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Provost's Briefing for November 13, 2019

Student Engagement and Success Updates

Free Computer Repair Available to Eastern Students

Digital Inclusion has partnered with Eastern’s Student Government to offer free computer repairs for students on campus.  Please direct students to visit the Student Government offices in Room 342 of the Student Center where they may secure a ticket for this free service.

Student Travel Assistance Awards Now Available

Graduate Studies and Research has created two new student travel award programs to support Eastern Students.  Applications are invited from currently enrolled Eastern Michigan University undergraduate and graduate students in good standing whose research or creative project has been accepted for presentation at a professional meeting. This assistance is contingent upon the applicant presenting at the meeting.

Requests are considered up to a maximum of $250 and must be supported with a dollar-for-dollar match from department and/or college funds. A General Fund cannot be used to provide the match; however, grant funds, grant cash match funds, development expendable funds, endowment funds, and IDC funds may be used as the source of the matching funds. 

We have budgeted $10,000 for each program for the remainder of the fiscal year. Funds will be awarded on a first come, first eligible served basis.  Download the application [PDF] and consider sharing this opportunity with your students. 

Last Call: 2020 Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Awards Nominations

As part of our 2020 MLK Celebration, Eastern continues its tradition of recognizing individuals from within the University and surrounding community who exemplify the values and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Each year, a key part of the celebration is the presentation of three awards at the MLK Day President's Luncheon, to be held on January 20, 2020. These awards include the:

  • MLK Student Scholarship
  • MLK Humanitarian Award
  • Evans-Strand Peace Award

Nominations for these awards will be accepted through Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 5 p.m. For a full description of each award and information on the application process, please visit Eastern’s MLK Celebration website.

 High Performing Academic Programs and Quality Research Updates

Reminder: Apply for the Social Justice Research Fellowship

[email protected] is delighted to announce the Kirk and Sharon Profit Social Justice Research Fund, a $3500 award for an individual or team of Eastern full-time lecturers, tenure track and/or tenured faculty to engage in public research focused on issues of justice (racial, gender, religious, economic, etc.). This award may also include some limited travel funding. The 2020 fellowship is in collaboration with EMU's Center for Jewish Studies. Read more [PDF] about this public scholarship project and submit your application by November 22, 2019.  

Research and Statistics Resources for Graduate Students

This past week, graduate students received an email from the Graduate School inviting them to join an open and free Canvas course shell containing resources for research and statistics. Please encourage your students to join the shell and explore the resources available to them.  Offered over the next few weeks are a series of workshops which may be helpful for students presenting at the 2020 Graduate Research Conference.

Explore Your Data with R

The Office of Research Development and Administration is hosting a two-part workshop on R – a free software computing and graphing tool which allows users to document their thoughts as they perform their data analysis.  Participants are required to bring their own laptop and should plan to attend both sessions.  

November 14 – Introduction to R, Part 1, 1 - 2:30 pm, 200 Boone Hall

November 21 – Introduction to R, Part 2, 1 - 2:30 pm, 200 Boone Hall 

ORDA Weekly Updates

As you may know, the Office of Research, Development, and Administration publishes weekly updates to keep the campus community informed on a wide array of internal and external funding opportunities.  Please consider visiting ORDA’s website today to see what opportunities exist for funding your next research endeavor. 

Eastern Theatre Presents Yellowman

Directed by Casaundra Freeman, Dael Orlandersmith’s play offers a tale of two African American characters and the intra-racial bigotry associated with having light versus dark skin within the African American community. Yellowman was a 2002 Pulitzer Prize finalist in Drama.  You may purchase tickets now for the upcoming performances November 23-25 at the Sponberg Theatre. Please note that this play is suggested for mature audiences. 

Service and Engagement Updates

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. 

Nominations Open for the 2019 EMU-FT Full-Time Lecturer Distinguished Teaching Award

The Provost’s Office is now accepting nominations for the 2019 EMU-FT Full-Time Lecturers Distinguished Teaching Award. This award provides EMU with the formal opportunity to honor distinguished full-time lecturers for their dedication to students’ education, as well as to demonstrate the value placed in full-time lecturers by the institution. Nominations will be accepted through December 16, 2019.  Information on the nomination process and award guidelines are available online

Call for Nominations: Part-Time Lecturer Distinguished Teaching Awards

The Division of Academic and Student Affairs at Eastern Michigan University is committed to providing encouragement and incentives in support of distinguished teaching achievements. Six Distinguished Part-Time Lecturers will be awarded as follows: 

  • Two Part-Time Lecturers from the College of Arts and Sciences
  • One Part-Time Lecturer from the College of Business
  • One Part-Time Lecturer from the College of Education
  • One Part-Time Lecturer from the College of Health and Human Services
  • One Part-Time Lecturer from the College of Technology 

Nominations will be accepted through December 16, 2019.  Information on the nomination process and award guidelines are available online

 Operational Effectiveness Updates

EMU Women’s Association Poinsettia Sale

The EMU Women’s Association is holding its annual poinsettia sale to fund student scholarships. In addition to poinsettias of various sizes and colors, garlands and wreaths are also available for purchase. Read more about the EMU Women’s Association and place your orders by Friday, November 22.  For more information or contact Jackie Wrosch at 734.487.2516.

Farewell Reception for Melody Werner

Please join us as we bid farewell to Melody Werner, Title IX Coordinator.  We are grateful for her years of service and hope that you can join us in celebration.

November 14, 2019
3-5 pm
Student Center, Room 300 

Tickets Still Available for November 21 Thanksgiving Luncheon

A limited number of tickets are still available for the Thanksgiving Luncheon on November. Individual tickets cost $6, or you may purchase tables of eight (8) for $48.  Our friends in business and finance will appreciate us issuing a friendly reminder that the use of university funds or university p-cards to purchase tickets is prohibited. Visit Eastern's online ticket office to reserve your seat at the table.  We look forward to seeing you at the luncheon! 

For more information on the Thanksgiving luncheons, please contact William Pollard at (734) 487-4600 or [email protected]

Last Chance for 2019 Faculty and Staff Photos

The Office of Communications provides studio-quality headshots of faculty, staff and students to be used for university purposes.  If you don’t have an official university photo, or if it’s time to update your existing photo, you may register for one of the following sessions:

November 21, 1:30 to 2:30 pm

All photographs are taken in 102 Welch Hall and should take approximately 10 minutes.  For more information email Deb Burke or call 734.487.6895. 


Mark Your Calendar!

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November 20 – Academic Service-Learning/Community Based Seminar applications due

November 22 – Social Justice Fellowship applications due

January 31 – Faculty Research Fellowship (FRF) and Sabbatical Leave Awards applications due