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  • Regents approve the 2016-2017 faculty promotion and tenure list

    At the meeting of the Iowa Board of Regents on April 21 in Council Bluffs, the faculty and tenure cases for 2016-17 at the three regent universities were approved, including the 28 cases at the University of Northern Iowa.  The new titles and promotions take effect on July 1.

  • April Academic Affairs Update

    Academic Master Plan Continues Development

    In December 2015, Provost and Executive Vice President Jim Wohlpart announced to the UNI community the creation of Academic Master Plan (AMP) vision and mission drafts—results from the fall semester’s cross-campus discussion, open forums, and online surveys.

    Recognizing the UNI 7

    An event organized by a Diversity Advisory subcommittee recently commemorated the 1970 activism of seven UNI students, whose work initiated what today is the Center for Multicultural Education.

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  • March Academic Affairs Update

    Diversity Matters at UNI
    By Dr. Stephanie Logan, Assistant Professor (Curriculum and Instruction)

    In early January, students, faculty, staff, and administrative representatives from the Diversity Advisory Committee (DAC) and the Diversity and Inclusion Council began collaboration on a Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan for UNI.

    A New Type of PIEER Group
    By Julie Grunklee, M.A. Candidate (Community Health Education)

    Last year saw the launch of the Panther Initiative for Environmental Equity and Resilience (PIEER). PIEER is a partnership among UNI students, faculty dedicated to sustainability issues, and the Recycling Reuse Technology Transfer Center (RRTTC).

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  • UNI Response to TIER Academic Review

  • February Academic Affairs Update

    Local Students Are Full STE(A)M Ahead

    By Dr. Annette Lynch, School of Applied Human Sciences Director and Professor (Textiles and Apparel)

    Gabriela Olivares Named UNI-NCBI Diversity Fellow

    Harry Brod Named UNI-NCBI Director

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  • January Academic Affairs Update

    RISE-ing to the Challenge: UNI Refugee and Immigrant Support and Empowerment
    By Dr. Adrienne Lamberti and Katy Resop Benway, Post-Baccalaureate Candidate (English)

    Iowa has one of the fastest growing refugee populations in the nation; Waterloo alone is home to more than 2,000 refugees from Burma, and between 100-200 Congolese immigrants. Read More

    Writing the World
    By Marci Swank, M.A. in English (2015)

    Students who've experienced it have called it one of UNI's best-kept secrets. Non-profit, not-for-profit, and for-profit organizations come back to it repeatedly. It has generated hundreds of communications impacting local, state, and inter/national audiences. Read More

  • TIER Efficiency Reports

    Academic Cases:

    1 - AdAstra Course Scheduling Report  (Note:  Reports for all three Regents Universities included; UNI's report is the third report.)

    2 - Pappas: Review for Enrollment Management and e-Learning

    Pappas and AdAstra Report Survey 

    Additional reports regarding TIER Efficiency Project can be found at: Efficiency and Transformation Study website.

  • November Academic Affairs Update

    Academic Master Plan Evolves

    By Kayley Lobberecht, M.A. Candidate (Post-Secondary Education) and Dr. Adrienne Lamberti

    President Ruud's charge to the Academic Affairs Division to develop an Academic Master Plan (AMP)—including a vision, mission, and strategic goals and outcomes—now has elicited several working drafts. Read More

    Migrating Knowledge from the World into the Classroom: 2015 Fall Faculty Workshop

    In late August, almost 200 UNI faculty explored innovative teaching strategies during the 2015 Fall Faculty Workshop on “Improving Students’ Critical Thinking Skills.” Read More

  • October Academic Affairs Update

    New eLearning Course Encourages Student Success via Quality Advising

    By Dr. Susan Hill, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Director

    Students are best served by advising that is accurate and efficient. Just in time for the fall semester, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) has launched a new Advisor Development eLearning course. The course guides participants in five areas of core knowledge: Advising at UNI, Advisor Toolbox of Relational Skills, Referrals and Forms, Undergraduate Degrees and the Liberal Arts Core, Reading an Advisement Report, and Navigating the SIS. Read More