Faculty Affairs Update – Nov. 10

Dear faculty colleagues,

Below are listed some opportunities, updates and reminders. Please share the relevant information with colleagues and those you mentor.

In this week’s update, you will find information on the following:

  • Registration Open: Mid-Career Faculty Workshop Facilitated by the NCFDD
  • Accepting Submissions: Faculty Authors Recognition
  • New Training & Office Hours: Course Evaluation System
  • Diversity Belongs Here: A Celebration of Actions that Promote Community Transformation
  • Wellness Time Off for Leave-Eligible Employees
  • First-Gen Week – November 7-11
  • Texas Is Global video
  • Campus Contextualization Seminar Series
  • Provost Teaching Fellows (PTF) Think Tank Series
  • Academic Calendar reminder

Registration Open: Mid-Career Tenured Faculty Workshop
As one component of our enhanced faculty development programming, we are offering mid-career tenured faculty the opportunity to participate in a day-long workshop with tailored mentorship and training to:

  • Learn the most common challenges mid-career tenured faculty face,
  • Identify the specific technical errors, psychological obstacles, and external challenges that are holding them back,
  • Create an individualized development plan to move their goals forward, and
  • Network with individuals at a similar career stage including Faculty Affairs team members.

The workshop will take place in-person from 9 am-4 pm on Monday, December 12th and is limited to tenured Associate Professors from any discipline. Please register early as space is limited to the first 50 registrants.

Register Here

Accepting Submissions: Faculty Authors Recognition
The Faculty Authors Recognition (formerly Faculty Authors Reception) was created to highlight and celebrate the breadth of scholarship and creative activity taking place across the university. We are now accepting submissions for this year’s Faculty Authors Recognition. There will be an in-person event on Wednesday, January 18, 2023 to celebrate works published in 2022.


  • Published works including scholarly monographs, textbooks, published creative works (e.g., novels and anthologies of poetry), exhibition catalogs, and edited collections.
  • Books must have been published between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022.
  • Current UT Austin faculty member.
  • Deadline: December 5, 2022

Submit Your Book

New Training & Office Hours: Course Evaluation System
We have added a new workshop and office hours to support faculty with the new course evaluation system. The new dates will cover how to improve your evaluation response rate and provide a space for faculty to ask questions about new features. You can register below!

Response Rate Workshop
1:00 pm, Friday, November 11, 2022
Register Here

Faculty Office Hours

Optional Question Selection
9:00 pm, Friday, November 11, 2022
Register Here

Response Rate Tools
4:00 pm, Monday, November 14, 2022
Register Here

Response Rate Tools
12:00 pm, Friday, November 18, 2022
Register Here

Diversity Belongs Here: A Celebration of Actions that Promote Community Transformation
In celebration of the ACT program and Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) work across campus, the Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity (VPFDEI) Office in partnership with the Division for Diversity & Community Engagement (DDCE) will host a campus-wide DEI Community Fair. Posters showcasing ACT projects will be on display with team members there to connect and discuss their work. Refreshments will be served!

The ACT program supports members of our campus community to lead projects that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within recipients’ local university environments. The 2nd annual DEI Community Fair will be an opportunity to strengthen our connection as a larger university community.

Event Information: Tuesday, November 15 at 10:30 am-12:30 pm in WCP 2.410 & 2.412 William C. Powers Student Activity Center Ballroom, Second floor.

Wellness Time Off for Leave-Eligible Employees
In support of the health and wellness of our employees, the university is launching a new type of time off available to any leave-eligible employee to be used for any wellness activity. The new wellness time off will provide eligible employees with access to a maximum of eight (8) hours of wellness time off each fiscal year when they complete an annual preventative care visit and complete a “Well-Being Assessment” in the new UT Living Well Platform powered by Limeade. Once eligible employees have completed both a preventative care visit and an assessment in the Living Well Platform, a certification will be sent to Workday and the wellness time off will appear the following month for use. Please note that there is a separate process for employees who are not UT Select plan members. Learn more on the official website.

First-Gen Week – November 7-11
First-gen students represent nearly a quarter of UT undergraduate students. There are many First-Gen resources across campus and ways that you can get involved with First-Gen Week, including the university’s campus wide celebration in the East Mall at 4:30 pm today!

Texas Is Global
Texas Global is proud to unveil an inspiring video highlighting The University of Texas at Austin and our many accomplishments in global engagement. From our labs to our libraries, UT Austin is engaging in transnational research and creative work, strengthening connections with alumni and partners abroad, and cultivating global leaders on campus and around the world. Enjoy viewing Texas Is Global!

Campus Contextualization Seminar Series
The new Campus Contextualization Seminar Series explores histories of race, gender, and power at UT Austin. Speakers present research and new frameworks for analysis concerning how U.S. universities address historic exclusion and inequalities and serve as key sites for engendering equity, inclusion and social change.

You’re invited to join the next lecture in the series: Beyond Sweatt v. Painter: A History of Race, Science, and Segregation at The University of Texas. Dr. Olivia Mena is a sociologist who studies race and ethnicity in a global context and serves as a Research Design Associate with CCI.

Event Information: Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at 5:00 – 6:30 pm CST in GWB 2.206

Free and open to the public, livestreamed and in-person.


Provost Teaching Fellows (PTF) Think Tank Series
This semester’s Think Tank series, Evolving Teaching and Learning Norms, will finish in November with Expectations of Students, facilitated by Nina Telang (Electrical & Computer Engineering) and Kristin Patterson (Molecular Biosciences). This session will focus on engagement; attendance and accountability; and assessments – plagiarism, cheating, and incivility.

Event Information: Monday, November 14 at 1–2:30 pm in SZB 4.102


Academic Calendar Changes
reminder about academic calendar changes was sent yesterday to faculty, staff and students. The changes affect several aspects of the calendar including Thanksgiving break, timing for final exams, class registration dates, the beginning of spring classes, which is now on January 9, 2023 and more. You can view the full calendar for the 2022-2023 academic year here. Please review closely as these changes will impact your planning for next term.

Please reach out with any faculty-related questions to the Faculty Affairs team. We’re here to support you in any way we can.

Stay well,

Tasha Beretvas
Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs


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