Academic Affairs

Text: Provost's Perspectives, An Update from Provost Sheerer

March 17, 2017                                                              NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE

Dear Colleagues,

The spring semester is well on its way, and warm weather and flowers should finally be here to stay! Before we know it, commencement will be upon us as we watch yet another group of students complete their studies at UNCW. Faculty and staff should feel so proud of all the excellent teaching, research and applied learning that these students have experienced

Spring Faculty Meeting Scheduled April 5

This spring's faculty meeting will feature two faculty speakers and we will also take time to recognize our retiring faculty. 2016 Board of Trustees Teaching Excellence Award recipient, Carrie Clements, will discuss her research findings while 2016 Distinguished Faculty Scholar, Amy Kirschke, will share her thoughts on World War I and the Black Press, "Yet a Shameful Country." Punch and cookies will be provided at the meeting on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 4 p.m. in Bryan Auditorium, Morton Hall, Room 100—hope to see you there!

Erroneous Feb. 21 UNCW Alert Message Regarding Active Shooter

Please be aware that the University Police Department (UPD) and the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) have come together quickly to enact particular responses to the above situation and are engaged in ongoing dialogues with the Cabinet on the topics of campus safety and employee training. Listed below are some of the actions in progress:

  • Emergency posters in all classrooms
  • Coordination of designated building monitors
  • Lock-ability of classroom doors
  • Review of all messaging around alerts and alarms
  • Active-shooter response drills, awareness and education materials
  • Open forums and campus-wide training sessions. These are being offered in Lumina Theater. (The same information is being offered during each session.)

-Monday, April 17, 2-4 p.m.
-Tuesday, April 18, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
-Monday, April 24, 10-noon and 2-4 p.m.
-Tuesday, April 25, 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.

The safety of our campus is of primary importance to all of us, and we are working to improve our entire system of responses. If you have specific suggestions around this broader issue, please contact Stan Harts in EH&S or Chief Donaldson at the UPD.

Optimized Scheduling

Registrar Jonathan Reece is chairing the “Optimized Academic Scheduling Task Force,” which is focused primarily on the centralized scheduling of large classrooms. The DRAFT timeline is as follows:

  • May 2017 – Present a plan to the provost
  • August – September 2017 – Registrar and faculty rep visit each academic department to explain the model
  • September 2017 – Faculty Senate review
  • Feb – March 2018 – Span of time for departmental schedule builder edits
  • February 5, 2018 – Schedule building begins
  • February 9, 2018 – Classes are visible
  • March 16, 2018 – Schedule Builder Access is switched from “maintenance” to “view only”
  • April 9, 2018 – Registration opens to students
  • August 22, 2018 – Classes begin

Retention Funding

UNC General Administration has informed us that their retention fund is again available. This means that we can propose using some of those resources to help retain a faculty member who has an outside offer. The deans have been informed of the availability of this fund

OLLI - Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

As many of you are aware, we are fortunate to have a number of faculty teaching classes to OLLI participants throughout the year. And while we are pleased with the current situation, we’d like to see many more of our faculty providing this instruction. Feedback from OLLI members is very positive about the current faculty who teach there, and they want more! If you are interested in participating in this excellent outreach program for the senior citizens of Wilmington and beyond, please contact Shelley Morse to inquire as to how and when you can get involved.

Response to a Question

Recently, I was asked how a department could present a rationale for a new hire. Here were the five variables that I suggested should be addressed in a proposal:

    1. Calculate the current picture of the department and programs as shown through the 12-cell matrix.
    2. Show the unique characteristics of the department/program which would document the need for more faculty. 
    3. Present current faculty workloads specifically for each faculty member, including overloads.
    4. Discuss expansion plans. 
    5. Define what kind of expertise might still be needed in the department.

Best wishes to you all as we head into the last half of spring semester.


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Marilyn Sheerer
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs