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From the Dean: Fall Faculty Meeting at 3 p.m. on Aug. 23

Aug 17, 2017 Filed under: from the dean, announcements

I would like to invite faculty to attend this year's Fall Faculty Meeting at 3 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Georgia Museum of Art. We will begin with a formal set of presentations, which will then be followed by an awards ceremony and my State of the College address. Then, at 4 p.m., we will have a reception in the GMOA lobby to provide everyone the opportunity to say hello to new colleagues and old friends.

I am looking forward to the new academic year and seeing each of you at the event.

Best regards,

Craig H. Kennedy, PhD
Dean and Professor

NSF releases current Discovery Research PreK-12 funding call

Aug 17, 2017 Filed under: research office

The National Science Foundation Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12) program invites proposals that address immediate challenges that are facing preK-12 STEM education as well as those that anticipate radically different structures and functions of preK-12 teaching and learning.

The DRK-12 program seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science (STEM) by preK-12 students and teachers, through research and development of STEM education innovations and approaches. Projects should result in research-informed and field-tested outcomes and products that inform teaching and learning.

The DRK-12 Program Solicitation provides complete details on the 3 major research and development strands and 5 project types supported in this round.

Proposal due date: November 14, 2017

Contact Grace Thornton if interested in applying.

Spencer Midcareer Grant applications due September 14, 2017

Aug 17, 2017 Filed under: research office

The Spencer Foundation is pleased to announce the 2017 award cycle of its grant program to enrich the work of academic midcareer scholars who are seven to twenty years post doctorate. This targeted program provides support for those who are interested in advancing their understanding of a compelling problem of education by acquiring new skills, substantive knowledge, theoretical perspectives or methodological tools. It is not intended to encourage researchers to abandon their existing area of expertise, but rather to build on, enrich, and extend that training with the acquisition of new methodological tools and/or perspectives about a subject to which they have been deeply committed throughout their academic career.

Through this program, we will provide grants of up to $150,000 to be undertaken during the 2018-2019 academic year. Proposals are due at 4:00 pm CDT on September 14, 2017.

More information about this program can be found on the Spencer Foundation website. Additionally, Spencer will be holding an information session for this program on July 25, 2017 at 11:00am CDT. To register for this session, click here to fill out the registration form.

Contact Grace Thornton if you are interested in applying.

Now seeking proposals for the Innovation in Teaching Conference

Aug 17, 2017 Filed under: coe events, professional development, innovation in teaching and technology

The fourth annual Innovation in Teaching Conference is now accepting proposals. This symposium is dedicated to celebrating the creative teaching practices that impact how we reach and engage our learning communities. Proposal guidelines and the submission form can be found online.

Deadline: Sept. 18.

About the Innovation in Teaching Conference When: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20 Where: UGA Hotel and Conference Center How much: Free for College of Education Faculty; $50 for students

We are excited to announce the new Emerging Landscapes in SOTL Award. All submissions are eligible for this honor that recognizes up to three proposals reflecting promising trends in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL).

This year's keynote, Bonnie Stachowiak, will address the menu of choices—and dangers—that come with a growing culture of innovation. She created and directs teaching excellence and digital pedagogy at Vanguard University.

Please direct any conference questions to Helene Halstead. We look forward to learning with you.

From Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Talking about Racism and Anti-Semitism in the Classroom

Aug 15, 2017 Filed under: office of diversity equity and inclusion

As the semester hits full swing, below are just a few examples of resources to support discussions about racism and anti-semitism in the classroom. Contact associate dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Anneliese Singh if you have further questions or are in need of additional resources to support courageous conversations and learning about difficult dialogues and ways to take action. Please note that Internet links shift often, and that the Google document below is an open public link that will range in types of resources:

Building Resilience in Indirect Exposure to Terror:

NAACP Statement from Virginia Conference

Resources on Anti-Semitism and Holocaust Denial and Distortion

Surviving and Resisting Hate for People of Color

Talking to Kids about Discrimination

Talking to Kids about Racism

Teachers Share Resources for Addressing Charlottesville Hate Rally in the Classroom

Twitter-Powered #CharlottesvilleCuurriculum Google Doc

Understanding White Privilege

UGA offers resources to assist with supporting students

Aug 15, 2017 Filed under: faculty and staff services

If you have a concern about a student, the Dean of Students has a Student Care and Outreach team that you may contact. The Office of the Dean of Students can assist students in many ways including, but not limited to, connecting people to campus and community resources, assisting students with hardship withdrawals, and providing appropriate absence notifications.

If you have a concern about a student, please complete our online form. Expressing concern proactively can help with early intervention and success. When completing this form, please be as thorough, specific and objective as possible.

This form will be reviewed 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday by the Office of the Dean of Students. This form is not monitored after hours, on weekends, or during official university holidays.

Upon receiving the form, we may contact you for additional information. If you have questions or concerns or would like to speak with a staff member, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 706-542-7774.

Policy for faculty conducting work outside UGA

Aug 15, 2017 Filed under: faculty announcements, faculty and staff services, uga announcements

Faculty are reminded that UGA has a policy related to faculty conducting work outside the University for pay. Please read and familiarize yourself with the revised policy. Completed forms for consulting activities that fall under this policy should be submitted to Christy Glazer in the Office of Faculty and Staff Services.

Training available for UGA Elements

Aug 15, 2017 Filed under: faculty and staff services, faculty announcements

UGA Elements is a faculty profile database that serves as the primary source of data regarding the research, scholarship, service, awards and honors of UGA faculty. UGA Elements Training is available on the following dates:

Aug. 22: 1-2:30 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m.
Sept. 14: 10-11:30 a.m. and noon-1:30 p.m.
Oct. 20: 9-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (registration opens Oct. 2)
Nov. 9: 1-2:30 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m. (registration opens Oct. 2)
Dec. 4: 10-11:30 a.m. and noon-1:30 p.m. (registration opens Oct. 2)

Register online via the UGA self-service site.

Online Learning Fellows 2018 Funding Opportunity

Aug 15, 2017 Filed under: office of academic programs, uga announcements

Faculty are invited to apply for an internal competition to participate in the UGA Online Learning Fellows Program for 2017-2018. The college can submit one application for consideration by the university.

Faculty who are interested in this competition must be willing to teach the course to be revised during the summer 2018 term. Faculty must also be willing to submit an e-suffix course proposal through the CAPA system by Aug. 25. Courses considered for this program should be high-demand undergraduate courses.

The faculty member who receives this award will be paid for one course (up to $8,000) for summer teaching and will receive one course release in the spring 2018 term jointly paid for by the Office of Online Learning and the College of Education. The selected faculty member will also need to participate in a kickoff meeting on Sept. 6. Faculty will have access to instructional designers to complete a project plan in the Fall 2017 semester. Internal applications for this competition are due to Stacey Neuharth-Pritchet, associate dean for academic programs, by 5 p.m. Aug. 21.

Learn more about edTPA at upcoming sessions

Aug 15, 2017 Filed under: office of academic programs

There will be an Introduction to edTPA session for new faculty, GAs, and UGA supervisors at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, in room G10. The session will be repeated at 9 a.m. Aug. 25 in G23. Please register online by Aug. 22.

Nominations now open for College's 2017-2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards

Aug 15, 2017 Filed under: award requests deadlines, alumni relations

Nominations are now open for the College's 2017-2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards. Please visit our website for an overview of the awards categories, and consider nominating an outstanding alumnus! You can submit your nomination using our online form.

Questions? Email Nancy Butler or call 706-583-0390.

Register now for the Fall ITT Faculty Academy

Aug 15, 2017 Filed under: coe events, innovation in teaching and technology

We are excited to announce the call for participants for the Fall 2017 Innovation in Teaching and Technology Academy. This semester our first track investigates a few significant advancements occurring in physical learning environments. The second track explores the expansive nature of information retrieval in higher education. Each four-session track is open to faculty and graduate assistants. The purpose of the ITT Initiative to provide support to enhance teaching through innovative instructional strategies and technologies.

About the Fall 2017 Academy tracks:

Learning Environments in Higher Ed While much of the recent talk of innovation in higher education has focused on online learning environments, there are significant changes occurring in our physical learning spaces as well. This academy track takes a hands-on approach to utilizing some of the innovations currently being implemented here in the College of Education.

Topics include:

  • Screen casting—the ability for students or instructors to wirelessly send content from their device to any screen in the room.
  • Untethering the instructor—using wireless technologies to allow freedom of movement in the classroom
  • Tools and strategies for including remote participants
  • Adapting your course to effectively engage students in a multiscreen classroom

This ITT Academy track will take place 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 15, Sept. 29, Oct. 13, and Nov. 3 in Aderhold room 119.

Information Retrieval in Higher Education With the increasing number of available resources and changing interfaces, even experienced researchers can use a refresher course—particularly to support undergraduate and graduate student research. Attendees in the Information Retrieval track will explore the new Gil interface, electronic and physical spaces for research, and ideas you can share with your students.

This track features:

  • Research strategies and practices for online information retrieval
  • Open Access resources
  • Learning about the Special Collections Library
  • Research and learning in physical spaces

This ITT Academy track will take place 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 29, Oct. 13, Oct. 27, and Nov. 3 in Aderhold room 201.

To apply, send an email to Nic Holt with the following information:

  • Name and position
  • Department/program
  • Confirmation of intent for attendance in all four academy sessions
  • Confirmation of your intent to attend and present at the 2018 Innovation in Teaching Conference
  • If requesting the stipend, confirmation that you are budgeted for 50 percent instruction

Each academy is limited to 10 participants with priority to faculty and programmatic diversity. Those who complete the academy will be awarded an ITT Academy certificate suitable for including on a curriculum vita in the area of teaching effectiveness. Faculty budgeted for at least 50 percent for instruction will also receive a $500 stipend upon completion. Participants who successfully complete the ITT Academy will be expected to attend and present at the 2017 Innovation and Teaching Conference hosted by the College of Education.

Camp DIVE Information Session Aug. 31

Aug 15, 2017 Filed under: coe events, community outreach

Noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, in Aderhold Hall room 223

Faculty and students are invited to learn more about the UGA College of Education and Clarke County School District summer learning initiative called Camp DIVE (Discover, Inquire, Voice and Explore). At this information session, we'll have conversation with faculty and school district administrators who were involved with the camp. This session is especially relevant for faculty who are interested in teaching courses at Camp DIVE during summer 2018.

For more information about the information session, please email Erica Gilbertson in the Office of School Engagement.

Kudos: Graduate student invents Google add-on to help kids with proofreading

Aug 15, 2017 Filed under: kudos, students

A few years ago, Kalianne Neumann's middle-schoolers were eagerly using Google's tools to share and critique their class writings. But rather than offer comments on sentence structure or paragraph organization, the students were getting bogged down in the little things, like capitalization and punctuation.

Neumann, a Ph.D. student in the learning, design and technology program, thought there had to be a way to differentiate types of feedback. So, she invented a way to fix that.

Read more about Revision Assistant, a free Google add-on, on our website.

Pronoun guide for beginning your semester

Aug 10, 2017 Filed under: office of diversity equity and inclusion

It's the beginning of the semester, and you may have questions about how to support people from all gender identities in your classroom. Below are some resources you can read or watch to build empowering classrooms and support students in learning about gender diversity:



If you have questions, please contact Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Anneliese Singh or graduate assistant Brean'a Parker.