at the State Department. Eligibility: U.S. Citizen, cumulative 3.2 GPA during undergrad, and interested in graduate school in the fall of the following year. Deadline: September 29, 2021 (likely to be similar in 2022) 

  • Payne Graduate Fellowship Program (Payne Fellows) - for graduating seniors and college graduates interested joining the foreign service at United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Eligibility: U.S. Citizen, cumulative 3.2 GPA during undergrad, and interested in graduate school in the Fall of the following year. 
    Deadline: Late-fall 2021 (likely to be similar in 2022) 

Basics of Foreign Service Career at U.S. State Department 

Basics of Foreign Service Career at USAID 


3. Advising Tips - Student Conduct, Intervention and Support (AD Schaner)


The Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (OSCCR) provides faculty and staff with support, services and guidelines that pertain to academic integrity. When incidents occur, faculty are encouraged to file a report to request additional action. This keeps record of all incidents and allows the full University Conduct Process to be initiated. 

Students of Concern – Faculty and staff are encouraged to refer a student via the CARE process who may be struggling with academic, personal, and/or emotional difficulties and may be exhibiting concerning behavior. Referrals are made through the Navigate Student Platform and staff from the Student Academic Success Center and Dean of Students Office will provide outreach to students. Questions regarding this process should be directed to Emily First ([email protected]), Student Support Manager. Additional information and outreach strategies can be found on the Students of Concern flyer

The Faculty/Staff Referral Guide provides easy access to a wide variety of support services on campus for our students. 





4.  Important‌ ‌Deadlines      ‌        ‌ ‌ ‌                

 Anytime    Faculty can self-submit an item for the FORUM.  [email protected]            ‌ ‌     ‌ ‌ ‌   ‌     ‌ ‌ ‌                     


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

Sep. 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, [email protected].  

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. 18    Fall Science Update Call for Presenters (RMSC) 

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   


5. Upcoming‌ ‌Events         ‌ ‌ ‌                

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

Sep. 9   Provost Search Open Forum, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.  


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.     

Sep. 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.  

Sep. 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.  Details on the Making Waves website 


Sep. 14     Nonprofit Volunteer and Internship Fair. 12-3 p.m., Kirkhof lawn in Allendale or the DeVos Courtyard downtown. 


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

Sep. 15         5-7 p.m., Mock Multi-Mini Interviews (MMIs) by Invitation and Virtual (CAAC) 


Sep. 17     CLAS Faculty Research Colloquium. 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. 21     5-7 p.m., Mock Multi-Mini Interviews (MMIs) by Invitation and Virtual (CAAC) 

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. 23   Art & Power, 12 p.m. Virtual. RSVP  

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. Add yourself to the Zoom link list.   

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

Oct. 22-23  History Department’s annual Great Lakes History Conference. Info and registration


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. 3           11 a.m.-2 p.m., Majors Fair KC RM 2250 Grand River Room (CAAC) 

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, [email protected] .   

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

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

Dec. 4       Fall Dance Concert, LAT 7 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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