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News for AS&E Faculty and Staff, January 2018


In this edition of FYI: awards for teaching, mentorship; student funding portal; disability resource office moving; funding for STEM teaching conference; Teaching Innovation Grant; discussion groups; UR Student project

January 10, 2018
Issue #31

The Department of Music's Chamber Orchestra, directed by Rachel Waddell, rehearses before a performance last month. (University photo / Matt Wittmeyer)

News and Announcements

New Award Recognizes Scholarship, Teaching: The College Dean’s Office invites nominations for the new College Award for Undergraduate Teaching and Research Mentorship. The award recognizes a tenured faculty member in Arts, Sciences & Engineering who excels both as a scholar and as a teacher and mentor of undergraduate students in research. Nominations from all sections of the College are welcome. Nominations are due Friday, February 23. Learn more.

Nominations Sought for Two Teaching Awards: The Office of the Provost welcomes nominations for two teaching awards: The Graydon Curtis ’58 and Jane W. Curtis Award for Nontenured Faculty Teaching and Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Nominations for both awards are due to the AS&E Deans’ Office by Friday, February 9, and may be submitted to Paula Losey, assistant to the Dean of the Faculty. The award recipients will be honored with a citation at commencement and will receive a cash prize; recipients are expected to be present at the commencement ceremony.

  • The G. Graydon Curtis ’58 and Jane W. Curtis Award for Nontenured Faculty Teaching is in honor of Professor Ralph Helmkamp and is intended for River Campus faculty who are on the tenure track but who have not yet achieved tenure. To use the donor’s words: “Recognizing that many tenured faculty members excel in both teaching and research, it is my expectation that this annual award directed exclusively to the nontenured faculty will encourage both interest in and excellence in instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels.” The nomination letter should describe achievements and attributes that illustrate the nominee’s excellence as an instructor inside or outside the classroom.
  • The Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching recognizes a record of distinguished undergraduate teaching, typically developed over at least eight years, as well as a demonstrated readiness to help less experienced faculty colleagues or teaching assistants master their craft. The nomination letter should describe achievements and attributes that illustrate the nominee’s excellence as an instructor inside or outside the classroom. When possible, the letter should also demonstrate the candidate’s successes in mentoring less experienced teachers and teaching assistants to learn their craft.

New Student Funding Portal: The College Dean’s Office is piloting a new student funding portal for the spring, summer, and fall 2018 semesters. The portal will serve as the central space for undergraduate students to request supplemental funding from College departments in order to participate in academic or cocurricular experiences. More information about the portal can be found on the College Supplemental Funding website.

Office of Disability Resources Is Moving: The Office for Disability Resources, created as an independent office in July 2017, will move from Dewey Hall to its new location in Taylor Hall, a fully accessible building located across from Wegmans Hall. Staff offices and a testing room will be located in the new space, and the office will continue to use Simon School space for testing, as needed. You can continue to reach the Office of Disability Resources at 275-9049 or

Funding for Instructors to Attend Regional STEM Teaching Conference:  The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning will subsidize the cost of attending the 2018 PKAL Upstate New York Regional Network Meeting, February 3 at SUNY-Oneonta. CETL is offering up to $300 each to up to eight AS&E STEM instructors on a first-come, first-served basis.  Learn more about the conference here and keynote speaker John Coley’s research on misconceptions among biology students here. If interested, contact Rachel Remmel by January 12.

Grants Offered for Resource-Intensive, High-Impact Courses: Are you planning to develop a new course or a new approach to an existing course that includes experiential, project-based or community-engaged learning, or course-based undergraduate research? Consider applying for the Teaching Innovation Grant, which covers the costs of developing, piloting, and assessing new courses and new approaches to existing undergraduate courses. The deadline for applications is February 1 for 2018–19 courses. Learn more here.

Opportunities for Instructor Observations, Teaching Discussion Groups: The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning has several opportunities for instructors including

  • Volunteer as a host instructor for College Observation Week February 12–16; sign up by January 22.
  • Take part in a small teaching discussion group, meeting six times in the spring 2018 semester. Learn about small, easy-to-implement teaching activities and strategies by reading, discussing, and implementing a teaching technique of your choice from James Lang’s Small Teaching(provided). Contact Rachel Remmel to sign up.
  • Instructors of large courses are invited to join a teaching discussion group to share ideas and experiences. Contact Rachel Remmel to sign up.

For these and other opportunities, visit the CETL website.

An Overview of the UR Student Project: The University’s current student information system—one of the oldest enterprise-wide systems used today—is being replaced by UR Student to provide a more flexible foundation that will support future growth and built-in features to promote student success. Learn more about planned features for faculty advisors and staff.


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