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Office of the Provost

Nominations and Applications are solicited for the Provost Fellow for 2016-2017 Public Affairs

Applications due Friday, April 24

The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce that the Public Affairs theme for the 2016–2017 academic year will be Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness: Perspectives on Democracy. In order to allow for better planning and preparation, we have selected the theme early and are now accepting nominations and applications for the Provost Fellow for Public Affairs for 2016–2017. The selected Fellow will “shadow” Provost Fellow, Dr. Elizabeth Dudash-Buskirk, in order to better understand the planning process of the Public Affairs Conference.

The Office of the Provost welcomes applications and nominations for a Provost Fellow who will be responsible for refining this theme, developing and promoting related activities and serve as the chair of the 2017 Public Affairs Conference. The person selected will receive a one course reassignment per semester (total of 6 hours) and an $8,000 stipend. Although the appointment will be for one year, the person selected will be asked to shadow the 2015–2016 Provost Fellow in order to gain an understanding of the full responsibilities of the position.

Individuals wishing to be considered for this position should submit a CV and letter of interest outlining their experience, skills and ideas to Dr. Rachelle Darabi, Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 24. Questions concerning this position should be directed to Dr. Rachelle Darabi.

View campus memo for call for Provost Fellow for Public Affairs

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Blackboard’s Collaborate Resources and Training


If you are wanting to know more about the Collaborate web conferencing platform and how to incorporate Collaborate sessions in your course, Computer Services provides many resources and training opportunities. In fact, training sessions are offered year-round, and include in-person, virtual classroom, and self-paced video course formats.

Learn more about Collaborate

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FCTL Events


Monday-morning-mentor-cupMonday Morning Mentor Series

How Can I Use Student Feedback to Improve My Teaching?

A new program begins Monday, April 6

Student evaluations can affect promotions, tenure decisions, and departmental dynamics. This program will show you how you can employ student feedback to hone your teaching, improve student learning, and create a more positive classroom environment.

To access the Monday Morning Mentor programs, email the FCTL or call 836-3059.

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Computer Services Presents the Blackboard Spotlight: Working with Grade Center Columns

You’re able to create a variety of columns in Blackboard’s Grade Center, but it’s not always necessary. That’s because if you utilize any of Blackboard’s built in assessment tools (Assignments, Tests, Discussion Boards, Blogs, Journals, etc…) and assign a grade to that work, that column is created for you! Along with creating columns for an assignment, there are several “total” columns that can be created as well. You can use these columns to:

  • Calculate the total grade
  • Weight grades by column, category, or both
  • Calculate the average grade
  • Calculate a minimum or maximum grade

If you’d like to learn about working with assignment or total columns in Blackboard, register for the upcoming “Blackboard Learn: Monitoring Student Activity and Performance” class through My Learning Connection or check out these articles in Experts. If you need assistance using the Grade Center, please don’t hesitate to contact the Computer Services Help Desk.

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