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Provost's Wednesday Briefing for March 20, 2019

Good News from the School of Nursing!

Please join us in congratulating Assistant Professor Dr. Meriam Caboral-Stevens and her students Jamal Beydoun, Laya Nasrallah, and Talal Sabrab who recently received notification their work entitled "Towards a Definition of Caregiver Fatigue: A Concept Analysis" has been accepted for publication in Advances in Nursing Science.  Thank you, Dr. Caboral-Stevens, for your leadership and support of our students scholarly pursuits! 

Eastern Professor Highlights Place-Based Education at Michigan Workforce Pipeline Summit

Professor Ethan Lowenstein shared the stage with Governor Gretchen Whitmer and others at the inaugural Workforce Pipeline Summit at Washtenaw Community College this Monday.  The summit focused on the talent shortage in Michigan and explored how this relates to broader issues of inequity in the county.  Dr. Lowenstein was one of many speakers who focused on local issues that play into the talent pipeline problem, ranging from educational inequities to biased and antiquated hiring strategies. Thank you, Ethan, for representing Eastern in this important regional conversation! 

TESOL Exchange Program Visits Eastern’s Campus

As part of the U.S. Department of State’s Exchange Program, Global Ties Detroit sponsored a delegation of international TESOL educators interested in learning more about Eastern’s TESOL minor’s focus to prepare new teachers to teach second/foreign languages in a variety of settings—elementary, secondary, and non-certification.

Delegates from Estonia, Mexico, Mongolia, Panama, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Thailand met with CAS Dean Dana Heller, World Languages Interim Department Head Jeff Popko, and TESOL Professors, Area Committee Head Betsy Morgan, Advisor Ildi Porter-Szucs, PI of the WritEL Grant Zuzana Tomas, and College of Arts and Sciences Assessment Committee coordinator Cynthia Macknish.

The meeting resulted in idea exchanges and opened up the possibility of expanding Eastern’s global outreach. Each of the eight international educators expressed a desire to work together with Eastern’s TESOL programs to establish Memoranda of Understanding that would allow for faculty and student exchanges in the future. Congratulations, TESOL team, for working to expand Eastern’s global outreach!

Invitation to the Distinguished Contributions Award Ceremony

You are cordially invited to attend the 2018 Distinguished Contributions Award Ceremony on March 27, 2019, in the EMU Student Center Ballroom. A reception begins at 3 p.m. and the formal program takes place from 3:45 to 5 p.m. 

The awards honor EMU faculty and staff who have advanced the University’s mission to enrich the lives of its students in a supportive, intellectually dynamic and diverse community. It is important to value and reward the contributions so many make to the success of students and colleagues across our campus. We hope that you'll join us at the event to recognize the work of these valued colleagues and all the individuals nominated for awards this year.

This year’s winners of the following awards will be revealed at the ceremony:

Distinguished Achievement Recognition Awards

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

Excellent Teachers Engaging Alumni Award

Part-Time Lecturer Distinguished Teaching Awards

Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Awards

  • Creative Activity Award
  • Research Awards
  • Teaching Awards
  • Service Award

We hope that you will attend the ceremony to support and congratulate your colleagues as they receive this honor.

Deadline Extended: Josephine Nevins Keal Professional Development Fellowship for Faculty Women

The Josephine Nevins Keal Professional Development Fellowship for Faculty Women is accepting applications for the upcoming 2019-2020 Academic Year. This fund assists Faculty Women in advancement of professional competence and rank. The fund is distributed by the President's Commission on Women.  The application deadline fund has been extended to April 1, 2019 for professional expenditures dating July 1, 2019—June 30, 2020.  Please forward completed application materials to Kate Mehuron, Chair, Women’s Commission, at kmehuron@emich.edu

You’re invited! Graduate Research Conference

Please join us to celebrate the many accomplishments of our graduate students at the Graduate Research Conference on Friday, March 22, 2019.  The conference will be held in the Student Center and runs from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. More than 160 graduate students will present their original research via oral presentations, poster sessions, or the Arts Front.

The full schedule of this LBC approved event may be found on the Graduate School website. Questions may be directed to Tracy Pytlak at 734.487.0042 or tpytlak@emich.edu.  

Faculty Scholarly and Creative Activity Showcase

Please join us on March 21 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom for the Faculty Scholarly and Creative Activity Showcase and strolling reception.  This event celebrates our faculty and their recently disseminated research, scholarly and creative activities.  Tenured and tenure-track faculty will display posters, books, artwork, videos, etc., that highlight their accomplishments during the 2018 calendar year. 

Reminder: Nominations Open for the Engage@EMU and Dale Rice Academic Service-Learning Awards 

Nominations for the Engage @ EMU and Dale Rice Academic Service-Learning Awards for Community Engagement, Community Partnership, and Community and University Collaboration are being accepted through March 27, 2019.  Please consider nominating faculty, staff or community organizations who support academic service-learning ad university and community collaboration.  Nominations may be submitted online.  

Call for Study Abroad Proposals 

Interested in leading or teaching a study abroad program?  We are accepting proposals until April 1, 2019 for faculty-led programs to be held during the 2020 calendar year. Study Abroad proposals must be approved by your department head and/or dean before submission and must include a budget, daily itinerary and course information.  If you need assistance with planning or conceptualizing your program, contact Benita Goldman at bgoldman@emich.edu or visit the Study Abroad website.  

Applications are being accepted through the University’s Curriculog system.  If you require assistance navigating the Curriculog system, please contact Evan Finley at efinley2@emich.edu or 734.487.8954. 

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.