News & Notes
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.
As the new semester approaches, we want to remind faculty of the following policy regarding students participating in University-sanctioned events:
As you prepare for the start of the new semester, I 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 (Sections: 8.33.11 and 8.34.10 (www.uri.edu/facsen/8.30-8.46.html ).
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. In addition to meeting Faculty Senate approved policies, you will be providing students with a basis for making decisions about their chances for success and the wisdom of continuing their enrollment in your course.
The 7th Annual Academic Summit is planned by the Joint Committee on Academic Planning and sponsored by the Provost’s Office. With a focus on Higher Education in the 21st Century and Beyond: Designing URI’s Future and Place, this Summit is your opportunity to be involved in developing potential new initiatives for URI’s next Academic Plan 2016-2021
On behalf of the Phase II Health Planning Committee, we are pleased to provide the report on our recommendations for reorganizing the health units at URI. You will be able to provide feedback to the committee on the page, if you so desire.
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