Strategic Planning Open Forums
The College of Design is beginning to develop a new strategic plan for 2020-2027. To facilitate this process, we will host a series of open forums to gain input on four main topics: budget and compensation; enrollment trends and implications; college structure for programs and support; and facilities. The first open forum will be from 12–1 p.m. next Monday, Sept. 23, in 130 Design. Working meetings on interdisciplinary activities also will be scheduled. Read more
Inclusive Community Activities
The College of Design's Multicultural Student Success Office will host a series of pop-up events on several Wednesdays this fall in the Lightfoot Forum. These #inclusivebydesign events are intended to encourage empathy and further develop a culture of inclusion in the college. You're invited to watch for and participate in these activities to help build our inclusive community!
New Faculty Learning Community
College of Design faculty are invited to join the new CEAH Faculty Learning Community on Community-engaged Research and Coursework in Perry. This interdisciplinary working group will meet four–five times throughout the 2019–2020 academic year, both on campus and with community leaders and organizers in Perry. The first learning community meeting will be from 4:30–5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, in the Lightfoot Forum. Contact Megan Myers or Ben Shirtcliff with questions.
OVPR Brown-Bag Session
Researchers considering submitting proposals to the Presidential Interdisciplinary Research Initiative (PIRI), the Presidential Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grant Program (PIRS) or the Presidential Cost-Sharing Program for Research Tools (CoSPRT) are encouraged to attend the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) brown-bag session scheduled from 12–1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in 1110 Marston. Associate vice presidents for research Guru Rao and Jim Reecy will be available to answer your questions about all three programs.
Student Absences for Extracurricular Activities
With fall semester in full swing, faculty are reminded of the policy regarding student absences for extracurricular activities scheduled by academic or athletic units of the university at times that conflict with scheduled classes. Faculty are specifically reminded of the need to excuse student athletes who must miss class for travel. Student athletes will provide instructors with an official letter from the Athletics Department that lists travel dates; faculty need to allow for those absences, but that is the extent of your responsibilities. See the Faculty Handbook – August 2019, Section 10.4.3.1. For questions about absences for intercollegiate athletic activities, contact Mindy Cooper, who works with all student athletes in the College of Design.
Separation of Personal vs. Institutional Political Activity
As we prepare for the 2020 Iowa Presidential Caucuses as well as the upcoming legislative session, it is important to remember Iowa State's policies regarding political advocacy and prohibition of using university resources for political purposes. As citizens, all Iowa State employees have full rights to participate in the political process, including voicing support for, or opposition to, candidates, state and federal legislation and legal issues involving government entities. However, employees — especially faculty members and administrative leaders — should not imply that their personal views represent those of the university. Use of university computers, email accounts or telephones for political advocacy purposes is prohibited, and faculty should take special care to ensure any classroom political discussions are germane to the course curriculum. Read more
Reminder: Honors Program Proposals Due Friday
The University Honors Program seeks proposals for spring 2020 Honors seminars. These one- or two-credit courses explore various topics of current or special interest. Seminars are pass/not pass, with enrollment usually limited to 17 students. A grant of $500 per seminar supports the professional development of the instructor(s). More information, about seminars as well as guidelines for teaching one, is online. Proposals are due Friday, Sept. 20; the proposal submission form also is online. Questions may be directed to Honors director Laurie Law.
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