January 19, 2022

Attend the College's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Conference on Feb. 11

  • Date: Friday, Feb. 11
  • Time: 8:45 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Location: Virtual (register today)

Registration is now open for the 17th annual Mary Frances Early College of Education Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Conference. This year’s theme is “The Time is Now: Moving from Awareness to Action.”

Benjamin Reese, a clinical psychologist and president of BenReese, LLC., will deliver the keynote address and provide historical context to generate an understanding of the impact of racism on present-day social justice issues. Additionally, he will emphasize how implicit bias impedes our ability to make meaningful changes and offer solutions for creating more equitable K-12 and higher education environments.

This event is open to UGA students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members. Registration is free, but you must register by Wednesday, Feb. 9 to receive access to the sessions.

UGA joins research participant platform ResearchMatch

The University of Georgia is now a member institution of ResearchMatch, an online tool to help researchers conducting health-related human research studies with participant recruitment.

Developed by institutions affiliated with the Clinical and Translational Science Awards Consortium and maintained at Vanderbilt University, ResearchMatch is a national registry matching researchers and potential study volunteers across the country.

UGA researchers conducting clinical, biomedical, translational, and socio-behavioral research studies with health-related outcomes or focus are eligible to use ResearchMatch at no cost. To use ResearchMatch as a recruitment method for a new or previously approved Institutional Review Board study, a researcher must complete and submit the ResearchMatch Researcher Request Form for IRB approval. The Researcher Request Form and accompanying ResearchMatch Researcher Guide may be accessed from the IRB Portal Library, under the “General” tab.

The guide describes the steps for creating a new user account, obtaining IRB approval for new and already approved studies, and registering a study in the RM portal after obtaining IRB approval, along with links to short YouTube tutorials.

Additional information, links, and contact information for Benilda Pooser, UGA ResearchMatch liaison, are posted on the UGA Office of Research website.

UGA network maintenance on March 5

EITS will conduct a network maintenance that will result in complete outages of campus internet access and campus information systems beginning at 6 a.m. on Saturday, March 5 and continuing until noon on Sunday, March 6.

The extended time of this maintenance is necessary to allow EITS to complete work that could not be completed during the Oct. 23, 2021 planned maintenance. It is critical to complete this work as soon as possible to provide ample bandwidth and internet capacity for the University. Although the date of this maintenance was selected for a time designed to be least disruptive to the University community, we recognize that this maintenance will be impactful and appreciate your patience.

Please note the maintenance on March 5 will result in a complete outage of access to services. If you are aware of activities planned during this maintenance and would like assistance with planning, please contact Chris Baines.

EITS will also conduct the second planned maintenance of the calendar year on Saturday, Oct. 22. Additional details regarding the Oct. 22 maintenance will be shared in late spring.

Key points:

  • UGA’s Telephone Services will experience complete outages. In case of an emergency, it is important to remember to use a cell phone to contact UGA Police by calling 911 instead of 706-542-2200. The UGA Police Department will still respond to all calls for service during this time. Members of the campus community are reminded that 911 is always the appropriate number to call for an emergency on campus. In the event of a future interruption in landline phone service at UGA, cell phones should be used to contact police.
  • Elevator emergency phones may not work when telephone service is disrupted, and cell connectivity in elevators is unreliable in some buildings. It is recommended to use stairs to the extent possible during the time of the maintenance.
  • Building fire alarm panels may beep continuously until the phone connection is restored and possibly beyond if the system does not reset automatically. During the outage time, there is no need to call the UGA Police Department or Facilities Management Division to report this issue. However, employees and students should remain aware and notify the UGA Police Department if they observe any indications of fire or smoke.
  • Some websites hosted off-campus may experience outages. The University’s primary website and emergency website are hosted off-campus and may not be available for some users depending on their local network configurations.
  • Systems that use services in the UGA Boyd Data Center will experience outages. This also includes UGA websites hosted in the Boyd Data Center.
  • UGA’s Single Sign-On (UGA SSO) also will experience outages. This means individuals will not be able to log in to many UGA-provided information systems, including the following:
    • Zoom, DawgCheck, Athena, Banner Administrative System, DegreeWorks, eLearning Commons (eLC), UGA Elements, UGA Financial Management System, UGA Budget Management System, UGAJobs, UGAmart, OneUSG Connect, and OneUSG Connect Benefits
  • Individuals will also experience outages accessing UGAMail, websites hosted by UGA, the Virtual Private Network (VPN), ArchPass Duo, and information systems hosted by EITS.
  • Wireless networks will also be unavailable, including Paws-Secure, Eduroam, and UGA_Visitors_WiFi.
  • EITS Storage Services including IFS, Research IFS, and Secure IFS will be unavailable.
  • All systems behind the UGA Boyd Data Center departmental firewalls will experience outages to their access to the UGA network.
  • A number of UGA Libraries services resources will not be available for patrons both on campus and off-campus.
    • Access to digital resources such as databases, e-books, online journals, and more will be unavailable. The UGA Libraries website will not be available, so online chat services will not be available. However, individuals can visit  the GIL website  for access to UGA’s catalog of holdings only. Faculty, staff, and students will not be able to log in with their MyID to place books on hold or access full text resources.
    • Patrons will be able to check out books and other reserves from the Main and Science Libraries. While patrons will be able to pick up previously requested interlibrary loan materials, they will not be able to access their ILLiad account to place or check on any interlibrary loan items, and they will not be able to access any ILL articles posted on the web.
    • Most computers in Libraries’ facilities require logins and will not be available during the outage.
    • Because WiFi will not be available, laptops will not be able to connect to the internet. In addition, WEPA printers will not be accessible.
  • Changes to access control or HVAC systems likely will not be possible during the maintenance, but systems will continue to operate on their last set of instructions. New alerts will not be registered in systems that rely on the network for reporting, nor will an alarm be sent by email, text, or phone tree for the areas out of alignment.

Additional details and progress reports will be posted on the EITS website and the EITS Twitter feed.

William T. Grant Foundation and NSF announce partnership, new funding opportunities

The recently launched collaborative effort between the William T. Grant Foundation and the National Science Foundation (NSF) aims to advance theory and build empirical knowledge on ways to improve the use of research evidence by policymakers, agency leaders, organizational managers, intermediaries, and other decision-makers that shape youth-serving systems in the United States.

The William T. Grant Foundation and NSF are encouraging submission of proposals to the respective programs:

To learn more about interests and how to apply, visit the William T. Grant Foundation website. If you are interested in pursuing these funding opportunities, please contact the pre-award team in the Office of Research and Graduate Education.

Call for nominations: Mary Frances Early College of Education Faculty Awards

The College of Education offers nine awards for faculty members in the areas of instruction, research, service, mentoring, diversity, and community engagement. Please review the award criteria on the College of Education’s internal resources website and consider nominating a deserving colleague.

Nomination dossiers are due this Friday, Jan. 21 by 5 p.m. Please contact the Office of Faculty and Staff Services with questions via email or call 706-542-2696.

Spring 2022 faculty and leadership development opportunities

Faculty Search Committee Trainings

Dates and times:

  • Friday, Jan. 21; 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 27; 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 4; 9-11 a.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 14; 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 2; 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Friday, March 25; 1-3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 6; 2-4 p.m.
  • Friday, April 22; 1-3 p.m.
  • Register online
  • Facilitator: Mary Carney, director of programming in faculty affairs

Keys to UGA: Student Success and Support

  • Date: Wednesday, Jan. 19
  • Time: Noon-1:30 p.m.
  • Register today
  • Facilitators: Matthew Waller, chief of staff for UGA student affairs; Annie Carlson Welch, assistant to the vice president for student affairs

Are you interested in understanding and supporting students to enable their success? In this interactive session, join leaders from student affairs for an immersive look at students and student life at UGA. Discover the backgrounds, experiences, and mindsets students bring to campus and how they interact in our community. Learn about UGA resources and research-based strategies to support student needs, well-being, and the ins and outs of your class. Explore creative ways to engage with diverse students.

Keys to UGA: Mentoring Students

  • Date: Monday, Jan. 24
  • Time: 11:30 a.m-1 p.m.
  • Register today
  • Facilitators: Janette Hill, professor of learning, design, and technology; Judy Milton, assistant dean of the Graduate School; Kaori Sakamoto, professor of pathology

Do you want to learn about establishing structures for effective mentoring relationships, exchange ideas with other mentors, and augment your mentoring skills? Participants will acquire a template for mentoring contracts, learn steps to align mentor-mentee expectations, and boost skills in face-to-face and online mentoring. They will also garner resources, techniques, and information to enhance mentoring relationships with students. Faculty with the Graduate School Mentoring Academy will present this session and share their experiences in mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.

Promotion and Tenure Procedures Workshop

  • Date: Wednesday, Jan. 26
  • Time: 1-3 p.m.
  • Register today
  • Facilitator: Elizabeth Weeks, associate provost for faculty affairs

This workshop will provide tips for navigating the guidelines for appointment and promotion and tenure. It will include an overview of important time points prior to and during the application process. Academic (tenure-track/tenured) and clinical rank faculty, promotion and tenure unit heads, and support staff who would like to better understand promotion and tenure procedures for these faculty ranks are encouraged to attend. For information on all promotion and tenure workshops, please visit the workshop webpage.

Leading Faculty: Essential Communication Tools

  • Date: Friday, Jan. 28
  • Time: 9:30-11 a.m.
  • Register today
  • Facilitator: Mary Carney, director of programming in faculty affairs

As a leader, do you sometimes avoid having difficult conversations? This workshop will offer communication techniques that you can implement when faced with challenging interpersonal situations. You will also consider some of the research related to human motivation and how to leverage this in your context. This interactive workshop will offer specific techniques you can use immediately.

Managing Your Energy, Not Your Time

  • Date: Monday, Jan. 31
  • Time: 9:30-11 a.m.
  • Register today
  • Facilitator: Kiz Adams, UGA well-being coordinator

This workshop is based on the research conducted by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz, authors of the New York Times bestseller “The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal.” Loehr is a sports psychologist who developed these principles during his work with athletes and corporate executives. Schwartz is a reporter and science writer and founder of The Energy Project, whose mission is to improve the performance of organizations and their leaders. Loehr and Schwartz discovered that managing energy, not time, is the key to enduring high performance as well as to health, happiness, and life balance. In this workshop, participants will take an energy audit to pinpoint any energy depleting behaviors and then discuss ways to change their habits to increase their level of energy and engagement.

Mentor Series: Fostering Independence

  • Date: Monday, Feb. 7
  • Time: Noon-1:30 p.m.
  • Register today
  • Facilitators: Jeremy Daniel, director of UGA Mentor Program; Mary Carney, director of programming in faculty affairs

Would you like to see your mentees demonstrate greater independence? This session of the mentoring series will further your skills in cultivating environments to help your mentees establish trust, gain confidence, and achieve goals. This interactive, online session is for all faculty who engage in undergraduate, graduate, and peer mentoring. This workshop draws from training offered via the Center for Improvement of Mentor Experiences in Research and the work of Pfund, Branchaw, and Handelsman. This session is a partnership between the Graduate School, the Graduate Mentoring Academy, the UGA Mentor Program, and the Office of Faculty Affairs.

Lecturer Appointment and Promotion Guidelines Workshop

  • Date: Thursday, Feb. 10
  • Time: 9:30-11 a.m.
  • Register today
  • Facilitator: Elizabeth Weeks, associate provost for faculty affairs

This workshop will provide tips for navigating the revised promotion guidelines for lecturers and include an overview of the new principal lecturer rank, third-year review and preliminary consideration, promotion and reappointment application process, and timelines. Lecturers and senior lecturers, promotion unit heads, and support staff who would like to better understand lecturer appointment and promotion procedures are encouraged to attend. For information on all promotion and tenure workshops, please visit the workshop webpage.

Solo Success: How to Thrive in the Academy When You’re the Only ______ in Your Department

  • Date: Wednesday, Feb. 23
  • Time: 1-3 p.m.
  • Register today
  • Facilitator: Angelique Davis, professor of political science and affiliated faculty in African and African American studies and women and gender studies, Seattle University

The Solo Success virtual campus workshop is specifically designed to address the unique concerns of under-represented faculty members and those who are the only ______ in their departments. Participants will identify common challenges and learn specific strategies to increase their productivity. They will also learn how to serve strategically, teach efficiently, and build strong and healthy professional relationships. This workshop is a joint program between the Office of Institutional Diversity, the Office of Faculty Affairs, and the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. Please visit UGA’s institutional diversity website for more information on UGA’s subscription to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity programming.

All events are held online via Zoom, except as noted. For in-person events, we will be following USG and UGA guidelines and encourage mask use for indoor spaces.

For PEP registration: All registrants will receive the log in link in a separate reminder email from UGA’s Learning and Development or the instructor at least one day before the scheduled class. If you do not receive the email reminder or are in need of accommodations, please email training@uga.edu at least one week before the session.

Spring 2022 professional development programs for leaders

The UGA Office of Faculty Affairs offers professional development opportunities for academic leaders. Please note that new department head training sessions are open to all academic leaders. For more information and registration links, please click on the program titles below.

Spring 2022 leadership events

Faculty Performance Evaluations and Mentoring

  • Date: Tuesday, Jan. 25
  • Time: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Location: Zoom

Promotion and Tenure Procedures Workshop

  • Date: Wednesday, Jan. 26
  • Time: 1-3 p.m.
  • Location: Zoom

Leading Faculty: Essential Communication Tools

  • Date: Friday, Jan. 28
  • Time: 9:30-11 a.m.
  • Location: Zoom

Mentoring Across Differences (new department head training)

  • Date: Wednesday, Feb. 2
  • Time: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Location: Zoom

Promotion and Tenure Dossier Workshops

  • Session 1: Thursday, Feb. 3; 10 a.m.-noon via Zoom
  • Session 2: Wednesday, March 2; 9-11 a.m. via Zoom

Leadership Luncheon with Guest Speaker Tamara Freeman

  • Date: Wednesday, Feb. 9
  • Time: Noon -1:30 p.m.
  • Location: Zoom

Lecturer Appointment and Promotion Guidelines Workshop

  • Date: Thursday, Feb. 10
  • Time: 9-11 a.m.
  • Location: Zoom

Leadership Luncheon with Guest Speaker Karen Burg

  • Date: Wednesday, Feb. 9
  • Time: Noon-1:30 p.m.
  • Location: Zoom

Decision Making, Data Resources, and Institutional Reporting (new department head training)

  • Date: Friday, Feb. 25
  • Time: 8:30 a.m.-noon
  • Location: UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel

Academic Professional Promotion Guidelines Workshop

  • Date: Wednesday, March 16
  • Time: 9-11 a.m.
  • Location: Zoom

Curriculum Development, Communication, and Celebration (new department head training)

  • Date: Wednesday, March 23
  • Time: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Location: UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel

Exploring White Privilege meeting tomorrow

  • Date: Thursday, Jan. 20
  • Time: Noon-1 p.m.
  • Location: Zoom
  • Facilitators: Chris Mojock, clinical associate professor, Department of Kinesiology; Beth Wurzburg, clinical assistant professor, Department of Educational Theory and Practice; Elizabeth Saylor, clinical associate professor, Department of Educational Theory and Practice

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to join the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in a conversation about healthy white racial identity development. Participants will engage with content from the DEI course “Exploring the Intersections of Race, Privilege, and Identity.”

Please email the DEI Office with the subject line “EWP” to sign up for the Exploring White Privilege listserv, so you can stay connected with the most up-to-date meeting schedule and registration links over the course of the semester.

Apply to study abroad in Tanzania by Feb. 7

Faculty, please share this study abroad opportunity with your students:

  • Application deadline: Monday, Feb. 7

This four-week study abroad fellowship is made possible by a U.S. government grant to UGA through the Group Projects Abroad Fulbright-Hays program. Acceptance to the program will be made by a UGA committee consisting of specialists in Swahili, STEM education, and instructional technology.

Please view the program flier and contact Rob Branch for more information.

NSF STEM Education Postdoctoral Research Fellowship program applications due March 1

The Office of Research and Graduate Education encourages faculty to distribute this funding opportunity to doctoral students who may be interested.

The National Science Foundation Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) STEM Education Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (STEM Ed PRF) program funds individual and institutional postdoctoral awards designed to enhance the research knowledge, skills, and practices of recent doctoral graduates in STEM, STEM education, education, and related disciplines, with a goal of advancing their preparation to engage in fundamental and applied research in STEM education that advances knowledge in the field. The STEM Ed PRF program offers two tracks: (1) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowships and (2) Institutional Cohort Postdoctoral Fellowships.

Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship proposals must be submitted by individuals. However, if an award is recommended, the proposal will be transferred to the host institution where the postdoctoral Fellow will be named as the PI. The award will be issued to the host institution as a regular research award, and the award will be administered by the host institution.

To learn more about eligibility and how to apply, interested individuals are encouraged to read the full program solicitation (NSF 22-531).

Call for proposals: Faculty-led study abroad programs in Croatia

  • Proposal deadline: Tuesday, March 1 (for 2023 programs)

UGA’s Office of Global Engagement (OGE) is inviting proposals from faculty to develop and administer faculty-led study abroad programs in Croatia for undergraduate students. While UGA’s study abroad program portfolio has grown over the past few years, we are still looking to faculty for their expertise in creating new global engagement opportunities for students in strategic areas.

OGE invites UGA faculty to propose and plan credit-bearing academic programs in Croatia that are 1-4 weeks long, ranging from 1-6 credits. A maximum of two proposals will be supported. Program director(s) of selected programs will receive an exploratory travel grant of up to $6,000 per program. After proposals are selected, program director(s) will be invited to submit anticipated expenses for their exploratory travel to OGE for approval. Expenses for economy class airfare, hotel, ground transportation, per diem, etc. will be considered. Please view the attached call for proposals for more information.

If you have any questions, please contact Jacob Moore.

Curriculum Materials Library spring semester hours

The Curriculum Materials Library hours have been extended from the fall semester. The CML spring hours are:


  • Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Fridays: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Sundays: 1-5 p.m.

Closed on the following Sundays:

  • Feb. 6
  • Feb. 13

Thank you for your support! It means a lot to us.

Kudos: Engelhard selected as president, chair of objective measurement society; Faculty members awarded UGA Presidential Interdisciplinary Seed Grant

Engelhard selected as president, chair of objective measurement organization

George Engelhard, professor in the College’s Department of Educational Psychology, was recently invited to serve as president, chair of the Pacific Rim Objective Measurement Society (PROMS), a nongovernmental professional organization promoting the subject of objective measurement.

PROMS promotes objective measurement and contributes to the research and development of Rasch measurement—a model used to analyze data—in the Pacific Rim.

“I am delighted to be invited to become the president of the Pacific Rim Objective Measurement Society (PROMS),” Engelhard said. “UGA is known for its service at multiple levels of society, and it is exciting to provide international leadership in my field of psychometrics to countries in the Pacific Rim and around the world.”

Read the full story on our website.

Faculty members awarded grant funding for interdisciplinary research teams

College of Education faculty members Anna Abraham, Edward Delgado-Romero, and Bernadette Heckman received grant funding for research proposals from the third round of UGA’s Presidential Interdisciplinary Seed Grant program.

Eleven grants totaling $1.5 million went to research proposals in November 2021, with Abraham, Delgado-Romero, and Heckman involved in different research teams.

Read the full story on the UGA Today website.