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Aug. 15-16, 2017

First Day - Aug. 15

Faculty Center Assembly Room, John Peace Library, 4th Floor (JPL 4.04.22)

8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast and Professional Portraits
9:00 – 9:05 Welcome
Dr. Jesse T. Zapata, Senior Vice Provost for Academic & Faculty Support
9:05 – 9:35 Introduction of New Faculty
9:35 – 9:50 Welcome to New Faculty
Dr. Pedro Reyes, UTSA President Ad Interim
9:50 – 10:15 Overview of Orientation; Role of Faculty at UTSA
Dr. Mauli Agrawal, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
10:15 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 11:30 

Dr. Bernard Arulanandam, Interim Vice President for Research
Dr. Can Saygin, Associate Vice President for Sponsored Projects Administration
Dr. Michelle Stevenson, Associate Vice President for Research Integrity
Jaclyn Shaw, Director for Research Support
Sarah Hada, VPR Communications Coordinator

In the drive to become a Tier One Research University, faculty play a vital role in moving UTSA towards this goal. The Office of the Vice President for Research exists to support research engaged faculty in their effort to build and maintain successful research programs. The Vice President for Research will provide an overview of the research vision and the core functions, resources and faculty support that are embedded at UTSA.

Regent's Room, Main Building 3.106

11:45 - 1:00 Lunch - What I Wish I Had Known My First Year at UTSA
A Conversation with Second-Year Faculty

Faculty Center Assembly Room, John Peace Library, 4th Floor (JPL 4.04.22)

1:15 – 2:00

How Faculty Help UTSA Students Succeed
Dr. Rhonda Gonzales, Associate Vice Provost of Strategic Initiatives
Dr. Heather Shipley, Interim Vice Provost and Dean of University College
Dr. Tammy Wyatt, Associate Vice Provost for Student Success

UTSA has implemented many initiatives designed to help our students complete their degrees in four years under the umbrella of the Coordinated and Linked Approach to Student Success (CLASS). The majority of our students come from under-represented populations and a large number are the first in their family to attend college. In this session, three UTSA faculty members will describe some of these initiatives and provide their insights into how you can best foster UTSA students' success.

2:00 - 2:25

Faculty Involvement
Dr. Johnelle Sparks, Associate Professor

This session will focus on service responsibilities and managing time as a new faculty member on campus. There will be a discussion of faculty governance and service opportunities. Time will be given for questions on balancing these types of responsibilities while doing research and teaching.

2:25 - 3:05

Digital Measures - Your Online Career Portfolio
Dr. Steve Wilkerson, Associate Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness

UTSA faculty members, use the Digital Measures online database to document professional achievements. This system offers a rich variety of screens in which you can provide details about your accomplishments: your classes and teaching, your research and creative contributions, your service, community involvement, consulting, etc. You will use Digital Measures each year to generate your official UTSA curriculum vitae and your Annual Report. You should use the Report to explain how work in any of the above areas furthered UTSA's vision to become a Tier One university. Your Department Faculty Review Advisory Committee and department chair review the report to evaluate your accomplishments for the year. The chair's evaluation is used to determine merit salary increases. Archived Annual Reports provide valuable information to use when you apply for tenure and/or promotion.

3:05 - 3:20 Break
3:20 – 4:30

Promotion and Tenure at UTSA
3:20 – 3:35: An Overview of the Promotion and Tenure Process
Dr. Mauli Agrawal, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
3:35 – 4:05: Panel Presentation by Recently Tenured UTSA Faculty
4:05 - 4:30: Question & Answer Round Robin Session

4:30 - 5:00

Library Resources
Dean Hendrix, Dean of UTSA Libraries

This session will introduce you to two of UTSA's most valuable resources for faculty. The Faculty Center is a centralized hub for faculty professional development. With both a physical and virtual presence, the Center serves as a clearinghouse for faculty-related information, services, and workshops, pulling together opportunities from a number of university offices under one convenient umbrella. The UTSA Libraries offers you information resources for your teaching and research, but so much more! Learn how your librarian can serve as your partner in preparing your students for academic success, and as a collaborator on your special projects.

5:00 - 6:00

Provost's Reception in the Faculty Center

Second Day - Aug. 16

Faculty Center Assembly Room, John Peace Library, 4th Floor (JPL 4.04.22)

8:30 – 9:30


9:30 – 11:30

Beaks Up! Speak Up! Faculty Role in Addressing Mental Health and Sexual Violence on Campus
Dr. Melissa Hernandez, Associate Director of Counseling Services
Donna Edmondson, Academic Affairs Ombudsperson

11:30 – 11:35


11:35 – 11:50

An Informational Resource to Problem Solving: Meet Your Ombuds!
Donna Edmondson, Academic Affairs Ombudsperson
Carol Gonzalez, Student Affairs Ombudsperson

11:50 – 12:00

Boxed lunches from Jason's Deli will be provided.

12:00 – 1:00

Teaching & Learning Services and OIT
Dr. Mary Dixson, Associate Vice Provost, Teaching and Learning Services
Marcela Ramirez, Director of Online Learning
Claudia Arcolin, Senior Instructional Designer
Melissa Padalecki, Instructional Designer
Dustin Barrows, Manager, Learning Technologies

Join us for an introduction to the support services provided by UTSA Teaching and Learning Services and The Office of Information Technology. Learn about faculty development opportunities, technology in the classroom, teaching online, and much more.