A faculty member’s guide to the fall semester

A faculty member’s guide to the fall semester

By Life@TheU

A faculty member’s guide to the fall semester

By Life@TheU

With the start of the fall classes this week, University of Miami faculty are diving right back into the swing of the new school year. Here are a few things worth noting.

2019 Faculty Showcase

This annual teaching and learning conference invites University faculty, staff, and graduate students to discover meaningful teaching initiatives, strategies, and resources with the goal of supporting faculty development and impact student learning. Hosted by Academic Technologies, the free event will be held on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Donna E. Shalala Student Center. Breakfast, lunch, and refreshments are included. Register now to attend.

Interested in sharing your teaching and learning ideas and innovations at the University of Miami? Contact academictechnologies@miami.edu to learn more.

All about Faculty Senate

Faculty members have the opportunity to share in the planning and governance of the University through the Faculty Senate. As a deliberative and legislative body, the Senate plays an important role in a number of collegial matters, including academic policies, proposals for developing new programs and degree approvals, compensation and the annual budgets, and reviews of chairs and deans.

Meetings are open to all faculty members and held monthly during the academic year typically on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m., unless noted. View the 2019-20 meeting schedule. Note: The meeting on Sept. 4 at 5 p.m. on the medical campus will be hosted by President Frenk. 

Newly elected Senate leaders

In April, the Faculty Senate elected new officers for the 2019-20 academic year, which include the Miami Business School’s Linda Neider as chair, the School of Law’s JoNel Newman as first vice chair, and the Miller School of Medicine’s Helen Bramlett as second vice chair. Senators are elected from each school for three year terms and Senate officers are elected annually. 

Faculty Senate awards

Each spring the Faculty Senate awards are presented to three individuals. These include the James W. McLamore Outstanding Service Award, the Outstanding Teaching Award, and the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award. Submit your nomination to facsen@miami.edu by Wednesday, Oct. 23 for consideration.

Get the scoop

View the latest version of the Faculty Senate manual, which contains the Faculty Handbook. This document describes additional policies governing life at the University, such as consulting, ethics, conflicts of interest, harassment, outside speakers, discoveries and inventions, and classroom duties. 

Know how to get in touch with Faculty Affairs and where to view a list of deans and department chairs

Employee perks

The Faculty Club is open to all faculty and staff for lunch between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters. Purchase a meal plan and enjoy the buffet-style variety serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the residential dining halls, located at Hecht-Stanford and Mahoney-Pearson residential colleges.

Enjoy discounts on purchases made at the Coral Gables campus store by presenting your ’Cane Card

Stay in the know

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