Faculty Affairs Update – October 1


Dear faculty colleagues,

I am writing to share some updates related to health and safety measures for the campus as well as other faculty related matters.

Flexible teaching arrangements for spring 2022

If you have already received a flexible teaching modality through the university ADA Coordinators due to your own state of health / disability for this fall semester 2021, then please discuss with your department director and / or the dean if it is possible to extend this teaching modality for the spring semester 2022 .

Individual faculty members should submit their requests for new housing for their own medical conditions through the ADA accommodation process.

If you have already received a flexible teaching method because you live with a immunocompromised household member with one of the following medical conditions for this fall semester 2021, the faculty affairs team has already shared with you the steps necessary to extend this arrangement for the spring semester 2022. Medical conditions include:

  • Solid organ transplants or stem cell transplants;
  • Currently in a cycle of chemotherapy or cancers associated with an immune deficiency (leukemia and lymphomas);
  • Chronic inflammatory diseases treated with systemic corticosteroid therapy> 20 mg prednisone per day, immunomodulatory drugs and / or biological agents;
  • Primary immunodeficiency disorders;
  • Immune deficiencies due to HIV infection;
  • Sickle cell disease; Where
  • Surgical asplenia

If you are looking for a flexible teaching modality for the spring semester 2022 because you are now living with an immunocompromised household member with any of the above medical conditions, then you should use this connect to start the application process.

Call for applications – 2021 Provost early-career cohort research grants

The Provost’s Office is accepting applications for the Provost’s 2021 Early Career Cohort Research Fellowships. The objective of this program is to help departments explore new recruitment models that: (1) identify promising and talented candidates from atypical backgrounds and (2) invest in their career development and professional growth. The goal of this initiative is to increase the number of faculty who will advance UT Austin’s critical goals of diversity, equity and inclusion by attracting and hiring candidates with outstanding academic records, as well as knowledge and experience of diversity, equity and / or inclusion issues and practices.

If your department is interested in applying to participate in this program, you can apply and find more information here.

Promotion (and tenure) briefings – Dell Med

The Faculty Affairs team and members of the President’s Committee will host a Dell Med Promotion and Tenure briefing to provide an opportunity to share advice and answer faculty questions related to promotion and tenure. .

Wednesday November 17 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Join the Zoom meeting


Meeting number: 994 7890 9263

Presentation of the Vice-Rector, Faculty Development

The Faculty Affairs team is delighted to welcome Dr. Alison Preston to a new role focused on faculty development. As Senior Vice-President, Faculty Development, Dr. Preston will create and administer faculty development initiatives, programs and resources in addition to building on existing programs. She will be responsible for the initiative for the Faculty Talent Development component of the university’s new strategic planning process, with a particular focus on resource conservation supporting faculty mentorship and leadership development. Dr. Preston began some of this collaborative work in her role as Acting Vice President for Research, liaising with the Faculty Affairs team to brainstorm ideas for faculty development. In her new role, Dr. Preston will expand these ideas and collaborations to access feedback from groups of faculty whose missions touch upon faculty development, including the Office of the Vice-President, Faculty Diversity, Boards of equity, the Faculty Innovation Center and Associate Deans of Faculty Affairs in Colleges and Schools, among others.

Charlotte Canning appointed Special Consultant to the Vice-President of Student Affairs for Faculty Relations

Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Soncia Reagins-Lilly is pleased to announce the appointment of Charlotte Canning as Special Consultant to the Vice President of Student Affairs on Faculty Relations for the Years academic 2021-2022 to 2023-24. She will help define the role of faculty in the student leadership process and enhance potential faculty opportunities in the larger Division of Student Affairs. She will also develop methodologies to increase faculty collaboration and engagement in addressing academic integrity issues. To meet the varied needs and experiences of university professors, it will recruit the contribution and participation of professors. Teachers are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities as they arise.

Changes to the COVID-19 notification process

As a reminder, the notification process has changed when someone in a class tests positive for COVID-19. Previously, students and instructors in the positive case class were notified whether or not they were considered close contacts. The university has found, however, that the advice many people receive through these notifications is the same as the advice given to everyone in the community, regardless of their exposure – test weekly, wear a mask indoors, get vaccinated, social distancing where possible. Due to the redundancy, they changed the process so that only close contacts are notified.

Reminder of the zoom retention policy

From September 30, all meetings or webinar recordings recorded on Zoom Cloud storage will be kept in Zoom Cloud for 365 days, after which the recordings will be deleted from Zoom Cloud.

Any recordings already on Zoom Cloud for 365 days or more when the policy goes into effect on September 30 will also be deleted. After the recordings are deleted, users have 24 hours to retrieve the recordings and return the video files to the Zoom cloud. Links to deleted records will no longer be valid. This a message from ITS has more information on the change.

Acceptance of applications – Teaching award

Faculty teaching price

I would like to thank the important contributions of the Faculty’s first Teaching Awards Selection Committee who worked very hard to review existing nomination and application processes, made recommendations for process improvement, and implemented changes as of this fall semester. The call for nominations for various Faculty Teaching Awards is already posted and can be viewed here. Please use these opportunities to recognize teaching excellence and the contributions of your professional, full and full professors. You can share your questions with the faculty awards staff using this email address.

Please continue to view our Faculty FAQ page and the Protect Texas Together website for the latest information and advice. For any questions regarding faculty, please contact the Faculty Affairs team.

Stay well,

Tasha Beretvas


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