A Word From the VP
This issue of Faculty Matters is filled with good news including a list of our newly promoted specialized faculty members and the recipients of 2022 teaching, research, and mentoring awards. Congratulations to all!
My thanks to Faculty Fellows Aimée Boutin, Dawn Carr, Shanna Daniels, and Lyndsay Jenkins for their deeper dive into the COACHE Faculty Satisfaction Survey results. Their report of faculty perceptions of mentoring at FSU is now available (COACHE results), with reports on “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” and “Interdisciplinary Work” to be posted later this summer.
Read on for information about summer faculty support opportunities, introductions to the second cohort of Faculty Fellows, and more.
I hope that you all have a happy, relaxing, and renewing summer. You’ve certainly earned it.
Professor of Psychology
Vice President for Faculty Development and Advancement
From now until August 13, FSU faculty will have daily opportunities to write in community. Faculty writers may participate at any stage of the writing process and with any writing project (syllabus, article, grant proposal, book chapter, etc.). We gather, share our goals for the day's session, and write. Before we leave, we report on our progress.
Both sessions will be hosted on Zoom. If there is interest, the mid-day session may become hybrid. Drop-ins are welcome, but the practice is most effective when faculty make a regular commitment. Daily, weekly, or bi-weekly, the frequency of writing matters less than the commitment to a regular schedule. Reserve some summer hours to face your writing tasks and join us.
Morning Writing for Early Risers:
6:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m., EDT, Monday - Friday
Mid-day Writing for Regular People (or late nighters):
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., EDT, Monday - Friday
Commit to a Summer writing schedule here: COMMIT
For more information on the benefits of participating in a writing community, look here: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijedro.2021.100100
The Writer's Exchange requires faculty to read and comment on others' drafts. Faculty need not be in similar fields to participate; successfully writing to an educated but general audience is valuable in every field. Additionally, faculty can be directed to provide specific feedback on more technical writing. For example, a humanist may provide feedback to a scientist on the clarity of an abstract or identify phrasing that is structurally unclear. Exchanges will be asynchronous and virtual. If you want to join in, click here to register.
NEH Summer Stipend Internal Deadline July 13
The NEH Summer Stipend competition for 2023 is open. FSU is allowed to nominate two faculty proposals and last year both FSU nominees were awarded. As 2022 awardees, Dr. Elizabeth Cecil and Dr. Sonia Hazard were awarded NEH funding for two months of full-time work on their book projects.
To enter the FSU competition, submit your pre-proposal by July 13 to the Limited Submissions Portal hosted by the Office of Research. For questions or assistance with the application process, contact Peggy Wright-Cleveland or Carolyn Bradley.
The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Summer Stipends program aims to stimulate new research in the humanities and its publication. The program works to accomplish this goal by:
- Providing small awards to individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both
- Supporting projects at any stage of development, but especially early-stage research and late-stage writing in which small awards are most effective
- Funding a wide range of individuals, including independent scholars, community college faculty, and non-teaching staff at universities
Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months. NEH funds may support recipients’ compensation, travel, and other costs related to the proposed scholarly research.
University Libraries Offer a LOT of Faculty Support
Librarian Dr. Nick Ruhs is leading FSU’s Data Fellows initiative, a peer-model program that provides library data services by hiring and upskilling FSU students to teach and help students with data needs. In the 2021-2022 academic year, the program hired two Fellows who assisted in the development of asynchronous modules on MATLAB and R, conducted outreach to RSOs about our data services, and provided direct support to their peers around data.
If you want to learn more, check out this presentation by Dr. Ruhs at the Research Data Access & Preservation (RDAP) conference in March on the initiative: RDAP Lightning Talk 2022. If you know a student you want to recommend to the program, contact Nick Ruhs.
Florida State Open Publishing published the first three issues of Journal of Postsecondary Student Success in collaboration with Professor Shouping Hu and Vice President Joe O’Shea. Forthcoming this summer is a festschrift and a book of poetry in translation. Additionally, FSU offers CreateFSU, a web-hosting service that enables current FSU faculty, staff, and students to easily get a web domain and install over 150 popular open-source content management systems. 22 faculty have used this service so far. For more details about CreateFSU’s scope, services and suite of digital tools, visit create.fsu.edu or contact the FSU Libraries Office of Digital Research and Scholarship at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Specialized Faculty Promotions
Congratulations to all the Specialized Faculty promoted to the next rank. Specialized faculty – Teaching Faculty, Research Faculty, Librarians, and Administrators – provide promotion binders for review by their peers. These binders include evidence of performance as well as letters of support. Thank you for all that you contribute to FSU and congratulations!
FSU Recognizes its own
Academic folklore suggests the hardest award to get is the first. Congratulations to all the first-time winners of FSU teaching, research, and mentoring awards and to all those who have been recognized more than once and in more than one category. FSU colleagues and students nominate faculty for these awards. It is significant to be recognized by one’s own. Congratulations!
Nuts and Bolts
One O365 Email Upgrade
In May, all student email accounts moved to the same system as faculty and staff email accounts, hosted by Office 365. All student email addresses now end with @fsu.edu. This change opens the door for greater faculty-student collaboration. Use Microsoft Teams to talk with your students, set up virtual office hours or share course files. Search for student contact info directly in Outlook. Also, be sure to update student contact information anywhere you have it stored and replace references to @my.fsu.edu email wherever it may appear, such as your syllabus. Find Out More
Academic Honor Policy Quick–Reference Guide
How to Publish a CV to the Public Interface
There are many advantages to publishing a version of your CV on the FEAS+ Public Interface. First, this website allows colleagues and students to easily see your research interests and expertise. Second, publishing your CV creates a permanent URL (web address) that you may use on your departmental website, in your email signature, etc.
- Go to the FEAS+ homepage at feas.fsu.edu
- Click on the Publish button
- In the modal window, confirm the type of CV that you want to upload to the Public Interface. If you wish to change the type, click on the Set Preference button.
(Note: copy your custom URL so that you may share it with your colleagues, department, or paste it into your email signature!)
- Click on Publish. The system will confirm that the upload is successful. Click on your custom URL to check your CV. You may click on Close when you are done.
FSU Faculty Community
Words from Amy McKenna, Specialized Faculty Senator
In 2021, the FSU Faculty Senate welcomed the first cohort of Specialized Faculty at FSU, with representatives from teaching faculty, research faculty, instructional support, and library faculty members. A survey was sent to all Specialized Faculty at FSU to identify challenges that could be addressed by the newly elected faculty senators. During the first year, Specialized Faculty senators have made several campus-wide networks for Specialized Faculty at FSU. Through creation of a Canvas page, Slack channel, several virtual Town Hall Q&A’s, and creation of Accountability Groups through the Office of FDA, senators are working to connect Specialized Faculty campus-wide. Importantly, there will be a booth during Fall Orientation hiring specifically to integrate Specialized Faculty into the FSU Campus community.
Faculty Fellows Synthesize COACHE Data
One job of four 2021-2022 Faculty Fellows has been to interpret specific COACHE data and provide a report. Their report on how FSU faculty view Mentoring can be accessed here. Coming soon is a look at diversity and inclusion and interdisciplinary research and teaching. Thank you Aimée Boutin, Dawn Carr, Shanna Daniels, and Lyndsey Jenkins for getting this information out to us.
2022-23 Faculty Fellows selected for the Office of Faculty Development and Advancement
Sara Hart, the W. Russell and Eugenia Morcom Professor of Psychology at the Florida Center for Reading Research, will use her appointment as Faculty Fellow to build out formal and informal mentorship structures for Associate Professors at FSU that respect faculty time constraints, make use of existing resources, and include accountability metrics. Dr. Hart will begin by focusing on retaining and advancing underrepresented STEM faculty at FSU. She aims to develop programming that is applicable beyond STEM fields and is actively seeking grant funding for this work to ensure its sustainability.
Roxanne Hughes, Research Faculty at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and Director of the Center for Integrating Research and Learning (CIRL), will focus on developing a STEMM Center during her Faculty Fellow appointment. The STEMM Center will serve as a clearing house for current programs available to faculty, postdocs, and graduate students; host complementary programs that address the unique needs of STEMM faculty; amplify faculty efforts to increase research funding; connect faculty to outreach opportunities and partnerships.
2022-23 Faculty Fellows selected for the Office of Research
Geraldine Martorella, Associate Professor in the College of Nursing, will use her fellowship to leverage and advance FSU’s expertise in the growth of the Brain Science & Symptom Management Center (BSSMC). Both Professor Martorella’s work research and BSSMC aim to enhance the understanding and integration of mental models for pain management that will promote an interdisciplinary and ultimately a transdisciplinary infrastructure for brain science at FSU. Geraldine’s has three goals for her fellowship year: to develop a meta-model of multi-level factors influencing the development and implementation of brain science across disciplines and practice settings; to plan for an infrastructure that will promote interdisciplinary innovative research focused on brain science; to activate the operationalization of the structure. Look for her work leading a Collaborative Collision in 2022-23.
Olivia Mason, Professor of Oceanography in EAOS, will use her fellowship year to start an FSU climate resilience institute (FSU-CRI). The goal of FSU-CRI is to bring together FSU faculty who work on climate science to facilitate cross-discipline proposal development and ultimately funding. First, Olivia will recruit interested faculty; second, she will build a public website to promote the ongoing climate science research being done by FSU faculty; third, she will organize a single day symposium at FSU to bring together all interested faculty who carry out climate science research. All parts of this initiative are aimed at recruiting top notch climate science students and securing funding for researchers.
David Orozco, the Bank of America Professor of Business Administration, will devote his fellowship year to design, develop, and execute an interdisciplinary program that provides FSU doctoral students and post-doctoral research associates with intellectual property (I), technology commercialization, and entrepreneurship training. This program, tentatively called the FSU Intellectual Capital Management Certificate, will offer a series of training modules, activities, and certificates in partnership with the FSU Office of Research, the Graduate School, Office of Career Services, and the National Academy of Inventors. Initially, the program will target participants from the Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Social Work, Engineering, Medicine, Nursing, and Fine Arts.
University Libraries Hosts Ongoing Diverse Voices in STEM Program
The Diverse Voices in STEM speaker series wrapped up this spring and has been well attended and received across campus. This project seeks to call attention to the challenges faced by diverse and underrepresented groups in STEM as they progress through their academic career. It aims to engage the FSU community in conversations that highlight what it means to be a STEM scholar in terms of one’s STEM identity. Here is a link to the talks: https://diversevoices.create.fsu.edu/speaker-schedule/.