Nominations for Williams Fellows & Distinguished Teaching Awards

January 24, 2018

Dear Colleagues,

Are there faculty members in your unit who exemplify inclusive, engaged and research-led teaching?

Join us in recognizing their efforts by nominating those exceptional faculty who uphold these tenets of teaching excellence.

The Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs is accepting nominations for the following honors:

OPAA Leadership Adjustments

January 17, 2018 - Since arriving to campus last July, I have spent a lot of time getting to know my team in OPAA. Prior to my arrival there were several changes made to OPAA’s organizational structure. I have been continuing to assess whether we are optimally utilizing everyone’s skills. While the entire assessment and refresh is not yet complete, I wanted to update you on a couple of key changes as the winter term begins.

Undergraduate Studies reorganization

January 12, 2018 - This week Dennis Galvan, interim vice provost and dean for undergraduate studies, announced some changes to the UGS team that are aimed squarely at improving and enhancing the way we support student success initiatives at the UO.

Registration open for 2018 winter workshop series

January 8, 2018

Dear Colleagues,

Happy New Year! The Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs has now opened registration for its winter 2018 workshop series.

Note that workshops for unit heads and academic leaders are scheduled the first and last Wednesday of each month from 8:30 – 10:00 AM.

Workshops provide an opportunity for OPAA to connect with you about changes in policy and procedure. As such, we encourage seasoned unit heads to attend these workshops as well as new heads. You bring valuable insights and your participation is important to us.

Fall Academic Leadership Trainings

October 12, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

The Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs has now opened registration for its fall 2017 workshop series. Please see the below list for more information about the fall workshop offerings for unit heads, managers, and associate, assistant, and divisional deans.

October 25 – Processing Tenure Files
Audience: Unit heads and managers

Fund for Active Recruitment Message

November 8, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to draw your attention to the Fund for Active Recruitment, and to important changes that have been made to the program.

The Fund for Active Recruitment provides grants of up to $2000 to support active recruitment and outreach; foster relationships with promising potential faculty members; and build a diverse pipeline for current and anticipated searches.

Proposals for active recruitment might include:

Invitation to a talk by AAU's Emily Miller

December 15, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

I am excited to share that Emily Miller, associate vice president for policy at the Association of American Universities (AAU), will be at the university January 10-11 to discuss the AAU’s commitment to teaching excellence.

Classroom Management Resources

December 13, 2017 - As those of you who will be teaching next term prepare for winter-term courses, it is important to think again about pedagogy and classroom management. When contentious social issues are discussed in class, students sometimes make declarations and accusations that, intentional or not, disrupt the learning environment. This happened several times last term, including two cases in which students made declarations in favor of white nationalism/white supremacy and at least one case in which someone not enrolled in a class disrupted it by shouting political slogans.

It is important to note that student speech, when related to class discussion and consistent with an environment conducive to learning, is vigorously protected by law and by university policy, even when such speech is offensive to others. At the same time, speech that is not relevant to class discussion and that disrupts the ability of our instructors to teach or our students to learn can be forbidden as disruptions of university activities in violation of policy.

Fall Term Grading

December 7, 2017


Congratulations on nearing the end of fall term!

As you calculate and submit final grades, we would like to share a few reminders regarding grading.

Posted grades must represent an assessment of the work accomplished by the student in the course.

Fall 2017 Academic Policy Message

November 13, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

This message is to inform you of a number of academic policies that may affect your course planning, grading, and exam schedules. This message covers the following topics: