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


CLAS Weekly Mailing 12-15-21


1. Congratulations 

2. International Travel 



3. Winter 2022 FLCs Are Accepting Members NOW! 

4. GVSU Arts Celebration events in Winter term 

5.  New “One Stop Shop” Resource for Supporting Students 




6. Important Deadlines               

7. Upcoming Events          


COVID Policy Links         







1. Congratulations to our recent award winners in CLAS 

Pew Teaching Excellence Award 

Brian Bowdle - Psychology 

Meghan Cai -  Modern Languages and Literatures 

Lauren Keough - Mathematics 

Agnieszka Szarecka - Cell and Molecular Biology 

David Zwart - History 


Pew Teaching with Technology Award 

Jeroen Wagendorp – Geography and Sustainable Planning 


GSA Student Awards to CLAS Students 

Academic Excellence in the Degree Program 

Francesca Golus, Biology  

Megan M. Ulbricht, Cell and Molecular Biology  

Jennifer VanderMolen, Communication 

Outstanding Master's Thesis

Alyssa Swinehart, Biology 

Outstanding Final Project 

Sara K. Sumerix and Laura Shattuck, Cell and Molecular Biology 

Excellence in Service to the Community or Profession 

Emily Neuman, Biology and AWRI

Excellence in Sustainability

Carly Brouwers, Biology  

MAGS Distinguished Thesis Nominees

Nicholas Preville, Biology  

Julie Oosterink, English  

GSA Outstanding Teaching Award 

Dr. Jennifer Moore, Biology 

Nominated by: Sarah Ansbro, Biology  


GSA Faculty Mentoring Award 

Dr. Kristin Renkema, Biomedical Sciences 

Nominated by: Nick Bunda, Biomedical Sciences 



2. International Travel 

If you are planning to travel internationally on university business (conferences, research, fieldwork, etc.), you should be mindful of CDC travel recommendations by country. According to university policy, “Level 4 countries, where the COVID-19 risk is very high, must be avoided regardless of vaccination status.” If you intend to travel to a level 4 country, you must secure approval from the CLAS Dean’s Office beforehand.  


Unit heads should consult with the CLAS Dean’s Office before approving any grant requests for travel to Level 4 countries. 


Please contact George McBane ([email protected]) for further information. 




3. Winter 2022 FLCs Are Accepting Members NOW! 

Looking to learn something new but in a more relaxed and collaborative way? Want to connect with faculty around something you are interested and passionate about?  Consider joining or leading a Winter 2022 Faculty Learning Community (FLC). 


FLCs bring faculty together to foster a 1–2 semester-long conversation on a topic of mutual interest.  And while that alone is grants, past participants consistently report the experience as transformational, allowing them to create relationships across the university, foster a community of support, and just have fun learning together. 


Many Winter 2022 FLCs are now open and accepting members—click on a title to see the full description.  

Visit our Current Faculty Learning Communities webpage for more information as well as the link to our online application




4. GVSU Arts Celebration events in Winter term 

CLAS will host two compelling GVSU Arts Celebration events during Winter 2022 that you may want to note to your students. 

  • March 14, 7 p.m., Eberhard Center. GVSU Arts Celebration Poetry Night. Join us for an evening with Danez Smith, Ericka “Kyd Kane” Thompson and Marcel “Fable the Poet” Price. All three of these writers are performers. Their bold, important work resonates both on the page and on the stage, and this evening promises to be an energetic, dynamic, challenging, moving, and unforgettable event.   

  • April 5, 7 p.m., Eberhard Center. GVSU Arts Celebration Lecture: An Evening with Hanif Abdurraqib. Hanif Abdurraqib, a poet, essayist, and cultural critic, will share ideas from his latest book, A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance. This will be followed by a conversation/between Abdurraqib and Dr. Louis Moore, GVSU associate professor of history. 

If you are requiring students to attend, we ask that you let us know your class size ([email protected]) and urge your students to arrive with time to spare. 


 5.  New “One Stop Shop” Resource for Supporting Students 

With changing resources and needs, we thought it would be handy to have a single webpage resource connecting many of the services on campus that faculty members can use to support students.  Supporting Students: Quicklinks for Faculty and Staff   Please send suggestions for improvements to [email protected].  




6.  Important‌ ‌Deadlines      ‌        ‌ ‌ ‌                            

Anytime       Faculty can self-submit an item for the FORUM.   [email protected]           ‌ ‌     ‌ ‌ ‌   ‌            
Each Day     All members of the GVSU community must fill out the online self-assessment each day you are on campus. (VAT)         

Dec. 13-18      Final Exams       

Dec. 17      Winter tuition payment deadline (by 5 p.m.)  

Dec. 19      In MAK this Sunday, Grand Valley State University Police Department will be conducting a drill.  Unit heads and office coordinators in MAK units have been informed.          

Dec. 20     Grades due by midnight                 

Dec. 21      Deadline to cancel low-enrolled courses for the Winter Semester 

Dec. 22      It is unlikely that a CLAS Weekly Mailing will be sent. 

Dec. 22      5 p.m. CLAS Office closes for the break  

Jan. 4        8 a.m. CLAS Office opens  

Jan. 4        Online Visitor Request System for 2022-2023 Visitors opens  

Jan. 6        In-Person Teaching Life Retreat: Are We Spending Time on the Things We Value?  9 a.m.–4 p.m., Calvin University Prince Conference Center  

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

Jan. 10      Classes begin   

Jan. 10     All materials must be uploaded to candidate’s personnel Blackboard site by 5pm   

Jan. 10     Unit head copies contents of candidate’s personnel blackboard site to the unit personnel Blackboard site at 5pm   

Jan. 14     Credit/No Credit request deadline (by 5 p.m.)   

Jan. 14      Last day to add, register, or pay and 100% tuition refund deadline   

Jan. 14       Faculty use Digital Measures to create their Faculty Activity Reports (FARs) and submit to their unit heads, along with an updated CV. Joint appointees submit to BOTH unit heads.   

Jan. 14       Date by which unit head lets Associate Dean Anderson know of unit decision regarding waiving unit peer review process.    

Jan. 17       Martin Luther King, Jr. Day recess   

Jan. 19      Unit Head Meeting 3-5 p.m.  

Jan. 21      Budget Planning Template due to Dean’s Office, Rafael Juarez-Yuen    

Jan. 21     Deadline to apply for the 3-Minute Thesis Competition (3MT). Students completing graduate-level independent research, dissertations, and theses are eligible to participate.   

Jan. 24      Visitor Request System for 2022-2023 academic year due; online system closes  

Jan. 28       For joint appointments and other reassignments, date by which secondary unit head submits feedback on FAR to primary unit’s head so that this feedback can appropriately be taken into consideration.   

Feb. 4       75% tuition refund deadline   

Feb. 11     Units submit contract renewal materials to the Dean’s Office (CLAS Personnel Committee   

Feb. 18     Units submit tenure and promotion materials to the Dean’s Office (CLAS  Personnel Committee)   

Feb. 18       Last date by which unit’s peer review should be complete, considering joint appointment feedback when relevant. (Units may opt for earlier deadlines.)    

Feb. 25      Units submit promotion only materials (promotion to associate  professor if not associated with a tenure decision)   

Mar. 1       Mid-term grades due by 12:00 noon   

Mar. 6 – 13  Spring Break   

Mar. 11    “W” deadline (by 5 p.m.)   



7. Upcoming‌ ‌Events         ‌ ‌ ‌                            

Jan 19     Promoting Active Learning  (ACUE) January 22 for faculty of all types. Application deadline January 19.  

Jan. 20   Opening 5-8 p.m. Sorrow/Fullness: A Reflection on Mourning.       

Feb. 8      Faculty Awards Convocation, 4 p.m. Loosemore      

Mar. 14   GVSU Arts Celebration Poetry Night         

Mar. 29   2022 Mosaic Lecture.  Dr. Mariel Vazquez, Professor of Mathematics at UC Davis   

Mar. 31   New Music Ensemble Composition Competition     

Apr. 5      GVSU Arts Celebration Lecture presents: An Evening with Hanif Abdurraqib        

Apr. 9   Princeton Review free/online virtual exam, MCAT Practice Test (April 9)      

Apr. 9   Princeton Review free/online virtual exam, GRE Practice Test (April 9)      

Apr. 9   Princeton Review free/online virtual exam, DAT Practice Test (April 9)      





Online Requests for Visitors 2022-2023  

The online Visitor Request System to request visitors (starting Fall 2022) for the 2022-2023 academic year will be open January 4 – January 24.  On January 4, Tracy McLenithan will send an email to all unit heads when the system is open including the link to the online system and instructions.   

If you are unfamiliar with the process or have questions, please contact Donovan Anderson at [email protected] or Tracy McLenithan at [email protected].   


Icy Patch in Need of Attention?  

We have a hotline for places on campus needing some extra attention on snowy days.  You can report a dangerous pathway or parking lot by dialing 1-SNOW.      


Curated Lists of Open Educational Resources (OER) 

In case you missed this in the Library’s recent email:  Intrigued by OER but unsure where to begin? Good news! GVSU faculty can now request a customized list of potential OER aligned with their courses. Use the OER Curation Request Form to submit information, and we'll help! See examples of Curated OER Collections: 



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