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.

April 16, 2020

 

MEMORANDUM

TO:  UNCG Faculty and Staff

RE: Dr. Maria Anastasiou Named New Associate Provost for International Programs

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Maria Anastasiou has accepted the position as Associate Provost for International Programs.  Dr. Anastasiou succeeds Dr. Nell Pynes, who will retire from UNCG on June 30.

Since March 2015, Dr. Anastasiou has served as Executive Director of the Office of International Education and Development at Appalachian State University (ASU).  Her previous administrative appointments include Director of International Student and Scholar Services and Outreach at ASU, Director of International Programs at the University of South Carolina-Aiken, Institutional Lifelong Learning Programme/ERASMUS Coordinator at Frederick University (Nicosia, Cyprus), and Administrative Program Director and Research Fellow at the Walker Institute of International and Area Studies at USC-Columbia.

Dr. Anastasiou holds a B.S. degree from UNC Chapel Hill and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in International Studies from USC – Columbia.

Please join me in welcoming Maria to the UNC Greensboro community.  She will begin her new role on July 1, 2020.

I would also like to express thanks to the search committee, chaired by Omar Ali, Dean of Lloyd International Honors College, for their outstanding work to help us select a new Associate Provost for International Programs.

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April 13, 2020

MEMORANDUM

TO: UNCG Faculty

RE: Course Material Adoptions

During these challenging times, supporting students in attaining successful academic outcomes remains a top priority for everyone at UNCG. As we prepare for a summer session online and look ahead to the fall semester the bookstore needs your assistance in providing information so that we can ensure students have the correct materials, at the most affordable price, by the first day of class. Textbook rentals continue to be the most popular choice for students followed by used books. When you submit adoptions on-time, it allows the bookstore to keep used books on campus, providing the largest selection of rental and used titles.

In order to comply with Section 133 of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) and to stock the most affordable course materials on campus, we ask that you make your adoptions before final exams. Visiting FacultyEnlight is the easiest way for you to submit all required, recommended or suggested course materials adoptions to the campus bookstore.

Benefits of Timely Adoptions:

· Allows the bookstore more time to research the most cost-effective textbook options for students (used, rental, digital etc.)

· Adoptions received on or before the due date means more titles available for rent (rentals save students up to 80% off the new textbook price)

· Submitting adoptions by the due date enables students to receive the most for their books during the buyback period at the end of the current term

· When textbook adoptions are listed on the UNCG Bookstore website, students can plan accordingly, whether they purchase their books from the UNCG Bookstore or not. All the prices are listed.

· Students can use their financial aid directly to cover the course material costs through Bookstore Bucks.

· Simplifies the adoption process for you through FacultyEnlight

Bookstore staff are available to support you for summer adoptions or for future planning. If you have any questions or simply want more information, please contact the bookstore using the information below:

Brad Light: b_light@uncg.edu
General Manager, UNCG Bookstore

 
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April 9, 2020


MEMORANDUM


TO:    UNCG Faculty

RE: Final Assessment Resources

I hope this note finds you well and safe.

You have successfully completed three weeks of remote instruction this Spring 2020 semester. My hope is that you and your students are finding a rhythm and that each day is better than the last. I commend your hard work and commitment to making the best of the situation and know we will be able to carry lessons learned during Spring 2020 forward to this Summer.

Before we turn our full attention to Summer Sessions, we must consider how we will deliver final exams and assignments for Spring 2020. Included here are strategies for final assessments via remote instruction as well as alternative assessment considerations developed in collaboration by UNCG Online, UTLC, ITS Learning Technology, the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, and your Academic ITCs. It provides options and suggestions for offering summative end-of-semester assessments.

While I am not encouraging synchronous exam delivery, I do understand in certain circumstances they are a necessity. If you decide to employ this solution, please do not deviate from the final exam schedule designated for your course by the Registrar’s office.

Thank you again for your hard work and your adaptability during this time.

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.