Important Upcoming Deadlines

A number of important due dates are coming soon.  The deadline for sabbatical applications is Monday, September 13, and the process for submitting and reviewing these applications has changed slightly from what was true in previous years.

Sabbatical applications are to be submitted to your college dean, who will conduct the first review and make an initial recommendation.  After the . . .

dean’s review, the Provost will examine all applications and make final recommendations to the Board of Visitors, who will award the sabbaticals for the 2011-12 academic year when they have their meeting in November.

Complete application details are available at the Provost’s web page.  As stated in the University Faculty Handbook, sabbatical leaves of either one semester with full pay and full benefits or one academic year with half pay and full benefits are available for tenured full-time teaching faculty members. Those applying for sabbatical leave must have completed, by the time of the leave, six years of full-time teaching at the University or six years of full-time teaching after the completion of a previous sabbatical leave. Faculty members granted leave will be obligated to continue employment at the University for at least one year after the leave or to repay the full amount of the sabbatical support received.

Jepson Fellowships are open to full-time junior faculty members (persons at the rank of assistant or associate professor) who will have had at least three years of full-time faculty service at UMW by the time the fellowship would commence.  These applications are due on Friday, September 17, and are to be submitted to John Morello, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs.  His office is George Washington Hall, room 309.  Applications will be reviewed by a faculty committee, and their recommendations will be provided to the Provost.  The Provost will, in turn, make final recommendations to the Board of Visitors, and the Board will make final decisions at their meeting in November naming the Jepson Fellows for the 2011-12 academic year.

Complete details about the Jepson Fellowship program, along with all application requirements, are provided here.  Please note that there are several restrictions that apply to this program. A person may receive a Jepson Fellowship only once, may not apply for one if she/he has submitted an application for promotion to professor, and may not apply simultaneously for a Jepson Fellowship and a sabbatical.

Finally, the first deadline in our Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) process is coming soon.  October 1 is the date by which interested persons should submit a QEP topic idea to the QEP Planning Committee. The QEP is a required part of the SACS reaffirmation process, and it involves the creative and critical examination of an issue or issues we consider important to the goal of improving student learning. It’s expected that the QEP will include broad-based involvement of institutional constituencies in the development and proposed implementation of the QEP plan.

To that end, the QEP committee has established a comprehensive web site where you can follow the discussion and development of QEP ideas and where you are encouraged to contribute.  The QEP web site is constructed on a platform that supports comments and will provide RSS feeds (if you want those) so that you may be informed when new material has been made available at the site.

The submission of possible topic ideas for the QEP is the first step.  You may submit as many ideas as you like, and the submission process is easily accomplished through an online QEP idea form. The QEP Planning Committee will review ideas submitted, and the next step will be to announce a series of potential themes for the QEP and to invite short (two-page) proposals that address those themes.  The announcement of themes and the call for short proposal papers will be made on October 18.

As I pointed out in my comments at the opening faculty meeting, the QEP process is an opportunity for us to focus on important areas of the educational program and for us to make meaningful changes that will have an important and measurable impact on the learning climate and on student outcomes.  While we will eventually select one topic for the formal QEP, I do plan to support the implementation of two other ideas that were submitted as potential QEP projects but that were not ultimately chosen as the QEP focus.  This approach will enable us to foster the development of some additional projects that have strong merit and potential.  In other words, this is a real opportunity for you to contribute an idea that we will work towards implementing and supporting.

Please take advantage of this process, and offer a topic idea. I look forward to seeing your suggestions!

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