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  • April Academic Affairs Update

    Signing Off
    Newsletters can be a tricky publication. Unlike flyers, which are supposed to offer time-sensitive, single-idea messages, and brochures, which typically are informational and may be read by a variety of audiences, the newsletter genre is meant to reach out to new readers while cultivating and maintaining a sense of connection with current constituents. Read More


  • March Academic Affairs Update

    Presidential Honor for Community Service Awarded to UNI
    By Julianne Gassman, School of Kinesiology, Allied Health & Human Services; UNI Fellow for Community Engagement

    Since its launch a decade ago, The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll has recognized UNI every year; however, in 2015 the university won the Presidential Award in the Honor Roll's Economic Opportunity category. Read More


  • February Academic Affairs Update

    A Half-Century of Service
    By Mary Losch, Department of Psychology; Center for Social and Behavioral Research Director

    In 2017, the Center for Social and Behavioral Research (CSBR) will celebrate 50 years of service to UNI and the broader community, region and state. Read More


  • January Academic Affairs Update

    An Affinity for Inclusiveness

    In Fall 2015, the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President began sponsoring a series of new Affinity Group events, bringing together faculty and staff to strengthen campus as a welcoming environment. Read More


  • December Academic Affairs Update

    Interview: Dean Gaëtane Jean-Marie

    In June, Dr. Gaëtane Jean-Marie joined UNI as the College of Education's (COE) new dean. Dr. Jean-Marie holds a doctorate from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro as well as degrees from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She recently took time from her busy schedule to be interviewed. Read More

    Rod Library Wins National Award for Quest

    The American Library Association recently awarded Rod Library's innovative fundraising approach with the 2016 $2500 Gale Cengage Learning Financial Development Award. Read More


  • November Academic Affairs Update

    Into the Future: UNI's Strategic Plan

    Transitioning from last year's Academic Master Plan (AMP), in May a 30-member committee began the process for creating the 2017-22 University Strategic Plan. The Committee gathered significant input from faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors, and community leaders, and over the summer developed an initial draft of the Plan. Read More

    Transitioning from the Academic Master Plan

    The 2015-16 year's final issue of Academic Affairs Update described the Academic Master Plan's (AMP) February and March 2016 Brown Bag events, specifically how the AMP vision and mission statement drafts had been divided into four sections: “The University of Northern Iowa (Who We Are),” “Vision (Who We Aspire to Become),” “Mission (How We Will Get There),” and “Core Principles.” Read More


  • October Academic Affairs Update

    Any “What,” Every “Who:” 2016 Fall Faculty Workshop

    In late August, almost 175 UNI faculty built skills to strengthen hospitable learning atmospheres during the 2016 Fall Faculty Workshop on “Culturally Inclusive Classrooms in All Our Disciplines, for All Our Students.” UNI's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning facilitated the event. Read More

    Developing Leaders in 2015-16

    Throughout the 2015-16 year, the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs partnered with Faculty Senate Chair Steve O'Kane and Faculty Chair Scott Peters, to offer a Leadership Development Series. Read More


  • September Academic Affairs Update

    Dear Colleagues,

    Welcome to the 2016-17 academic year!

    I am honored to serve the faculty, students, and staff this year through the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. An exciting campus foundation has been built for the coming year, and I consistently hear “momentum” as the theme. My aim is to facilitate forward motion, towards the goals we collectively set during last year's Academic Master Plan discussions. Read More


  • 2015-2016 Faculty Award Recipients Announced

    Congratulations to the Faculty Award Recipients for 2015-2016!


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