December 2012 Issue
Next P&A Senate meeting:
Friday, February 1st, 9:30am-11:30am,
location and speakers TBA [watch for an email from your P&A
Special Note from the P&A Chair, Ann Hagen
Greetings from the P&A Senate! 2012
has been a busy year and we aim to keep our going in 2013. At
their December 2012 meeting, the Board of Regents discussed the proposed
changes to the University's most prestigious education awards.
Those changes include expanding eligibility to instructional P&A
staff. The Regents' Committee on Staff, Students, and Faculty
affairs was quite open to the changes and the proposal passed without
contest this month. We get the final answer in February 2013
meeting when the full Board votes on the proposal, but I fully expect we
will start the year with a big WIN for P&As!
On behalf of the P&A Senators, I wish you a calm end to 2012 and exciting prospects in 2013!
FINAL REMINDER! Nominate Outstanding Teachers
Pending final approval in February, both
faculty and P&A teachers will be eligible to be nominated for the
2013 Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Undergraduate
Education Award and the Award for Outstanding Contributions to
Postbaccalaureate, Graduate and Professional Education. See the official announcement.
While January 17 is the deadline for submitting nominations, all
nominations must come through a college office, which will have earlier
P&A Outstanding Unit Award
It's not too early to begin thinking about a unit that could be nominated for the P&A Outstanding Unit Award (OUA). Nomination forms will be available in January 2013.
Opportunities to be part of U Governance
P&A Senate: The
P&A Senate Outreach Committee is working on restructuring the
representative units for the Senate. With changes to System Academic
Administration and other units we want to be sure that all P&A
colleagues are represented in the P&A Senate. In February the Senate
will vote on the proposed changes so that units will be able to elect
representatives that would start in July. Keep an eye out in spring to
see if your unit has an election - it is a great chance to be part of
the governance structure of the University. Learn more about the P&A Senate.
University Senate Committees:
Committees are the critical point at which University policies and
decisions on intellectual property, tenure, grading, evaluation of
instruction, the budget, allocation of indirect cost funds, athletics,
electronic privacy, salaries, openness in research, health insurance,
and many other matters important to the University community are debated
and resolved. Click here for the brief application and a description of the committees. The application deadline is Wednesday, January 9, 2013.
Reminder! Take advantage of UPerks
---- Special U of MN employee discounts
currently focused on the opportunities available near the Twin Cities
Snippets from the Spring 2012 Survey of U of MN P&A Employees
Of the P&A employees responding to
"Under what kind of appointment contract are you employed?"
86.4% Annual renewable
2.8% Multi-year renewable
4.0% Do not know
PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
P&A Brown Bag Presentation
Tuesday, February 19th, 12:00PM-1:00PM
During this fun filled teaching-focused
session, you will have opportunity to hear from two speakers from the
College of Education and Human Development on the Twin Cities campus ~
Dr. Michelle Everson will discuss designing and teaching hybrid and
online courses and Mary Beth Kelley will share a variety of cooperating
learning activities geared for college-aged students.
Please join us for the P&A Senate
Brown Bag at 325 Education Sciences, 56 East River Road, Minneapolis or
via UMConnect. View previous P&A Brown Bag Sessions online.
PROFESSIONAL & ADMINISTRATIVE EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT
James Skurla is the Director of the UMD
Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) in the Labovitz School
of Business and Economics. To learn about about how James makes a
difference at the U, see P&A Employee Spotlight.
Katie is the Enology Project Leader in
the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences. To
learn about about how Katie makes a difference at the U, see P&A Employee Spotlight
This e-mail was sent to all current P&A staff at the University of Minnesota by the P&A Senate.