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Faculty Affairs Update from Berit Gundersen, Vice Provost

Office of the ProvostOct 26, 2016
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Here is academic news and some of the many opportunities coming up this semester that I’d like to let you know about. 

Lydia Fox Honored with Fellowship
Lydia Fox, Associate Professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences, was elected as a Fellow of the Geological Society of America. She was recognized at an awards ceremony at the annual meeting of the GSA on Sept. 25 in Denver, Colorado. Society fellowship is an honor bestowed on the best of the geoscience profession by election at the spring GSA council meeting. GSA members are elected to fellowship in recognition of distinguished contributions to the geosciences.

NTT Task Force Final Report Available
In February 2015, Provost Pallavicini established the Non-Tenure Track (NTT) Task Force to identify and prioritize issues concerning contingent faculty at Pacific, and to produce a working document to suggest recommendations to address those issues. The NTT Task Force was composed of non-tenured representatives from each of Pacific's schools and the College. It also included tenured faculty members and administrative members from the Office of the Provost.

The NTT Task Force Final Report is now available for review at the NTT SharePoint site.

Faculty Success Program
Interested in the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity Faculty Success Program? We are able to support one faculty member in this program for Spring 2017. All program fees will be completely covered. Please review the information in the link to learn more about the program and the commitments. If interested in the University sponsorship, however, DO NOT register on this site! Instead, please email by November 4 a letter of interest to Berit Gundersen ( (and copy Marcia Hernandez, that includes: why you would like to participate in this program, your goals or the outcomes you hope to achieve, and how you plan to support others at Pacific after participating in this program.  

The funded applicant will be asked for a report assessing the impact of their participation in the NCFDD Faculty Success Program the academic year after completion of the program.

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." Click here for more information and the film trailer.

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 14. Please follow the links above for the nomination forms and processes. 

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