Faculty & Staff E-news 10.26.15

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My heartfelt thanks to the many individuals serving on our newly repurposed dean’s search committee, which was finalized earlier this month: Dr. Cindy Pemberton, deputy provost, committee chair; Ms. Amy Watson, senior executive assistant, committee coordinator; Dr. Julia Atiles; Mr. Theo Coney, Ed.D. program student; Dr. Juana Hishaw,, past SOE Alumni Association Board president; Dr. Etta Hollins; Dr. Michelle Maher; Dr. Jacob Marszalek; Ms. Megan Mills, pre‐elementary education program student; Mr. Ramon Murguia, chair of the Greater Kansas City Hispanic Development Fund Advisory Board; Dr. Uzziel Pecina; Dr. Alice Reckley, associate professor, Foreign Languages & Literatures, College of Arts & Sciences; Dr. Micheal Strohschein; Ms. Christine Timmerman; Dr. Mel Tyler, vice chancellor for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management; Dr. Laurel Watson; Dr. Wayne Vaught, dean, College of Arts & Sciences; and Dr. Connie White, assistant dean for Community Relations and Communication, School of Dentistry. The tentative search schedule will be shared once it is available.

On October 15, 2015, Drs. Clare Bell, Etta Hollins and Connor Warner traveled to Jefferson City to meet with Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) officials regarding the state-wide required educator preparation program transition from the Missouri Standards for Teacher Education Programs (MoSTEP) to the Missouri Standards for the Preparation of Educators (MoSPE), and the concurrent adoption of the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA).  The insights they gained will have important implications for revision of all the teacher certification programs at UMKC, work that will be ongoing throughout the 2015-2016 academic year.

The keynote speaker for UMKC’s ninth annual social justice book lecture is Dr. Steve Perry, acclaimed author of Push Has Come to Shove: Getting Our Kids the Education They Deserve—Even if it Means Picking a Fight and founder and principal of Capital Preparatory Magnet school in Hartford, Connecticut, which has sent 100% of its high school graduates to four-year colleges every year since the first graduating class of 2006. The presentation will be Wednesday, October 28th at 6 p.m. at Pierson Auditorium. Free and open to the public, registration is required.

As previously mentioned, Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings will be our speaker at our sixth annual Urban Education and Community Forum next April 5th. Her presentation, “What it takes for Effective Urban Education: The Role of Youth Culture in Transforming Teaching” will begin at 5 p.m. in room 401 of the UMKC Student Union. While today’s youth exist in a highly technological, global, and dynamic culture, little of this technology, globalism and dynamism makes its way into static classrooms dominated by test-prep and “drill and kill” exercises. This lecture will explore experiments in leveraging youth culture to reach and engage students. Free and open to the public, please RSVP to help us manage attendance.

Please know that UM System is closing FAS (Faculty Accomplishment System) on October 30, 2015.

All academic employees need to ensure that they capture any and all data they have entered into FAS prior to the closing date. Although this data will migrate to the new myVITA database, not everyone who entered data into FAS will have access to enter or maintain their data in the new myVITA.  It is therefore important that all faculty run and save a VITA report from FAS. To capture your FAS data:

  • Log into FAS using your single sign-on and password.
  • From the left column menu click: View Reports > Basic Report > Vita
  • Next click Generate Report
  • Select Download in RTF (Rich Text File) to export and save as a Word file.

Faculty may use their FAS Vita Report to compare to the data migrated into myVITA.

Additional upcoming deadlines:

  • Through October 30 – Open enrollment for health benefits
  • October 31 – All university employees must complete the MakeITSafe Training modules, a new series of online information security training through myHR.
  • November 2 – Applications due for Graduate Assistant Fund applications.
  • November 20 – Date by which faculty need to order regalia for mid-year graduation through Brad Martens.

Enjoy your last week before Daylight Saving Time begins next Sunday.