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Wednesday Briefing for September 6

The Provost's Wednesday Briefing is a complement to the Provost's Update and intended to be a quick update on achievements and opportunities in Academic and Student Affairs. Please forward any comments or submissions to [email protected].
The Provost's Office is now on social media. Like and follow us on Facebook @emuprovost and Twitter @emu_provost.

Higher Learning Commission Comprehensive Evaluation

Peer evaluators from the Higher Learning Commission will be on campus October 23–24, 2017, to conduct a comprehensive evaluation.  While visiting Eastern, they will meet with various groups on campus and review evidence to evaluate the overall quality of the institution.  Much effort has gone into preparing for the site visit and I'm happy to report that we are on track for timely submission of the required documentation, which includes the assurance argument, federal compliance review, and quality initiative report.  In the weeks leading up to the site visit we will be highlighting the various criteria used in the evaluation along with the strengths and opportunities for improvement identified by the steering committee teams as they worked to create the assurance argument.  Your participation in the accreditation process is much appreciated.

Grant Opportunity - Women in Philanthropy at EMU

The Women in Philanthropy (WIP) at EMU is accepting grant applications.  EMU faculty, staff, and alumni are welcome to apply for up to $5,000 to support research or projects that align with the mission and vision of the university and demonstrate the following priorities:

  1. Enhance learning opportunities for EMU faculty, staff, alumni, and/or students
  2. Improve the EMU climate through collaborative efforts
  3. Foster creativity and innovation as it relates to EMU
  4. Improve communication among diverse groups with the EMU community

The deadline to apply is October 9, 2017.  For more information, visit the WIP at EMU website.

Personnel Updates

Paul Chao, Interim Senior International Officer

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Paul Chao on his appointment to Interim Senior International Officer.  Paul, a Senior Fulbright Scholar, joined Eastern in 2004 as the Department Head for Marketing in the College of Business and served in that role until his return to faculty in 2006. From 2013 to 2014, Paul returned to lead the Marketing Department as Interim Department Head.

Raised in Taiwan and Malaysia, Paul attended the University of Canterbury, in Christchurch, New Zealand where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Mathematics, a Diploma in Business Administration, and a Master of Science degree in Chemistry.  He also earned his MBA from Washington State University, and his PhD from the University of Washington.  Paul's personal, professional, and academic experiences have afforded him a deep appreciation for global engagement and we are pleased to have him leading the development of collaborative ventures in student, faculty, and research exchanges for the EMU community.

Ann Blakeslee, Director, Campus and Community Writing

Dr. Ann Blakeslee has been named the Director of Campus and Community Writing. In this role, she oversees the University Writing Center and the Writing Across the Curriculum program.  Ann joined Eastern in fall 1986 as an Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature and was promoted to Professor in fall 2001.  She served as the Director of Undergraduate Studies from winter 2003 to summer 2004, when she returned to faculty.  We thank Ann for her continued leadership in this role!

Philip Lewis, Interim Department Head, Accounting and Finance

Dr. Philip Lewis began his career at Eastern in summer 2005 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Accounting and Finance, was promoted to Associate Professor in fall 2006, and promoted again to Professor in fall 2015.  We wish him well as he begins this new administrative role!

Zafar Khan Appointed to Interim Associate Dean, College of Business

Dr. Zafar Khan joined Eastern in the fall of 1989 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Accounting and Finance, was promoted to Associate Professor in fall of 1993, and promoted again to Professor in fall 1998.  Zafar served as the Department Head for Accounting and Finance from winter 2012 until accepting this new role as Associate Dean.  Please join us in welcoming Zafar to his new position!

Douglas Baker Named Interim Associate Dean of Programs, College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. W. Douglas Baker joined Eastern as an Assistant Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature in fall 2001, was promoted to Associate Professor in fall 2006, and promoted again to Professor in fall 2011.  We wish him well as he transitions to his new position!

Nominations Are Now Open For The 2018 Alumni Awards.

Please visit the Alumni Awards web page for details and the nomination application. The deadline to apply is October 13, 2017.

Student Support Offices' Open House - September 21

The Disability Resource Center, Office of the Ombuds, and the Office of Student Conduct, Community Standards and Wellness, are hosting an Open House on Thursday, September 21st, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please consider stopping by to learn about the exciting changes that have taken place within these offices and get a preview of additional improvements to look for in the coming year. The Open House will be held in room 250 of the Student Center. For more information please contact the Disability Resource Center at 734.487.2470 or [email protected]. We hope to see you there!

Global Learning Seminar Applications Now Being Accepted - Deadline September 10

Update message from seminar organizers: Please forward the information on this award to faculty you would recommend to participate in this new phase of the GLS, and/or please send the names of faculty you think we should contact directly to invite them to apply. Many thanks for your support.

Shiri VivekSolange Simoes

This year marks a re-launch to the Global Learning Seminar, with a focus on a pedagogical approach to integrating global learning across the curriculum. Seminar co-facilitators will collaborate with a small group of EMU faculty during the fall 2017 and winter 2018 semesters. All interested faculty are encouraged to apply for this important initiative in support of this international endeavor at EMU. The deadline is September 10, 2017, and the first session is September 22. Download the seminar announcement [PDF] and the seminar application [PDF]

Ongoing Updates

How to be Informed of IT System Network Outages

The IT system outage page is updated regularly with planned and unplanned outage information. If you have any questions, please call the IT Help Desk at 734.487.2120 for further assistance.