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Convocation Week Schedule Spring 2015
Monday, January 5 – Friday, January 9, 9-3, Pedagogy that Works!  MAIN 1.304
Learn how to improve your classroom success with some tried and true teaching strategies for online and face to face classes. Need the CTL to stay late or open on the weekend?  Send an email to
Monday, January 5 – Friday, January 9, 9-3, Blackboard Help on new release A14, Rusteberg 108
We have some exciting news! UTB is upgrading to Blackboard 9.1 Release A14 that offers new improvements to the learning management system. This upgrade will take effect on
January 3, 2015.
Some of the new features include:
·        Student Preview
·        Safe Assign Deep Integration
·        Significant Figures
·        Anonymous & Delegating Grading
·        Digital Badges and Achievements
·        and more
Need help on Blackboard 9.1 Release A14? Contact our instructional designers in Rusteberg 108 and prepare for your classes or visit us online at
Monday, January 5 – Friday, January 9, 8-5, Assessment Help, By Appointment
Do you need help to complete your assessment activities?  Contact Dr. Steve Wilson, Director of Academic Assessment, 882- 7110 or
steve.wilson@utb.eduDr. Wilson can help you with SLO assessment, program reviews, non-teaching unit goal assessment, or comparing delivery systems.   
Tuesday, January 6
9-4:30               New Faculty Orientation, MAIN 1.304      
Contact Betsy Price, Director of the Center for Teaching & Learning, 882-7334,            
6 - 9 pm            New Adjunct Orientation, MAIN 1.304    
Contact Betsy Price, Director of the Center for Teaching & Learning, 882-7334,                     
Wednesday, January 7
8:30- 10            College of Education Faculty Meeting, MAIN 2.502
9-11:30             Academic Assessment Workshop, MAIN 1.502
Learn about course and program level outcome assessment. All faculty are invited, especially lecturers and new faculty. Contact Dr. Steve Wilson, Director of Academic Assessment, 882-7110,          
Thursday, January 8
8:30-10             College of Science, Math & Technology Faculty Meeting, LHSB 1.104 
                           College of Liberal Arts Faculty Meeting, MAIN 1.224
10-11                 Faculty Meeting, MAIN 1.502
The purpose of this general meeting of the faculty is to update faculty on transition to UTRGV and address concerns presented. The meeting is organized and will be facilitated by the elected officers of the UTB Faculty Senate.  All tenured and tenure-track professors should attend.
11:30-1             College of Nursing Faculty Meeting, LHSB 1.702  
12-1:30             College of Biomedical Sciences & Health Professions Faculty Meeting, BRHP 1.207
12-1:30             Link2Success Faculty Meeting, LHSB 1.102
Learn about the results of Link2Success and meet the tutors who will be offering the L2S study sessions for your classes. Dr. Therese Gallegos and Dr. Tom Britten will provide a brief presentation on using L2S leaders in their courses. Lunch will be served. L2S faculty, let us know you are coming for lunch, RSVP to

January 9
8-8:30am          President’s Reception, Veranda, Student Union
8:30-10:30        President’s Convocation, El Gran Salon, Student Union     
11-12:30           School of Business Faculty Meeting, MAIN 2.420
11-4                   NCATE Data Summit, MAIN 2.502
This will be a review of data collected on key assessments for each program area, including those programs that cross colleges such as math and science teacher education programs. Lunch will be served. Program faculty should RSVP to Kayla Reyes,
2-3:30               Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award (ROTA) Portfolio Workshop, MAIN 1.304
Receive guidance on preparing your portfolio for the Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching conducted by former ROTA winners. Open to three categories: tenured, tenure-track and contingent faculty (lecturers and adjuncts).The deadline for submitting materials to your dean is January 27, 2015.
Nomination requirements, selection criteria, and other relevant information can be found on the ROTA website at
Saturday, January 10      
2-3:30               Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award (ROTA) Portfolio Workshop, MAIN 1.304
                           See details in workshop description above for Fri, Jan 9 from 2-3:30.
Monday, January 12       
                           First Day of Class
There are many opportunities for faculty to meet and greet students during the first three weeks of welcome activities.
Please consider participating in the following events with students:
Wednesday, January 7-
Friday, January 30
                          Ocelot Weeks of Welcome           For more information click
Monday, January 19                      MLK Day of Service                         Sign up for a service project here.
8am-2pm                                         Student Union Lawn   
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