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Faculty Affairs Update from Berit Gundersen, Vice Provost

Office of the ProvostOct 11, 2016
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Here are some of the many opportunities coming up this semester that I’d like to let you know about. First, I would like to introduce Pacific’s newest faculty. Please welcome them to the University community!

Faculty Compensation Philosophy Task Force Update
The Faculty Compensation Philosophy Task Force is continuing its work this semester with a goal of a draft report to be completed by January 2017. The Task Force's charge is to develop a compensation philosophy that is tied to excellence in teaching and scholarship/creative endeavors, is competitive with our peers, is anchored in market information that is reliable and valid, and has a timeframe for implementation based on the agreed-upon framework.

Thank you to all who participated in the survey last spring.  It has helped inform the task force's work and understand what is important to faculty across the University in terms of compensation including non-salary compensation. The Task Force has divided its work into four subcommittees; philosophy; peer institution; compensation models tied to excellence; and holistic compensation variables. These subcommittee memberships and charges can be found here.

Chair Development Lunch
October 20, 12-1pm in the Library Community Room; the topic is, "Update on Blackboard Analytics and other data sources" A light lunch will be served. All of the 12pm meetings will be available by video conference from the San Francisco and Sacramento campuses.

New Faculty Lunch
October 27, 12-1pm in the DUC, Room 211; the topic is, "Internal funding opportunities to support research, travel, pedagogy and undergraduate research" A light lunch will be served. All of the 12pm meetings will be available by video conference from the San Francisco and Sacramento campuses.

Faculty Film Night
November 9
 at Vereschagin Alumni House - the film is Ivory Tower - "A documentary that questions the cost - and value - of higher education in the US." Look for more information coming soon.

Faculty Search Committee Trainings - Next Session is October 19
Chris Goff, Assistant Provost for Diversity, is conducting several trainings to address best practices and mitigating unconscious bias in the faculty hiring process. Attendance at any one of the sessions is required for members of faculty search committees. Information and registration here.

Call for Proposals: TEC Grants
The Technology in Education Committee (TEC) has issued a Call for Proposals for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017. The purpose of TEC grants is to enhance the sustainable use of innovative instructional technology to support student learning. Interdisciplinary projects are encouraged. For complete application information and selection criteria, visit the TEC SharePoint site or contact TEC Chair Jeffrey Shafer (

Fall 2016 Grants - Deadline: Friday, November 4, 2016
- Conference Proposals (under $2,500)
- Small Projects (under $5,000)
- Medium Projects ($5,000-$20,000)
- Large Projects (over $20,000)

Spring 2017 Grants - Deadline: Friday, April 7, 2017
- Small grant funding only: awards up to $2,500 per proposal for innovative technology instruction or technology conferences

Academic Award Nominations Sought
The University Awards committee is seeking nominations for two of our most prestigious academic awards: Honorary Degree and the Order of Pacific. Nominations are due November 15. Please follow the links above for the nomination forms and processes. 

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