March 2, 2020
Updated March 4, 2020


MEMORANDUM


TO:  UNCG Faculty

RE:  IMPORTANT:  Coronavirus Update New Travel Restrictions and Recommendations

UNCG continues to monitor the evolving outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). As new cases of COVID-19 are confirmed globally, new travel restrictions and advisories are quickly put in place. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Warning (Avoid Non-essential Travel) for China,  South Korea, and Italy and a Level 2 Travel Alert (Practice Enhanced Precautions) for Japan and Iran.

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS. Given the rapid spread of COVID-19, and to help ensure the ongoing health and safety of the university community, effective immediately UNCG is prohibiting university-related travel to CDC-designated Level 2 and Level 3 countries for Coronavirus and will not reimburse travel to these areas for travel originating on or after March 2, 2020.  Until otherwise notified, this travel restriction applies to the countries listed above as well as any additional countries the CDC designates as Level 2 or Level 3 moving forward. (For those currently in CDC Level 2 countries, please be in touch with the International Programs Center [IPC] for guidance.)

CURRENT STUDY ABROAD STUDENTS. These travel restrictions mean that the campus community is assisting study abroad students currently in the impacted areas and those who would have departed soon to enroll in classes here at UNCG so as not to jeopardize their academic standing. We ask that faculty and staff be supportive and cooperative as we work to integrate these students back on campus. Thanks to all of you who are already engaged in this work.

UPCOMING FACULTY-LED PROGRAMS. This situation also means that some of our summer faculty-led programs will also be impacted, and details will be shared first with faculty program directors.

FACULTY/STAFF TRAVEL REGISTRY. As this is a rapidly changing landscape, we are asking that UNCG faculty and staff register any international travel plans here.  As this site has been hastily rolled out, do bear with us and direct any questions to IPC.

PERSONAL TRAVEL. In addition, we encourage everyone in the campus community to remain informed, be aware of current restrictions and consider all options when making personal travel plans. Any students, faculty or staff scheduled to take personal trips to CDC Level 2 or Level 3 countries are strongly encouraged to reconsider and make alternative plans.

For those with upcoming international travel plans, please review the CDC’s country-specific travel health notices for updated information and advice. Travelers should also check with airlines and embassies, as government authorities in Asia, Europe and elsewhere are imposing further restrictions on travelers.

UPDATED MARCH 4, 2020 HEALTH-RELATED UPDATES. Regular campus updates about COVID-19 are posted on the COVID 19 resource page. This site includes information about the virus, as well as links to helpful information sources.

COMMUNITY INCLUSIVE PRACTICES.  UNCG is a community that values and embraces our diverse cultures.  Although we are not recommending widespread use of face masks for asymptomatic people outside of clinical settings, it is a social norm in many countries to wear a face mask during cold and flu season.  Please continue to treat everyone with mutual respect and consideration.

All UNCG community members are asked to exercise the same reasonable precautions used to prevent the spread of viral illnesses: practice good hand hygiene; do not share food, drinks, etc.; avoid close contact with others if you feel sick; and cover your cough or sneeze. If you have a fever or exhibit symptoms of the flu, please see a healthcare professional before returning to campus.

Please direct any questions to the Nell Pynes, Associate Provost for International Programs, at pjpynes@uncg.edu. I appreciate all of you pulling together during this fluid and trying time and ask that you help keep yourselves and others safe.

Presentation Flyer Strategies for Mentoring and Advising Grad Students of ColorThe Coalition for Diversity in Language and Culture invites you to attend a special presentation on March 18 from 3:00-4:00 with Dr. Ayesha Boyce of the Educational Research Methodology Department on Strategies for Mentoring and Advising Graduate Students of Color.

See event flyer here.

UNCG Online’s Growth and Success

UNCG Online celebrates a successful year of growth, generating 140,000 student credit hours, which represents approximately 27% of the University’s total student credit hours in 2018-19.

Currently, 2,600 students are enrolled in online programs, and UNCG Online hosts 34 new courses, more than 650 online courses total, and two new online degree programs – a bachelor’s in integrated professional studies and a master’s program in gerontology, which collectively enrolled more than 200 students last year.

Online Education Graphic - Growing in Size and Scope
Online Education Graphic – Growing in Size and Scope

All seven of UNCG’s colleges and schools are partnered with UNCG Online and offer online courses.

“We are proud to collaborate with academic departments and programs across campus to bring outstanding online offerings to students,” said new dean of UNCG Online Dr. Karen Bull. “As the university focuses on new and rising populations, our goal is to offer flexible, affordable degree programs that work for these students. There are thousands of students in our state who simply cannot come to campus, so these programs make college attainable. The demand for online courses is growing among our current students as well.”

New online students include working professionals, rural students, military students, and students with disabilities. Each course must be fully accessible to a wide variety of learners, and UNCG Online and the University Teaching and Learning Center both offer trainings for faculty – UNCG Online through the Ready to Teach four-module training and UTLC through their eight-week training.

Some online courses provide opportunities that wouldn’t be possible in a face-to-face format – such as collaborating with students from another country on a business proposal through X-Culture. Math and science courses currently being piloted make use of adaptive learning. Even physical courses such as dance education have been successful as online courses.

While initially an online education may have consisted of only coursework, there are now a variety of student support services available to online students – such as access to the UNCG Speaking Center and Writing Center.

As part of the UNC System-wide Partway Home initiative, UNCG undergraduate programs are reaching out to students who did not complete degrees to make them aware of how finishing their degrees online may be an option.

UNCG online programs and courses are aligned with the professional needs of the region, which means greater enrollment, a greater completion rate, and a stronger workforce for North Carolina.

To learn more about UNCG Online programs, faculty and staff resources, and division services, visit https://online.uncg.edu/.

 

Story by Susan Kirby-Smith, University Communications

Nominations of Candidates for Honorary Degrees

Colleagues,

The Committee on Honorary Degrees invites you to identify people who would be good candidates for honorary degrees to be granted at the 2021 commencement or subsequent commencements. The purpose for awarding honorary degrees includes the following:

  • To recognize individuals who demonstrate extraordinary achievement over their entire scholarly or artistic careers or who have performed distinguished public service in their lifetime;
  • To recognize excellence in the scholarly fields of degrees awarded by the University as well as those that exemplify the history and mission of the University;
  • To honor those individuals whose lives and achievements are consistent with the qualities and values espoused by the University in order to provide examples of the University’s aspirations for its graduates;
  • To elevate the visibility and reputation of the University by honoring those individuals who are well-known and highly regarded in their field or in society as a whole.

The person selected may be distinguished in any number of areas:  humanities, sciences, arts, public service, and education, to name a few. Those currently holding public office in the state and the permanent staff of our state universities are not eligible. The achievements may vary in scope from prominence on the international or professional scene to vital contributions to the University, North Carolina, and beyond. A previous connection to the University or state is not mandatory, but is considered a strength.

To see examples of the people who have received honorary degrees, we invite you to examine the names of awardees from past years: Mansukh C. Wani, William Mangum (2017); William Black, Harold Schiffman (2016); Timothy Rice (2015); Norman Anderson (2013); Bonnie McElveen-Hunter (2012); Thomas Haggai (2011); Margaret Maron (2010); Rebecca Lloyd, Nido Qubein (2009); Fred Chappell, Tom Ross, Kay Yow (2008); Irvin Belk, Betty Ray McCain, Edwin S. Melvin (2007); Molly Broad, Henry Frye, Shirley Frye (2006); Muriel Siebert (2005); Jim Hunt (2004); Jaylee Mead (2003); Michael B. Fleming, Stanley Frank (2002); Kenneth L. Adelman, Bonnie Angelo, Jean Brooks (2001); Erskine Bowles (2000); Maud Gatewood, Eloise R. Lewis (1999); Carolyn R. Ferree, Calvin Trillin (1998); Mary Ellen Rudin, LeRoy T.  Walker (1995); T. James Crawford (1994); Maya Angelou (1993).

The Committee requests that candidates and their biographical information be submitted on the Honorary Degree Candidate Nomination Form. Please keep in mind the need for confidentiality, as candidates should not be aware that they are being considered.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, November 1, 2019.  Please send the completed nomination form to Jennifer Johnson, Assistant to the Provost, at jennyjojohnson@uncg.edu, or to the University Committee on Honorary Degrees, Office of the Provost, 201 Mossman Building.

October 2, 2019


MEMORANDUM


TO:    UNCG Faculty

RE:  Course Reactivation Process

As we enter our first full curricular cycle with CourseLeaf Curriculum Inventory Management (CIM) and the Course Expiration Policy, questions have arisen about the process for reactivating courses. We realize the policy published and activated in July of 2018 did not address the process for reactivating courses that require no revisions, so we are providing this information below.

Spring Reactivations Effective Spring 2020:  To ease the transition to the new policy, courses that are required for any degree program are eligible for exception. Qualifying courses may be reactivated, after review, for Spring 2020 in order to be scheduled for Spring/Summer 2020. The full Course Expiration Policy otherwise remains in effect; however, and there is no plan to offer exceptions after this academic year.

A link to a required course reactivation form similar to the one used over Summer 2019 is provided here.

The University Registrar’s Office will evaluate each request to determine if the course is required for program completion. Requests that are determined to be necessary corrections to the University Catalog will be approved. Elective and other non-required courses will not be reactivated for the Spring/Summer 2020 scheduling cycle. A course/schedule-type review will be necessary for all approved exception requests to ensure valid course type codes are used. The Office of Assessment, Accreditation, and Academic Program Planning will conduct course/schedule-type review in consultation with the relevant academic unit.

Deadline for Exception Requests to the Course Reactivation Policy for Spring/Summer 2020: All course reactivation exception requests for Spring/Summer 2020 must be submitted no later than October 9, coinciding with the deadline for departmental schedule creation.

Future Reactivations Effective Fall 2020: Faculty and departmental administrative staff may request reactivation for a course or courses that require no updates using the Course Reactivation Request form here. As part of the reactivation request, requestors will be asked to provide one course type to be associated with all sections of the course. Course-type specifications will be reviewed as part of reactivation process.  The University Registrar’s Office will review the all requests to ensure that a single course type has been identified, sending the reviewed request to the Office of Assessment, Accreditation, and Academic Program Planning for a final action. Once the course has the course/schedule-type review and is approved for reactivation, the course will be added to the University Catalog for the next academic year (2020-2021).

Reactivation requests should be submitted to the University Registrar’s Office by the first Monday in December; therefore, for the 2020-2021 academic year, the deadline for submitting reactivation requests is December 2, 2019. Courses that are reactivated must be scheduled and taught within the academic year of reactivation (i.e., reactivation effective Fall 2020 requires that at least one section of the course be offered and taught Fall 2020, Spring 2021 or Summer 2021).

Deadline for Course Reactivation Requests for the Academic Year 2020-2021: 12/02/2019

Thank you for your time and attention to these details. Your support in maintaining data integrity between systems (Banner, Catalog, and CIM) is very important and will serve our students well by providing effective tools for accurate University Catalogs and degree audits via Degree Works.

 

cc:  Kelly Burke, Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School
Elizabeth Cranford, Interim University Registrar
Chris Keller, Director, Undergraduate Admissions
Jodi Pettazzoni, Associate Vice Provost and Director, Office of Assessment, Accreditation, and Academic Program Planning
Kristine Sunda, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Technology

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August 29, 2019

 

MEMORANDUM

TO: UNCG Faculty

RE: Procedures for Professional Development and Support for Online Instructors

A substantial number of UNCG courses utilize hybrid or all-online environments to facilitate student learning.  For those who teach in these environments, delivering instruction of the highest quality is paramount.  In Fall 2018, I charged a working group with developing and vetting a new set of  Procedures for Professional Development and Support for Online Instructors, to become effective Spring 2020. These new Procedures will help us remain current in the ever-evolving online classroom, and they will bring our practice in line with the requirements of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Distance and Correspondence Education Policy requirements.

Online instructors (i.e., faculty, adjunct instructors, graduate students, and EHRA non-faculty instructors) will submit required materials by email to their Unit Representative (i.e., Department Chair/Program Director, or their designee). The Activity Insight faculty activity reporting tool is being modified and will eventually be the record-keeping mechanism. Required forms and resources can be accessed via the links contained within the Procedures document.

I thank the many colleagues who participated in the crafting and careful review of these new Procedures, including representatives from the Faculty Senate; the Instructional Technology Consultants (ITCs); the Office of Assessment, Accreditation, and Academic Program Planning; UNCG Online; and the University Teaching and Learning Commons. It is my hope that these Procedures will both enhance the expertise of our faculty through professional development opportunities and ensure we continue to deliver the highest quality online instruction.

 

August 21, 2019

TO:  UNCG Faculty

RE:  Invitation to General Education Revision Taskforce Forum

We hope that everyone had a productive yet restful summer.  We know that this was not the case for the many faculty that continued to work over the summer to revise UNC Greensboro’s General Education Program.  We would like to invite you to presentation and discussion about the results of their labor.

In May the Provost tasked several faculty and staff with finishing the process that was started in fall 2017 to develop a new curriculum for Gen Ed.  That group expanded to include other faculty with specialized disciplinary knowledge in areas like written communication, oral communication, quantitative literacy and others.  In all, more than 45 people worked on different elements of the draft that has been developed.

The plan includes a simplified structure, definitions and learning outcomes for the competencies that have been endorsed for the plan, and consideration of components that were proposed as new additions to the General Education curriculum.

Please join us on Aug. 28, 2019 from 3-5 pm in the EUC Auditorium to see a presentation of the new plan and provide feedback to the General Education Revision Taskforce members.

Thank you,

Amy Harris Houk and Jodi Pettazzoni
Co-Chairs

August 12, 2019

 

TO:  UNCG Faculty and Staff

RE: Call for Nominations for 2019-20 Teaching Excellence Awards

Provost Dunn and the Board of Governors/Alumni Teaching Excellence Awards Committee invite members of the UNCG community to nominate individuals for the 2019-2020 Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching, or for one of three Alumni Teaching Excellence Awards described below. Recipients of these awards receive an honorarium and university-wide or, in the case of the Board of Governors award, state-wide recognition. Self-nominations are encouraged. Click here for the nomination form. Eligible faculty members who received a 2018-2019 teaching award from their School or College will be nominated automatically.

The nomination period closes Tuesday, September 3. Nominees will be reviewed to ensure basic criteria are met.  Eligible nominees will be invited to submit dossiers. Completed dossiers are due by 5pm Monday, October 28, 2019. Award recipients will be notified in spring 2020. The dossier cover sheet and submission instructions are available at the BOG / ATEA Site.

UNC Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award (for Tenured Faculty) is open to tenured faculty members who have completed at least seven years of teaching at UNCG. The BOG Award is the highest post-secondary award in the state and carries the expectation that applicants will be exceptional teachers who have extended their pedagogical activities beyond the classroom. The award recognizes outstanding teaching (including online or blended instruction, mentorship and educational service) that has resulted in the advancement of the profession. The Board of Governors presents one faculty member from each UNC school with this award every year. The award brings statewide recognition.

Mary Settle Sharp Alumni Teaching Excellence Award (for Tenured Faculty) is open to tenured faculty members who have completed at least three years of teaching at UNCG. The award recognizes outstanding teaching (including online or blended instruction, and mentorship) at UNCG.

James Y. Joyner Alumni Teaching Excellence Award (for Untenured, Tenure-Track Faculty) is open to untenured, tenure-track faculty members who have completed at least three years of teaching at UNCG. The award recognizes outstanding teaching (including online or blended instruction, and mentorship) at UNCG.

Anna Maria Gove Alumni Teaching Excellence Award (for Non-Tenure-Track Faculty) is open to any full-time non-tenure-track faculty member (lecturer, academic professional, clinical faculty, etc.) who has completed at least three years of teaching at UNCG. The award recognizes outstanding teaching (including online or blended instruction) at UNCG.

For questions, contact: Marisa Gonzalez at  (teach_xl@uncg.edu)

School of Nursing is Home to Competitive DNP Program in Nurse Anesthesia   

Kate Vanderford was 15 years old when her neighbor, a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), introduced her to her dream job.

She was intrigued by anesthesia, and one day accompanied her neighbor when he went to work at Nash General Hospital in Rocky Mount, N.C.

Vanderford watched in awe as the CRNA eased a patient’s fears only a few minutes after meeting him. She enjoyed everything she saw in the job, from taking patients to the operating room and inducing anesthesia, to monitoring them every second, and then waking them up at the end of a procedure.

“What intrigued me most about anesthesia was the complexity of it,” she said. “But all the while the CRNA was so confident and comforting for the patient. I loved how he was the one who was there with the patient the entire time.”

Nursing Student looking at monitor

Vanderford is now only a few weeks away from graduating from UNC Greensboro and becoming a CRNA herself. She’s a third-year student in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) concentration in nurse anesthesia, which has grown in popularity since it found a new home in the UNCG School of Nursing in 2015.

UNCG offers one of only six nursing anesthesia programs in North Carolina. The demanding three-year program, formerly known as the Raleigh School of Nurse Anesthesia/UNCG collaborative program, prepares registered nurses with critical care experience for careers as CRNAs.

Like anesthesiologists, CRNAs work in collaboration with physicians, dentists, and surgeons to provide anesthesia care for patients undergoing procedures.

“It’s not completely nursing. It has an element of being a nurse, first and foremost, but also being somewhat of an internist, applied pharmacologist, and a respiratory therapist wrapped up in one,” said Dr. Nancy Shedlick, program director for the UNCG nurse anesthesia concentration. “You’re taking care of the whole patient while they’re asleep ‒ by yourself.”

Shedlick was one of a dozen students who made up the first class in the Raleigh School of Nurse Anesthesia/UNCG collaborative program in 1990. She later helped oversee the program’s move to UNCG, where all classes have been taught since Fall 2018.

Students working on a mannequin

The consolidated program at UNCG benefits from many teaching and student services available in the School of Nursing and at the University. Anesthesia students take classes and labs in the state-of-the-art Union Square Campus nursing education building and have access to all that UNCG offers.

“The people that go into [nurse anesthesia] are ones that want to advance their careers and really want a lot of autonomy. This is really a way to have that,” said Dr. Linda Stone, a 1993 graduate of the Raleigh School of Nurse Anesthesia/UNCG collaborative program who serves as the assistant program director and a clinical assistant professor. “You’re getting to take care of your patient but also work to the full extent of your licensure and certification, so it’s probably the most rewarding job you can have. I can’t imagine there is one more rewarding than this.”

Eighty-nine students were enrolled in UNCG’s nurse anesthesia program during the Spring 2019 semester. Being admitted to the program – which the North Carolina Board of Nursing governs – has become more competitive as its popularity has increased in recent years. Every successful applicant must have at least one year of training in an intensive care unit, in addition to a bachelor’s degree and a 3.2 GPA, to be considered.

More than 95 percent of the students accepted into the DNP program continue on the track through graduation. They spend three years taking advanced physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology classes along with their clinical rotations.

Two third year students in scrubs

“I can say that the clinical side at the start was the greatest challenge,” said Ethan Rudge, a third-year student who will graduate in August. “However, more time and experience in the operating room definitely make the clinical work easier as you make your way through the program.”

All the training is intended to prepare nursing students to make split-second decisions, because CRNAs must address any issue they encounter while a patient is under their care.

“It’s been everything I thought it would be and so much more,” Vanderford said. “All the time studying ‒ and the exams, projects, DNP deadlines, and new clinical rotations ‒ have been worth it.”

 

Story by Alex Abrams, School of Nursing

Photography by Martin W. Kane, University Communications