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Faculty Affairs Update

Office of the ProvostMar 23, 2016

Greetings Colleagues,

Here are some faculty development events and other opportunities I'd like to share with you:   

Fulbright Information Sessions Begin this Week
The Provost's Office and the School of International Studies are hosting several information sessions for faculty and students to learn more about the Fulbright Scholar and US Student Program, which offers opportunities in virtually all academic disciplines and in a wide variety of countries across six continents.  

The first two sessions are tomorrow, Thursday, March 24, in the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). The first, 12 - 1 p.m., features Fulbright Ambassador Daris Hale, a professor in the School of Music at Texas State University. The second, 5:30 - 7 p.m., will feature a panel of Fulbright faculty alumni who will share their thoughts, insights and experiences. To learn more about these faculty sessions, please contact Dr. Bill Herrin, Director of the School of International Studies (SIS) and University Fulbright Scholar Program Representative, at

The two US Student Fulbright sessions are on Tuesday, March 29, in the Bechtel Center. The first session, at 4 p.m., is for faculty who may mentor applicants, or may participate in the Campus Screening Committee to interview applicants. Two Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors will present the program and answer questions. The second session, at 5 p.m., will provide information for students interested in applying. The Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors will present the program from the student point of view, and answer questions. Students and faculty mentors are welcome at both sessions. To learn more, please contact Dr. Susan Weiner, Pacific's Fellowship Advisor, at

"First Generation" Faculty Members Sought
Chris Goff, Assistant Provost for Diversity, and I and are looking for faculty members who were the first in their families to attend college as part of a new program to provide mentoring to first-generation students, and so that we also can provide professional development support to first-generation faculty members. If you are one of these faculty members and would like to be involved in this program, please fill out this web form. Please contact Chris Goff ( or me ( to learn more.

New Faculty Dinner
Thursday, April 21, 5:30 p.m.; room TBD. We will be meeting with representatives from the University Promotions and Tenure Committee. 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.  

Academic Facilities Improvement Committee Proposal Deadline
The Academic Facilities Improvement Committee is seeking proposals for improvements and upgrades (valued over $1,000) to existing academic facilities. The deadline is this Friday, March 25 for consideration of proposals for this semester. For more information and the proposal form, please visit the Committee's webpage.  

CAPD Grants and Awards Deadline
The Committee for Academic Planning and Development (CAPD) is pleased to announce the availability of a number of grants and awards available to members of the Pacific faculty. The deadline for all applications is Friday, April 1, by 5:00 p.m.   The following grants and awards are available for Spring 2016:

- Travel Grants - Small Project Grants - Eberhardt University Priority Award - Rupley-Church Grants for International Relations
- Hoefer Prize for Leadership in Experiential Learning - Eberhardt Teacher/Scholar Award  

Please visit the CAPD Sakai site or this webpage for the application form and more information. Please contact CAPD Chair Liang Xue,, if you have any questions about the grants, the application process or accessing the Sakai site.

Deadline to Rent Academic Regalia for Commencement
Faculty who plan to rent academic regalia for Commencement can do it through the University Bookstore. The deadline for ordering regalia is Friday, April 1. Faculty can reserve and rent regalia in person or by using this form.  


Berit Gundersen
Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

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