December 2017

Dear colleagues,

I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends, and as we head into the semester homestretch and the holiday season, I want to take the opportunity to wish you a refreshing and joyful break. We have a lot to be proud of right now at Marquette, and I’m looking forward to all that we will accomplish together in the new year.

In this fifth edition of the POST, we have news on the new core curriculum; the Marquette Forum; the governance structure to support our strategic plan, Beyond Boundaries; information on Graduate Student Week; and numerous other opportunities for faculty enrichment.

I hope you continue to find these “short takes” helpful and informative.

Thank you for all you do for Marquette!

-Dan Myers, Provost

Core Curriculum

The Marquette Core Curriculum process is moving along successfully with the support of departments, faculty and administrators from across campus. The first round of course reviews for foundation courses, discovery tier courses and writing intensive courses will be complete by Dec. 10. In the spring, the Core Curriculum Implementation Committee will accept proposals for second-level ESSV courses and new discovery courses. Training and information sessions for advisers will be scheduled throughout the Spring semester. Details can be found on the Core Revision website. Email Dr. Sarah Feldner, director of the Marquette Core Curriculum, for more information.

Marquette Forum: Health Equity

This year’s forum focuses on the theme “Fractured: Health and Equity,” and has hosted a range of conversations on building healthy neighborhoods, addressing toxic stress and trauma in Milwaukee, and translating global health experiences to Milwaukee. Forum events, which are designed to engage students, faculty, staff and the Greater Milwaukee community, are posted on the website on an ongoing basis. Dr. David R. Williams of the Harvard University T. H. Chan School of Public Health will offer a distinguished lecture on March 27, 2018.

If you are interested in participating in any forum events, please email Dr. John Su, vice provost for academic affairs.

Governance structure for Beyond Boundaries and M12

Dr. Jenny Watson, Lora Strigens and Sumathi Thiyagarajan have been working to create a governance structure that encompasses both Beyond Boundaries and the M12 initiatives, which will be responsible for prioritizing and making recommendations to upper administration. The new governance group will meet in December. The campus community should expect to be asked for participation and input beginning in the new year. Email Dr. Watson, vice provost for academic planning, for more information.

Graduate Student Week

Graduate Student Week, Feb. 19-23, 2018, will celebrate the importance of graduate students and the significant research that they do at Marquette. Various professional development workshops, a networking event, poster sessions and panel discussions related to graduate students will be included. To recognize outstanding teaching and service, a graduate student will be presented with the Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Award. The week will end with the second annual Three-Minute Thesis competition.

Office of Research and Innovation Faculty Fellow position

The inaugural faculty fellowship in the Office of Research and Innovation will provide the opportunity for a tenured faculty member at Marquette University to help lead growth in campus research activities, supporting the goals and objectives of the Research in Action theme of Beyond Boundaries. The primary focus of this new half-time position will be developing and growing clusters of active faculty collaboration in strategic areas across campus, one of the key objectives of the Research in Action theme. The ORI Faculty Fellow will work closely with the University Committee on Research, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, college- and department-level leadership, and other groups on campus to identify new strategic areas for research collaboration, design programs to support existing and emerging research clusters, and help raise the profile of research at Marquette. Contact Dr. Jeanne Hossenlopp, vice president for research and innovation for more information.

Provost Initiatives

The Office of the Provost has announced funding for initiatives to support faculty mentoring, new community engaged research projects, and an initiative that will advance diversity, equity and inclusion.

Faculty Success Program — A 12-week intensive mentoring experience offered as an online program through the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. The program is offered each spring and fall term and is designed to equip faculty with the skills and strategies necessary to increase research productivity, promote effective time management, and maximize work-life balance. All full-time assistant and associate professors are eligible to apply (female and minority applicants are especially encouraged).

The senior vice provost for faculty affairs will annually solicit applications for the spring program (due by Oct. 2) and summer or fall program (due by March 1): application is available online.

Community Engaged Research Partnership Development Grant — The Office of the Provost and the Office of Community Engagement invites applicants to seek funding for the Community Engaged Research Partnership Development Grant. This grant will provide a stipend to a faculty member and community organization to forge a new community engaged research partnership that produces a research pilot project in response to a mutually identified community need. The purpose of this stipend is to expand the number of bi-directional community engaged research partnerships. Submitted projects should include a predetermined faculty member/community partner in Milwaukee County, and respond to one of the following key community issues: health, education, incarceration and/or poverty.

All full-time faculty are eligible to apply. Dr. Dan Bergen, executive director of the Office of Community Engagement, will solicit applications. The deadline for applications is March 26, 2018. To apply, please submit the linked application.

Faculty Diversity Fellowship Program — An initiative designed to provide support for Marquette University faculty to explore their own ideas that might lead to new initiatives that will advance diversity, equity and inclusion at the university. One individual annually will be selected for a two-year appointment as part of the Faculty Diversity Fellowship Program. Fellows will receive one course release per year, pending departmental and college approval, and a small budget to support travel to visit other campuses and attend relevant conferences in support of information gathering and idea development. Submitted projects should contribute to a diverse learning environment at Marquette (curriculum or course design, or co-curricular activities), or broaden access for students who are historically underrepresented in departments, disciplines or the university (student recruitment, faculty-student engagement in research or inclusive programming).

All full-time faculty are eligible to apply (female and minority applicants are especially encouraged). Dr. William Welburn, executive director for diversity and inclusion will solicit applications with a deadline of April 2, 2018: application is available online.

Annual Faculty Awards

The Way Klingler Teaching Enhancement Award is intended to foster the development of effective and sustainable changes and innovations in teaching approaches within specific courses or clusters of courses. This annual award is given to a team of two or more faculty to develop, implement and evaluate a specific teaching project.

Way Klingler Young Scholar Awards Supports promising young scholars in critical stages of their careers. Up to four awards will be given for 2018–19 to full-time regular junior faculty in the three years following their third-year review.

The Way Klingler Fellowships are for full-time regular faculty at the associate or full professor rank who have potential for significant scholarship. In 2010, one Way Klingler fellowship in science and one in the humanities were awarded. The science fellow receives $50,000 annually for three years, and the humanities fellow receives $20,000 annually for three years.


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