Election-related media requests
Academic Senate recap
NCSAM Week 3: Education and Jobs in Cybersecurity at the U
L2TReC Joins Title VI Language Resource Center Community
2018 Triple I Initiative Team Building Grants
John R. Park Teaching Fellowships
Community Engaged Teaching and Scholarship Award
Applications for Taft-Nicholson Environmental Humanities Education Center
Applications open for ASUU government positions
Nominate an outstanding academic advisor
Big messes, big solutions
October is Domestic and Dating Violence Awareness Month
Inclusive Access saves students 70-80 percent on textbooks
Distinguished Professor Nominations
As a reminder, employees who wish to engage in ballot initiative-related advocacy activities must do so on their own time and with their own resources. For instance, they may not use university email accounts for this purpose. In addition, employees who choose to share their personal opinion with media are expected to make it clear that they are speaking on their own behalf and not on behalf of the university.
- The Senate passed the Staff Paid Parental Leave Rule 5-200A.
- New Athletics Director Mark Harlan gave an update on Utah Athletics
- U Chief of Police Dale Brophy, Joe Ashurst and Cory Higgins presented a proposal for updating University building access and surveillance policies.
The next Senate meeting will be Monday, Nov. 5, in the Moot Courtroom (6th floor) of the College of Law. Meetings are open to the public. The agenda will be posted here approximately one week before.
“A key risk to our economy and security continues to be the shortage of cybersecurity professionals to safeguard our ever-expanding cyber ecosystem,” according to StaySafeOnline.org, the website for the National Cyber Security Alliance.
But educators and employers can build stronger defenses, StaySafeOnline.org says, by “raising the next generation of interested and capable cybersecurity professionals.”
“There are limitless opportunities to educate students of all ages — from high school into higher education and beyond — on the field of cybersecurity as they consider their options,” according to StaySafeOnline.org. “In addition, veterans and individuals who are looking for a new career or re-entering the workforce should explore the multitude of well-paying and rewarding jobs available.”
Already, the U is at the forefront of bridging the skills gap with academic offerings, including majors in computer engineering, computer science, and information systems, and Student University Development Opportunity, its in-house paid IT internship program.
UIT and the Information Security Office (ISO), in particular, have been able to leverage the sUdo program to augment U degrees with the applied experience students need to enter the workforce.
ISO employs 10 students in a variety of security positions, including Identity Access Management, Information Security Assurance, and Monitoring and Logging. These students work closely with full-time employees, learning the skills and techniques that will allow them to be successful in a cybersecurity career. In fact, 98 percent of students leaving ISO are able to move directly into full-time positions either within the University of Utah or the private sector.
The mission of L2TReC and the focus of its funded four-year proposal is to support coherent sequences of language instruction across K-16 education. If the nation is to meet the need for citizens with advanced proficiency in a second language, our education system must introduce second language study early and ensure that students can continue their study as they move through levels of schooling. With 40,000 students studying six languages in immersion programs and many adults who have lived abroad, Utah is a particularly fertile landscape for identifying and disseminating curricular and pedagogical practices that promote effective second language learning.
Over the next four years, L2TReC will continue to work closely with the Utah State Board of Education to develop a video library of effective teaching practices in K-9 immersion programs and in advanced language and culture classes for high school and college students. L2TReC will also leverage the (Mu)ltilingual (S)poken (Se)cond (L)anguage (MuSSeL) learner corpus it has been developing to deliver workshops and online modules for teachers to recognize and address patterns of difficulty in language learning.
Finally, L2TReC will address a crucial issue of access and equity by training native speakers of Nepali, Tongan, and Samoan to develop a proficiency assessment so that heritage speakers of these languages have access to the Seal of Biliteracy upon high school graduation. As many states across the country have experienced, issuing Seals of Biliteracy for less commonly taught languages can be a challenge and represents a significant barrier for learners. By documenting and sharing the process of working with heritage communities to create assessment tools, our work can be replicated in other communities across the country.
For more information, visit l2trec.utah.edu.
The Immunology, Inflammation and Infectious Disease (III) Initiative at the University of Utah is pleased to announce a request for proposals for collaborative research projects. The goal of this program is to promote collaborations and provide funding support to enhance preliminary/project data that will allow competitive applications for multi-PI extramural funding by the NIH or other agencies and foundations, such as multi-PI R01s and P01s. Click here for more information.
The Park Fellowships are awarded to faculty who will undertake one-semester activity during the 2019-2020 academic year to study at a site outside the state of Utah with the purpose of enriching and enlarging the individual’s teaching role. Tenure-line and Career-line faculty are eligible. Preference will be given to applicants whose primary affiliation is as faculty at the University of Utah. Each award is for $5,000 with the possibility of an additional $5,000 to the faculty member’s department to help defray costs for released time. These awards will be announced in December 2018. Click here for more information.
The CES Award recognizes and rewards a University of Utah faculty member of any rank for high-quality work that integrates teaching, research and community engagement. The award recognizes faculty who show a record of successful teaching and research that is carried out through long-term, collaborative community-engaged partnerships that address a community-identified need or priority. These awards will be announced in December 2018. Click here for more information.
The Taft-Nicholson Center is now accepting applications for the 2019 season. Applications for courses, workshops
events are due Oct. 31, 2018. Please visit the website to learn about the center and to submit an application.
Click “Forms” to find the right filing form for you or email the Elections Registrar Caroline Ranger at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
faculty for the Outstanding Advisor Award and Outstanding New Advisor Award. Nominations are quick and easy! The deadline to nominate is Nov. 2, 2018.
The awards recognize University of Utah academic advisors who have demonstrated qualities associated with outstanding advising of students such as:
- Approaches advising as teaching
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Available to advisees
- Reaches out and supports underserved populations
- Makes appropriate referrals
- Uses and disseminates appropriate information sources
- Caring, helpful attitude toward advisees, faculty and staff
- Works with students outside of the office in formal university-related activities
- Monitors advisee progress toward academic and career goals
- Mastery of institutional regulations, policies, and procedures
- Participates in and supports advisor development programs
- Proactive; builds relationships with advisees and follows up
- Practices developmental advising
It only takes a few moments to complete the nomination process. Please click here to nominate your favorite advisor.
Additional questions can be addressed to Michelle Brooks or Nicole O’Shea (email@example.com) (firstname.lastname@example.org). Consider recognizing an outstanding advisor at the U by submitting a nomination today.
Custodial Specialty Services is a resource for all of campus to utilize. They specialize in:
- Carpet cleaning, see district schedule below
- Window washing both inside and out
- Upholstery cleaning
- Lighting fixtures, above 12 ft.
Offices and departments no longer need to contract with expensive outside providers. This team saves money across campus by providing all these services with
For requests, questions, or quotes contact Todd Stoneking, supervisor of Custodial Specialty Services Crew, via email: email@example.com.
Carpet Cleaning Schedule—Additional carpet cleaning services can be requested through a Service Request
District 1 (President): July – September
District 2 (Science): September – October
District 3 (Venue): October – November
District 4 (Engineering): December – February
District 5 (Academic): February – May
District 6 (Health Science): April – June
Inclusive Access puts your textbooks online for ease of access, making them available anytime, anywhere, especially on the first day of class. So no more out-of-stock textbooks or waiting for the book to arrive. Any course is eligible for Inclusive Access and the fee is paid by the student along with the course tuition, eliminating the need to search for and purchase textbooks independently.
In Fall 2017 Semester, over 7,400 students utilized Inclusive Access and each saved an average of 60 percent on their course materials, totaling more than $620,000 saved for one semester. Students can conveniently view their textbooks online, track their progress from assignment to assignment and communicate with other students in their class. Professors can also communicate with students, as well as provide updates and announcements online.
Join the 40 courses already using Inclusive Access by contacting Shane Girton, senior associate director of the Campus Store, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 801-581-8296. He’ll be happy to work with you on developing a cost-saving textbook program for your course as well.
Hit the ground running on day one next semester while helping your students save money through Inclusive Access.
Policy and Procedures 6-300 states, “The rank of Distinguished Professor is reserved for selected individuals whose achievements exemplify the highest goals of scholarship as demonstrated by recognition accorded to them from peers with national and international stature, and whose record includes evidence of a high dedication to teaching as demonstrated by recognition accorded to them by students and/or colleagues.” A person should not ordinarily be recommended to the distinguished professorship unless she/he is a member of the faculty who has completed eight years of service at the University of Utah prior to the nomination.
The nomination and selection of Distinguished Professors occur annually. Repeat nominations are permissible up to three years. After three years, the nominee must wait two years before being eligible for re-nomination. Regarding repeat nominations, we encourage nominators and/or other professors to add any additional information to update the file that they deem important for this year’s consideration.
All nominations must be submitted electronically. A list of current Distinguished Professors, nomination guidelines and forms can be found online.
Nomination forms and curriculum vitae must be submitted no later than Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018.
Questions, please contact the Distinguished Professor Advisory Committee.