SUBJECT: Winter Semester Reminders
I hope your semester is going well. As the winter break comes upon us, I want to share a few reminders of upcoming events and deadlines but — most importantly — I very much want to thank each and everyone of you for all the hard work you continue to do to help our students.
Senior leadership continues to monitor the latest news and information regarding COVID-19, in particular the ongoing updates and guidelines as it comes to face masks and other health and safety protocols. We also continue to discuss with faculty, staff, and student leadership groups what adjustments, if any, our campus might take in the semesters to come. Rest assured that first and foremost on our minds is the safety of the campus community which is why the Chancellor and I were happy to share the news in the February 4 COVID Weekly Update that reported positive COVID cases were seeing a significant decline.
Also, please remember to continue to read the weekly COVID update emails. If you happen to miss one, you can review all the campus communications regarding COVD-19 at the Campus Communications to Date website. In addition, you can find relevant policies and other guidance for the Winter term at the Faculty & Staff – Winter 2022 Plan website. Finally, all of our Provost emails are available for later reference on the Provost Communications webpage.
With all that said, here are some useful updates and upcoming event reminders:
Provost Listening Sessions
I’m excited to offer up the Provost Listening Sessions which provide me and my team an opportunity to meet with you and hear your thoughts about how the Winter 2022 semester has been going, along with any other topics that are on your mind! Please sign up for these sessions below:
- Wednesday, March 9, 2-3 PM
- Tuesday, March 15, 1-2 PM
- Thursday, March 10, 1-2 PM
- Friday, March 18, 1-2 PM
Provost Faculty Fellows Program
The deadline for faculty to apply to the 2022-2023 Provost Fellows Program is March 11, 2022. In AY 22-23 we are especially encouraging candidates with a particular interest in working on projects and topics related to the various themes and initiatives emerging from the campus-wide strategic enterprise to apply. More information and application details can be found here.
Digital Education Day Video Recordings
For those of you who missed the 2022 Digital Education Day you can watch the video recordings of the sessions by clicking on this link. Of particular note is the Opening Keynote: Bearing Witness as an Act of Love, Resistance, and Healing presented by UM-Dearborn alumna Mays Imad along with the Closing Keynote: Digital classroom tools & data risks: What educators need to know, presented by Bonnie Stewart.
2022 Seed Grants for Engaged Research & Projects
The Office of Metropolitan Impact (OMI) is excited to announce the 2022 cycle of Community-Based Research (CB-R) and Community-Based Project (CB-P) Seed Grants. Applications are due by Monday, March 21st. More information can be found on their webpage.
Faculty applications for the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) 2022 program will be accepted through March 11, 2022. For more information and to apply go to SURE Program Guidelines.
Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) Survey
Faculty were sent a message on Monday, February 21st regarding the SEM survey. If you have not yet done so, please take a few minutes to complete the survey.
As with each academic semester, there are many religious holidays (for example, Ramadan begins in early April) that will require us to remain flexible and accommodate student needs. Please remember the university has a policy in place to protect religious devotions and obligations.
Learning Assessment Week 2022
Save the Date for Learning Assessment Week 2022! This year, the Office of Academic Success and the Assessment Subcommittee are presenting Assessment Week March 21-25, 2022. Engage in asynchronous or live sessions to explore new updates in Program Assessment, interact with DDC Assessment data, or bring your ongoing assessment work to one of the Slack sessions. More details and registration links will be shared soon - so be on the lookout!
Important Winter Semester Dates
Listed below are some important dates around campus events and activities.
- Spring Break - February 28 - March 6, 2022
- Honor Scholars Convocation - Tuesday, March 22, 2022
- Chancellor’s & Deans’ Medallions - Thursday, April 28, 202
- Commencement - Saturday, April 30, 2022
(Please watch for an announcement with more information. )
Many thanks for everything you all do and best wishes for a relaxing and fun break!
Interim Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs