Provost's Wednesday Briefing - January 22, 2020

Student Success

Institutional Priority #1:

Promote Student Engagement & Success

Eastern’s University Writing Center Faculty and Lecturer Survey

In order to provide better services and writing support to all EMU students and faculty, the University Writing Center is asking all faculty and lecturers to participate in a brief online survey.  The survey is open through January 31 and should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.  Please consider participating as your input is valued and appreciated.   

Global Engagement Council Presents an International Discussion Webinar

Eastern’s Global Engagement Council has organized an International Discussion webinar to address the topic of classroom engagement.  Download the flyer [PDF] and join the discussion online or in person! 

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). For further information, please click on the application link and review the criteria [PDF]. 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!

Last Call: Faculty Research Fellowship and Sabbatical Proposals

Full-time faculty are encouraged to submit applications for Faculty Research Fellowship (FRF) awards and/or Sabbatical Leave Awards.  Applicants must use the online proposal submission portal to upload their application materials.  Submit your applications before the January 31, 2020 deadline!

Eastern Theatre Presents North Star

Relia, an African-American girl, searches for her personal space to shine in a society intent on keeping her in the shadows. Set against the backdrop of the 1960’s North Carolina civil rights struggles, Relia’s parents clash about whether to warn her of, or shield her from escalating racial violence. Relia in turn strives to stay true to her own inner light while confronting, head on, the harshness of the world. North Star received the AATE’s Distinguished Play Award, Chicago’s JEFF Award for Best New Play, and the Theodore Ward Prize for African American Playwriting. Written by Gloria Bond Clunie and Directed by Wallace Bridges, this award-winning play is suitable for audiences age twelve and older.  Ticket information and a detailed performance schedule may be found here.  

Quarters: Accommodation of the British Army in the American Revolution

As part of the History Speaker Series, Professor John McCurdy will discuss his book, "Quarters: Accommodation of the British Army in the American Revolution," which explores how debates over military power shaped notions of place in Revolutionary America. We hope you can attend this exciting talk on January 23 from 4 – 5:15 p.m. in the Strong Hall Auditorium, Room 100. 

Service & Engagement

Institutional Priority #3:

Service & Engagement

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.

Winter 2020 Research Writers' Collaborative

The Writers’ Collaborative is an opportunity for EMU faculty and lecturers to meet within disciplinary areas, support each other in developing realistic writing goals (i.e., developing a conference paper, draft an article, revising a book chapter, etc.) and gain helpful feedback. Groups meet every couple of weeks throughout the semester.

Available Dates and Facilitators

  • Sarah Walsh: Tuesday, 1–3 p.m. (Online)
  • Ken Saldanha: Wednesday, 1-3 p.m. (Face to Face)
  • Stephanie Wladkowski: Thursday, noon-2 p.m. (Face to Face)

Research Writers’ Collaborative Goals:

  • Develop healthy writing habits
  • Boost writing productivity
  • Complete a realistic writing goal by the end of the semester/year
  • Meet potential collaborators/colleagues

Participants will receive a copy of the book, “How to Write a Lot - A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing” by Paul J. Silvia.

Use this form to register for the Research Writers' Collaborative. 

Faculty/Lecturer Support for the 7th Edition of APA

The University Writing Center, in collaboration with the Faculty Development Center, will be providing a series of workshops for faculty this semester on the new APA 7th edition.  Faculty/Lecturers are invited to attend any one or all four of the workshops in this series.  Please use this form to register.


Workshop #1: Overview of Changes from APA 6th Edition to the 7th Edition
This workshop will provide an overview of major changes from APA 6th edition to APA 7th edition, highlighting the priorities of the new 7th edition and providing resources for instruction.

Jan. 29 - 12-1 p.m. & 4-5 p.m.
Jan. 30 - 12-1 p.m. & 4-5 p.m.

Workshop #2: Formatting in APA 7th Edition
This workshop will explain the new APA 7th edition guidelines for formatting student papers and for formatting professional papers and provide resources for instruction.

Feb. 11 - 12-1 p.m. & 4-5 p.m.
Feb. 12 - 12-1 p.m. & 4-5 p.m.

Workshop #3: In-Text and References in APA 7th Edition
This workshop will explain the new APA 7th edition guidelines for citing sources in-text and on the references page and provide resources for instruction.

March 9 - 12-1 p.m. & 4-5 p.m.
March 10 - 12-1 p.m. & 4-5 p.m.

Workshop #4: Style Guidelines in APA 7th Edition
This workshop will explain new style guidelines for APA 7th edition, focusing on bias-free language, and provide resources for instruction.

April 1 - 12-1 p.m. & 4-5 p.m.
April 2 - 12-1 p.m. & 4-5 p.m.

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

Smile!  Dates are set for 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 upcoming sessions:

January 27, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
February 6, from 10 – 11 a.m.

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.

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, from 1:30 – 5 p.m.
March 19, from 8:30 a.m. – noon
April 20, from 1:30 – 5 p.m.