May 2022 Faculty Success Newsletter
Message from the Vice Provost for Faculty Success 

Greetings Mean Green Colleagues,

We are almost to the end of the semester! Many students are taking commencement pictures in front of Hurley and with the Scrappy statue next to the Union. As a faculty member, I also remember feeling the “whew” after turning in grades and looking forward to some rest and rejuvenation. I hope each of you can view the end of the semester with a celebratory perspective — how you’ve showed up in your teaching, through your creative activity and research, and in leading through service especially through a challenging year!

Faculty Success, along with the UNT Foundation, recognized our prestigious faculty in the Salute to Faculty Excellence event on April 19. The video is now available for your viewing. We are already working on our 2023 SFE event and are excited to hear the many accolades from this year’s event and also imagine how we can make the event even more personable and exciting. Please note that our 2023 UNT Foundation Award Call is now available with a deadline of Sept. 16, 2022.

As you turn an eagle eye toward summer, I hope you consider some opportunities to further innovate your teaching, apply for a prestigious award (Fulbright, anyone?), or participate in one of the many National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity workshops listed in our newsletter. The (free) 3-part series on going up for full professor and the ever-popular 14-Day Writing Challenge are personal favorites!

Finally, I hope you take time to recognize, celebrate, and learn about the rich Asian/Pacific American heritage in our local community during AAPI Heritage Month. Visit the IDEA website to learn about UNT's Asian-Pacific Islander campus organizations and view a calendar of events.
Talons up!


Holly M. Hutchins, Ph.D. (she/her)
Vice Provost for Faculty Success
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Invitation to Mark McLellan retirement celebration
Please join us in celebrating

Dr. Mark McLellan
Vice President for Research and Innovation

as he retires after 41 years in the academy

Tuesday, May 24
3:30–4:30 p.m.
Remarks at 3:45 p.m.

Diamond Eagle Suite
University Union 406

RSVP not required.
DSI CLEAR Fall Tech Prep Sessions
Center Student Inquiry and Reduce Grading Time with Packback Discussions 
May 9 | Noon–1:00 p.m. | Zoom
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In this virtual session, learn how Packback, an inquiry-driven online discussion pedagogy and platform, can improve learning outcomes, center student inquiry, and apply course content.

Packback integrates with Canvas grading and has automation built in to save you time. You will also hear firsthand from UNT faculty Packback adopters about the many benefits of incorporating this DSI CLEAR supported technology in your classes. In addition, you will learn about opportunities to join the DSI CLEAR research unit on journal-bound projects incorporating Packback in the classroom.
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Lunch Demo: Engage Students with iClicker 
May 10 | Noon–2:00 p.m.
SSB 102 and Teams | Register Now

Student response systems or "clickers" actively engage students with course content and improve learning outcomes. In this lunchtime demonstration session, a representative from iClicker will show UNT faculty how to use iClicker with Canvas grading, cloud requirements, and response options. You'll leave ready to use iClicker in your Fall 2022 course! Lunch will be provided for in-person attendees.
The Fall 2022 Faculty Book Group is one of the many collaborations to look forward to between Faculty Success and DSI CLEAR!

Connect with colleagues through conversations about highly acclaimed What Inclusive Instructors Do by Dr. Tracie M. Addy. Meetings will be held from 2:00–3:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month in the Faculty Lounge and will culminate with a visit from the author. Seats are limited.  
Growth Mindset: Summer Virtual Workshops
Syllabi Review: Promoting Equity, Belonging, and Growth Mindset from Day One
Learn about the results of the Student Experience Project’s First Day pilot supported by the Association of Public Land-grant Universities, College Transition Collaborative, and Coalition of Urban Serving Universities. Although the pilot focuses on the syllabus as a core document that sets expectations for the term, the suggested messaging will be applicable to many other venues for communication with students, including: Canvas, emails, lectures or asynchronous videos, and assignment instructions. Student feedback, tools, and materials from the pilot as well as UNT resources will be provided.

  • Friday, May 27
  • 10:00–11:00 a.m.
  • 3:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 31
  • 3:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, June 24
  • 10:00–11:00 a.m.
  • 3:00–4:00 p.m.

If you have any questions or would like pilot and resource information, please contact
Did you know UNT faculty, staff, and graduate students have access to all the online programming offered by the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity? NCFDD is a mentoring community designed to help academic professionals enhance their productivity in research and writing and improve their work-life balance.

It's quick and easy to activate your account through UNT's institutional membership, and you'll gain access to programs including:

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June 20–July 3, 2022

This outstanding free program can revitalize your writing practice in just 30 minutes a day. You'll hone the skills and habits that lead to explosive writing productivity with support from coaches, group accountability, and access to NCFDD's WriteNow custom software platform.
UNT Libraries
Resource Highlights
In many disciplines, the job market today frequently seeks skills in using data. Sage Research Methods has a great introduction to quantitative and qualitative data, and ready-made datasets for use in teaching. The Libraries also provide hundreds of other datasets that are available to include in your curricula!
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The UNT community has a rich variety of cultures and interests. Recent online additions related to diversity, equity, and inclusion at UNT Libraries include the Digitalia Film Library: Africa CollectionRoutledge History of Feminism database, and the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History.
International Affairs
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Deadline Extended:
Summer 2023 Faculty-led Study Abroad Program Proposals
Interested in leading a Summer 2023 Study Abroad Program? Submit your proposal April 15 through July 31!
Japan Studies Institute Fellows
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Assistant Professor
Mayborn School of Journalism
Associate Professor
Director of Foundations
College of Visual Arts and Design
Congratulations to our Summer 2022 Japan Studies Institute Fellows! The Japan Studies Institute is a multidisciplinary, national faculty development institute focused on helping participants integrate Japanese studies into their undergraduate curricula. 
Upcoming Fulbright Deadlines
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Fulbright Scholar Program applications due Sept. 15

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program's 2023-24 competition is open, featuring over 400 awards offered in more than 130 countries in all world regions. Fulbright U.S. Scholar Awards allow academics and professionals, and artists to teach, research, and carry out professional projects abroad.
Upcoming Fulbright Specialist Program deadlines: May 11 and July 6

The Fulbright Specialist Program supports short-term project-based exchanges abroad. For additional information and application assistance, contact
Celebrating Fulbright Faculty
Portrait of UNT professor Andrew Torget
UNT portraits of Sarah Moore and Cindy Watson
Congratulations to Dr. Andrew Torget, associate professor of history, who will spend the Spring 2023 semester in Germany as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar.
Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Moore, assistant professor of social work, and Dr. Cindy Watson, senior lecturer/master teacher in Teach North Texas, for being selected to participate in the 2022 Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program to Norway! 
In the News
Incoming UNT ELEVAR student featured on NBC DFW's Today Show
In case you missed it, take a moment to meet Jaylen Walker, who will be joining the second cohort of UNT ELEVAR, one of only two 4-year college programs in the state for students with intellectual disabilities.

UNT ELEVAR is thriving thanks to the vision, passion, and dedication of our incredible faculty leaders:

Follow @UNTELEVAR on Twitter to see more success stories and meet more new students!
Faculty Spotlights
Photo of UNT professor Christopher Todd
Assistant Professor, History

Congratulations to Dr. Todd, who received a 2022-2023 fellowship at the Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University. The center brings US history scholars together in a spirit of creativity and collaboration and grants fellows access to Harvard’s extensive resources.
Portrait of UNT professor Wesley Edwards
Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership

Dr. Edwards has been awarded a two-year $225,000 grant from the Communities Foundation of Texas (W.W. Caruth, Jr. Fund) for his project Investigating North Texas Teacher Pipelines: Analysis of New Teacher Careers and Student Outcomes.
Congratulations, Dr. Edwards!
Commencement Update from UNT Police
Graduation season is upon us, giving us the chance to celebrate the success of our students! 

For the first time since 2019, we will have full graduation. However, since the city is also back in full swing and will have continuing construction on North Texas Boulevard, patience and awareness will be key to ending the semester strong.

There will be an increase in traffic from guests during UNT commencements, May 13–15, and several high school graduations hosted at the Coliseum throughout the rest of May. The largest high school graduation will be the weekend before Memorial Day. We highly suggest you avoid the area around the Coliseum since we expect traffic congestion and intermittent lane closures.

To avoid traffic headaches, faculty participating in UNT’s commencement may want to park in Lot 4, behind Chilton Hall near Avenue C and Chestnut Street. (Extra tip: If you come in from the North, you will find arriving and exiting MUCH easier!) Graduates and visitors are asked to park in Lot 20 near the highway. Those with ADA needs may park in Lot 27, in front of Rawlins Hall and the Coliseum ticket office.

We’ll continue to keep you updated on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @UNTPolice. Thank you for another great academic year and remember you can always reach out to UNT’s Community Relations Officer, Cpl. David Causey, at or 940-369-7691. 
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