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Faculty Affairs Update - December 7, 2015

Greetings Colleagues,

This is my last update for the Fall term, so I want to be sure to share with you the following opportunities, events, and deadlines that will be coming up. I wish you the best as you complete your finals and prepare for the break.    

Pacific's 14-Day Writing Challenge Now Open for Enrollment
Making time for research and creative work is challenging at any stage of an academic career, but particularly after tenure, when service and other demands seem to multiply. Start the spring semester right by "paying yourself first!"  

In January, Pacific will embark on its own 14-Day Writing Challenge, based on the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) 14-Day Writing Challenge. For the 14 days between January 25 and February 7, 2016, participants will agree to set aside 30 minutes (or 10, or 60; you set your own goals) daily for writing. Remember that "writing" can be anything that advances your research/creative scholarship agenda.  

You'll report your progress to a small group of other faculty members participating across all disciplines - the goal is to support each other to take time to write - not to discuss or comment on the details of each other's work. Please use this form to enroll in the 14-Day Writing Challenge or contact Sarah Waltz ( or Berit Gundersen ( for more information.  

New Faculty Luncheon: Thursday, January 21, 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the Regents Room. Lunch is provided. This month's topic is "Semester Planning." Look for an Outlook invitation in your email, or please RSVP to Erika Greet at 209.946.2551 or so that we can plan for lunch accordingly  

Chair Development Luncheon: Thursday, January 28, 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the Library Community Room. Lunch is provided. This month's topic is "Evaluation: Best Practices." Look for an Outlook invitation in your email, or please RSVP to Erika Greet at 209.946.2551 or so that we can plan for lunch accordingly.  

Save the Date: NCFDD Workshop. On February 18, Pacific will host a workshop entitled "Rethinking Mentoring: How to Build a Community of Inclusion, Support and Accountability," facilitated by Rosemarie Roberts, NCFDD coach. This three-hour workshop is open to all department chairs, program directors, faculty leaders and senior faculty. It begins at noon and a working lunch is included. Look for more information coming soon!

The University Awards Committee is still seeking nominations for the following:  
University Distinguished Faculty Award (February 15)
United Methodist University Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award (February 15)  

Funding Opportunities
The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) has published its latest Newsletter for Funding Opportunities, available here. The OSP will update this page on a monthly basis with new funding opportunities, so be sure to check back often!

Berit Gundersen Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs