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Provost's Wednesday Briefing for February 13, 2019


Good News!  College of Business Alum Named to the AACSB 2019 Class of Influential Leaders

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) has included Eastern Alumnus John Tuttle, COO and Global Head of Listings at the New York Stock Exchange, in the 2019 Class of Influential Leaders.  The AACSB’s Influential Leaders Challenge recognizes graduates and the business schools that prepared them.  Congratulations to John, and to all of the faculty and staff of the College of Business who supported him during his time at Eastern.  If you have not done so already, please check out this recent article about this accomplished alumnus!

Request for Continued Faculty Assistance in Promoting the Survey on Campus Sexual Misconduct Culture

We extend our gratitude to faculty for your efforts in promoting student participation in Eastern’s inaugural Survey on Campus Sexual Misconduct Culture and we appreciate your continued efforts to raise awareness about this important work. 

As a reminder, when speaking with students please be sure to stress the following points:

  • Because students are randomly selected to receive the email invitation, it is important to respond so that different student communities and constituencies are heard.
  • We are interested in EMU culture, which includes both on and off campus students;
  • It is equally important for us to hear from people who have no experience with sexual misconduct so that we have an accurate portrayal of EMU culture.

For additional information, please download the brochure, visit the website, or contact the Principal Investigator Solange Simoes at [email protected].

Call for Applications: Global Learning Seminar

Faculty are invited and encouraged to apply for the 2019-20 Global Learning Seminar (GLS). The focus of the GLS is to work with faculty to develop a global-centered approach to curriculum development and course design. Seminar co-facilitators, Solange Simoes and Shiri Vivek will collaborate with a small group of Eastern faculty during the Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 semesters to share teaching and learning strategies that support faculty in their efforts to impart a global perspective into their courses. Please take a moment to view the application and consider applying to be part of the GLS.  The deadline for applications is March 29, 2019. 

Invitation to Participate in MI-ACE Women’s Network Mentor Connection Program

Connect with women on campus! Find Support! Share Wisdom! This program is centered on the spectrum of women's identities and welcome to all. Participate in the Mentor Connection Program, as a Mentor or Mentee! Applications are due by February 21 at 5 p.m.  For more information, visit the Mentor Connection Program Application, or contact Toni Stokes Jones at [email protected] or 734.487.2737

 Call for Nominations: Distinguished Woman in Higher Education Leadership Award

Presented by EMU MI-ACE Women's Network, the Distinguished Woman in Higher Education Leadership Award honors women who have provided outstanding leadership to women in their institutions, profession and society. Nominations are due March 8 at 5 p.m.

For more information visit the Award Criteria and Submission Nomination Form.  For more information on this award, please contact Colleen Croxall at [email protected] or 734.487.2072.

Call for Applications: 2019 Writing Across the Curriculum Regular Institute

The Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Writing Fellows program is an established professional enrichment experience focused on helping faculty plan and offer courses infused with writing. It is for any interested faculty member or full- or part-time lecturer who wishes to incorporate writing into specific undergraduate or graduate courses or who will be teaching a Writing-Intensive (W) course in the major. The Institute will run Monday through Thursday, April 29 to May 2, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.  Compensation is provided to participants.

The Institute provides participants with the opportunity to develop or refine a course that uses writing. Topics include developing and addressing writing outcomes; integrating writing outcomes with other course learning outcomes; planning and developing assignments; supporting student writing through instruction, feedback, and staged activities; using formal and informal writing; grading, responding to, and assessing student writing; and managing the paper load. Participants also become familiar with the services and support offered by the Office of Campus and Community Writing, including student and faculty writing support provided by the University Writing Center.

Writing Fellows benefit from opportunities both during and beyond the Institute to interact with colleagues from across campus and to consult with writing experts. Fellows also have access to Cognitive Coaching support and electronic instructional resources.

The deadline to apply is February 22, 2019.  Priority will be given to first-time attendees, and the cohort will be capped based on available funding so we encourage you to apply early.  Please also ask your department head or school director to complete this form indicating their support for your participation in the WAC Regular Institute.  Download the announcement for complete information on the Institute.

Call for Applications: 2019 Writing Across the Curriculum Advanced Retreats

In addition to the WAC Regular Institute, this year, we will be offering two Advanced WAC Retreats. These are open to current and former WAC Writing Fellows, and individuals may choose to participate in one or both retreats.

Reading-Writing Connections

At this retreat, we will explore—through reading, activities, and conversation—connections between reading and writing and how to design assignments that support our students in both areas. We will explore ways to scaffold reading and writing in the assignments we give. The purpose of this retreat will be to develop ideas and strategies for helping students engage productively with the academic texts we assign and to gain facility in using those texts in their writing. This Advanced WAC Retreat will take place Friday, May 10, 2019, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in room 300 Halle Library.

The Meaningful Writing Project: Learning, Teaching, and Writing in Higher Education

In this retreat, we will discuss the book, The Meaningful Writing Project (Eodice, Geller, & Lerner, 2016). The book reports the results of survey and interview research carried out at three universities focused on how students perceive the writing they are assigned and the qualities of the writing they find most meaningful.

Participants will be asked to read the book in advance, and our conversations will focus on student learning; transfer of writing strategies; metacognition; and qualities of effective, successful, and meaningful assignments. The purpose of the retreat will be to develop ideas and strategies for making our assignments more meaningful for students. We will explore implications of this work for our teaching, classes, assignments, and programs. This Advanced WAC Retreat will take place on Monday, May 13, 2019, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in room 300 Halle Library.

How to Apply

To participate in either or both 2019 Advanced WAC Retreats, you must have participated already in a Writing Across the Curriculum Regular Spring Institute (this year’s participants are eligible).

The deadline to apply is February 22, 2019. Please also ask your department head or school director to complete this form indicating their support for your participation.

Questions about this seminar can be directed to Ann Blakeslee, Ph.D. at [email protected] or at 734-487-4813.  

Last 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 2019 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 15, 2019.  Information on the application process and award guidelines are available online.