CLASS Notes, October 25, 2016
This last week was Leadership Weekend at the university. Our CLASS Advisory Council was in town; what a great group! We had several events with them, including a day-long meeting on Friday and some department visits. I want to share with you our discussion. We talked about our progress on enrollment. They were so excited to know that we have the largest freshman class in at least five years. They were impressed with the steady growth of research grant applications and with total research expenditures. We are making significant progress there. And, they were enthusiastic about the new academic programs that we are launching and planning to launch over the next few years. Finally, we discussed the CLASS Strategic Plan. I shared with them the draft document. Its bold vision is both exhilarating and a bit awe-inspiring. It’s comforting to know that we have about ten years to accomplish the goals that we have set out. Moreover, the Advisory Council members have offered their unflinching support. Over the coming years, they will provide advice and active support as we grow our enrollments, advance our research, become more engaged in the state, and become a more deeply diverse community. I want you to know how much the Advisory Council members respect your hard work and your willingness to envision and create a brighter, more dynamic future in CLASS and at the University of Idaho.
Associate Dean Searches
The Dean’s Office is being reorganized, including the creation of two associate dean positions in order to better align our administrative structure with the new strategic plan. For the next few years, our college will focus much of its work on the university’s Strategic Plan goals of “Innovate" and “Transform." These associate dean positions are focused squarely on that work to expand our graduate programs, to increase our research profile, and to enroll and retain more students.
Please share the below job descriptions with your faculty, tenured and clinical. Please let Dean Kersten know if you have any questions or comments. The review of applications will begin on Nov. 7. Search committee members include Brian Ellison, Kristi Overfelt, Ro Afatchao, Rachel Halverson and Jennie Hall.
New Summer Funding Opportunity!
The College of Education and the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences have come together to provide faculty teams up to $5,000 to collaborate on a summer research or creative project. Teams including faculty from both colleges are encouraged to collaborate in order to create a sustainable research or creative project. The deadline for proposals is Nov. 1, 2016, with projects to be completed over summer 2017. Learn more about your colleagues across both colleges and go to the Yellowdig board developed to encourage faculty from both colleges to find common interests and begin thinking about ways to collaborate. If you would like to be added to the Yellowdig conversation, email Traci Craig (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please visit the CLASS Funding Opportunities page to learn more about this and other grants in the college.
CLASS Curriculum Committee
The CLASS Curriculum Committee will meet weekly through the semester. Once your department has approved a curricular change, please email your forms to Traci Craig at email@example.com. Forms for new programs and deadlines for different curricular processes can be found on the provost's website. Please plan to submit any curricular changes early, so that the committee can work through changes in advance of the UCC deadlines. Course changes, curriculum changes, adding/dropping minors, options or emphases or name changes are part of Group A and B and are due by December 15. Note that some proposals must go through several committees after CCC, so please plan to submit earlier rather than later.
The McClure Center and School of Journalism and Mass Media will offer two legislative internship positions for CLASS students interested in reporting on government and public issues. Interns will be based in Boise while the Idaho legislature is in session. See Details.
Idaho Public Television Video Archiving Internship
Interns in the Video Archiving position will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in video preservation through ingesting and cataloging some of Idaho Public Television’s archival video materials into their new Video Asset Management System. Interested students should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for complete information.
Breaking Barriers Summit
On Oct. 11, the Center for Local Government Research and Outreach, Univeristy of Idaho Boise and CLASS presented the Breaking Barriers Summit down in Boise. Approximately 80 attendees heard from City of Boise Mayor David Bieter and CLASS faculty members Brian Ellison, Manoj Shrestha, Juliet Carlisle, Florian Justwan and Bert Baumgaertner, as well as economics professor Eric Stuen. The Idaho Business Review was on site and wrote an article about this successful collaboration. Read the article. Congratulations to Brian and the whole team for such a successful summit!
ISO: Student Stories for CLASS/Department Web
The CLASS Marketing and Communications team is looking for more student stories to tell, especially the stories related to ANY of the following:
- Sophomores and juniors from the state of Idaho
- Students who may not be involved in clubs, organizations, research or extra activities, but who are finding success at UI
- Students whose stories have a global aspect or impact
- Students who have had to overcome some adversity in their UI experience (first generation, came back after reinstatement, etc.)
- Students doing outreach activities (internships, field experience, travel abroad)
If you know of someone whose story might fit into one of these areas, please email Kathy Foss at email@example.com with the student’s name, year and why their story is of interest.
Juliet Carlisle – CAES Energy Policy Institute Affiliate of the Year
Congratulations to Juliet Carlisle, assistant professor of political science, for being named CAES Energy Policy Institute Affiliate of the Year. “She is an exceptionally collaborative and productive research affiliate, having recently authored five peer-reviewed journal articles from EPI’s Sunshot PVMapper project and an LDRD on high voltage electric transmission siting,” said David Solan, EPI Director and CAES Associate Director. “For both projects, Juliet was the lead on survey research and a key team member.” Congratulations, Juliet!
Learn more about Grant Funding
CLASS faculty are invited to attend an information session about external and internal funding opportunities and processes on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. in the Crest Room of the Commons. The session will be geared toward new faculty and faculty new to the process of seeking funding, though everyone is welcome! This is also a great opportunity to learn more about the people on campus who can help you find funding for the important work you do.
- Sarah Koerber, Proposal Development Specialist, will address how to identify funding opportunities and proposal development.
- Suzanne Aaron, Sponsored Program Administrator, will explain the role of OSP in helping faculty navigate the proposal submission process.
- Debbie Hornbuckle, Grants Manager, will provide information about funding opportunities through corporations and foundations.
- Alisa Goolsby, Business Operations Analyst and Affirmative Action Coordinator, will review the role of the CLASS budget office.
- Traci Craig, CLASS Associate Dean, will discuss internal funding opportunities and the role of the Associate Dean in helping faculty navigate these processes.
Distinguished Visiting Writer Benjamin Busch
Distinguished Visiting Writer Benjamin Busch will give a craft talk on Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 4-5 p.m. in the Forge Theatre; his public reading will be on Oct. 26 at 7:30 at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre. Busch is the author of the acclaimed memoir, Dust to Dust (Ecco), and his essays have appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine and NPR’s All Things Considered. He has been honored with the James Dickey Prize for Poetry and his poems have appeared in many journals and magazines.
Dates and Deadlines
Last film in the Palouse French Film Festival, Mon amie Victoria (My Friend Victoria), October 25 at the Kenworthy
Academic Success Fair – Whitewater/Clearwater room, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., October 26
Deadline to withdraw October 28
Registration opens November 7
Group A and B changes for CLASS Curriculum Committee due December 15