Provost's Wednesday Briefing - January 15, 2020

Student Success

Institutional Priority #1:

Promote Student Engagement & Success

Eastern Students Lead Successful Baby Shower Donation Drive

Nursing students Katherine Bolling and Allison Giniel led a successful donation drive to benefit the Corner Health Center, a local organization whose mission to inspire 12- to 25-year-olds (and their children) to achieve and sustain healthy lives by providing judgment-free, affordable health and wellness care and education. Between the online registry and an in-person event, the students raised a total $802 for a diaper fund and collected more than 200 infant care items including winter coats, clothes, board books, swaddle blankets, and strollers.  Katherine and Allison exemplify the Eagle spirit and we are proud of their efforts to benefit our local residents. 

Call for Applications: Undergraduate Research Stimulus Program

The Undergraduate Research Office invites undergraduate students, with the assistance of their faculty mentors, to submit applications for the Summer 2020 Undergraduate Research Stimulus Program (URSP) Award.

The URSP is intended to facilitate research partnerships between undergraduate students and Eastern Michigan University faculty.  Successful student applicants will receive a $2,000 fellowship in support of their research efforts.  The collaborating faculty member may receive $500, which can be used for lab/studio supplies or equipment, professional travel, or other professional expenses.  Applications will be accepted through February 17, 2020.  Information on the application process and award guidelines are available online.

Reminder: Signature Learning Arc Dialogue

The Bringing Theory to Practice grant team invites the campus community to participate in the second in a series of three dialogues about creating a signature learning arc at EMU. The first session focused on the first year component of a signature learning experience, while this dialogue will consider the middle component from sophomore to junior year.  The data from the November dialogue is being analyzed and an executive summary will be shared in January. From information gathered in the post-dialogue feedback form, we will convene a working group to design the first year experience in Winter 2020.

Please consider joining this important conversation on January 17, 2020.  Refreshments and socializing begin at 9:45 a.m. The dialogue will run from 10 a.m. to noon in room 310A of the Student Center. RSVP online today!

Encourage Students to Attend the University Voter Kickoff

In a partnership between Engage@EMU, EMU Student Government, and the City of Ypsilanti, students are invited to attend an informational event on how to register to vote, how to be engaged with initiatives on campus, and how your vote can make a difference.  Please encourage students to take charge and use their voice by promoting this LBC event.  The event runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on January 15 in McKenny 342.  For more information, visit the EMU Voter Engagement website

Academics & Research

Institutional Priority #2:

High Performing Academic Programs & Quality Research

Kirk and Sharon Profit Social Justice Fellowship Award

The Kirk and Sharon Profit Social Justice Fellowship proudly names Mary-Elizabeth Murphy, Associate Professor of History and Women and Gender Studies, as its inaugural recipient. Through this fellowship, Professor Murphy furthers her research on the complex history of Jewish American engagement with Black Civil Rights, and the connections between migrations of African Americans out of the south and the immigration of Jewish Americans to the United States. Through this fellowship, Professor Murphy hopes to fill in crucial gaps in the histories of these populations as well as further contextualize the visibility of Jewish Americans. Congratulations, Dr. Murphy, on being named the inaugural fellow!

Faculty Scholarly and Creative Activity Showcase

The Office of Research Development and Administration is hosting the third annual faculty research showcase and strolling reception on March 19, 2020.  In conjunction with the George Liepa Sigma Xi Lecture, this event celebrates faculty and their recently disseminated research, scholarly, and creative activity.  All tenured and tenure-track faculty are invited to display posters, journal articles, books, artwork, videos of performing arts, etc., that highlight scholarly/creative activities from the 2019 calendar year.  Applications are due by February 7. Space is limited and places are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, so submit your application early!

Last Call for Nominations – Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Awards

The Faculty Senate is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Awards for tenure-track and tenured faculty. The awards are offered annually in the following categories: Teaching I, Teaching II, Research I, Research II, Creative Activity, and Service.  Nominations will be accepted through January 20, 2020. Information on the nomination process and award guidelines are available online.

Faculty Research Fellowship and Sabbatical Proposal Writing Workshops

Are grant proposal rejections getting you down? Faculty who come to these sessions have an 80% success rate for receiving the FRF or Sabbatical award because they get tips on writing a successful grant, get their questions answered about the application, submission, and review process, AND receive important peer-feedback on their proposal drafts. The workshops consist of two 1.5-hour sessions presented on different days, Day 1 and Day 2: 

  • Day 1 - A University Research and Sabbatical Leave Committee (URSLC) representative and FDC Director will go over academic writing verses grant writing differences, the grant application requirements and strategies for writing successful proposals, and provide model proposals from previous winners.
  • Day 2 - Bring 2 copies of your draft! Peers read and provide valuable feedback for revising application narratives.

Find the workshop dates that fit into your schedule and register today!

  • Monday, Jan. 13, 9–10:30 a.m. and Monday, Jan. 27, 9–10:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 16, 3:30–5:00 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 23, 3:30–5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 21, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Jan. 28, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Service & Engagement

Institutional Priority #3:

Service & Engagement

2020 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

The 2020 Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King’s life and legacy begins January 16.  The theme of this year’s celebration is, “Rise Up Against Injustice.”  We encourage all members of the Eastern community to participate in the academic programs, performances, and presentations throughout the week as your schedules permit.  Visit Eastern’s MLK website for additional information on the week’s schedule of events.

Thu Jan 16, 2020

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative March
3:30 to 4 p.m.
Welch Hall - MLK Garden

MLK Opening Celebration Reception and Essay Scholarship Showcase
4 to 5:30 p.m.
Student Center - 310 A/B

Fri Jan 17, 2020

MLK Day of Service
9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Student Center - Ballroom B

The Color of Drums Poetry Celebration
7 to 9:30 p.m.
Pease Auditorium

Sat Jan 18, 2020

MLK Gospel Fest
4 to 6 p.m.
Pease Auditorium

Sun Jan 19, 2020

MLK Movie and Discussion: "Harriet"
From 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Student Center - Auditorium

Mon Jan 20, 2020

MLK Academic Programs
8:30 to 11 a.m.
Student Center - 3rd Floor, Various Locations

MLK President's Luncheon
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Student Center - Grand Ballroom

MLK Keynote Address
2 to 3:30 p.m.
Student Center - Auditorium

CloseUp Theatre Troupe Performances - Show #1
4:30 to 6 p.m.
Student Center - Auditorium

CloseUp Theatre Troupe Performances - Show #2
 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Student Center - Auditorium 

Wed Jan 22, 2020

MLK Closing Celebration: EMU Women's Basketball v. Central Michigan
7 to 9 p.m.
Convocation Center

Winter 2020 Research Writers' Collaborative

The Writers’ Collaborative is an opportunity for EMU faculty and lecturers to meet within disciplinary areas, support each other in developing realistic writing goals (i.e. developing a conference paper, draft an article, revising a book chapter, etc.) and gain helpful feedback. Groups meet every couple of weeks throughout the semester.

Available Dates and Facilitators

  • Sarah Walsh: Tuesday, 1–3 p.m. (Online)
  • Ken Saldanha: Wednesday, 1-3 p.m. (Face to Face)
  • Stephanie Wladkowski: Thursday, noon-2 p.m. (Face to Face)

Research Writers' Collaborative Details

Writers’ Collaborative Goals:

  • Develop healthy writing habits
  • Boost writing productivity
  • Complete a realistic writing goal by the end of the semester/year
  • Meet potential collaborators/colleagues

Participants will receive a copy of the book, “How to Write a Lot - A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing” by Paul J. Silvia.

Complete the RWC Registration 

Faculty/Lecturer Support for the 7th Edition of APA

The University Writing Center, in collaboration with the Faculty Development Center, will be providing a series of workshops for faculty this semester on the new APA 7th edition.  Faculty/Lecturers are invited to attend any one or all four of the workshops in this series.  Please use this form to register.

Workshop 1: Overview of Changes from APA 6th Edition to the 7th Edition

This workshop will provide an overview of major changes from APA 6th edition to APA 7th edition, highlighting the priorities of the new 7th edition and providing resources for instruction.

Jan. 29 - 12-1 p.m. and 4-5 p.m.
Jan. 30 - 12-1 p.m. and 4-5 p.m. 

Workshop 2: Formatting in APA 7th Edition

This workshop will explain the new APA 7th edition guidelines for formatting student papers and for formatting professional papers and provide resources for instruction.

Feb. 11 - 12-1 p.m. and 4-5 p.m.
Feb. 12 - 12-1 p.m. and 4-5 p.m.

Workshop 3: In-Text and References in APA 7th Edition

This workshop will explain the new APA 7th edition guidelines for citing sources in-text and on the references page and provide resources for instruction.

March 9 - 12-1 p.m. and 4-5 p.m.
March 10 - 12-1 p.m. and 4-5 p.m.

Workshop 4: Style Guidelines in APA 7th Edition

This workshop will explain new style guidelines for APA 7th edition, focusing on bias-free language, and provide resources for instruction.

April 1 - 12-1 p.m. and 4-5 p.m.
April 2 - 12-1 p.m. and 4-5 p.m.

Use this form to register for any or all of the workshops in this series.

History Speaker Series Features Dr. Amy Shell-Gellasch

Dr. Amy Shell-Gellasch, Lecturer III, Mathematics, will present a lecture, “Scientific Devices at the Smithsonian: An Insider’s View.” As an historian of mathematics living in the Washington D.C. area from 2012-1017, Dr. Shell-Gellasch was an independent researcher at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.  In that capacity, she researched mathematical, engineering, and drafting items held in the Smithsonian’s collections.  She will share her research and highlight several of her favorite items with a very brief view of the mathematics behind them.  We hope you can attend this exciting talk on January 30 at 4 p.m. in the Strong Hall Auditorium, Room 100. 

Effective Operations

Institutional Priority #4

Institutional Effectiveness

CPR and AED Training Available

Faculty and Staff are encouraged to participate in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) certification training.  Reserve your spot at an upcoming training by emailing Katherine Wilhoff, Director of Environmental Health and Safety, at [email protected].

February 12, 1:30 – 5 p.m.
March 19, 8:30 a.m. – noon
April 20, 1:30 – 5 p.m.
May 15, 8:30 a.m. – noon
June 16, 1:30 – 5 p.m.

All trainings will be held in 300 Halle.

Mark Your Calendar

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  • January 20 -- Martin Luther King, Jr. President’s Luncheon at 11:30 a.m.