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New Faculty Orientation 2020

Welcome to UA! The Office for Academic Affair’s New Faculty Orientation provides an introduction to UA’s campus culture and opportunities to meet with essential campus offices to enhance your teaching skills and knowledge of resources available to support your research, scholarly and creative work.

Due to ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19 and prioritizing the health and safety of faculty, students and staff the Office for Academic Affairs is planning a virtual New Faculty Orientation from 8:30-1:00pm on Monday, August 17th.

 Please Register to ensure we can contact you with the latest information as it becomes available.

Please reach out to the Office for Academic Affairs with any questions at

Provost Faculty Success Initiative – Campus Workshop – February 21st

Post-Tenure Pathfinders:  How and Why to chart your own path after winning tenure

Presenter: Dr. Joy Gaston Gayles, North Carolina State University

  • Friday, February 21, 2020
  • Bryant Conference Center
  • Birmingham Room
  • Lunch 11:30—12:30 pm
  • Workshop: 12:30—3:30 pm

Faculty Mentoring Workshop for any tenured faculty.  Please RSVP by February 14th.

Provost Faculty Success Initiative – Campus Workshop – November 22nd

Mentoring 101: How to Get What You Need to Thrive in the Academy

Presenter: Dr. Lisa Hanasono, Bowling Green State University

  • Friday, November 22, 2019
  • Bryant Conference Center
  • Rast Room
  • Lunch 11:30—12:30 pm
  • Workshop: 12:30—3:30 pm

Faculty Mentoring Workshop for Deans, Department Chairs, Mid-Career faculty and Junior Faculty.  Please RSVP by November 15th.

Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Workshop – October 23rd

How to Thrive in the Academy When You’re the Only ____ In Your Department

  • Wednesday, October 23rd
  • Bryant Conference Center
  • 9:00 am–4:00 pm

This Solo Success workshop provides essential tools for underrepresented faculty to identify and confront the challenges that are unique to their experience on campus.  This workshop mitigates these challenges by providing a framework for achieving solo success.  Participants learn how to prioritize their research/writing among teaching and service demands, engage in self-care, and how to avoid burnout, loneliness and isolation.

Sponsored by the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.   Please RSVP by October 21st.  For more information please contact: Osielia Lewis at

Provost Faculty Success Initiative

Rethinking Mentoring: How to Build Communities of Inclusion, Support and Accountability

Presenter: Dr. Mindi Thompson, University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Tuesday, September 24, 2019
  • Bryant Conference Center
  • Rast Room A
  • Lunch 11:30—12:30 pm
  • Workshop: 12:30—3:30 pm

Faculty Mentoring Workshop for Administrators, Department Chairs, Center Directors and Tenured Faculty Mentors.  Please RSVP by September 17th.

Mayer named UA’s first Provost Faculty Fellow

Headshot of Dr. Carmen Mayer
Dr. Carmen Mayer

The University of Alabama’s Office for Academic Affairs has established the Provost Faculty Fellow Program, a professional development and leadership program for tenured faculty.

The first faculty member selected for this program is Dr. Carmen Mayer, associate professor of French in the Department of Modern Languages and Classics. She is also the campus representative for the Boren Awards, which support study abroad opportunities in countries considered critical to national security.

“The fellowship is an opportunity to learn from our leadership how to put my particular skills to work for more students,” said Mayer, whose specialty is 19th century French literature.

“I am partly drawn by the administrative training aspect, but the project development part of the fellowship is a great way to get creative about connecting more students with opportunities and reducing barriers to achievement. That’s exciting to me.”

The program’s initial focus is on the Project Rising Tide Student Success Initiative, a campus-wide effort designed to support the first goal of UA’s Strategic Plan. The initiative identifies best practices, develops campus resources, establishes pilot projects to assist students and works with faculty and staff to build environments to give all students the chance to succeed. This is part of what inspired Mayer to pursue the fellowship.

“The long and short of it is that I love working with and for students,” she said. “When I first read about the initiative, it was clear this is all about students and helping them achieve success here at the Capstone. My special field connects with the global perspective part, of course, but I also have a lot of experience working with scholarships, fellowships and international education.”

Through the fellowship, Mayer is focused on a project called Scholarship/Fellowship Access. She said it fosters a culture of achievement by making more students aware of internal and external funding opportunities for research and study abroad. She is also working on a new web portal for the Academic Resource Hub, which will merge information about award and funding opportunities.

“If we have a one-stop web location where these opportunities are showcased, we’ve addressed the first barrier, which is awareness,” said Mayer. “Another key consideration is timing. We need to connect students with information very early on for planning purposes, so it’s about getting the right information to the right people at the right time.” Mayer said she desires to see students from every corner of campus and academic background become expert opportunity seekers, and supporting this culture of achievement requires time and personnel resources. While many faculty members and advisors already spend countless hours writing letters of recommendations and helping students to polish their applications, she said this is a crucial collaborative effort and makes PRT a worthy investment.

“Current research on study abroad, for example, shows a direct and tangible correlation between international academic experiences and student success, including on-time graduation rates, particularly for underrepresented students,” said Mayer. “My longer-term hope is that UA will put resources behind this effort. In the shorter term, I’ll know I’ve contributed to the PRT initiative when more students than ever are applying for and winning awards.”

Project Rising Tide Annual Spring Student Success Workshop

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Claire Major, University of Alabama
Tuesday, April 9th, 2019
Bryant Conference Center
Rast Room
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Claire Major is a Professor of Higher Education in the University of Alabama’s College of Education. Early in her career, she taught more than forty sections of English, including developmental studies, freshman composition, and sophomore literature. During this time she worked at two-year institutions; including a two-year historically black college, a two-year technical institution, and a large urban community college; and four-year institutions, including a comprehensive university and a large research university.

Now, she teaches masters and doctoral level courses in the Higher Education Administration program. She also conducts research on pedagogical approaches and student engagement. She has authored and co-authored several books, including three with Elizabeth Barkley published in the Wiley/Jossey Bass College Teaching Techniques series: Interactive Lecturing, Learning Assessment Techniques, and Collaborative Learning Techniques. She has also published Online learning: A guide to theory, research, and practice and Teaching for Learning (with Michael Harris and Todd Zakrajsek).​

UA Standing Committee preference survey

Committee participation by faculty and staff members is vital to the life of our institution.  Each year, the University of Alabama Committee on University Committees is responsible for making recommendations to the President concerning the membership of various University Standing Committees.

Please take this opportunity to indicate your interest in serving on a University level Standing Committee beginning in the 2019-20 academic year. In general, an appointment to a University level Standing Committee is a three-year commitment. In some cases, however, the Committee on University Committees may find it necessary to make shorter term (i.e., one-year or two-year) appointments to fill vacancies which may occur due to retirements or resignations.

This online Committee Preferences Survey will be open through 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 25, 2019.  Completion of the survey will take between 5 and 10 minutes. We encourage you to take the survey today. Access the survey by clicking on the link.

If you have questions or concerns regarding the Committee Preferences Survey or the work of the Committee on University Committees, please email Dr. JoAnn Oliver at  If you have any technical difficulties in completing the survey, please e-mail Jason Phillips at for assistance.

Thank you for your time and consideration, Roll Tide!

Request for pre-proposals – Course Innovation Program

The Office for Academic Affairs is pleased to announce a request for pre-proposals for course innovation projects in support of our continued collective campus efforts to increase retention and student success.

Thank you for your dedication and continued efforts to increase retention and support our students’ academic successes!

Patricia A. Sobecky, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
Executive Director, Alabama Water Institute
Office for Academic Affairs
The University of Alabama
Rose Administration Bldg Room 254
Box 870114
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
Office 205-348-8314