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University of Mary Washington

JANUARY 2015

Some important announcements and notices of significant achievements in the Academic Affairs area of the university.

Jonathan Levin, Provost

General Faculty Meeting on Wednesday, February 4 is CANCELED!

Even though the schedule of faculty and committee meeting dates posted last summer included a date of February 4 for a General Faculty Meeting, there really isn’t any business that needs to be conducted by the full faculty at this time. There are two task forces at work on important issues (a new strategic plan and the four-credit course curriculum idea) but the work is in the early stages and not at a point where information sharing in a large group setting would be productive. To reemphasize — the general faculty meeting is canceled. I know we can all find good uses for the reclaimed time!

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Nominations for Several Faculty Awards Are Now Open!

I am very pleased to solicit nominations of candidates for our annual faculty awards —(1) the Grellet C. Simpson Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching, (2) the Graduate Faculty Award, (3) the Alumni Association Outstanding Young Faculty Award, (4) the J. Christopher “Topher” Bill Service Award, and (5) the Waple Faculty Professional Achievement Award. We have made one important change in how you may nominate your colleagues that we hope will make the process easier for you.

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SACSCOC Accepts UMW’s Monitoring Report!

When the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) reaffirmed UMW’s accreditation in December 2013, they directed us to submit a Monitoring Report in reference to comprehensive standard 3.3.1.4, Institutional Effectiveness: Research Within Its Mission. We received the response we were hoping for. In a letter from President Belle Wheelan dated January 13, 2015, we were told the following: “The SACSCOC Board of Trustees reviewed the institution’s first Monitoring Report following action on reaffirmation of accreditation in December 2013. No additional report was required.”

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Report on External Grants – Activity, Results, and Future Plans!

UMW faculty and staff are continuing to submit external grant and contract proposals and to achieve success. Congratulations to Roberta Gentry (Department of Foundations, Leadership, and Special Populations), Nabil Al-Tikriti (Department of History and American Studies), Deborah O’Dell (Department of Biological Sciences), and Julius Esunge (Department of Mathematics) who learned good news about proposals they sent to external funding agencies! Several other faculty and staff members have submitted external grant projects since the last report in the August 2014 newsletter. Keep reading for details on all of these developments.

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