Important information regarding freeze on expedited processing of H-1B applications

March 14, 2017
Dear Deans, Directors, and Unit Heads:
The attached message from HR regarding H-1B visas is being sent to search chairs/hiring managers and unit HR administrators with open faculty searches. HR is also preparing language to include in unofficial offer letters that go out after April 3 so arrangements regarding a start date and contingencies related to securing a visa are clear.

Susan C. Anderson                                                     
Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Courses not taught report

March 13, 2017
To:             Academic Deans and Department Chairs
From:        Sue Eveland, Assistant VP Enrollment Management, University Registrar                  
                  Michael Jefferis, Assistant Registrar for Operations 
Re:            Courses Not Taught Report 
The University Senate has recommended that permanently numbered courses be offered at least every other year to avoid misrepresentation of course offerings to prospective students, and ensure that required

Williams Fellowship - deadline extension

March 8, 2017
The deadline for nominations for a Williams Fellowship has been extended to March 17, 2017. 

The Williams Council seeks candidates who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to undergraduate education. There will be up to two awards. Each recipient will receive a $5,000 award, and the recipient's department will receive another $5,000, supervised by the recipient, to affect tangibly the teaching and learning experience of undergraduates in the department. 

Respectful Workplace 2017

February 16, 2017 - The University of Oregon is committed to diversity and inclusion and providing an environment free of discrimination and harassment in which all students, staff and faculty may contribute and thrive. Hostile, intimidating, or abusive behavior damages the strong sense of community valued at UO. Please join us in working to ensure that each member of our community benefits from a respectful and inclusive working and learning environment.

Professional Development Policy Development

January 12, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

We are writing to inform you of the last and final policy that the UO/UA collective bargaining agreement requires: professional development.

Winter 2017 CBA Update

January 12, 2017

During winter term the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs (OPAA) will be focusing on reviewing and approving TTF professional responsibilities policies, TTF review and promotion policies, and completing the review of NTTF review and promotion policies.

Some units are finalizing some of their policies, but the majority of the CBA-required policies, with the exception of professional development, have been submitted and approved. 

Winter Term Workshops

January 11, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

As you may have seen in last week’s Around the O, registration is now open for the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs’ winter workshops and trainings.

Fall Academic Policy Reminders

This message is to remind you of a number of academic policies that may affect your course planning, grading, and exam schedules.

Promotion and/or tenure process for TTF and NTTF

To support preparation of digital dossiers, fillable PDF portfolios for TTF and NTTF dossiers are available for the 2017 promotion cycle. We have also created a PDF portfolio for the supplementary file; this file may be used for both TTF and NTTF cases. The digital files are available on the Academic Affairs website, along with details on the preparation of TTF and NTTF dossiers, general timelines, and a guidance document on how to construct the file using Adobe Acrobat Pro.

Fall Workshops

Last week we emailed you about an important new workshop series for unit heads. We hope you will take advantage of these workshops, and provide us with feedback as we work to develop meaningful training opportunities. In addition to workshops for unit heads, the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs will be offering the following opportunities for faculty.