Provost's Wednesday Briefing - February 12, 2020

Student Success

Institutional Priority #1:

Promote Student Engagement & Success

Psychology Alumnus Receives International Neuropsychology Society Award

The Department of Psychology proudly congratulates Dr. Laszlo Erdodi, a 2011 graduate of our Clinical Psychology PhD program. Dr. Erdodi has been awarded the International Neuropsychological Society Early Career Award in Denver, CO, this past month. The award recognizes an individual who has made a substantial, exemplar, and independent research contribution to the field of neuropsychology and has, at minimum, developed a national reputation in the field within the first ten years of their terminal degree. Dr. Erdodi completed his residency training in clinical neuropsychology at the London Health Sciences Centre and his postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the prestigious Geisel School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry at Dartmouth. He joined the Department of Psychology at the University of Windsor in 2014 and is an Associate Professor.  He already has over 60 publications and maintains his relationships with EMU. Dr. Erdodi is currently a member of the PediaTrac project, a 5-year, multidisciplinary, multisite study of infant development across key domains. The PI on this $4.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is Dr. Renee Lajiness-O’Neill, who was Dr. Erdodi’s mentor while he was in our program. Congratulations to our Dr. Erdodi!

Title IX Compliance

We wish to reiterate the ongoing importance of Title IX and the University’s commitment to providing a learning, living and working environment free from discrimination of all kinds, including sexual assault and sexual harassment. Our Title IX Office and Interim Title IX Coordinator, Anika Awai-Williams, are available and prepared to respond to any questions or reported incidents. You can contact the office through the website or by telephone at 734.487.2202. 

University Scholarship Application is Open

The University Scholarship Application for continuing and currently enrolled undergraduate students is now available.  Please encourage your students to apply online.  Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2020.

Last Call: Undergraduate Research Stimulus Program Proposals

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.

Bloomberg Terminals Put Eastern’s College of Business in the Spotlight

College of Business students are getting hands-on experience in being able to monitor and manage real-time financial data through the use of Bloomberg financial terminals.

The new Investment Learning Center, which opened this past fall on the third floor of the college, is home to 12 Bloomberg terminals, also enabling students to earn their Bloomberg Market Concepts certification.  Read more about this exciting acquisition here!

Academics & Research

Institutional Priority #2:

High Performing Academic Programs & Quality Research

WAC Institute and Advanced WAC Retreat

We are very excited to share the calls for this year's Writing Across the Curriculum Spring Institute and the Advanced WAC Retreat  This year's WAC Institute and Advanced Retreat will mark our 20th anniversary of WAC at EMU (and our nation's 50th anniversary of WAC).

The Regular Institute will be held in 301 Porter Building, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 30; Friday, May 1; Monday, May 4; and Tuesday, May 5, 2020. The deadline for applying to the Regular Institute is Friday, February 21, 2020, and the application can be found here. New WAC Fellows will receive $600 for participating in the Institute, and returning Fellows will receive $400.

The Advanced Retreat this year will focus on teaching, supporting, and assessing reading and writing in online and web-enhanced classes. The Advanced Retreat is for those who have already participated in a WAC Institute. It will take place in room 300 Halle from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13, and from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 14. The application can be found here. Again, the deadline for applying is Friday, February 21, 2020.

If you assign any writing in your classes, we encourage you to consider participating in the WAC Institute. Part- and full-time lecturers as well as tenure-track and tenured faculty are all eligible to participate. All are welcome!

Please reach out to Ann Blakeslee at 734.487.4813 or [email protected] if you have any questions about these opportunities. We hope you will consider joining us!


Service & Engagement

Institutional Priority #3:

Service & Engagement

EMU and United Way of Washtenaw 2020 Workplace Campaign

In 2019, EMU employees and emeritus faculty & staff gave generously to support our local United Way – final donations reached $66,532!

Let’s continue that success in 2020 because your investment in our local United Way is needed:

  • 12% of Washtenaw County residents live in poverty.
  • 39% of Washtenaw County residents struggle to afford basic needs.
  • People of color are 2x more likely to live in poverty.

Many of the organizations which the United Way supports directly support our EMU community including Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels, Child Care Network, Ozone House and Hope Clinic. There is little distance between the communities and people that United Way supports and serves and our own EMU community.

To learn how to donate, visit the website.

Call for Applications: Josephine Nevins Keal Professional Development Fund

The Josephine Nevins Keal Professional Development Fund Application 2021 is now available. Fellowship funds are to assist faculty women in advancement of professional competence and rank. Download the application [PDF] or access it on the Women's Commission website. For more information, please contact Kate Mehuron, Chair, EMU Women's Commission, [email protected]. Applications are due by March 1, 2020.

Effective Operations

Institutional Priority #4

Institutional Effectiveness

Upcoming Professional Development Workshop: Understanding Business & Finance

Would you like to know more about the university’s budget and purchasing processes?  If so, please register for the upcoming professional development session, “Understanding Business & Finance at EMU.”  The workshop will be held on Friday, February 28 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Deadline Approaching for Student Enrollment in Duo Authentication

Effective Monday, March 9, 2020, all EMU student accounts (current students, former students and alumni) must enroll in Duo.  No action is required for currently enrolled EMU Duo users such as student employees. More detailed information is available on the I.T. Duo page or by submitting an I.T. Help Desk request.

I.T. Scanning Services Adds Off-Hours Locker Pick-up

I.T. now offers secured lockers as an option for exam pick-up outside normal Scanning Service window hours. This service, coupled with the 24-hour dropbox implemented previously, provides faculty members with the flexibility to drop-off and pick-up exams at their convenience. Lockers are located in the hallway opposite the Scanning Services window and can be accessed at any time during normal building hours. If you have questions regarding the locker pick-up service, please contact I.T. Scanning Services at [email protected] or (734) 487-1492.

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].

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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  • February 17 – Undergraduate Research Stimulus Program applications due
  • February 21 – Writing Across the Curriculum Regular Institute and Advanced Retreat applications due
  • March 1 – Josephine Nevins Keal Professional Development Fund applications due
  • March 6 – Tell Your Teaching Story Scholarship applications due
  • April 3 – Women’s Commission Scholarship applications due