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Announcements from Academic Affairs

Week of September 9, 2013

Sep 8, 2013, 10:27 pm - Carey Adams

Puzzling over Rubrics: A Faculty Workshop on Finding the Right Tools for Assessment
Friday, September 13, at 12:00 in Solms 109


Delana Nivens, Assistant Dean for the College of Science and Technology, who will be talking about core assessment in STEM classes;
Judith Garrison, Head, Reference and Instruction Department, Lane Library, who will be presenting strategies for assessing Information Literacy in our First Class program; 
and David Wheeler, Department Head of Languages, Literature, and Philosophy, who will be discussing the challenges of assessing the effectiveness of an entire major.

AY2014-2015 Advanced Academic Leave Applications Invited

The Office of Academic Affairs is pleased to announce a revised policy and improved procedures for Advanced Academic Leave.  The revised policy establishes an annual application process.  For leaves in the 2014-2015 academic year applications must be submitted to your college Dean by Tuesday, October 1, 2013.  Note that applications must be approved by the Department Head before being submitted to the Dean.  Please consult with your Department Head in advance if you intend to apply.

Following review by the Department Head and Dean, applications will be forwarded to the Provost's Office and reviewed by the Research and Scholarship Committee. Taking into account these recommendations and available funding, the Provost will make recommendations to President Bleicken.  Notifications to applicants, Department Heads and Deans should occur no later than Friday, December 13, 2013.

Internal Grants and Gignilliat Summer Fellowship Applications Invited

Applications for Research & Scholarship and Teaching & Learning Internal Grants are due October 25.  Submissions for the Gignilliat Summer Fellowship are due November 1.    See the Faculty Development web page for application forms and guidelines.  Contact Dr. Teresa Winterhalter, Director of Faculty Development, for further information and application materials.

General Faculty Luncheon Set for Monday, September 23

The annual fall all-faculty luncheon will be held 12:00-2:00 p.m. on Monday, September 23 in the Armstrong Center Ballroom.  Note that is the Armstrong Center Ballroom.  Faculty, watch your email for an invitation and request for your RSVP.

Attend OSP Meeting To Learn About Teacher Quality Grants

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Teacher Quality grants support collaboration among higher education faculty and K-12 schools to provide professional development to public school teachers (K-12). Projects can focus on language arts, mathematics, reading, science, and/or social studies; the use of technology is strongly encouraged. The goal of the grant is to strengthen and deepen teachers’ content knowledge, improve teaching practices, and enhance student learning.
Awards are expected to range from $25,000-$70,000 and have a project period of 12 to 16 months beginning on February 15, 2014 and ending as late as May 31, 2015. Projects can take place during the summer. Any faculty member, full-time or part-time can work on the grant and be budgeted in the proposal.. Only full-time faculty can be named as the Project Director. It should be noted that Armstrong applicants have a very successful track record with this grant!!

On Friday, September 13th from 12:15-1:00 pm in Room 109 of Burnett Hall there will be an informational meeting to review the RFP.  If you are interested in attending please RSVP at 4-2666 or by email: [While you can show up without  an rsvp a head count will help us plan].

View the complete RFP online.  Letter of intent are due to OSP by 9/18/2013 with the final proposal due on or before Wednesday  10/16/2013.  Please call Tina Leggett (4-2666) or Susan Arshack (4-2596)  with any questions or concerns.

John Kearnes Lecture On The Founding And The Constitution

Tuesday, September 17, on the occasion of Constitution Day, Dr. Dennis Murphy will deliver the lecture, “How Many Lone Nuts Does It Take To Bring about Presidential Succession?” at 12:00 p.m. in the Ogeechee Theatre.

"Moveable Feasts" Bring Faculty Expertise To Historic Savannah Sites

A Moveable Feast is a fall-to-spring series of monthly lectures and performances by its distinguished faculty, ferrying you into a variety of historic venues in beautiful downtown Savannah.  The first installment in this series will be Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 6 p.m. in The Old Cotton Exchange, East Bay Street, near City Hall, and will feature Nicholas Mangee, Assistant Professor of Economics.  Dr. Mangee's topic will be: "On the Relevance of a Liberal Arts- Based Economics Education for Society."

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