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Pay & retention, parking & traffic top topics at forum for faculty/staff

Aerial photo of the campusNearly 20 questions were asked at the Oct.17 Chancellor’s Town Hall for faculty and staff.

Adam Horton, Staff Senate co-chair, welcomed the faculty and staff, as did Chancellor Gilliam. The chancellor noted he held a similar “town hall Q&A” with students recently – that one was via social media, on Instagram Live. About 200 students were engaged during that one, he said.

The first two questions from faculty and staff were related to pay and retention efforts. Brad Johnson, a Faculty Senate officer, noted that in a recent survey conducted by the Faculty Senate, the highest priority identified was faculty retention and development. What are the best practices for ensuring high retention of faculty and does UNCG have an issue here?  

Kisha Carmichael-Motley, Staff Senate co-chair, asked a similar question, focused on staff: What measures has UNCG taken or will it undertake to continue recruiting and retaining top staff talent in a tight labor market?

First, the chancellor and the provost spoke about the UNC System’s Faculty Recruitment and Retention Fund.

The fund at the UNC System is valuable to help us retain faculty who have an offer and plan to leave, the provost said.

UNCG’s faculty retention rate is competitive, she added, noting that the overwhelming majority of the time that we use system retention funds to counter an offer, we are able to successfully retain the faculty member who otherwise would leave for a more lucrative opportunity.

Board of Governors members and members of the legislature see the importance of this fund, the chancellor added.

And regarding securing and retaining top staff talent? The chancellor said that UNCG has recently created two positions for the retention and recruitment of staff.

“They are being posted,” said Jeanne Madorin, Chief Human Resources Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resources.

“We are going to beat the bushes” to secure top talent, Madorin said.  “And there will be a learning and development position, too.”

The latter will help in developing the current staff members for other, higher-level opportunities, which will often mean moving to other departments in order to advance.  

This professional development is essential. “So when those opportunities come, you’ll be ready,” she said.

The third question was about the looming enrollment concern for universities, as we look at high schools numbers now.

“We’ve been anticipating (this)” the chancellor said. The University will look where there are opportunities to bring in students otherwise (not only traditional students straight from high school). One strategy lies in partnerships with community colleges. And looking to engage with more online students.

“We have 41 fully online programs – and that is increasing,” the provost said. 

Attracting more “part-way-home” students, those who never completed their degree programs earlier in life, presents an opportunity. The University can mine data to identify and and pull them back to get their degrees. That would be beneficial for our state, driving economic development.

And graduate-level education is another opportunity area for enrollment. In the last cycle, our university saw an increase in graduate enrollment, while many other universities saw a decrease. Likewise, our enrollment numbers for international students is growing.

A sampling of other questions and responses:

Why did you stop the State of the Campus address? “Well, I don’t know MANY of you miss it,” the chancellor said, to some laughter. “It was unidirectional. I hear people like the lunch. But I felt like it was a production, a show – not very authentic.” 

Skill sets for the new UNC president? “I hope for stability … And someone who understands higher education, but understands variances. … We have vastly different campuses in our system.”

6) Regarding the prospective Gate and Tate building, what departments may be using it? “(It’s) for arts culture and community. We’ll have a lot of input, we have a lot of options.”

The chancellor spoke about envisioning, collectively, what that space can do. “It will encourage people to come deeper into the campus. … It is not envisioned to last 50 or 60 years, more like 20-30 years.” And flexibility will be key. It will not be “a traditional UNCG facility.” It may hold performances, events, meetings, classes, etc – so let’s consider as malleable a space as possible, he said.

“It sits at the intersection between the arts and community well-being, literally – and that may be something to explore.” 

What about the speed of traffic on Gate City Blvd, near our campus?

“A few things we’re doing ….vertical banners to indicate you’re at a campus. The crosswalks will have school colors to also signal that this is a campus. … Also the city has a plan to improve the streetscape. We want to see a median. … We need to do things to denote this is a campus; you can’t drive 50 mph.”

What about more parking spaces?

The Nursing and Instructional Building zone and Chiller Plant construction project mean about 200 spots are out of commission currently. That has put extra pressure on parking. The chancellor also noted the option to build a deck for many millions of dollars. “It’s a tremendously expensive proposition.” Then you have to maintain the deck, and you can never place a more important building there. Plus it runs counter to our desire to bring down our carbon footprint, he observed. 

Scott Milman noted that the passes for the lots further from campus cost less. And there are plenty of spaces there. Additionally, UNCG’s faculty, staff, and students can ride GTA and HEAT buses for free.

What will be impact if no budget is passed in Raleigh this calendar year?

The chancellor said, “The budget will be the same as last year, for us, if no budget passes. It’s called a ‘continuation budget.’” He also spoke about the possibility of “mini-budgets” being passed. He concluded by saying, “No one knows what is going to happen.”

The 14th question was actually a wish: “Empower us to be a Research 2 university with great teaching, not R1” 

The provost said, “This campus truly walks the walk in the synergy between the two.” We are solid in teaching. And we are serving students in a rich research environment. “We seize this.” 

The chancellor added, “We value the ‘scholar-teacher.’ We pay a lot of attention to teaching. It’s a false dichotomy.” We can be a national model in blending the realms of research and teaching, he explained.

Other topics and questions included: The value of our Housekeeping staff. How are deans and department heads chosen and regularly reviewed? The new policy for paid parental leave, which the BOG recently passed and will go into effect next year. More solar panels on roofs? The mental health of our students. Intercultural support for all students – including online students.

The room was at capacity throughout the 1 1/2 hour town hall. About 25 stood in the back, while about 25 empty seats were unfilled nearer the front.

At the end, the chancellor acknowledged the many staff members in the audience who’d given extra context during the town hall, in answering the questions. Cathy Akens, Scott Milman, Jeanne Madorin, Andrew Cagle, and Sean McInnis were among staff who contributed to the discussions. “I hope you all appreciate the great folks working here. … We have some really fine leadership on this campus. They didn’t know I was going to put them on the spot today.”

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Martin W. Kane

 

Second candidate for chief data officer position

UNCG Information Technology Services will welcome a second candidate for the inaugural Chief Data Officer position to campus for a visit next week. The Chief Data Officer will work in close
collaboration with research and academic programs, as well as administrative groups and institutional data stewards to establish an enterprise data road map and data management processes that enable information sharing, collaboration, compliance and security, and efficient resource management.

This candidate will give a public presentation on Friday, Nov. 1, at 10 a.m. in the School of Education Building, 114.

Dr. Kimberly P. Littlefield

Dr. Kimberly P. Littlefield has been invited to serve on the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP) Board of Directors as an MSI/Regional representative. The seat is a four-year term. The first board retreat for her was in September.

NORDP is the only professional association dedicated solely to Research Development. It is a robust and diverse community with a culture of helping one another advance research in higher education.

Its goals are to serve its members – Research Development professionals – and their institutions, supporting professional development and providing tools  to enhance research competitiveness as well as catalyze new research and institutional collaborations.

Littlefield is associate vice chancellor for research and engagement at UNCG.

Make nominations for UNCG Award for Excellence in Online Education

UNCG Online: The Division of Online Learning facilitates the annual award to honor a faculty or staff member who has demonstrated excellence in developing, supporting, and/or teaching of online courses and programs at UNCG. Our hope is to showcase outstanding teaching and to recognize development and support efforts that create engaging online learning experiences. The ultimate goal of this recognition is to promote innovation and improve the quality of UNCG online courses and programs.

This year’s award will be presented at the UNCG Awards Ceremony in April 2020. Nominations should be submitted no later than November 11, 2019. The award winner will receive an honorarium of $3,000.

Criteria
● Faculty and staff members can be nominated for online teaching, development, and
support activities conducted in the 2019 calendar year. Self-nominations are accepted.
● Faculty and staff can be nominated for exemplary work related to online learning,
including but not limited to
○ Teaching online courses,
○ Development of online courses or programs,
○ Effort to enhance online student success,
○ Any combination of the above.

Nomination Process
● Students, staff, faculty or administrators can submit a nomination.
● The UNCG Online Academy of Online Professors will constitute the Screening and
Selection Committee.
● The nomination packet should include
○ A letter of nomination detailing the qualifications of the nominee and a description
of the online course and/or support service. (300 words)
○ A brief statement on the impact or innovation of the nominee’s work. (100 words)
○ A letter of support from the nominee’s department chair, dean, or direct
supervisor.
○ Student testimonials. Limit 3 testimonials. Must be from the last 3 years. (Please
attach as Word files or PDF.)
○ Peer evaluations (maximum of 3) and course and instructor evaluations
(maximum of 3). Please attach as a Word or PDF file

Send nominations and support via email submission by November 11, 2019, to Nichole McGill, UNCG Online, ntmcgill@uncg.edu.

For questions on the UNCG Award for Excellence in Online Education, please contact Karen Bull, Dean, The Division of Online Learning, kzbull@uncg.edu.

Kim Cuny

Kim Cuny (Speaking Center director and Communication Studies faculty member) received the National Communication Association’s Turner Advocacy Award for her efforts to help build and sustain the Communication Center subset of the Communication Studies discipline.

Over the past 17 years, while Cuny worked to develop a national speaking center model here on our campus, she has also advocated for communication centers more broadly. Cuny was honored for promoting scholarship, advancing the standing of communication centers within the discipline & within the academe, and supporting the communication center movement across the nation. She also holds a School of Theatre faculty appointment and teaches in the MPA program at UNCG.

Free Speech Conference: ‘Finding Expression in Contested Public Spaces’

UNCG’s Department of Communication Studies presents “Finding Expression in Contested Public Spaces” Oct. 24-25.

This Free Speech Conference 2019 will be held in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House. It is free admission and open to the public. It is designed to affirm principles of free speech, highlight scholarly contributions, and feature community presentations addressing current day concerns about, debates on, and promises for free expression.

Dr. Eric King Watts

The conference opens Thursday evening with Keynote Speaker Dr. Eric King Watts (UNC Chapel Hill) on the topic “Tribalism, Voicelessness, and the Problem of Free Speech.” The event is Thursday, Oct. 24,  7 p.m.

The evening will begin with a brief remembrance of the 1979 Greensboro Massacre (the name itself a source of public debate in past years).

On Friday, Oct. 25, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., there will be several discussions and performances:

 

8-8:50 a.m: Pedagogy and the 1st Amendment

Moderator: Dr. Spoma Jovanvoic, UNCG Department of Communication Studies

  • Welcome Remarks: Dr. John Kiss, UNCG Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences
  • Music as Communication Activism: Educating for Freedom Through an Interdisciplinary Service-Learning Projec” – Mark Congdon Jr. and Lamera Palmer, The College of Saint Rose
  • Video Games as Free Speech: Reproducing Inequalities and Pushing Justice to the Margins – Marina Lambrinou, UNC Greensboro, and Yacine Kout, University of North Georgia

9-9:50 am: Academic Freedom & Campus Free Speech

Moderator: Michael Frierson, UNCG Chapter of AAUP

  • The Freedom to Listen – Lisbeth Lipari, Denison University
  • The First Amendment and the NC Campus Free Speech Act: Their Application to Public Universities in North Carolina – Jerry Blakemore. UNC Greensboro
  • Circumventing the Clear and Present Danger Test – Craig Smith, California State University, Long Beach

10-10:50 a.m: Contested Public Spaces

Moderator: Anna Fesmire, League of Women Voters of the Piedmont Triad

  • Legislating Memory: Accommodating Contestations of Public Monuments – Laura Ricciardi, State University of New York at Purchase College
  • Social Power and the Right to the City: Homelessness, Access to Public Space, Activism and the First Amendment – Marcus Hyde, UNC Greensboro, and Gary Kenton and Zalonda Woods, Community Members
  • Activists Video of Greensboro grassroots leaders funded by UNCG-Mellon Foundation

11-11:50 a.m: Boundaries of Free Speech and Expression

Moderator: Dr. Roy Schwartzman, UNCG Department of Communication Studies

  • Greensboro, 1963: Mass Nonviolence at the Boundaries of Free Speech – Thomas Jackson, UNC Greensboro
  • Money, Speech, and Power: Participatory Budgeting as a Path to Free Expression in Public Spending – Vincent Russell and Therese Gardner, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Speakers’ Corners Around the World – Spoma Jovanovic, UNC Greensboro

1-1:50 p.m.: Violence, Hate, Control of Free Speech

Moderator: Holly Williams, UNCG Department of Communication Studies

  • Identity and Free Speech: African-American Women’s Social Justice Rhetoric – Sarah Hollingsworth, Oklahoma State University
  • Balancing the Goods of Speech In a Postmodern Historical Moment – David Errera, Duquesne University
  • A Safe Space for the White Race: An Interrogation of White Nationalist Propaganda on College Campuses – Gabriel Cruz, High Point University, and Patrick Sawyer, UNC Greensboro

2-2:50 p.m.: Talking about Race

Moderator: Doris Wesley, UNCG Department of Communication Studies

  • Performatively Unpacking the Race Talk – Sonny Kelly and Elizabeth M. Melton, UNC Chapel Hill

The event received major funding from the National Communication Association. Co-sponsors include UNCG Office of the Provost, UNCG College of Arts & Sciences, League of Women Voters of the Piedmont Triad, Lloyd International Honors College, UNCG Association of Retired Faculty, African American & African Diaspora Studies, Democracy Greensboro, UNCG Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement, Homeless Union of Greensboro, UNCG AAUP, UNCG Speaking Center, UNCG Institute for Community & Economic Engagement, and Transforming the Humanities/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The conference organizer, Dr. Spoma Jovanovic, is a professor of Communication Studies and a 2019-2010 Fellow with the University of California’s National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement.

For conference details visit https://tinyurl.com/FreeSpeechUNCG2019 or email s_jovano@uncg.edu.

Photograph courtesy Creative Commons.

Krowchuk, Letvak, Rowsey receive excellence professorships

Dr. Heidi Krowchuk

Dr. Heidi Krowchuk, Dr. Susan Letvak, and Dr. Pamela Johnson Rowsey were presented with the excellence professorship, which was established to honor Dr. Eloise Lewis, the founding dean of the School of Nursing.

Krowchuk has served in key positions throughout her 29 years as a UNCG faculty member. As associate dean for academic programs, she has played an instrumental role in the planning of the new Nursing and Instructional Building that is scheduled to open in Fall 2020.

Dr. Susan Letvak

Letvak joined the nursing faculty as an assistant professor in 2000, and she currently oversees the School of Nursing’s Veterans Access Program as its coordinator. The program provides support for medically trained veterans to obtain a bachelor of science in nursing degree.

Rowsey came to UNCG as a professor and the department chair of Adult Health Nursing in 2016. She has been recognized locally, regionally, and nationally for her expertise in nursing education and research and ways to improve resources for historically underrepresented ethnic minority students.

Dr. Pamela Johnson Rowsey

Dr. Kelly Stamp, department chair of Family and Community Nursing, was the only Eloise R. Lewis Excellence Professor prior to the newest appointments. The professorship includes a stipend and research funding.

 

 

 

 

 

Big Belly receptacles now at UNCG

Innovative Big Belly receptacles on campus

Big changes are coming to UNCG’s recycling program. Take a stroll down College Avenue and you’ll notice the new Big Belly waste and recycling receptacles. Funded by a grant from the UNCG Green Fund, the Big Belly receptacles are a smart platform of network-connected receptacles that will increase productivity in our labor force, reduce our carbon footprint, increase our waste diversion rate, and help keep our public areas clean and green.

This new initiative at UNCG comes at a time when recycling is a hot topic of conversation across the nation, including here in Greensboro, where the City recently stopped collecting glass in residential commingled curbside recycling.

“The question I get asked most often on campus is: Can this be recycled? To me, that question reveals a
couple of things,” says Sean MacInnes, UNCG’s sustainability specialist. “One, it shows people care
about our environment and they want to help and do the right thing. Two, it reveals just how
complicated the recycling process is. The Big Belly receptacles and our new recycling guide are intended
to simplify and improve that process for our campus community.”

The improvements the Big Belly receptacles provide:

  • They are connected to the cellular network and have sensors that communicate their real-time
    status to notify crews when they are full and ready to be collected.
  • An internal compactor provides greater capacity than the standard Victor Stanley bins.
  • They have scales inside that will improve data collection for our landfill diversion efforts.
  • Their design is aesthetically pleasing and allows branding and educational opportunities.
  • They are solar powered.

The ability to begin to modernize our waste management system allows us to continue to decrease our
carbon footprint, while optimizing our efficiency,” says Ross Rick, assistant director for facility
services. “For the students to decide that this investment was important to them is an empowering
statement that they are committed to this project in the present and the future. I sincerely thank our
students, the Green Fund Committee, and University Communications for their support, particularly
graphic designers Ariel Hewlin and Mark Unrue, who were tremendous partners in this effort.”

The UNCG Green Fund is a campus-based grant program supported by student activity fees and is
meant to forward UNCG’s Climate Action Plan. It was developed by the UNCGreen student club and
approved by the Student Government Association in 2015. Through the Green Fund, UNCG students
have invested over $200,000 to support 44 different sustainability initiatives on campus, which have
saved the University approximately $16,000 in utility costs and over 200,000 kWh hours of electricity
(equal to about 16 standard homes), annually.

“I’m excited about the Big Belly receptacles,” says Marc Keith, an English Ph.D. candidate and student
co-chair of the Green Fund Committee. “This project not only has real, tangible benefits, but helps
spread awareness about UNCG’s sustainability efforts and directly engages students in those efforts.”

UNCG recycles an average of 200 tons of commingled material annually and has an average overall
landfill diversion rate of about 43% over the past five years. On top of that, all bottle sales (water and
other beverages) have trended down across campus; last year sales were down 21.94% vs the previous
year. The University aims to become a zero-waste campus by 2050.

“The changes in the recycling commodities market are also being felt at UNCG,” says MacInnes. “Like
Greensboro and other cities across the country, we are seeing an increase in the cost of operating our
recycling program. Like all responsible businesses and stewards of our environment, we’re exploring all
the options that will allow us to keep our commitment to zero-waste in a fiscally responsible manner.

“For the time being we will continue to collect glass in our commingled recycling stream on campus. But
we ask those who live off campus to continue to use the City’s free drop-off locations for glass
recycling. We get charged per ton and glass is the heaviest material. There’s also low demand for it in
the market. Those factors,” MacInnes says, “make it expensive to recycle, which is one of the reasons
the City made the decision it did. Although we operate on a much smaller scale than the City, the
increase in cost is not insignificant for us and we ask everyone to be considerate of that. But if you live in
the dorms or if you buy a beverage in a glass bottle from a campus vendor, please continue to recycle
glass here.”

You can download UNCG’s new recycling guide here. And MacInnes recommends everyone download
the City’s GSO Collects app (available on Android and Apple) and take advantage of the app’s Waste
Wizard. “Our recycling goes to the same place as the City’s and other than the fact that we’ll continue to
accept glass bottles and jars, and plastic cups as long as they have recycling numbers 1, 2, and 5, you
can’t go wrong.

“It’s also important for our campus community to keep in mind that Greensboro has one of the highest
recycling contamination rates in nation and it’s an issue we have here too,” MacInnes says. “If we want
recycling costs to decrease and have more companies incorporate recycled material into their products,
then we have to empty our cups and clean our food containers before we put them in the recycling bin.
As consumers, we’re an important factor in the circular economy.”

Do you have an idea for a sustainability initiative? Proposals for the Green Fund are due on the 1st of
every month during the academic year. Project proposals requesting $1,000 or more in funding are only
accepted on November 1 and April 1. More information and the application can be found here.

Dr. Jay Poole

Dr. Jay Poole (Social Work) received new funding from Cone Health Foundation for the project “Addressing the Opiate Crisis through Harm Reduction.” Fran Pearson, Dr. Kenneth Gruber, Charles Holleman, and Guillermo Tremols are co-principal investigators on the project.

It is well established that opiate addiction and overdoses from opiates is a national and local crisis. According to Guilford County Emergency Management Services, there are, on average, 30 overdoses per week in Guilford County.  In an effort to respond to this crisis, the Congregational Social Work Education Initiative (CSWEI) and the Congregational Nurse Program (CNP), with generous funding from the Cone Health Foundation, operated a pilot project from April 2018 – present. The researchers learned several lessons through this pilot project. One of the most important is that stigma and transportation are two of the most onerous barriers in getting people to utilize the services provided. Also, many people on the East side of Greensboro were identified, through outreach efforts, as needing services but having no way to get over to the College Park location. With these lessons in mind, the CSWEI and CNP team propose to continue working with Guilford County’s Solution to the Opioid Problem (GCSTOP) in association with UNCG to enhance a collaboration that will focus on counseling overdose survivors and others at risk of opiate overdose to seek substance use treatment or adopt harm reduction strategies to reduce their risk of overdose and other negative health impacts (i.e., HIV, Hep C, STIs). Recipients of this counseling service also will be directed towards getting primary care services.

Chief Data Officer candidate presentation: Oct. 23

UNCG Information Technology Services will welcome a candidate for the inaugural Chief Data Officer
position to campus for a visit October 22-23, 2019. The Chief Data Officer will work in close
collaboration with research and academic programs, as well as administrative groups and institutional
data stewards to establish an enterprise data road map and data management processes that enable
information sharing, collaboration, compliance and security, and efficient resource management. The
candidate will give a public presentation on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 9:30am-10:30am, School of
Education, Room 114.

Information about future candidate presentations will be announced later.

ITS: Changes coming to identity and access management

Aerial photo of the campusUNCG Information Technology Services (ITS) is launching a multi-phase project to modernize UNCG’s identity and access management (IAM) system.

Computer and Security Account Management (C-SAM), the current system, was built in the late 1990s as an in-house solution for creating campus computing accounts. Over the last 20 years, C-SAM met UNCG’s needs. However, like technology, the University is evolving rapidly. The new IAM system will meet the demands – and challenges – that this rapid evolution brings.

The first phase of the implementation will change how passwords are reset. Associated with this project are upcoming changes to password management and account authentication. Secondary accounts will be redefined into more function-specific categories for proper identification and security maintenance. ITS expects the first phase to be completed in early 2020.

Subsequent phases of the IAM modernization project will be announced as it progresses.

Follow the IAM modernization project website to track ITS’ progress in improving these critically essential services for the UNCG community.

Spartans ADVANCE: $1 million NSF grant to enhance faculty equity, diversity, inclusion

UNC Greensboro has been awarded a prestigious, $1 million ADVANCE grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

This three-year award will support the adaptation and implementation of proven organizational change strategies to promote gender equity inclusive of intersecting social identities such as race and ethnicity.

“We are delighted to have received this important award. It signals our ongoing commitment to all forms of equity and provides resources to help us achieve our desired outcomes.” said Dr. Dana Dunn, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor.

Using a data analytic approach, coupled with focus group data and incorporating evidence-based
practices, UNCG has committed to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic
science careers, thereby contributing to the development of a more diverse science and engineering
workforce. While the focus of the grant is to address aspects of STEM academic culture and institutional
structure that may differentially affect women faculty and academic administrators, UNCG views this
grant as an opportunity to enhance our commitment to a diverse professoriate across all disciplines.
The ADVANCE program activities also include key allies necessary for achieving true culture change.

Under the leadership of the principal investigator, Provost Dunn, the ADVANCE team brings together a
diverse group of co-principal investigators including: Dr. Ayesha Boyce, Assistant Professor of
Educational and Research Methodology (ERM); Dr. Shelly Brown-Jeffy, Associate Professor of Sociology;
Dr. Cerise L.  Glenn, Director of African American and African Diaspora Studies and Associate Professor
of Communication Studies, Dr. Julie Mendez Smith, inaugural Chancellor’s Fellow for Campus Climate
and Professor of Psychology, and Dr. Terri Shelton, Carol Jenkins Mattocks Distinguished Professor and
Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement.  The UNCG ADVANCE team is rounded out with Provost
Faculty Fellow, 2019-2020, Professor Steve Haines; the Office of Sponsored Programs’ Associate Director
of Proposal Development Services Dr. Aubrey Turner and Proposal Development Specialist Julie
Voorhees; Associate Vice Chancellor of Research and Engagement Dr. Kimberly Littlefield, and ERM
Visiting Assistant Professor Dr. Aileen Reid.

There will be a robust set of activities as part of this transformative initiative including a website that will
update the campus on activities and resources, support for ongoing implicit bias training particularly for
search committees, and reviews of barriers and innovative solutions to achieving work/life balance
while advancing in promotion and tenure among others.

All activities and initiatives will be internally and externally evaluated.

A fall launch event will be held Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

“We urge all UNCG faculty to attend and learn more about how they can support this important work,” said Provost Dunn.

Jenny Southard receives early career teaching award

Jenny Southard, lecturer in the Department of Communication Studies and University Speaking Center coordinator, has received the Mônica Pombo Early Career Teaching Award from the Carolinas Communication Association.

The award was presented at the 2019 conference held in Hilton Head, SC, the last weekend in September.

Southard says, “I want my students to become advocates for their own learning and walk out of my class being able to  understand, apply, and integrate the course material into their every day lives. I also want them to see the value of learning-thinking critically for its own sake and not as a means to an end. Lastly, I want them to develop their own voice to communicate effectively and ethically in all aspects if their lives; personal, professional, and civic.”

What brings her the most joy in teaching? “I find the most joy in the relationship building that happens between the students and myself as well as the relationships they form with each other.” She notes they learn a lot from each other. She also likes seeing former students become members of the University Speaking Center, as a passion of hers.

By Mike Harris
Photo by Taylor L. Williams

“She Can, We Can”: Project proposals requested for 2020-21 

UNCG faculty member Harriet Elliott in the midst of State Normal students, ca. 1920. Courtesy of University Libraries

Every two years, UNC Greensboro puts forth a theme to link events across campus and encourage interdisciplinary activity and community engagement.

A new theme is on the horizon: “She Can, We Can: Beyond the Women’s Suffrage Centennial” will be the theme for 2020-21. 

Proposals are requested for projects relating to the theme. Projects can relate to the history or current events of women, or equity. Eight projects will be funded for up to $4,000. Proposals are due Monday, Dec 9.

“This themed series is the perfect way to bring UNCG community members and stakeholders together around important issues of gender equity,” Provost Dana Dunn says. “The expertise and talent of our faculty and students, combined with engaging external speakers and performers, will ensure an opportunity for everyone to engage, learn, and be inspired.”

UNCG’s history has a strong link to the women’s suffrage movement. Dr. Anna Howard Shaw, the namesake for Shaw Residence Hall and a well-known suffragette, spoke three times at the school. UNCG Archives notes that she felt especially close to the State Normal students, stating that the spirit of the school was “inspiring and unique.” The Class of 1919 asked for her to be their commencement speaker, a year before the amendment was ratified. They all knew the nation was reaching a milestone. One of her quotes from the 1919 commencement is “Do not tread down the beaten path, but assume the new duties dictated by your conscience,” says Steve Haines, Provost’s Office Faculty Fellow for 2019-20. 

“The Collaborations Committee of thirty administrators, faculty and students galvanized our university theme,” Haines adds. “We are excited to take an honest look at history. Women were battling for far more than the vote. Some things I’ve read about are inspiring. Some are appalling. Ultimately, we aim to improve today’s issues relating to equity. To me, this theme brings great hope.”

“She Can, We Can” will be a part of 2020-21 performances, lectures, panel discussions, art, exhibits, presentations, new classes, interdisciplinary events and more, that bring gender equity or justice to light.

Earlier themes at UNCG have included “The Globe and the Cosmos (2014-15),” with events related to the historical significance of the work of William Shakespeare and Galileo Galilei.“War and Peace Imagined” and “The ‘60s: Exploring the Limits” have been more recent themes. 

Faculty and staff should contact Steve Haines at sjhaines@uncg.edu for more information about submitting proposals or support.

‘Trowel blazer’ Linda Stine on panel of NC female archaeologists

She has been immersed in the Lowcountry of South Carolina and Georgian and  learning about Gullah culture, past and present. She has worked on African American enslaved houses showing some ties to the Caribbean and Yoruba housing. She has seen evidence for foodways similar to some west African cultures such as Sierra Leone. And here in Guilford County, she and her students have brought more understanding at the urban slave plantation known as Blandwood and at the area of the original Guilford Courthouse.
These community-engaged projects, as she works with local people and students on projects that are important to their communities, are key to her career and research.
“Archaeology is a passion first.  Then you create a career that allows you to continue to practice your craft and science,” says Dr. Linda France Stine, assistant professor of historical archaeology at UNCG.
Archaeology as a field has changed and evolved over the decades. A panel of North Carolina female archaeologists in the private and public sectors will discuss their diverse experiences in the field at the NC Museum of History Friday, Oct. 18, at 3 p.m.

Stine will join Dr. Susan Bamann, Kimberly Kenyon, Dr. Margaret Scarry, and Dr. Alice P. Wright on the panel.

What changes has Stine seen, since her career began? A large increase in the number of archaeologists with jobs in the field. Most work in industry or for government agencies overseeing environmental assessment and impacts on federal lands or for projects using federal money, she says. There are fewer jobs in academia, she notes. “Much fewer. ” 
 
And there are many more women, especially since historic archaeology became more accepted as a field. “As for mentoring, grants, publications, jobs, and pay, there is still disparity between men and women.” A recent industry survey showed this.
 
“As the future president of the Register of Professional Archaeologists, I am working closely with the heads of other major archaeological organizations to increase ethical awareness and practices, to increase the number of archaeologists willing to sign up and apply for registration avowing they will promote the best of good standards and practices, and to actively intervene in observed harassment, discrimination, or bullying,” she says. “We also are learning that our younger generation of archaeologists have some important, diverse perspectives on what constitutes acceptable working conditions such as hours and physical labor.” 
The event is presented by the NC Office of State Archaeology, and is free-admission. It is an Archaeology Month event.
Photos: Linda Stine and an open house event at the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park.

Dr. Audrey Snyder

Dr. Audrey Snyder (Nursing) was elected to the AAHN’s Board as a director and member of strategic planning, at the American Association for the History of Nursing Conference in Dallas.

At the meeting, she gave a presentation titled “Blurring Boundaries Between Medicine and Nursing: The Emergency Nurse Practitioner Role.”

As reported recently in CW, she has been appointed associate dean for experiential learning and innovation in the School of Nursing.

Dr. Robin Remsburg

Dr. Robin Remsburg, dean of the School of Nursing, was elected treasurer of the North Carolina Council of Higher Education in Nursing. She will take office in July.

Michael Frierson

Photo of Dr. Michael FriersonMichael Frierson, a professor in the Department of Media Studies, is an Associate Producer on the recently released feature documentary “Up from the Streets.” The film on the history of New Orleans music was written and directed by Michael Murphy and produced by Cilista Eberle and Robin Burgess.  The film features Oscar nominated, Grammy winning trumpeter Terrance Blanchard on screen as host, and off screen as the film’s Musical Director. The film will debut on Oct. 19 at the 30th New Orleans Film Festival.

Frierson tells CW that Michael Murphy is a former student of his from when Frieson taught at Loyola University in the 1980s. “I have shot video on his crew at the New Orleans Jazz Festival for many years.”

On this new film, he worked with Murphy a bit at the beginning of the process, but he was involved much more later in the process. “The main thing I did was look at 15 or 20 versions of the edit online, and give feedback on the progress of the edit.  The edit was over a year long, so I spent two weeks in New Orleans at different points during the year, just working in the edit room with Murphy and his editor, helping them refine their edit.”

Read more in this article: https://www.offbeat.com/articles/michael-murphys-up-from-the-streets-premieres-at-the-new-orleans-film-festival/

Dr. Elizabeth ‘Jody’ Natalle receives career teaching award

Dr. Elizabeth (“Jody”) Natalle, associate professor of communication studies, was awarded the 2019 Lloyd Rohler Career Teaching Award from the Carolinas Communication Association (CCA) for “demonstrating excellent teaching throughout her career.”

Natalle has been a member of CCA for 34 years, a past president, and an active faculty mentor who has regularly sponsored student research presentations at the annual conference.

The award was presented at the 2019 conference held in Hilton Head, SC, the last weekend in September.

 “My objective when teaching is to facilitate the student’s critical development as a communicator, as a citizen, and as an independent problem-solver,” Natalle said. “Using the knowledge of our field, I am all about sharing that knowledge so that a student can achieve communication competence, active participation as a citizen, and has the ability to approach life with problem-solving skills. “
What brings her the most joy in teaching? “When a student is able to own the knowledge of the field and become an independent learner. Then I know they are set for life. When the light bulb goes on, you just know that you did your job as the teacher-facilitator. It’s the joy of ‘paying it forward.'”

By Mike Harris
Photography by Jiyoung Park

Ethics Bowl deadline is Oct. 10

The third annual UNCG Ethics Bowl is coming up on Oct. 25, 2019.

Participant registration deadline for students is Oct. 10, 2019.

What’s an Ethics Bowl? It’s a debate competition where teams of 3-5 students present and defend their answers to real-life ethical dilemmas. No prior ethics coursework needed to compete. Prizes, free dinner, and lively conversation! Students may sign up as a team or register as a free agent at tinyurl.com/UNCGEthicsBowl.

UNCG’s new and improved Workshops Website

ITS presents a new and improved Workshops website. Take a look at the new design and see what workshops are coming up at UNCG.

New features:

  • Mobile check-In

  • Multimedia event pages and previews

  • Calendar, list, and grid views

  • Add-to-Google calendar option

  • Advanced filters

Check out the Workshops Portal – Event Management article to learn more about event management in the new website, and the Workshops Portal – Mobile Check-in article to learn more about the mobile check-in app.

Questions? Email itscomm@uncg.edu.

Finding funding and submitting grant applications

Learn about submitting grant applications and about securing grant funding, in the coming weeks.

Learn about ‘Show Me the Money: Locating Grant Funding Opportunities,’ Oct. 21, 2019, 11 a.m., 304 Curry.

This workshop will explore how to get the most from grant seeking databases: SPIN, GrantSelect, Grant Advisor Plus, and the Foundation Center. Participants will search for possible funding opportunities, practice identifying eligibility, and realize the importance of key words. Attendees will have opportunities to access databases and engage in searches related to their topic of interest. Presented by Helen G. Kiss, Ph.D., Grants Specialist, Office of Sponsored Programs, and Gerald Holmes, Associate Professor and Diversity Coordinator, University Libraries.

Register at https://workshops.uncg.edu/event/show-me-the-money-locating-grant-funding-opportunities-2/.

This workshop will also be offered on Nov. 13, 10 a.m.-noon, 304 Curry. Register here.

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Learn about ‘Steps to Submit Successful Grant Applications,’ Oct. 29, 2019, 9-11 a.m., in 2711 MHRA Building.

Are you new to applying for external funding for your research/scholarly activities? Do you need a refresher session on applying for external funding? Come to the Office of Sponsored Programs workshop that will provide you with general guidance on preparing a competitive grant proposal based on sponsor guidelines.

Register at https://workshops.uncg.edu/event/steps-to-submit-successful-grant-applications/.

This workshop will also be offered Nov. 21, 1-3 p.m., 2711 MHRA Bldg. Register here.


Additionally, a special workshop – “Grant Writing for Maximum Impact” – helps you enhance your grant writing skills.

This workshop, on Nov. 6, will dive into writing for grant proposals, with practical tips, proven strategies, and examples from proposals where those tips/strategies have been applied. Instructors are Aubrey R. Turner, Ph.D., Proposal Development Officer, Office of Sponsored Programs; Julie Voorhees, Title III Grant Project Director, Office of Research and Economic Development

Register at https://workshops.uncg.edu/event/grant-writing-for-maximum-impact/.

 

Dr. E. Patrick Johnson presents ‘Black. Queer. Southern. Women.: An Oral History’

Dr. E. Patrick Johnson

Dr. E. Patrick Johnson will present the talk “Black. Queer. Southern. Women.: An Oral History” Oct. 8, at 5:30 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

It will be followed by a Q and A session, moderated by Dr. Tara T. Green (Linda Carlisle Excellence Professor, UNCG) and Dr. Valerie Johnson (Mott Professor of Africana Women’s Studies, Bennett College).

Drawn from the life narratives of more than seventy African American queer women who were born, raised, and continue to reside in the American South, Johnson’s book, published in 2018 by UNC Press, powerfully reveals the way these women experience and express racial, sexual, gender, and class identities – all linked by a place where such identities have generally placed them on the margins of society. Using methods of oral history and performance ethnography, the work vividly enriches the historical record of racialized sexual minorities in the South and brings to light the realities of the region’s thriving black lesbian communities.

A native of North Carolina, E. Patrick Johnson is the Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University and author of “Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South.”

The talk is hosted by the UNCG Women and Gender Studies program, and co-sponsored by the UNCG English Department and the UNCG Humanities Network and Consortium (HNAC).

It will be followed by book signing.

Editor’s note: An early calendar listing included a different date. This event is confirmed for Oct. 8.

Register soon for Business Affairs Conference – deadline is Oct. 11

Photo of School of Education buildingSpartans, there is just over one week remaining to register for the 2019 Business Affairs Conference.

The conference will be on Oct. 15, 2019, in the School of Education Building. This will be an all-day event; registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Business Affairs is proud to invite the UNCG community to join us for a day of concurrent workshop sessions designed to provide practical training and resources that will support our efforts to meet the exciting challenge of UNCG’s “inflection point!”

The theme of the conference is “Innovation at the Inflection Point.”

This means a transformation in how Business Affairs provides customer service to and engages with our colleagues across campus. These efforts are informed by principles of empowerment through access to information, and engagement through partnership with service providers.

Sessions are tailored to inform, educate, and entertain administrative staff who engage with and do business exchanges with UNCG’s Business Affairs. All staff are welcome

Sessions will include:

  • A Purchasing Primer – Panel Discussion
  • Career Pathing at the G
  • Ergonomics and a Healthy U
  • Know Before You Go: Roadtrippers Edition
  • Managing Your Funds at UNCG – Panel Discussion
  • Onboarding: Employees in Transition
  • Simply Stunning: Successful Event Planning
  • Stress Less: The Importance of Self-Care
  • The Color of Money
  • The Employee Life Cycle at UNCG – Panel Discussion
  • Your Departmental Wallet: The Budget Guide

The goal is to equip our customers with access to information and the knowledge of how to effectively use this information to meet their departmental objectives. The conference aims to provide practical take-aways while being supported by the theme of innovation throughout all sessions.

Registration (click here) is required to attend and participate.

Registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 11.

Registration = $35 (this fee is to be paid by your department).

  • Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
  • Participants will be issued complimentary parking passes for Walker Parking Deck

Participants should expect to reserve the entire day to attend all sessions, lunch, and panel discussions.

For more information visit https://baf.uncg.edu/conference/.

 

Flu shot clinics for UNCG employees – see revised EUC location

UNCG’s flu shot clinics will be held in October.

The three dates:

  • October 8 – EUC Alexander Room – 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • October 9 – EUC Alexander Room – 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • October 16 – Campus Supply Training Room – 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

BRING YOUR SHP/BCBS ID CARD.

Flu shots are are available to all covered employees and dependents (at least 4 years old) covered on a State Health Plan at no cost. The vaccines will be Strain 4 Quadrivalent.

Visit bcbsnc.com/flu for more information.

Editor’s note: The original 9/24 campus announcement indicated a different room in the EUC. HRS confirms the EUC location will be Alexander Room.

A dissertation in 3 minutes? Registration for 3MT competition opens today.

Imagine describing your entire thesis or dissertation to a general audience in just 3 minutes.

Imagine describing your entire thesis or dissertation to a general audience in just 3 minutes.

Rada Petric (left) did just that, earning her title as the winner of the 2018 Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition. Rada is currently working towards her Ph.D. in Biology at UNC Greensboro and says she was urged to enter the competition by her academic advisor. Rada’s research focuses on the effects of man-made noise on wild mice. She says that the 3MT competition greatly improved her public speaking skills as well as her ability to explain her own research to anyone. Rada now will compete at the United States Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Association conference in Charleston, South Carolina, in late September.

Registration is now open for the 2019 3MT competition: https://forms.gle/4hkGebxuHZ7NXkPB9   Preliminary rounds will be held October 29th-30th with the final round being hosted by The Graduate School on November 14th in the Alumni House.

More information about the competition can be found on the graduate school website, or: https://grs.uncg.edu/3mt/

Make nominations for honorary degree candidates

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.

Majors, Minors, and More Fair student success event next Tuesday

Arial image of College AveHelp Spartan students find their way to their future by encouraging them to attend the University-wide “3M: Majors, Minors, and More Fair,” scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Elliott University Center’s Cone Ballroom.

Students can explore various majors, minors, and professional development opportunities that are offered at UNCG. Participants can get their headshots made, have their resumes checked, and enjoy music and food.

This inaugural event is hosted by UNCG’s Student Success Center along with UNCG Career and Professional Development.

 

 

Charles Leffler will be Interim Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs

Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. has named Charles Leffler as Interim Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs. 

Leffler will replace outgoing Vice Chancellor of Business Affairs Charlie Maimone (see earlier post), while the University conducts a national search for a permanent replacement. Leffler will begin his appointment on October 1, 2019. 

“Charles brings tremendous expertise and experience to this role, and I am pleased that he will help us navigate this transition,” Gilliam said. “He has a proven track record at his previous institutions, a rock-solid understanding of how we operate as a public university within the UNC System, and a great reputation across the state. I look forward to working with him.”

Leffler served for more than 30 years at NC State (11 of those years as Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration) before retiring in 2015.  There, he was responsible for an extensive portfolio of financial and operational functions. Leffler was also instrumental in leading the development of the Centennial Campus, a 1,300-acre research campus at NC State.

Most recently, he served as Interim Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration for the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and served on UNC Interim President Bill Roper’s transition team.

Photo courtesy UNC School of the Arts.

As Hurricane Dorian approaches the state

University leaders sent this message to the campus community Monday, in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian later this week:

Dear UNCG Community,

As you may be aware, according to the National Weather ServiceHurricane Dorian may have some effect on the Triad later this week. There is still uncertainty in the forecast, but currently the impact for our area is projected to be limited.

The UNCG Office of Emergency Management, along with University leaders, as well as state and national agency partners, are closely monitoring the forecast. We are actively communicating with all of our on- and off-campus partners. The preparedness and safety of our students, faculty, and staff are our top priorities.

Beginning later today (Tuesday), UNCG will host approximately 35 students and staff from UNC Wilmington who are evacuating in anticipation of the storm.  (Update: UNCG is now hosting 55 students and 5 staff members from UNCW.) We stand ready to help further if needed and are proud of our campus staff in Housing, Dining, and Kaplan Center for their efforts in making this possible.

We recognize some members of our own campus community are from areas that may ultimately be impacted by this storm. Students with specific concerns are asked to work with their professors as needed.

Please continue to monitor all local and regional weather forecasts and road condition reports when planning travel, and prepare as appropriate. We will continue to monitor weather conditions and provide updates as needed throughout the week via the UNCG Mobile App (available at the Apple App Store or Google Play Store), email, Spartan Alerts, and the University’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

This post was updated 9 a.m., Sept. 4.

Dr. David Cook

Dr. David Cook (Media Studies) was featured as a film expert in two episodes of CNN’s 6-part series “The Movies,” produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, that ran through July and August 2019.  Cook appeared in Part Five: “The Sixties,” speaking about late 1960s Hollywood, and in Part 6, “The Classics,” speaking about Hitchcock’s work in the studio era.

The production company, Herzog & Company, has recently produced the popular Decades series and “A History of Comedy” for CNN, as well as “1968: The Year That Changed America.”

“The Movies” will soon be available On Demand and in multiple re-runs on CNN. Read more about the series on Deadline.com.

Copy courtesy Simone Parker. (See more at Media Studies website)

Barbara Campbell Thomas

Barbara Campbell Thomas (Art) will have a solo exhibition of her paintings at The Painting Center in New York City, October 1-26, 2019.

A full-color catalog will accompany the exhibition, designed by UNCG School of Art Assistant Professor Rachele Riley and including an essay written by Jennie Carlisle, Director of the Smith Gallery at Appalachian State University.

Campbell Thomas is Associate Professor of Art in the UNCG School of Art.

UNCG free Professional Development Offerings, Fall 2019

Photo of the UNCG campusA great variety of professional and personal development workshops are available courtesy of UNCG Human Resources. You can learn time management skills, how to use improv to improve your work, how to better use online tools like Starfish, grant-writing, and much more.

Workshops are free for employees, and an excellent opportunity to expand your professional and personal skills.

See below a brief list of some workshops in the next weeks:

  • Face-to-Face Feedback: Join the Teaching Innovations Office for group sessions where faculty members can discuss ideas, receive feedback, and lead mock teaching sessions for other attendees. Develop your teaching skills and test new teaching techniques with supportive, non-evaluative feedback from your peers. Sep. 3, 1 p.m. and Oct. 18, 10 a.m.
  • Mentors Meeting: Mentoring Undergraduates in Research and Creative: In this workshop presented by Lee Phillips, faculty will explore how to support and encourage meaningful scholarly experiences for undergraduate researchers. Sep. 4, 8:30 a.m. and Jan. 16, 9:30 a.m.
  • Reinventing Yourself: This workshop will take faculty/staff through the self-reflection, planning, and self-improvement techniques needed to reinvent yourself in response to changes at work, at home, or internally. Sep. 4, 12 p.m. This Sept. 4 workshop is full, and is no longer accepting registration, HR says.
  • Practical Ethics: Professional Life Beyond the Legal Minimum: Wade Maki will lead a frank discussion on ethical tools, frameworks, and challenges, and solutions to ethical problems faced by university employees. Sep 10, 11 a.m.
  • Viewpoints of Inclusive Student Experiences: VOISES is a series of student panels aimed at faculty, where panelists from marginalized identity groups share their perspectives. The panels are moderated and give faculty the opportunity to ask questions while reflection on issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion at UNCG. Sep 12, 10 a.m., Sep. 25, 11 a.m., Oct. 23, 11 a.m., Nov. 5, 11 a.m., Jan. 29, 11 a.m., Feb. 13, 11 a.m., Feb. 18, 11 a.m., Mar. 19, 11 a.m., and Apr. 8, 11 a.m.
  • Grant Writing for Maximum Impact: Dive into writing for grant proposals with practical tips, proven strategies, and real-world examples with Dr. Aubrey R. Turner and Julie Vorhees. Sep. 18, 12 p.m. and Nov. 6, 2 p.m.
  • UNCG Still Cares: During this 2-hour training, UNCG faculty and staff will learn how to recognize student distress, how to reach out, and how to refer students in distress to the proper on-campus resources. Sep. 27, 2 p.m. and Feb. 17, 2 p.m.
  • Coping During Uncertain Times: This training addresses ways to cope with uncertainty in today’s world. It will examine how to remain positive and functional despite risks, how to re-establish control in your life, and how to talk to children about fear. Oct. 2, 12 p.m.
  • Campus Violence Response Center Full Training: CVRC’s three workshops (Interpersonal Violence Survivor Support Ally, Supporting LGBTQ+ Survivors of Violence, and Managing Secondary Traumatic Stress) will be held in one day on these days, with a lunch break. Oct. 15, 9 a.m. and Jan. 7, 5 p.m. See the full schedule for dates of the individual workshops.
  • Running on “E” Adding Energy and Fun to Your Work: Build skills to survive and thrive in today’s high-pressure world. Unleash your energy, ignite your enthusiasm, and find the fun in your job to maximize your work performance and make your day better. Oct. 30, 12 p.m.
  • Managing Your Time Effectively: Stop Chasing the Clock: This workshop will help you sort through tools to help you organize your life, and find the ones that are right for you. Improve your time management skills and learn useful tips and online tools. Nov. 13, 12 p.m.

See the full list of offerings here.

Starfish News and Reminders – Fall 2019

Photo of MinervaStarfish technology is now available to all instructors, advisors, academic support staff, and students for the fall semester. Starfish is an early-alert system that allows UNCG to take a more holistic approach to student success. Starfish allows instructors, advisors, and other staff members to track student progress and remain in the loop about their shared students. Users can log into Starfish at starfish.uncg.edu.

Updates and Reminders

  • Communication plan for flagged students: Students who are issued academic flags and/or kudos via Starfish now receive email communication addressed from their course instructors. This change was implemented in Fall 2018 as a result of consistent feedback received from faculty and instructors at UNCG. This update to email communication will further personalize the correspondence that students receive and enhance engagement with their course instructors. Instructors may reference the Starfish for Faculty & Instructors webpage to see sample email templates. Previously, these emails were addressed from the Students First Office.
  • Flag options for advisors: As of Spring 2019, academic advisors can issue Starfish flags to their advisees! These two flag types are the Personal Concern Flag and Retention Concern Flag. Advisors should raise the Personal Concern flag to report non-emergency concerns for student well-being to the Dean of Students Office. Advisors should raise the Retention Concern to notify UNCG when they become aware of students who may not remain at UNCG in the current and/or upcoming semester. Advisors may reference the Starfish for Advisors and Program Coordinators webpage for more information related to the use of these two flags.
  • New Starfish resource available: There is now a comprehensive guide that summarizes the UNCG flag, kudos, and referral options available. This resource summarizes the Starfish feedback options available for instructors, advisors, and academic support staff to raise and view for undergraduate students. Please check out the Detailed Guide to Flags, Kudos, & Referrals!

New to Starfish? Here is some information on how UNCG currently uses this technology.

Instructors and faculty use Starfish to:

  • Raise alert flags for your students with academic and personal concerns so that they can connect with the resources and people that may help them. *Note: You should never raise flags for emergency concerns requiring immediate attention.
  • Give kudos to students who are performing well or showing improvement
  • Issue referrals to connect students to campus resources that may help them
  • Complete Academic Status Reports throughout the semester to flag many students at once. Instructors will receive email alerts on the following dates: September 10, October 1 & November 5
  • Post office-hour availability and manage student meetings
  • For more information on instructor use of Starfish, visit the Starfish for Faculty & Instructors webpage

Advisors & academic support staff use Starfish to:

  • Stay in the loop on which advisees have been flagged for academic concerns and provide additional support
  • Raise the Personal Concern Flag to report non-emergency concerns for student well-being to the Dean of Students Office
  • Raise the Retention Concern Flag to notify UNCG when you become aware of students who may not remain at UNCG in the current and/or upcoming semester
  • Issue referrals to connect students to campus resources
  • Post appointment availability and manage advising appointments
  • Maintain appointment notes and outcomes
  • Clear flags as concerns resolve
  • For more information on advisor and support staff use of Starfish, visit the Starfish for Advisors & Program Coordinators webpage

Students use Starfish to:

  • Keep track of the academic feedback they get from their instructors
  • Know when to take action to improve course performance and meet with instructors
  • Receive campus resource referrals from instructors, advisors, and support staff
  • Schedule appointments with their instructors and advisors who use Starfish for online scheduling
  • For more information on how students can use Starfish, visit the Starfish for Students webpage

Starfish Support & Training

  • For Starfish assistance: Individuals, groups, or departments who would like to request a Starfish training session should send an email request to starfish@uncg.edu
  • Students, staff, and instructors are encouraged to explore UNCG’s Starfish website for additional information about Starfish and available training guides.

What’s new: Some items of interest for faculty/staff

Arial photo of campusAs we head into the new year, here are a few items to know:

  • UNCG has five new deans. A reception for them will be Sept 5. The new deans are Dr. Karen Bull, UNCG Online; Dr. Andrew Hamilton, Associate Vice Provost of Student Success and Dean of Undergraduate Studies; Dr. Carl Mattacola, School of Health and Human Sciences; Dr. bruce mcclung, College of Visual and Performing Arts; and Dr. Sherine Obare,  Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering
  • New mobile app If you haven’t downloaded the UNC Greensboro Mobile App or have an older version of it, you’ll want to head over to the Apple App or Google Play store and install the new version. The app has personalized home screens based on the user’s choice of a persona, which they choose when they first open the app. Presently there are seven personas: Faculty/Staff, Student, New Student, Graduate Student, Prospective Student, Alumni, and a community persona called Families, Friends, and Fans. All personas are available now, but the Student and New Student personas have been developed with targeted content. Look for the Faculty/Staff and Alumni personas to be further developed with targeted content in the coming months. See details.
  • UNCG’s Business Affairs Conference, scheduled for Sept. 24, 2019, at 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Note the date; CW had originally noted an October date.) This year, it will focus on the University and Business Affairs Strategic Plan. The division is planning to make the conference more streamlined than before. Details will be in CW as the event approaches.
  • Career Services has a new name. Their department name is now Career & Professional Development. essential to communicate to stakeholders the breadth of offerings. Career Services has taken the proactive step of conducting a broad review of its target audiences to evaluate how it can strengthen its outreach and impact. That review is the catalyst behind the decision of creating a new identity for the department that better reflects the full range of outcomes from graduation career-readiness to long-term career development: Career & Professional Development. The department’s new website URL will be cpd.uncg.edu. 
  • Among the changes in student academic support services is: In order to better meet the needs of students, the Tutoring and Academic Skills Program and The Supplemental Instruction Program have merged to form the Academic Achievement Center (AAC). They will provide the same support for students, including Supplemental Instruction and small group tutoring in many courses, academic skills and outreach workshops on learning skills. Any UNCG student is welcome to participate in academic skills coaching or workshops, and tutoring and Supplemental Instruction will continue to be available for students enrolled in supported courses. Online and evening appointments will also continue to be offered. Their offices are located in the Forney Student Success Commons, suite 114. Information is at https://studentsuccess.uncg.edu/home/ In the next two week, CW will interview Andrew Hamilon and give a broad update on what is new in Forney.
  • The men’s basketball season will have some pre-preseason excitement and generate buzz and community fun with a daylong 3 on 3 Tournament. Ticket sales are very strong, we have learned. See more here.
  • Au Bon Pain is no longer located in Bryan Building. See a construction update here.
  • See some Key Dates for the coming weeks here.
  • And for a full update on eateries and what’s new in UNCG Dining – plus many more “what’s new” updates, see this UNCG Now post.

Assembled by Mike Harris