Weekly Mailing to Tenure line, Affiliate, Visitors, Administrative Professionals, and Professional Support Staff in CLAS
CLAS Weekly Mailing 12-15-21
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
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.
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.
Active Learning Classrooms—How might we create and use physical spaces that amplify the positive effects of active learning?
Distracted: Why Students Can't Focus and What You Can Do About It—What techniques might instructors use to help students focus and learn more?
Grading for Growth—How might we assess and grade student work so that it promotes student growth and subject mastery?
Internships: Approaches, Strategies, and Best Practices—How might we help students get the most out of their internship experience?
Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change—How might we practice mindfulness to become fearless and present even in the hardest times and most difficult situations?
Making Indigenous Space: Curriculum Development, Mentoring, and Pedagogical Practice—How might we use Indigenous Research Paradigms to create Indigenous-centered curriculum for all students?
Unwinding Anxiety: Train Your Brain to Heal Your Mind—How might we quiet our anxiety by breaking the cycle of worry and fear and making room for a more balanced experience?
Virtual Exchange—How might we enhance student learning through meaningful virtual exchanges with students of different countries?
W.E.B. Du Bois on Education—How might W.E.B Du Bois teach us about teaching equitably?
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.
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].
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. 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.)
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 www.gvsu.edu/gvarts/
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 www.gvsu.edu/gvarts/
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.
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: https://scholarworks.gvsu.edu/library_curated_oer/