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News and Highlights for Faculty & Staff on the Urbana-Champaign Campus  |  April 2017

Immigration Updates

Public Affairs has updated the website with information about the H1B visa situation. They also have created a passport-sized emergency information card for international travelers. If you would like a copy or a supply for your unit, please contact Robin Kaler.

Updated Provost Communication #9: Promotion and Tenure

Provost Communication #9: Promotion and Tenure has been updated and will be available on the Provost’s Office website after the completion of the current Promotion & Tenure cycle (May 1, 2017).  Below is a summary of edits to this policy.

  • New recommendations for preparation of the dossier
  • Voting options for faculty limited to yes, no, recused
  • Requirement of at least five letters of evaluation for each candidate
  • New process for “early” promotion of an assistant professor

If you have questions regarding this or other Provost Communications, please contact Abbas Benmamoun, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Academic Policies.

Student Learning Outcomes Assessment due May 1, 2017

In January 2017, the provost sent a request to all undergraduate academic programs asking them to submit information on learning outcomes assessment activities, using a template created by the campus Council for Learning Outcomes Assessment (C-LOA). Several workshops have been offered this spring, and one additional Working Brown Bag session will be held at noon on April 21. This Working Brown Bag will provide the opportunity for faculty and staff who lead assessment in their unit to discuss their assessment plans with peers and campus assessment experts. To learn more about the workshop, go to this link, and to learn more about the assessment work that is due by May 1, go to this link.

Grand Challenge Learning

Grand Challenge Learning courses are collaborative communities made up of students from all over campus. With enrollment limits of 20-25 students, each course fulfills one or more "Gen Eds" while focusing on one of three pathways: Health, Inequality, and Sustainability. For Fall 2017, GCL is offering 7 sections of our 100-level courses, which feature experiential learning. We are also offering 3 Critical Frameworks (200-level) courses, each co-taught by up to five faculty from across campus. These courses help students make connections across many disciplines. See more at our updated website.

International Student and Scholar Services 35 (ISSS35)

In order to better serve the university community and enhance the overall student experience, ISSS has implemented ISSS35.  This program is all-encompassing with 35 events addressing four district areas: American Culture, Cross-Cultural Connections, Community Connects and Immigration Issues.  These categories incorporate educational, social, and cultural exchange themes.   Over 3000+ students are expected to have participated by the end of spring 2017.  Additional information can be found here  

Celebrating Academic Excellence

Celebrating Academic Excellence is an annual spring event co-hosted by the Offices of the Chancellor and Provost to recognize scholarly achievements bestowed on faculty during the previous year.

This year’s event was held Tuesday evening, March 28, 2017, at the I Hotel and Conference Center. More than 250 faculty members were recognized for their recent awards and honors. To learn more about the Celebrating Academic Excellence program, including viewing the program brochure for this and previous years, visit the Provost’s website.

Awards and Honors

We invite you to visit the Spotlight page on the Provost’s Office website to read about some of the recent awards and other honors of our faculty.

Have you recently won an award? We’d like to know! To notify our office of a recent award or honor, please use this online form or email

Other Resources

Campus Strategic Plan • Campus Academic Calendar • Campus News

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