A Word From the VP

Dear Colleagues,

We are all just a bit overwhelmed..., a phrase you’ll see throughout this newsletter, sums up how I, and probably many of you, feel right now. The start of this academic year is not what we hoped it would be. No doubt you are feeling bombarded with communications from this office as well as from other parts of campus. Keeping you as informed as possible is a high priority for me, one made all the more difficult when the messages must be revised frequently in response to ever-changing circumstances. Believe me, I wish it were not so.

Despite the challenges of the past year and a half, the faculty of FSU continue to do great things. You continue to provide your students with a first-rate education, distinguish yourselves in your areas of research and creative activities, and give of your time to support your colleagues. I truly appreciate your hard work and celebrate your many accomplishments.

In this issue of Faculty Matters, we introduce our newest faculty colleagues and our 2021-22 Faculty Fellows. You’ll also find information about faculty support and development opportunities. I hope you will find time in your hectic schedules to read it.



Janet Kistner
Professor of Psychology
Vice President for Faculty Development and Advancement


Faculty Support

We are all just a bit overwhelmed... but there is re-centering in camaraderie.

Faculty Writing Opportunities Continue

During Covid sequestering in 2020, we learned that virtual writing groups are useful in creating community, accountability, and productivity. Consider joining us in 2021. We gather synchronously; report out goals for the writing session; write. We then report our challenges and accomplishments asynchronously in the chat. Below are the options we will offer this year.

Virtual Writing Opportunities

Zoom Writing Sessions for Fall 2021:

Mondays 12:30 - 5:00: Zoom link
Tuesday, 12:30 – 5:00: Zoom link
Wednesday, 8:30 – noon: Zoom link
Thursday, 8:30 - noon: Zoom link
Friday, 10:00 - 2:00: Zoom link

Beginning September 22, the Wednesday and Thursday sessions will begin at 7:30 a.m.

No registration required. Enter and leave as you need.

Hybrid Writing Opportunities in October.

Hybrid sessions will allow some to gather physically in the same space and others to join in virtually. We will host one physical gathering in 201 Westcott and join virtually with individuals or with other groups writing together face-to-face. If you are interested in joining a writing group physically, please let Peggy Wright-Cleveland know and stay tuned to the Thursday announcements and Writing Opportunities email for the exact start date.


Accountability Groups

There are ways to hold each other accountable that don’t involve shared writing time. FSU offers two kinds of Accountability Groups, both built upon faculty request.

Synchronous Accountability Groups meet together - in person or virtually by faculty choice - to report goals and discuss strategies for career advancement. These groups work across disciplines and career stages. Our longest standing group includes one Assistant Professor, one Assistant Professor going up for P&T this year, one Associate Professor, and one Full Professor. You may build your own group and use the support of FDA to organize and drive it; you may request that FDA build you a group. Let Peggy Wright-Cleveland know your interest.

The Asynchronous Accountability Group is currently meeting via Slack. We state our weekly professional goals by close of day on Monday and report on our progress and challenges by Sunday. Members comment on each others’ posts to offer support, strategies, and celebration. This group works particularly well if you are working outside of Tallahassee. Contact Peggy Wright-Cleveland for access to the group.


Research Mentor Academy

The Office of Faculty Development and Advancement partnered with the Office of Research to provide Research Mentor Academy training to Humanities and Social Science faculty this summer and to new faculty at New Faculty Orientation. Take a look at the list of colleagues who have completed this training and talk to one (or more) of them about the experience. Spring Training is full, but you can get on the waiting list.

The Research Mentor Academy is based on the research mentoring curricula from our research partners at the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the University of Florida and an evidence-based curriculum from the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER), using an interactive approach that allows participants to explore an intellectual framework for research mentoring within a community of their peers. This approach provides mentors with opportunities for reflection and a forum to solve mentoring dilemmas and share successful mentorship strategies. You can read more about the development of these training materials.


Faculty Celebrations

We are all just a bit overwhelmed... and some of that is absolutely NORMAL at the start of the academic year.

We did more virtual welcoming than we had hoped, but it was still heartfelt. We are glad to have these colleagues join us at FSU: 2021 New Faculty Playlist

We still have a formal list of new faculty: 2021 New Faculty Directory

We had one in-person celebration and welcomed new faculty from 2020 and 2021 at the President’s House. Welcome to President McCullough and Dr. McCullough, too!

Faculty Fellows

The Office of Faculty Development and Advancement and the Office of Research are very excited to offer the inaugural Faculty Fellows Program in 2021-22. The goals of the program are, first, to draw on faculty members’ knowledge and expertise to create programs, policies, and initiatives focused on increasing and supporting faculty success and research efforts and, second, to increase the pipeline of faculty members for leadership positions by providing opportunities to partner with university leaders on specific initiatives.

Six, one-year fellowships have been created for 2021-22. Three fellowships are offered by the Office of Faculty Development and Advancement and three fellowships are offered by the Office of Research. Read on to meet your Faculty Fellows and learn about their projects.

Office of Faculty Development and Advancement

Aimée Boutin, Professor of French, College of Arts & Sciences

Aimée Boutin

Dr. Boutin’s project will begin in Fall 2021 and focuses on developing a comprehensive mentoring program for faculty based on a continuity of career model. Originally inspired by needing mentorship as a Full Professor, Dr. Boutin’s project will provide mentoring across career stages to develop continual growth throughout an academic career, avoiding the dreaded post-tenure and post-Full slumps in enthusiasm, direction, and accomplishment.

Dr. Shanna Daniels, Associate Professor of Management, College of Business

Dr. Shanna Daniels

Dr. Daniels’ project will begin in Spring 2022 and focuses on strategies to increase the hiring, retention, and advancement of underrepresented faculty. Specifically, Dr. Daniels will be working to launch programs that focus on 1) increasing demographic diversity, including race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, socioeconomic status, and (dis)ability status; 2) reducing bias and discrimination; 3) creating a work environment wherein differences are welcomed, different perspectives are respectfully heard, and every individual feels a sense of belonging and inclusion.

Dr. Lyndsay Jenkins, Associate Professor, Educational Psychology and Learning Systems, College of Education

Dr. Lyndsay Jenkins

Dr. Jenkins’ project will build a coordinated, comprehensive mentoring program that blends faculty support activities with mentoring. The program will be focused on three major facets of faculty life: teaching and student mentoring, research and funding, and work-life balance. Participating faculty would be required to complete development activities in each category (teaching, research, and work-life balance), as well as have regular meetings with a mentor over a minimum two-year period. Combining development activities with mentoring takes advantage of the existing support offered by FSU, but adds the important aspect of mentoring.

Office of Research

Dawn Carr, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, College of Social Science and Public Policy

Dawn Carr

Dr. Carr will work to develop a framework for increasing interdisciplinary scholarship at FSU. Her goal is to develop infrastructure and an initial project to catalyze expertise in aging across our three institute/centers (i.e., the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy, the Claude Pepper Center, and the Institute for Successful Longevity; hereafter “FSU aging centers”). This work will include developing and working with an advisory board, planning a multidisciplinary conference, and developing a pilot project based on the conference workshop to test the proposed direction with a team of research experts. The purpose will be to build a foundation for a large NIH research grant application and development of a larger program of research.

Eugenia Millender, Associate Professor, College of Nursing

Eugenia Millender

Dr. Millender’s fellowship project aims to adopt a Shared Mental Model (SMM) by re-framing and re-orienting the conventional practice of having a loose coalition of researchers to a team of interdisciplinary researchers using harmonizing resources via the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) program and the Office of Research. The model, SMM, would inform the team’s ability to maximize the role of each team member in contributing to the delivery of fundable grant proposals. This allows the team to align action with shared values and adapt behaviors based on team performance and the actions of others. In brief, by learning the importance of using a SMM, members can successfully strategize team actions and more effectively coordinate research efforts.

Iain Quinn, Associate Professor, College of Music

Iain Quinn

Dr. Quinn will develop two events that draw faculty and students together from a wide range of departments while strengthening ties between FSU and the community. Both events center on a broader vision of how the arts and the larger humanities are presented on campus. One event will be a weekend of immersive arts experience that draws on the existing strengths of individual departments and places complementary fields side by side and collaboratively, such as a performance incorporating multiple arts including music, theatre, and dance that takes place in a building with related sculpture and photography. A second event will showcase FSU faculty and students engaged in interdisciplinary research, allowing them to serve as ambassadors for FSU research by making public presentations across the state.


Nuts and Bolts

We are all just a bit overwhelmed... but our creativity keeps flourishing.


Academic Honor Policy

Academic Honor Policy staff provided an effective transition to virtual hearings during required remote work last year. This year they are building on what they learned and strengthening the fit between policy and the intellectual and practical work of scholars and learners.

One welcome addition are these instructions on Honor Lock

As always, please share the policy with each of your students: Academic Honor Policy Quick Reference Guide


What is ORCID?

ORCID provides researchers with a unique identifier – an ORCID iD – and links their research outputs and activities to their ORCID iD. Many systems used by publishers, funders, and institutions include ORCID integrations.

Connect your ORCID iD to FSU

FSU is working with ORCID to collect iDs for our faculty and connect them to the information about your research activities stored in our systems. Please visit orcid.fsu.edu and click on the “Create/Connect your ORCID iD” button to authorize the collection and use of your ORCID iD in FSU’s systems. If you have not yet registered for an ORCID iD, you will be prompted to do so as part of the process.

Why register? Your ORCID iD enables you to:

  • Distinguish yourself from other researchers
  • Manage your identity, despite changes in name, gender, profession, or institution
  • Ensure that you are accurately linked with your research, contributions, & affiliations, to get credit for your work
  • Improve the visibility of your contributions
  • Save time on repetitive data entry for funding, publishing, & research reporting workflows
  • Keep track of all of your affiliations & contributions in an interoperable, trustworthy platform throughout your career regardless of changes in name, institution, & discipline

The Office of Faculty Development and Advancement has developed an integration between ORCID and FSU’s Faculty Expertise and Advancement System (FEAS). This integration streamlines the process of importing information about your research contributions into FEAS. More information about this integration is available here.

Faculty who wish to benefit from this integration are encouraged to register and/or connect their ORCID profiles and then begin importing works to their profiles following these instructions. A short video tutorial on the process of importing works is also available at https://vimeo.com/236776451.

To learn more, please visit the new ORCID @ FSU website. You can also contact orcid@lists.fsu.edu for assistance with creating, connecting, and populating your ORCID profile.


FEAS+ is adding a new feature!

Many of you have already heard about the consolidation of FSU email accounts, which will say goodbye to the @my.fsu.edu domain and move everyone to @fsu.edu. This change will affect your Preferred email within OMNI. Currently, FEAS+ pulls this preferred email address from your official information. In the fall semester, we will be adding an additional User Preference so that you may enter a different email address for use within the FEAS+ system. Watch for another announcement on the FEAS+ homepage when this feature is available.


Sabbatical Leave

The University Committee on Faculty Sabbaticals invites applications for one-semester sabbaticals at full pay and two-semester sabbaticals at one-half pay for the academic year 2022-2023. Sabbatical leave is granted to increase a faculty member’s value to the University through enhanced opportunities for professional development, research, and creative activities. This leave is made available to tenured faculty members who are covered by the BOT-FSU UFF Collective Bargaining Agreement and who meet the requirements set forth in the policies governing the Faculty Sabbatical Program.

An informational memorandum and the applicable forms are available on the Office of Faculty Development and Advancement website. Please read the memorandum in its entirety since there are directions clarifying what is expected in the application. The deadline for deans’ offices to submit electronic applications is Friday, October 1, 2021. Please note that there may be earlier deadlines at the department and/or college level. All applications must be submitted by the dean's office as one (1) PDF file per application. Please contact Melissa Crawford if you have questions regarding how to submit your college's applications electronically.


Promotion and Tenure

The 2021-2022 Promotion and Tenure (P&T) process is well under way! Binders (pdf. files) are due to the Office of Faculty Development and Advancement (FDA) by Friday, October 15, 2021. Please check with your department and/or college P&T staff delegate for internal deadlines and submission requirements. More information regarding the P&T process can be found here.


Specialized Faculty Promotions

The 2021-2022 Specialized Faculty Promotion process is also well underway. The deadline for deans or directors to submit electronic promotion materials (PDF files) to the Office of Faculty Development and Advancement (FDA) through Melissa Crawford is Friday, October 29, 2021. More information about the specialized faculty promotion process can be found here.


The FSU Faculty Community

We are all just a bit overwhelmed... but we are becoming less so. By working together and sharing our energy, we are creating new things. Look what we can do.



Faculty Senate meets monthly and stays steadfast in its efforts to shape FSU policy and climate. Consider joining a meeting or contacting your area representative to learn how to get involved and stay informed.

University Libraries offer many trainings throughout the year to strengthen faculty use of tools for data research and data management: https://www.lib.fsu.edu/data-your-desk

STEM Data Scholars take note: https://www.lib.fsu.edu/strategic-plan/initiatives/build-community-stem-data-scholars

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching offers communities of practice build around teaching excellence. Make sure you sign up for their weekly Teaching Tips.

The Council for Research and Creative Activity (CRC) has a new look and the same great funding opportunities. Take a look: https://internalfunding.research.fsu.edu/

The Office of Research is providing workshops with key funding agencies this fall. Be sure to register for the ones that fit your research needs: https://www.research.fsu.edu/research-offices/ord/events/



The Health Data Sciences Initiative (HDSI) is FSU’s strategic approach to ensure health research is an institutional priority. The HDSI Team is designing a high-performance, cloud-based, HIPAA-compliant Research Information System. This system will allow researchers to collect, process, and analyze PHI in a secure environment. Researchers will be able to work with biospecimens, genomes, clinical patient data, and other PHI.

The HDSI Team is currently looking for Research Partners. The ideal research partner is just starting to think about their next research project, plans to include PHI or other information that needs to be compliant with HIPAA, and is willing to work with the HDSI Team as they gather requirements to build out the perfect research technology environment. Read about how one of our Research Partners, Dr. Brad Cox from College of Education, is working with us. If you are interested in learning more about what we are doing or in becoming a Research Partner, please contact April Lovett and Kennetha Anderson.

Florida State Open Publishing provides publishing services for journals, monographs, open educational resources, and digital scholarship projects. We consult on a variety of scholarly publishing topics and digital research tools and methodologies. We aim to provide open access publishing expertise, services, and platforms to enhance the scholarly output of Florida State University students, faculty, and staff.

The Open Scholars Project is an informal forum to learn about and discuss developments in open access. The group will allow FSU researchers and scholars to share experiences with open publishing, code and data across subject areas. We aim to create a group that is also action-oriented and supportive in bringing faculty, postdocs and graduate students together. The group will meet monthly each semester.

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CreateFSU is a flexible web-hosting platform with one-click installation of dozens of different content management systems, including Drupal, Wordpress, Omeka, Scalar, etc. CreateFSU staff are now accepting proposals for hosting digital research projects and outputs: create.fsu.edu

The DigiNole Research Depository has just been upgraded. Take a look and deposit your research


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