News & Notes
This memo describes important information that is intended to help you have a successful start to the semester. As you all know, your course syllabus is an important document that communicates mutual expectations between you and your students, including your course expectations, learning outcomes, deadlines, attendance policies, grading criteria, and other important information.
As you prepare for the start of the new semester, we would like to call your attention to several important dates listed below. Policies associated with adding and dropping courses are stated in the University Manual.
As the new semester approaches, I want to remind faculty of the following policy regarding students participating in University-sanctioned events. 8.51.11 Students who plan to be absent from classes or examinations for religious holy days that traditionally preclude secular activity (see 6.20.11 for how such information is made available) shall discuss this with the appropriate instructor(s) in advance of the holy day.
This is a call for faculty and staff interested in developing credit‐bearing undergraduate and/or graduate academic courses and experiences for students over the winter session that add value for our students, community, and the overall learning environment. In 2016, we will look to build on a very strong foundation laid during the first two years of the Winter J Term. This initiative is again being sponsored in collaboration with the Provost’s Office and the Office of International Education.
A Student Summit was held on April 22, 2015 to engage student feedback in generating ideas to be included in the next Academic Plan 2016-21. The Student Summit page and notes from the Summit can be found here.
The Distinguished Visiting Artists Program at URI hosts one Visiting Artist per academic year to engage with students and faculty on a deeper level of understanding and appreciation of the arts in contemporary culture. The goal is to support projects that will contribute to the aesthetic life of the University and broader community, as well as provide students and faculty with opportunities to participate in critical discourse with artists of national and international recognition and develop meaningful ongoing collaborations with them.
The Office of the Provost is pleased to accept applications for the Distinguished Visiting International Scholars Program for the 2015-‐2016 academic year. This initiative is designed to support the scholarly mission and global perspective of the University of Rhode Island, especially in areas of strategic focus that bridge disciplinary areas.
The goal of the Multicultural Faculty Fellowship (MFF) Program is to increase the diversity of the faculty at the University of Rhode Island and advance issues of diversity in research and teaching within academic programs at URI. The one-year fellowship will provide post-doctoral candidates, including those who have completed a recognized terminal degree in specific disciplines (e.g., MFA, MLA, etc.), with career development opportunities in academia through mentoring, teaching and research experiences, and some modest travel support
The University Academic Excellence Awards recognition program for graduating seniors is intended to honor superior academic achievement in a particular field (see attached list) to be interpreted in terms of a high grade point average or other criteria (e.g., an honors project, a research or artistic presentation, or a student’s professional promise). December 2014, May 2015 and August 2015 graduates are eligible for this award, which consists of a certificate of academic achievement suitable for framing and a URI pin.
Colleagues, welcome back for the spring semester. As I am certain you are aware, the nation is experiencing widespread influenza-like illness. We held multiple clinics last fall and local pharmacies, walk-in clinics, and physician offices have vaccine available.
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