Call for UNCG Honors College Submissions to Y Ddraig Goch: An Interdisciplinary Journal

Lloyd International Honors College has launched a new interdisciplinary journal entitled Y Ddraig Goch: An Interdisciplinary Journal, which features submissions from students across any academic discipline. The publication provides a platform for undergraduate research with faculty from the natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences. Under the Honors College’s Dean Omar Ali’s advising, the editor, Destiny Brooks, an Honors English major at UNC Greensboro, welcomes associate editors Ethan Eli San Pedro and Jenny Francisco to the journal. Ethan is an International Business and Economics major; Jenny is a Political Science and Environmental Studies major. As they work towards the completion of their latest edition, they are issuing a call for papers on the theme “Race and the Environment.” To submit your paper, please e-mail d_brook3@uncg.edu.

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Dear campus community,

As we look ahead toward the Fall 2020 semester, it remains our goal at UNCG – and across the UNC System – to open our doors for the return of students, faculty, and staff to our campus.  It is clear, however, that the experience this fall will be different than anything in recent memory.  It will require everyone to make significant adjustments to ensure the safety of our extended community – especially those most at risk. For the best possible outcome, we all must be vigilant in our commitment to the health of our campus community.  While there are many operational details still under discussion, we have made several vital decisions about our Fall Academic Calendar:

· The academic year will start on time (Semester opens Aug.10; First day of classes: Aug.18).

· We will eliminate Fall Break and Reading Day in order to end classes at the traditional Thanksgiving holiday (Nov. 24).

· Final exams will be online except for classes that absolutely require certain clinical assessments or lab-based work (Nov. 30-Dec. 5).

· Commencement will remain on schedule for December 11, with event details to be determined later based on public health mandates and directives.

A more detailed calendar is below. Please continue to monitor our online calendar and, especially for new students, our SOAR website for changes and updates on orientation sessions.

This plan reduces the need for people to leave campus, disperse widely, and then return in the middle of the semester. Limiting movement is key for managing virus spread. It also enables us to maintain the necessary instructional days required to meet our academic standards and best serve our students.

In addition to the calendar changes, we are currently assessing all of the other implications of COVID-19 on our operations. We will maintain maximum flexibility in our planning, knowing that conditions may evolve over the summer. We hope you understand that we all must be adaptable, and we will do our best to keep you informed as important decisions are made.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we navigate this complex landscape.

Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr.

 

 

Detailed Academic Calendar

Orientation, Advising, Registration Sessions                                        August 4 –14

Semester Opens                                                                                  Monday, August 10

Convocation Day (no classes)                                                             Monday, August 17

First Day of Classes                                                                            Tuesday, August 18

Last Day for Late Registration                                                             Monday, August 24

Holiday, Labor Day                                                                              Monday, September 7

Last Day of Classes/Begin Thanksgiving holiday                               Tuesday, November 24

Final Examinations (online unless otherwise required)                       Nov. 30 – Dec. 5, Mon.– Sat.

Commencement                                                                                  Friday, December 11

 

This email is an official communication from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. You may verify official university emails by checking the Verified Campus Communications Repository. If you have questions about the VCCR or the authenticity of an email message you have received, please contact the sender of the message or search the UNCG website for “VCCR.”

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May 18, 2020


MEMORANDUM


TO:  UNCG Faculty

RE:   Update to Fall 2020 Academic Calendar

After careful consideration and input from faculty senate and other groups, a decision has been made to alter the Fall academic calendar.  Specifically, we will eliminate Fall Break and Reading Day so that the last class day will fall prior to Thanksgiving break.  Final examinations will be conducted after Thanksgiving break and must be virtual.  The University Teaching Learning Commons (UTLC) will provide workshops in the coming months focused on various options for virtual final examinations/assessments.  I urge you to consider one of these workshops.  Please note that if virtual examinations are synchronous, they will need to be administered in accordance with the timeslots in the final examination schedule.  In rare instances where a virtual examination is not possible (e.g., clinical assessments) academic deans will submit requests to the Provost’s office for an exception.

We believe that eliminating Fall break and reading day to finish earlier is desirable in this uncertain environment.  The new Fall 2020 Academic Calendar, Parts of Term, and Final Examination Schedule follow.

Fall 2020 Academic Calendar

August 10–14, Mon.–Fri. Orientation, advising, and registration for all students based on student population and classification
August 10, Monday Fall semester opens
August 11, Tuesday UNCG Annual Kickoff
August 17, Monday Convocation Day
August 18, Tuesday Classes begin, 8:00 a.m.
August 18, Tuesday Financial aid satisfactory academic progress appeals deadline
August 18–24, Tues.–Mon. Late registration and schedule adjustment
August 24, Monday Last day to change course(s) or course section(s) for the Standard Term
August 24, Monday Hours locked for financial aid purposes.
August 24, Monday Last day to withdraw from a course for tuition and fees refund; course withdrawal policy in effect after this date.
August 25, Tuesday Deadline for graduate students to apply to graduate in December
August 31, Monday Census reporting
September 7, Monday Labor Day holiday. Classes dismissed; offices closed.
October 1, Thursday Opening day for the financial aid priority filing period for the 2021–22 academic year; FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Aid) available.
October 5, Monday Founders Day
October 9, Friday Deadline for undergraduates to apply to graduate in December
October 9, Friday Last day to withdraw from a course without incurring a WF grade (withdraw failing)
Oct. 14–Nov. 17, Wed.–Tues. Spring semester and summer session advising for continuing students, by appointment
October 23, Friday Final date for December doctoral candidates’ oral examinations
Oct. 26–Nov. 17, Mon.–Tues. Spring and Summer registration for continuing students
November 1, Sunday Deadline for undergraduates to apply to student teach during Fall 2021
November 6, Friday Deadline for filing dissertation and original signature pages with the Graduate School
November 16, Monday Deadline for filing thesis with the Graduate School
November 24, Tuesday University follows Monday schedule; last day of classes; instruction ends for Thanksgiving holiday, 10:00 p.m.
Nov. 30–Dec. 5, Mon.–Sat. Final examinations*
December 1, Tuesday Financial aid priority filing period ends for 2021–22 academic year.
December 3, Thursday Final date for complete clearance of December graduate degree candidates.
December 3, Thursday Deadline for final submission of thesis or dissertation to the Graduate School.
December 10, Thursday December Doctoral Hooding Ceremony
December 11, Friday December Commencement, Greensboro Coliseum
*Final examinations must be virtual.  If the final examination is a synchronous virtual assessment, the exam schedule time slots must be followed.
Approved by the Faculty Senate May 4, 2016. Approved by the Chancellor May 13, 2016. Amended September 8, 2016. Revised May 15, 2020.

 

Fall 2020 Parts of Term

Part of Term Start Date Last Day to Drop/Add Begin W Last day to withdraw w/out academic penalty Begin WF End Date Last Day of Exams Grades Due

5 P.M.

POT 1 Standard 15 weeks 18-Aug-20 24-Aug-20 25-Aug-20 09-Oct-20 10-Oct-20 24-Nov-20 05-Dec-20 14-Dec-20
POT A First Half (7.5 weeks, 37 days) 18-Aug-20 24-Aug-20 25-Aug-20 15-Sept-20 16-Sept-20 08-Oct-20 08-Oct-20 12-Oct-20
POT B Second Half (7.5 weeks, 37 days)* 09-Oct-20 15-Oct-20 16-Oct-20 04-Nov-20 05-Nov-20 03-Dec-20 03-Dec-20 11-Dec-20
POT L Interlink I 17-Aug-20 N/A N/A N/A N/A 16-Oct-20 N/A N/A
POT M Interlink II 19-Oct-20 N/A N/A N/A N/A TBD N/A N/A

 

Final examinations for POT 1 & POT B must be virtual.  If the final examination is a synchronous virtual assessment, the exam schedule must be followed.

*After November 24, POT B will hold courses via a virtual format

Fall 2020 Final Examination Schedule

  • In accordance with Faculty Senate action, all course syllabi must include specific final exam information.
  • There is no scheduled Reading Day for the Fall 2020 term.
  • Final examinations must be virtual. If the final examination is a synchronous virtual assessment, the exam schedule time slots must be followed.
  • Fall 2020 Exam Period: Monday, November 3 – Saturday, December 5, 2020
Class Meeting Time Exam Date Exam Time
Common Exams for all students taking MAT 112, 115, 120, 150, 151, 191; STA 108 Wednesday, December 2

8:00–11:00 A.M.

8:00 MWF Friday, December 4 8:00–11:00 A.M.
9:00 MWF Monday, November 30 8:00–11:00 A.M.
10:00 MWF Wednesday, December 2 12 Noon–3:00 P.M.
11:00 MWF Monday, November 30 12 Noon–3:00 P.M.
12:00 MWF Friday, December 4 12 Noon–3:00 P.M.
1:00 MWF Wednesday, December 2 3:30–6:30 P.M.
2:00 MWF or MW Monday, November 30 3:30–6:30 P.M.
3:00 MWF or 3:30 MW Friday, December 4 3:30–6:30 P.M.
4:00 or 5:00 MWF or MW Friday, December 4 7:00–10:00 P.M.
5:30, 6:00, or 6:30 MWF or MW Monday, November 30 7:00–10:00 P.M.
7:00 or 7:30 MW Wednesday, December 2 7:00–10:00 P.M.
8:00 TR Tuesday, December 1 8:00–11:00 A.M.
9:30 TR Thursday, December 3 8:00–11:00 A.M.
11:00 TR Tuesday, December 1 12 Noon–3:00 P.M.
12:00, 12:30, or 1:00 TR Thursday, December 3 12 Noon–3:00 P.M.
2:00 TR Saturday, December 5 3:30–6:30 P.M.
3:30 TR Thursday, December 3 3:30–6:30 P.M.
4:00 or 5:00 TR Tuesday, December 1 3:30–6:30 P.M.
5:30, 6:00, or 6:30 TR Tuesday, December 1 7:00–10:00 P.M.
7:00 or 7:30 TR Thursday, December 3 7:00–10:00 P.M.
Exam Times for Other Meeting Periods

Classes that meet outside of the standard meeting time structure may experience difficulty scheduling final exams, and reserving classrooms for those exams.

Courses meeting one hour or two hours per week will follow the examination schedule for the MWF or TR sequence.
Evening classes (beginning at 5:00 P.M. and later) that meet once each week in three-hour blocks will have the examination during exam week at 7:00 P.M. on the first regular class day. For example, if your class normally meets on Tuesdays from 5:00 to 7:50, your exam will be held on Tuesday, December 1, at 7:00 P.M. Instructors: Please check to make sure a classroom is available.
Courses meeting in the three-hour block scheduled from 2:00 to 4:50 will follow the appropriate sequence on MWF or TR. Note that this schedule structure may cause classroom conflicts on exam day.
Classes meeting on Saturday morning only will have the exam on Saturday, December 5, from 8:00 to 11:00 A.M.
The lecture period of a laboratory course will determine the examination time.
Kinesiology (KIN) activity courses will follow the above examination schedule.
If you have any questions about the examination period for a course meeting time not listed, please contact the University Registrar’s Office at 334-3728 or via e-mail at registrar@uncg.edu.

 

Students with more than two examinations within 24 hours may apply to the University Registrar’s Office, 180 Mossman Building, for permission to change their exam schedules. The usual policy is to change the middle examination in a sequence of three. Requests must be filed by 5:00 P.M., November 24, 2020.

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A message from the Provost Banner

May 11, 2020


MEMORANDUM


TO:  UNCG Faculty

RE:   Faculty Award Videos

I hope your transition to summer affords you some much needed down time.  I’m delighted to share the videos of our outstanding faculty award recipients with you.  As you know the disruption related to COVID-19 delayed the production of these videos which are now available for viewing.

UNC BOG Excellence in Teaching Award, Carmen Sotomayor: https://youtu.be/epjItGQuJWk

Alumni Teaching Excellence Awards: https://youtu.be/Ub4Hk7ILh7o

Instruction and Education Awards: https://youtu.be/YJ9x00aG9Oc

Gladys Strawn Bullard, Joanne Murphy: https://youtu.be/NQiM2fsPaM8

Holshouser Award for Excellence in Public Service Nominee, Ann Berry Somers: https://youtu.be/ExUY0DLpCyI

Senior Research Excellence Award, Olav Rueppell: https://youtu.be/0zjcdP59LU0

Junior Research Excellence Award, Joanne Murphy: https://youtu.be/5RchfOJLfI8

I encourage you to take some time to view the videos and congratulate your colleagues if you have not already had the opportunity to do so.

A special thank you to Michael Frierson and the students in the Client-Based Media Production course who created these videos to honor this year’s awardees.

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May 4, 2020


MEMORANDUM


TO:  UNCG Faculty & Staff

RE:  Fall 2020 Study Abroad Suspended

As the spring semester comes to an end, we are considering among other things some of the longer-term implications of COVID-19 on University programs. I write today to provide an update on fall study abroad.

The decision about whether to proceed with fall study abroad was a difficult one to reach. In the end, we took into careful consideration important factors including the elevated international travel warnings issued by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the U.S. Department of State. We also considered the continued rise in COVID-19 related cases abroad, the related increased health, safety and risk concerns for our students, and the unreliable infrastructure capacity worldwide to respond to the pandemic.

Based on these considerations, the University has decided to suspend all undergraduate exchange programs for the fall term administered through the International Programs Center (IPC), and students have been notified by email.  In addition, all other international travel involving undergraduates has also been cancelled.

We must place the health and safety of our students above all other considerations. Please know that the IPC will support the students and help them understand their options going forward. For some, deferring their exchange opportunities to the spring may still be an option even if it is unclear at this time what the landscape will be by then. Students who still have questions have been advised to reach out to their Study Abroad advisor for clarification.

We are making this decision now so that our academic units will be in a better position to plan alternate academic opportunities for our students, and so that students will have more time to consider their options for fall courses. We appreciate that as a precaution many of them have already pre-registered for courses here at UNCG and applied for housing. We are encouraging those who have not yet registered, to do so now, and we ask your help as their academic advisors.

As previously communicated, all student international travel (including experiential, study abroad and other group travel program) activities for the summer 2020 term are cancelled. Further, we continue to strongly recommend that all non-essential international and domestic employee travel be avoided until at least June 30.

We will continue to re-evaluate this travel policy and all related academic decisions as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds. If you have any questions, feel free to send them to the IPC staff or to studyabroad@uncg.edu.

April 21, 2020

TO:  UNCG Faculty

RE:  2020 Faculty Awards

I am pleased to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of UNCG faculty in teaching, research, mentoring, and service.  Due to the circumstances with COVID-19 we are unable to gather to celebrate the extraordinary contributions of the honorees but are nonetheless proud of their achievements.  Please join me in congratulating the award recipients listed below and note this information will also be included in a full page announcement in the Greensboro News & Record on Sunday, April 26, 2020.

Teaching Awards

Each year the university solicits nominations for three Alumni Teaching Excellence Awards, the UNCG Award for Excellence in Online Education, and the UNC System Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.  A committee comprised of UNCG faculty and students selects recipients for the Alumni Teaching Excellence Awards and chooses UNCG’s nominee for the Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching which is conferred by the Board of Governors Committee on Personnel and Tenure.  The UNC Greensboro Academy of Online Professors selects the recipient for the Award for Excellence in Online Education.

UNC BOG Excellence in Teaching Award
Carmen Sotomayor, Professor, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Mary Settle Sharp Award for Teaching Excellence
Elizabeth Perrill, Associate Professor, School of Art

James Y. Joyner Award for Teaching Excellence
Robyn Le Blanc, Assistant Professor, Department of Classical Studies

Anna Maria Gove Award for Teaching Excellence
Meiqing Sun, Senior Lecturer, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

UNCG Online Award for Excellence in Online Education
Vasyl Taras, Associate Professor, Department of Management

 


Instruction/Education Related Awards

Education is about more than what goes on inside the classroom and the next awards recognize excellence in mentoring, academic program assessment, and advising. The Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award from the Graduate School honors a full-time tenured faculty member with outstanding success in mentoring graduate students at the master’s or doctoral level.  The Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award honors a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in the mentoring of UNCG undergraduate students in research or creative inquiry.  The Student Learning Enhancement Award honors departments, programs, or individual faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in academic program assessment leading to enhanced student learning.  The Advising Excellence Award honors a full-time faculty member with at least two years of service to UNCG who has demonstrated excellence in advising.  Student feedback is considered when selecting the award recipient.

Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award
Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll, Professor, Department of Interior Architecture

Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award, Pre-tenured Category
Blair Wisco, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award, Post-tenured Category
Tyreasa Washington, Professor, Department of Social Work

Student Learning Enhancement Awards
Department of Anthropology
Department of Biology
Department of History

Advising Excellence Award
Cristina Moreira, Lecturer, Department of Biology

 


Service Leadership Awards

The service leadership awards are focused on service and academic leadership.  The Gladys Strawn Bullard Awards were established in 1981 as a gift to the university from Bern and Gladys Bullard.  The awards were named for Mrs. Bullard, a 1939 graduate of Women’s College, and were created to recognize members of the UNCG faculty, staff, and student body for outstanding leadership and service to the university.  The Governor James E. Holshouser, Jr. Award for Excellence in Public Service was established by the UNCG Board of Governors in 2007 to encourage, identify, recognize, and reward public service.  The award recognizes those who have demonstrated distinguished service and sustained achievement in improving the quality of life for citizens of North Carolina.  Each of the 17 UNC system institutions may nominate one faculty member annually and the Board selects the winner form these nominees.  Today, we recognize UNCG’s 2019 nominee.

Gladys Strawn Bullard Award
Joanne Murphy, Associate Professor, Department of Classical Studies

Holshouser Award for Excellence in Public Service Nominee
Ann Berry Somers, Senior Lecturer, Department of Biology

 


Research Excellence Awards

The research excellence awards were established to recognize the outstanding research and creative accomplishments of UNCG faculty.  The Senior Research Excellence Award is conferred based on research career accomplishments, especially achievements within the past five years.  It is presented to a full-time faculty member at the rank of professor.  Faculty at the rank of assistant or associate professor are eligible to receive the Junior Research Excellence Award, which is primarily based on work at UNCG within the past five years.

Senior Research Excellence Award
Olav Rueppell, Florence Schaeffer Distinguished Professor of Science, Department of Biology

Junior Research Excellence Award
Joanne Murphy, Associate Professor, Department of Classical Studies

 


Faculty Excellence in Research & Creative Activity

Please also join me in honoring individuals recognized by their units as achieving Faculty Excellence in Research and Creative Activity in 2019.  The award recipients are listed here.


A special thank you to Michael Frierson and the students in the Client-Based Media Production course who are creating videos honoring this year’s awardees.  The disruption caused by COVID-19 has impacted production but we will be circulating these videos when they are complete.   I look forward to a time ahead when we are able to congratulate all the awardees in person.

April 20, 2020

MEMORANDUM

TO:  UNCG Faculty

RE: Call for Submissions: Course Conversion for Online Instruction

COVID 19 forced UNCG to deliver emergency remote instruction on very short notice.  While faculty are to be commended for their hard work to maintain educational continuity, the circumstances were far from optimal.  Many faculty did not have adequate time to redesign their courses in the manner they would prefer for online delivery.  This experience makes clear that we are well advised to ensure that all faculty are well prepared to deliver coursework online.  To facilitate improved online course design and delivery we are providing a Summer 2020 professional development opportunity for up to 150 faculty.  The program will entail redesigning a course currently scheduled for Fall 2020 face-to-face instruction for online delivery.  Specific program requirements are described below.

Faculty will be provided a $1,500 stipend for fulfilling the following requirements by August 1, 2020:

  • Participate in one eight-week session that will result in a fully developed online course upon completion. This link describes the course: Sessions dates are below (Only one session is required):
    • Session 1 = May 18 – July 10
    • Session 2 = June 1 – July 24
  • Complete the C-RAC checklist.
  • Complete the QM checklist.

Timeline

  • Monday, April 20, 2020: Call for proposals
  • Friday, May 1, 2020: Submission deadline
  • Friday, May 15, 2020: Applicants notified

Application

Please click here to apply for the stipend and provide the information that follows. This should take no more than 20-30 minutes to complete.

  • First/Last Name
  • Home Unit (School or College)
  • Home Department
  • Course Prefix
  • Course Number
  • Course Title
  • Total number of sections of this course you teach
  • Have you taught online before?
  • Brief paragraph (no more than 250 words) explaining why you and this course should be selected for this opportunity.

Alternative Online Support Opportunities (not compensated)
These alternative options are also available to assist faculty who are converting courses to an online format.

  • Moving Online for Fall (MOFF): This six consecutive half-day, conference-style workshop will help you assess your technology skills, plan your course content for conversion, and aid in planning how to best engage students at a distance.
  • Individual Consults: Sign up for individual consultations with your academic ITCs, UNCG Online, or UTLC to assist with specific concerns regarding your course.
  • ThreeMeeting Consultation: Targeted for those faculty who have taught online before, UNCG Online will help you think through your course conversion and assist you in developing a plan to execute.
  • Topical Workshops: Group workshops are available on a variety of topics.
  • Peer Mentor: Faculty who are experienced in online teaching may choose to serve as a peer mentor to those with less experience teaching online.
  • UNC System Trainings: The UNC System will offer support to faculty transitioning their courses to the online format.

For more information please view announcements here.

April 20, 2020

MEMORANDUM

TO:  Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty

RE:  Faculty scheduled for reappointment review in Fall 2020: option to opt-out of the extension of first probationary term reappointment review but opt-in (if reappointed) for extension of second probationary term

You received the April 16 message below regarding extension of the probationary term of faculty employment (extension of “the tenure clock”) due to the impacts of COVID-19. This message is provided to confirm that tenure-track faculty on their first probationary term who are scheduled for reappointment review in Fall 2020 have the opportunity to opt-out of the automatic extension of the first probationary term, undergo reappointment review in Fall 2020, and (if reappointed) opt-in or opt-out for the one-year extension of the second probationary term.

Should a faculty member decide to forego (opt-out of) the extension of their Fall 2020 reappointment review, yet opt-in for the extension of the second probationary term (the mandatory tenure review date), they must submit a written notification to their head/chair or school director by May 15, 2020. Heads/chairs and directors must immediately share these notices with the Dean, who will forward a copy to the Provost by May 31, 2020.

As previously stated, given our extraordinary circumstances, the one-year extension due to COVID-19, whether taken in the first or in the second probationary term, will not count toward the two-year limit on term extensions, as permitted in Section 3.C of the University’s reappointment, promotion, and tenure policy.

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Original message regarding extension of the probationary term:

April 16, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has created significant disruptions and uncertainties for our faculty.  It has also generated increased stress related to forthcoming reappointment and tenure reviews.  After consultation with the Deans and Faculty Senate leadership, I have determined that it is appropriate to grant one-year extensions of the probationary period for all faculty members currently serving in a tenure-track appointment.  This action is consistent with the personal exigency provision of the Promotion, Tenure, Academic Freedom, and Due Process Regulations (Section 3Cii).  This action will be implemented at the end of the 2020 spring semester and will be applied to the current probationary term.

The extension will advance by one year the reappointment review schedule for those in their first probationary term and it will advance by one year the mandatory tenure review schedule for those in their second probationary term.

Should a faculty member decide to forego this one-year extension (electing to opt-out of the automatic extension), they must submit a written notification to their department head/chair or school director.  For faculty scheduled to undergo review in the upcoming 2020-2021 academic year, opt-out notifications must be forwarded to the Provost by May 31, 2020. For reviews scheduled in subsequent years, notifications must be forwarded by March 1, 2021.  Heads/chairs and directors must immediately share these notices with the Dean, who will forward a copy to the Provost.

Given our extraordinary circumstances, this one-year extension prompted by the impacts of COVID-19 will not count toward the two-year limit on extensions of the probationary terms, as stipulated by Section 3.C of the Regulations.  Any previous or future requests for extensions of the probationary term will be considered in accordance with the procedures outlined in Section 3C.

April 16, 2020

 

MEMORANDUM

TO:  Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty

RE:  Extension of probationary term (“tenure clock”) due to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has created significant disruptions and uncertainties for our faculty.  It has also generated increased stress related to forthcoming reappointment and tenure reviews.  After consultation with the Deans and Faculty Senate leadership, I have determined that it is appropriate to grant one-year extensions of the probationary period for all faculty members currently serving in a tenure-track appointment.  This action is consistent with the personal exigency provision of the Promotion, Tenure, Academic Freedom, and Due Process Regulations (Section 3Cii).  This action will be implemented at the end of the 2020 spring semester and will be applied to the current probationary term.

The extension will advance by one year the reappointment review schedule for those in their first probationary term and it will advance by one year the mandatory tenure review schedule for those in their second probationary term.

Should a faculty member decide to forego this one-year extension (electing to opt-out of the automatic extension), they must submit a written notification to their department head/chair or school director.  For faculty scheduled to undergo review in the upcoming 2020-2021 academic year, opt-out notifications must be forwarded to the Provost by May 31, 2020. For reviews scheduled in subsequent years, notifications must be forwarded by March 1, 2021.  Heads/chairs and directors must immediately share these notices with the Dean, who will forward a copy to the Provost.

Given our extraordinary circumstances, this one-year extension prompted by the impacts of COVID-19 will not count toward the two-year limit on extensions of the probationary terms, as stipulated by Section 3.C of the Regulations.  Any previous or future requests for extensions of the probationary term will be considered in accordance with the procedures outlined in Section 3C.