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VPR Campus Satellite Office: 6th floor Dow

The Vice President for Research (VPR) is piloting a satellite office on campus.  Jennifer Bukovich from the Sponsored Programs Office (SPO) and Christopher Stancher from the Sponsored Programs Accounting (SPA) Office are housed on the 6th Floor of the Dow Environmental Sciences & Engineering Building to support faculty and staff in areas related to sponsored programs.

The location of the satellite office provides faculty and staff in the College of Engineering, College of Science and Arts and the School of Technology with direct and convenient access to SPO and SPA.  While on campus, SPO, SPA and the representatives will assess the needs for administrative support related to sponsored programs and provide suggestions on how those needs can be met.

The VPR Office is extremely excited about this opportunity to be located on-campus and looks forward to the personal interaction this location will provide.  For assistance, please stop by rooms 616 and 617 of the Dow Building during normal office hours.

For questions regarding this pilot, please contact Lisa Jukkala in SPO at 487-2226 or Tammy LaBissoniere in SPA at 487-2244.

Strategic Plan Open Comment Period Ending Sept. 22

This academic year, the process of revising the Strategic Plan will begin. The Strategic Plan describes the priorities for the next five years that must be addressed in order to advance toward the Portrait of 2045.

Suggestions and comments are welcome and your feedback is anonymous. If you would like to leave feedback, you can do so at the following link: Strategic Plan Feedback or visit the Strategic Plan webpage.

The open comment period will end at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22. Comments that are posted can be viewed at the bottom link of the Strategic Plan webpage.

National Defense Magazine: FYIs related to future research directions

Air Force Wants to Shorten Next-Gen Fighter’s Development Timeline
The Air Force is beginning to explore what a possible new fighter jet would look like, and requested about $295 million in the fiscal year 2018 presidential budget for technologies for a penetrating counter-air capability. The next-generation air dominance platform could serve as a replacement for Lockheed Martin’s F-22 Raptor. A senior service official said he wants to shorten and simplify the development timeline. FULL STORY HERE

Air Force Developing New Science and Technology Strategy
The Air Force is embarking on a year-long effort to revamp its science-and-technology strategy, Secretary Heather Wilson announced. FULL STORY HERE

Early Term Class Surveys should be done this week or next

I want to remind everyone of the POLICY ON EARLYTERM CLASS SURVEYS (Senate Policy 505.1) and ask that all faculty solicit early feedback from their students by circulating a very brief survey containing the following three simple questions. 
1. What about this course, or my teaching, is helping you to learn?
2. What could I change about this course, or my teaching, that would improve your learning?
3. How can we (you as a student and I as the instructor) improve the classroom environment to make this class more inclusive?

The survey should be administered during fourth or fifth week of classes. Many instructors choose to administer the survey during the last ten minutes of a class session. Faculty may add additional questions to the survey to elicit student opinions on particular attributes of the course, e.g., course materials, teaching methods, presentation style, pedagogical methods, etc.
Note: This survey can be easily administered through Canvas, and is included as part of every University Canvas course!  

To use the Canvas-based survey, instructors need only click on “Quizzes” to see the unpublished survey.  They can add available and due dates before publishing the survey, and are welcome to add/remove questions by  creating a similar survey of their own design.   Faculty unsure about this process are encouraged to stop by walk-in hours in the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (Library 219) from 10-Noon and 1-4 PM Monday through Friday for assistance.

Thank you for your attention.


Dr. Jacqueline E. Huntoon, PhD, PG
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Drug Discovery and Development via Rational Design Seminar on 9/28

We have invited Dr. Chang-Guo Zhan to give a talk “Drug Discovery and Development via Rational Design” next Thursday (9/28, 3-4pm, EERC 229).
Dr. Zhan is an Endowed Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Director of Molecular Modeling and Biopharmaceutical Center in the College of Pharmacy, University of Kentucky. He also serves as Director of Chemoinformatics and Drug Design Core of the Center at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Zhan’s main research interest is drug design, discovery, and development through integrated computational-experimental studies. He has been very successful in securing nationally competitive research funding, including more than $20M from the NIH and NSF as PI. He has actively served as a reviewer of grant proposals for NIH, NSF, DOE, and many other foundations.
He will be available to meet you anytime on Thursday except 12-1pm (lunch with graduate students) and 3-4pm (seminar). Please let me know your available time if you are interested in meeting him.
Thank you,

Zoom Training Seminar 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28 in Fisher 138.

We will be having another Zoom Training Seminar next Thursday that all are welcome to attend. Zoom is our newest web conferencing solution for the campus community. This new tool, which replaces GoToMeeting, is an easy way to collaborate on and off campus with colleagues and students.

Michigan Tech IT will conduct another Zoom training session. A Zoom representative will cover all aspects of this new tool. Join us from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28 in Fisher 138.

You may attend the web conference from your own computer at 2 clicking here. This is limited to 500 online participants.

If you happen to miss it, this training will be recorded and made available soon. If you have any questions regarding Zoom or this scheduled web conference, contact us at

Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) Sessions

Editor’s Note: Each Friday during fall semester, the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) will post a short note highlighting a teaching resource or event intended to help instructors teach better.

This week, I want to draw your attention to a new award and event series that will be offered throughout fall semester so that you can mark your calendars.

The first CTL Instructional Award Presentation Series will take place as follows:

  • Sept. 26, 10 a.m.:  Curriculum Development and Assessment:  Tara Bal – School of Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences
  • Oct. 10, 1 p.m.:  Innovative or Out of Class Teaching:  Don Lafreniere – Social Sciences
  • Nov. 30 (time TBD): Large Class Instruction:  Glen Archer, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Each recipient will make a 30-45 minute presentation, sharing the work they are doing that has drawn this recognition. Following each presentation, each will be formally recognized and will subsequently receive $1000 in additional compensation. Registration information for these events will be forthcoming.

Here’s some background for those interested. Until several years ago, the Fredrick D. Williams Award for Teaching Innovation was given to a single instructor who was bringing new technologies or teaching methods to campus.   With the implementation of Canvas and the push for blended learning, the award was discontinued mostly because there was so much innovation happening in so many places, it would have been extremely difficult—and maybe inappropriate—to single anyone out.

At the same time, academic leadership continues to recognize that eligibility for our main teaching awards (nomination to the Academy of Teaching Excellence) tend to be driven mostly by student feedback—which is great.

But other instructional contributions, by their nature, are unlikely to be rewarded through that process.   We need to recognize not only instructors who are trying something really new, but also teachers in large classes (where student evaluations are known to be lower), and those that do the behind-the-scenes work of curriculum innovation and assessment.

During spring 2017, academic deans were encouraged to recognize instructors making contributions in these areas as part of the Deans’ Teaching Showcase.

CTL and Provost’s office members then selected Tara, Glen and Don to make presentations from a pool composed of the Showcase and those nominated to the Academy of Teaching Excellence.

We hope to make this an annual cycle, both recognizing a broader set of important instructional contributions while sharing best practices across campus.

We hope you’ll make plans to attend as many of these presentations as your schedule allows.