April 16, 2020



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


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


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


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


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


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