A NOTE FROM THE PROVOST
Happy October! We are now well into the fall semester, and as usual, many exciting things are taking place across campus. Georgia State’s reputation for innovation starts from stellar faculty and staff looking at problems, forming new ideas to tackle them, and refining them for effectiveness based on outcomes and impacts. As you will read below, we are continuing to identify new ways to expand our research trajectory, leverage our impact in the classroom, and meet the needs of our students both now and in the future.
With respect to research and scholarship, the Next Generation Program and its predecessor, the Second Century Initiative, have aimed to build strength around innovative research areas that have strategic importance to the university. This academic year would be the fifth and final year of Next Gen. As a result of these programs, we have hired outstanding interdisciplinary faculty, expanded our research, scholarship and funding, and developed creative new interdisciplinary courses and academic programs.
We are working hard to identify the next strategy for taking Georgia State to even higher levels of research and scholarship achievement. This is timely and important because Georgia State is on the cusp of developing its next strategic plan, the process for which will begin in earnest next year. After consulting with the deans, the Faculty Senate Research Committee and various stakeholders, we have determined it is most appropriate at this time to focus our resources and time on shoring up the successes of the past 10 years and preparing for the future.
We’ll continue to create incentives and programs that leverage our outstanding trajectory of research and scholarship. However, there will be no new call for proposals this year. The university will focus on bolstering areas supported by 2CI and Next Gen, fully assess those initiatives’ impact, explore new approaches that play to our strategic advantages today, and consider ideas offered by our innovative faculty and staff about what the next initiative should look like.
At the same time, we are working to develop a strategic approach to the use of technology in our teaching. We have just completed a university-wide audit identifying the courses and degrees taught either in an online or hybrid format. We are exploring the benefits and challenges of these delivery mechanisms, as well as the support needed at the university level to ensure excellent instruction and student outcomes in these modalities. This evaluation ultimately will guide us in considering how we can lead and expand the transformation of learning and student success in the 21st century.
Another part of our transformative work includes taking on the challenges and opportunities identified by the Commission for the Next Generation of Faculty. We presented the Commission’s report in early September, and you can read the report, find a link to a recording of the presentation, and give feedback at
https://provost.gsu.edu/commission-report. We are currently working on identifying the members of the Implementation Steering Committee and preparing a climate survey to secure more detailed information about faculty life and experiences at Georgia State. More to come on this soon.
We’re continuing to pursue our strategic goals of expanding graduate and professional programs tailored to the needs of the workplace and the challenges of our society through our new Graduate School. Congratulations to Lisa Armistead on being named as dean. With her leadership, I look forward to strengthening our programs, attracting even stronger applicant pools, and providing enhanced support for our graduate students across campus.
I’m also happy to introduce you to a new series of faculty profiles. Each week during the semester, we will look at members of the Georgia State faculty who are making an impact in research, teaching and scholarship. You’ll find more information about our profile series, and links to faculty profiles, below.
We’ve kicked off our Women Inspire speaker series for the 2019-20 academic year, with a fascinating presentation by Tricia King, professor of clinical neurospsychology in Georgia State’s Department of Psychology and an associate member of the Neuroscience Institute. In the presentation, “Let’s Get Personal: Optimizing Outcomes in Pediatric Brain Tumor Survivors,” Dr. King presented her multi-method, interdisciplinary research of long-term tumor survivors. The video is included below.
You will also find information about ethics training, research news, the Virtual Exchange Initiative from the Office of International Initiatives and the Atlanta Global Studies Center, and training opportunities from the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and the Office of Faculty Affairs.
As always, thank you for the important work that you do day in and day out to make Georgia State University great. I look forward to seeing you around campus.
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Watch: View the Presentation About the Next Steps Following the Commission for the Next Generation of Faculty
- National Organizations Recognize Faculty Excellence and Leadership in STEM Education at Perimeter College
- Quality Enhancement Plan Fellows, Faculty Teaching Fellows Selected
- University System of Georgia Ethics Training Required by Nov. 30
- Watch Women Inspire: Tricia King Presents Research About Pediatric Brain Tumors
- Lisa Armistead Named Dean of the New Graduate School
- The Virtual Exchange Initiative: Call for Proposals
- International Education Week to be Held Nov. 18-22
- Faculty Development Opportunities from CETL and the Office of Faculty Affairs
- Faculty Opportunities from the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development
- Introduction to Faculty Spotlight
- Teaching Innovations in Geosciences: Ricardo Nogueira
- Addressing Transgender and Non-Binary Individuals’ Health, Societal Disparities: Kristie Seelman
NEWS FROM THE NEXT GENERATION PROGRAM
Watch: View the Presentation About the Next Steps Following the Commission for the Next Generation of Faculty
If you missed the Sept. 4 presentation of the report by the Commission for the Next Generation of Faculty, including the university’s next steps, the presentation is now online, along with the commission’s report and our next steps in pursuing the challenges and opportunities presented to Georgia State in addressing faculty diversity and inclusion in recruitment, hiring, retention, engagement and equity.
The presentation is available at https://provost.gsu.edu/commission-report/.
The commission was tasked with identifying the challenges and opportunities for addressing faculty diversity and inclusion, identifying best practices and making recommendations for new initiatives. Its work was focused on addressing a major goal of the university’s strategic plan, which states the university will be a “nationally recognized model for leadership in inclusion.”
As outlined at the presentation, the institution is implementing a three-pronged approach to improve faculty diversity that will address recruitment and hiring, retention and community building, and the expansion of the graduate degree pipeline. Some initiatives we will begin working on this fall include:
- Implementing mandatory training for search committees and department chairs on avoiding implicit bias and using targeted search techniques.
- Using data to inform our approach to recruiting and retention, implementing faculty tracking systems and administering regular climate surveys.
- Creating better support for faculty by establishing a comprehensive mentorship program and expanding our faculty development offerings.
- Exploring the creation of a new university research center.
- Expanding programming by the Center for the Advancement of Students and Alumni and other support for Ph.D. students and post-doctoral Fellows.
- Fostering accountability through enhanced communication with leadership and regular reporting to the university community.
As part of the university’s commitment to accountability in the process, the Provost’s Office has received nominations for faculty to serve on the Implementation Steering Committee and is working to select members of the committee. More news will be posted to https://provost.gsu.edu/ to share our progress as we move forward.
National Organizations Recognize Perimeter College Faculty Excellence and Leadership in STEM Fields
Top faculty at Perimeter College have been recognized for excellence and leadership in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields by national organizations, selected for significant fellowships and awards.
Cynthia Lester, Associate Dean for Computer Science, Mathematics and Engineering, was recently selected as a National STEM Fellow for the IAspire Leadership Academy, a program aimed at developing and training STEM faculty and administrators from underrepresented groups for senior leadership roles at college and universities. She is 1 of 20 individuals chosen for the National Science Foundation-affiliated program.
Dr. Lester’s life’s work of diversifying and increasing access to STEM has been significant. She has led in efforts to advance diversity and inclusion in STEM fields by numerous means, including efforts to secure more than $3.5 million in support for the college’s faculty, students and secondary school partnerships with a mission to expand the STEM pipeline and increase the number of students prepared for and enrolled in STEM degree programs and improving student success in STEM fields.
She also has encouraged students in other ways, such as taking a group of Georgia State engineering and computer science students to a recent National Society of Black Engineers Conference (NSBE) in August. It was the first time Perimeter College students were able to attend and compete there, where Perimeter’s students placed third in a Google Hackathon coding challenge, besting teams from engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Purdue, and the University of Southern California.
Andrea Hendricks, an Associate Professor of Mathematics and Associate Department Chair for Online Math and Computer Science, was selected by the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges as a 2019 Teaching Excellence Award recipient.
Associate Professor Hendricks’ award recognizes her outstanding contributions in mathematics education at Perimeter, where she has taught for more than 25 years. Selection for the award is based on instructional effectiveness and support of students, professional involvement and professional development activities, interaction with colleagues and service to the college and the community.
The award is given in odd-number years, and will be presented to her in November. She has authored or co-authored five textbooks primarily focused on developmental mathematics and a fully online interactive algebra textbook. She has also participated in University System of Georgia efforts to redesign an online pre-calculus course that led to higher pass rates throughout the USG.
Quality Enhancement Plan Fellows, Faculty Teaching Fellows Selected
Faculty in both fellowship programs were selected for their strong commitment to teaching and for the quality of their research proposals in the scholarship of teaching and learning.
QEP Fellows will focus on the College-to-Career initiative, the university’s QEP as required under SACSCOC’s reaffirmation of accreditation process. The initiative seeks to develop curricular enhancements that help students become aware of career competencies, connect those competencies to the work they do in the major, and demonstrate their proficiency of transferrable skills.
Faculty Teaching Fellows
Early Childhood and Elementary Education
Rachel Gurvitch Gurewicz
Kinesiology & Health
World Languages & Cultures
History and Political Science
University System of Georgia Ethics Training Required by Nov. 30
The University System of Georgia, and Georgia State University, are committed to the highest ethical and professional standards of conduct in pursuit of its mission to create a more educated Georgia. This mission demands integrity, good judgment, and dedication to public service by all members of the university community.
As required by the Board of Regents, all members of the University System of Georgia community – including Georgia State University faculty and staff – are required to participate in USG Ethics Policy Training.
This year, the USG has established a revised ethics policy training course. Training modules are available at https://gsu.catalog.instructure.com/ and must be completed by Nov. 30. To read more about the USG Ethics Policy visit the USG Policy Manual at https://www.usg.edu/policymanual/section8/C224/ (Section 188.8.131.52), and read more about policies at Georgia State by accessing the Faculty Handbook at https://faculty.gsu.edu/faculty-handbook/.
Watch Women Inspire: Tricia King Presents Research About Pediatric Brain Tumors
Tricia King, professor of clinical neurospsychology in Georgia State’s Department of Psychology and an associate member of the Neuroscience Institute, delivered the first Women Inspire lecture of the 2019-20 academic year on Sept. 23.
In the presentation, “Let’s Get Personal: Optimizing Outcomes in Pediatric Brain Tumor Survivors,” Dr. King presented her multi-method, interdisciplinary research of long-term tumor survivors. Her research seeks to optimize long-term outcomes, and to not only survive, but thrive, with projects aiming to accelerate advancements in precision medicine.
Women Inspire, hosted by the Office of the Provost, is a series of talks that showcase distinctive women from among Georgia State’s stellar faculty, leading administrators and distinguished alumni who are making a difference and are eager to share their stories to empower others.
You can watch the presentation here. If you cannot view the video, click here to watch.
A transcription of the presentation is available here (PDF opens in new window).
To watch past Women Inspire speakers, visit https://aofw.gsu.edu/women-inspire-speaker-series/.
Lisa Armistead Named Dean of the New Graduate School
Lisa Armistead been appointed the inaugural dean of the university’s Graduate School, established as part of strategic efforts to expand and strengthen graduate and professional programs at the institution.
Dr. Armistead has led the university’s graduate program initiatives since 2014 as associate provost for graduate programs.
The school will coordinate university-level policies related to graduate education. It will work to increase the number and quality of graduate students, enhance professional development opportunities for graduate students, boost financial support for graduate education and collaborate with the university’s colleges and schools to strengthen interdisciplinary academic programs.
Growing and strengthening graduate and professional programs is part of the university’s 2011-16/21 strategic plan, which has set the university’s trajectory for innovation in student success, graduate and professional programs, research, addressing the issues of modern cities and internationalization.
The Virtual Exchange Initiative: Call for Proposals
The Office of International Initiatives and the Atlanta Global Studies Center are seeking proposals from faculty to integrate Virtual Exchange activities into their course curriculum for courses taught during the spring 2020 or fall 2020 semesters.
Virtual exchange promotes the development of intercultural communicative competence in our university community and is an essential element in the development of globally competitive students.
The Virtual Exchange Initiative at Georgia State, also referred to as globally networked learning or collaborative online learning, is a teaching and learning paradigm that promotes the development of intercultural competence across shared multicultural learning environments.
Through the use of Internet-based tools and innovative online pedagogies, virtual exchange fosters meaningful exchanges between teachers and students with peers in geographically distant locations and from different lingua-cultural backgrounds.
Virtual exchange collaborations range from a shared discussion to a co-taught course. Whether a short-term project or a long-term collaboration, the exchange of cultures, backgrounds, languages, and experiences enhances the learning experience for our students.
Virtual Exchange Opportunities:
Virtual Exchange Curriculum Integration
Deadline: Oct. 25
Learn more and submit a proposal by clicking here.
Faculty Teaching and Learning Community on Virtual Exchange
Award(s): Up to $1000
Deadline: Oct. 25.
Learn more and submit a proposal by clicking here (opens as PDF).
Questions? Contact virtual exchange coordinator Nannette Commander at [email protected].
Learn more about Virtual Exchange by visiting https://international.gsu.edu/virtualexchange/.
Georgia State Celebrates 20th Anniversary of International Education Week Nov. 18-22
Georgia State University will celebrate the 20th anniversary of International Education Week (IEW) during the week of Nov. 18-22.
As a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education, the week celebrates the benefits of international education and exchange. Colleges, universities, high schools, and organizations are encouraged to host events that celebrate global education and foster cross-cultural understanding.
Colleges, schools and units will hold exciting and interesting signature events across the university’s campuses; events will be announced through college, school and unit websites, on their Twitter and Facebook pages, and through electronic display boards across campuses.
Keep an eye out for more information about these events, and learn more about International Initiatives at Georgia State by visiting https://international.gsu.edu.
Faculty Development and Award Opportunities from CETL and the Office of Faculty Affairs
The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning as well as the Office of Faculty Affairs are providing helpful development activities for Georgia State’s faculty, and are also seeking nominations for instructional awards.
Do you know a faculty member who is using exceptionally creative and effective methods to engage students in learning, using a novel strategy or tool to enhance learning or incorporating social justice themes in curriculum to help students develop complex views of citizenship and self? The Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning and Office of Faculty Affairs invite you to nominate faculty for these awards.
- Instructional Innovation Award
- Instructional Effectiveness Award
- Teaching for Social Justice and Democracy Award
Submit nominations by Dec. 9.
The Instructional Innovation Award recognizes and shares at the university level outstanding innovations in teaching that result in improved learning. This award recognizes innovative teaching practices designed to improve student learning in online, blended or face-to-face courses. Innovations may include any novel teaching strategy or tool designed to enhance student learning.
The Instructional Effectiveness Award recognizes an instructor who demonstrates a strong commitment to teaching and student success and shares at the university level outstanding approaches in instruction that are creative and effective in engaging students in the learning process.
The Teaching for Social Justice and Democracy Award recognizes and rewards instructors who integrate current social justice issues into their courses to better engage Georgia State students in order to help them to develop their social, emotional and expressive capacities. This award recognizes instructional strategies that have been used to successfully incorporate social justice themes into various disciplines and result in positive student outcomes.
To learn more about eligibility, criteria, and nomination requirements for these awards, visit https://cetl.gsu.edu/programs-grants-awards/georgia-state-university-system-opportunities/.
The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning is offering numerous workshops to help in faculty development. Some include:
Textual Borrowing: From Language Re-Use to Plagiarism
Thursday, Oct. 10 | noon to 1 p.m.
Transparent Methods in Teaching & Learning: How to TILT Your Assignments
Friday, Oct. 18 | 1 to 2 p.m.
Mastering Assessments (Fall 2019)
Monday, Oct. 21 | 8 a.m. (iCollege)
Responding to Failing Students
Wednesday, Oct. 30 | 10 to 11 a.m.
Monitoring Student Engagement in Active Learning Classrooms
Wednesday, Oct. 30 | noon to 1 p.m.
Developing Effective Communication with Students
Tuesday, Nov. 5 | 2 – 3 p.m.
Strategies for Managing the End-of-Semester Paper Load
Thursday, Nov. 7 | noon to 1 p.m.
College to Career Pedagogy Workshop: Including Career Competencies in Your Student Learning Outcomes
Monday, Nov. 11 | 10 to 11 a.m.
What’s up with my students? Issues with Student Motivation
Wednesday, Dec. 11 | noon to 1 p.m.
To learn more and for registration, visit https://cetl.gsu.edu/calendar/.
Perimeter College Faculty Development Day is back! CETL will offer a time and space to share teaching tips, skills, successes, and challenges from 8:15 a..m. to 3:45 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18 at the Clarkston Campus.
Faculty Development Day is a sharing session where faculty convene and share teaching and learning strategies, including what worked and what didn’t work in the classroom.
The Office of Faculty Affairs is offering information sessions about promotion and tenure for tenure-track faculty on Oct. 17 and Oct. 23.
These sessions will walk you through the various steps in the promotion and tenure process at Georgia State University. Senior faculty and administrators will their advice and tips for success. Office of Faculty Affairs staff will be present to answer any questions on process and procedure.
All sessions will be held at 350 Dahlberg Hall.
This session will provide familiarize faculty on the various steps in the promotion process. Senior faculty and administrators will provide advice on preparing compelling dossiers and successfully navigating the promotion process. Office of Faculty Affairs staff will be present to answer questions related to procedure.
All sessions will be held at 350 Dahlberg Hall.
New to Georgia State? Sign up for a New Faculty Community event in fall 2019. This optional programming is designed to familiarize new faculty with key offices at the university, introduce them to historic downtown Atlanta, and create opportunities to socialize with other new faculty and their families. More information on New Faculty Community events, including a registration link with information about dates for individual events this fall, is available at https://faculty.gsu.edu/for-new-faculty/. If you have questions, email [email protected].
We are happy to announce the annual call for proposals for Georgia State’s Research Initiation (RIG) and Scholarly Support internal grant programs, sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research. Application instructions and additional details are available in the Calls for Proposals on the Internal Grant Program webpage hosted on the University Research Services & Administration (URSA) website.
Grant applications for this round are due by 5 p.m. on:
- Jan. 14, 2020 for Scholarly Support proposals
- Jan. 15, 2020 for Research Initiation Grant proposals
URSA will host an informational session about these internal grant programs on Nov. 5 (details on the URSA online calendar). Faculty who wish to attend this session may register via the calendar link.
The purpose of the these two internal grant programs is to support new research (RIG) and other professional scholarly work (Scholarly Support) of our tenure-track and tenured faculty at Georgia State University. Basic eligibility requirements and restrictions are as follows:
- Only tenure-track or tenured faculty with research as >40% of their workload may apply
- Multi-PI applications may be submitted as long as primary PIs are all eligible
- Applicants may NOT submit more than one application per round (cannot submit both a RIG and SS proposal in the same round)
Projects must be completed within the July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021 fiscal year (FY 2021).
Faculty are invited to join their colleagues at two separate informational sessions featuring other faculty who have had experience obtaining grant awards from two federal agencies: the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Department of Education.
Lunch with the Pros: Tips to Successful NIH Grant Funding will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17 in Room 124 at the Petit Science Center. Registration is limited to faculty and there are a limited number of seats available.
Faculty will hear from a multi-disciplinary panel of senior Georgia State faculty who have experience obtaining NIH grant awards and reviewing NIH grant proposals. Faculty will learn from the insider’s perspective hearing helpful tips and advice on best practices for reaching out to NIH program officers, navigating the lesser-known NIH grant proposal hurdles, and developing proposals that interest reviewers. The format will include panelists sharing their hard-earned wisdom about the NIH proposal process, followed by a time for an audience Q&A.
To register, click here.
Coffee with the Pros: Tips to Successful U.S. Department of Education Grant Funding will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24 in Room 1030 of the College of Education & Human Development at 30 Pryor St. S.E.
Faculty will hear from a multi-disciplinary panel of senior Georgia State faculty who have experience obtaining U.S. Department of Education (DoED) grant awards and reviewing DoED grant proposals. Faculty will learn from the insider’s perspective hearing helpful tips and advice on best practices for navigating the lesser-known DoED grant proposal hurdles and developing proposals that interest reviewers. The format will include panelists sharing their hard-earned wisdom about the DoED proposal process, followed by a time for an audience Q&A.
To register, click here.
Contact [email protected] if you have any questions about these sessions.
Introducing Faculty Spotlight
The Office of the Provost is pleased to introduce a new series of profiles about faculty at Georgia State University. In this series, we will take a look at faculty across the institution who are helping to make Georgia State the institution that it has become: a premier research university that has created national models for student success, is growing an interdisciplinary and pioneering research profile, and is building innovation in teaching and learning. We hope that you enjoy reading this series.
You can always read the latest faculty profiles at https://provost.gsu.edu/category/faculty-profiles/. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us here.
Teaching Innovations in Geosciences: Ricardo Nogueira
Ricardo Nogueira seeks out technological innovations in his classroom in order to offer the best course and content to his students, and in the process better prepares them to be real-world critical thinkers.
Dr. Nogueira’s interest in climate began in his youth, growing up in Brazil. He attended the Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil, studying meteorology. It was here that he found his love for teaching.
“I began by teaching high school meteorology, but later started work as a weather channel meteorologist in broadcasting. We had segments on the show called ‘Meteorology A to Z.’” He said viewers could send in questions about anything related to meteorology, and he would explain concepts to them.
Read more by visiting: https://provost.gsu.edu/2019/09/03/georgia-state-lecturer-aims-to-innovate-how-a-weather-and-climate-course-prepares-students-to-think-critically/.
Addressing Health, Societal Disparities Affecting Transgender and Non-Binary Individuals: Kristie Seelman
Research by Kristie Seelman, Associate Professor of Social Work, focuses on the way gender connects with various social problems—and how society can work to better alleviate disparities regarding the LGBTQ+ community, as well as education and improvement on policies concerning transgender and non-binary persons.
One aspect of her research has examined trans men’s or transmasculine individuals’ experiences in healthcare settings, including how comfortable they feel in discussing issues with their health care providers, as well as how they are treated by providers.
“We’re looking at qualitative data from interviews with 25 transmen/transmasculine people, to look not only at the barriers of healthcare, but more specifically, strategies this group is using to overcome stigmas in the health care system.” Dr. Seelman said.
News from the Next Generation Program
Courtney Anderson: Health Law
Fresh out of college with her undergraduate degree, Courtney Anderson knew law school was the next step in her academic career. She attended Harvard Law School and graduated in 2006. Anderson then moved to Chicago to work in real-estate development and corporate real-estate issues from 2006 to 2010.
“A lot was going on with real-estate—it was doing really well, and then it crashed.” She said that in 2010, she left the firm she had been with and began pursuing her LL.M. as well as a clinical fellowship at Georgetown University in affordable housing and community development. As a fellow at the clinic, Anderson represented low-income tenants with transactions regarding their units.
“My experience with housing from a corporate perspective is what led me into affordable housing and community development—the role that housing plays in health and policy,” she said. Anderson saw the disparity within real-estate when working with both corporations and low-income tenants—specifically how difficult navigating housing and health issues can be for persons with lower incomes.
Creating mutations in a key Ebola virus protein that helps the deadly virus escape from the body’s defenses can make the virus unable to produce sickness and activate protective immunity in the infected host, according to a study by the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State University.
The mutated virus even works as a vaccine to protect animals from infection with the virulent Ebola virus, researchers said.
Christopher Basler, a Second Century Initiative faculty member, was senior author of the study, and is the director of the Center for Microbial Pathogenesis and a member of the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State.
Read more about the study here: https://news.gsu.edu/2019/09/17/biomedical-sciences-researchers-find-building-mutations-into-ebola-virus-protein-disrupts-ability-to-cause-disease-and-activates-protective-immunity/.
News from the Office of the Provost is a bimonthly e-newsletter highlighting news and activities in academic affairs at Georgia State University. For questions about the newsletter, email Jeremy Craig at [email protected].
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