Provost's Wednesday Briefing - February 5, 2020

Student Success

Institutional Priority #1:

Promote Student Engagement & Success

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.

Coffee Talk! What is the Census & Why Should You Take It?

Please encourage your students to stop by to grab some free coffee and cookies while they learn about the census.  This LBC approved event takes place on February 11th in the Student Center, Room 104.  Attendees are welcome to drop-in anytime between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for information on how the census affects them and their community.  Questions may be directed to Kristen Klochko. To learn more visit the 2020 Census Website. 

Mark Your Calendar: Eastern’s Undergraduate Symposium

Please join us at the 40th Annual Undergraduate Symposium on Friday, March 27, 2020 at the EMU Student Center from 9 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. This prestigious event caps off our Week of Excellence and highlights the great work of our undergraduate students and their faculty mentors.  Visit the Undergraduate Symposium webpage to see the full schedule of events!

Last Call! Signature Learning Arc Dialogue

The Bringing Theory to Practice grant team invites the campus community to participate in the last 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, the second considered the middle component from sophomore to junior year, and this session will focus on an integrative capstone experience for the degree (not just the major). 

Please consider joining this important conversation on February 7, 2020.  Refreshments and socializing begin at 9:45 a.m. The dialogue will run from 10 a.m. to noon in room 300 of the Student Center. RSVP online today!

Call for Applications: Women’s Commission Scholarship

The Women's Commission Scholarship Application 2021 is now available. This scholarship is open to admitted undergraduate and graduate students who plan to be or are enrolled at least half-time. This is a one-time scholarship for the academic year (the award will be split evenly between fall 2020 and winter 2021 semesters). Applications are due by 5:00 pm, April 3, 2020.

Academics & Research

Institutional Priority #2:

High Performing Academic Programs & Quality Research

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, and scholarly/ creative activities.  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!

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

Academic Service-Learning Highlight: TESOL Alumnae

Congratulations to EMU Associate Professor Zuzana Tomaš and two co-authors, former EMU TESOL graduate students, Amie Van Horn-Gabel and Silvija Marniković, on their recently published article in Teaching English as a Second Language Electronic Journal, “Examining the Value of a TESOL Service-Learning Study Abroad for U.S. Pre- and In-Service Teachers and Montenegrin Community." The article reports on the benefits of a collaborative partnership that engaged EMU's TESOL students and Montengrin EFL learners, teachers, and teaching assistants in developing, implementing, and assessing an intensive summer English institute in a small school in Montenegro. You can read the full article here.

Distinguished Achievement Recognition Awards – Nominate Your Favorite Staff Person! 

We are pleased to announce that nominations for the 2020 Distinguished Achievement Recognition Awards will be accepted from January 24 through February 9 to honor the recent achievements of our staff.  The awards are divided into four categories:

  • Student Engagement and Success Award
  • Leadership Award
  • Innovation Award
  • Community Engagement and Service Award

More information, nomination guidelines, and nomination submission for the Distinguished Achievement Recognition Awards are available online.   

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


Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents Meeting

The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents meeting is approaching.  Please note that this meeting is scheduled over a two-day period.  We welcome you to attend the general meeting and/or committee meetings as your schedule permits.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

3 – 3:45 p.m., Education Policies Committee, Welch 205
4 – 4:45 p.m., Student Affairs Committee, Welch 201 

Thursday, February 13, 2020

10:15 – 11 a.m., Faculty Affairs Committee, Welch 205
11:15 – 11:45 a.m., Finance and Investment Committee, Welch 201
1:30 p.m., Regular Board Meeting, Welch 201

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 i[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].

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

Be sure to bookmark the EMU Today site to keep current with all the news and events taking place on campus!


  • February 7 – Signature Learning Arc Dialogue, Student Center (Room 300)
  • March 27 – Undergraduate Symposium


  • January 31 – Faculty Research Fellowship (FRF) and Sabbatical Leave Awards applications due
  • January 31 – University Writing Center Faculty and Lecturer Survey closes
  • February 7 – Faculty Scholarly and Creative Activity Showcase applications due
  • 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