University-Wide News

The 2018/2019 Staff Performance Evaluation process will begin June 3. More information will be provided as that date approaches. Meanwhile, Staff Performance Evaluation & Merit-Based Compensation training for staff employees and supervisors is available online. Links to training for employees and training for supervisors are provided, as well as links to information about the process.

The TWU Staff Council will meet 10 a.m., Thursday, May 16, in room 101 of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus, with videoconferencing to room 4302 in Dallas and room 6305 in Houston. Guest speakers Tony Yardley and Holly Harris (human resources) will present information on merit-based compensation and employee benefits. Light refreshments will be provided, and all TWU staff are invited to attend. The council also is asking for feedback on the Pioneer Proud recognition initiative. Give them your opinion by completing a brief survey.

The Call for Proposals for the 14th Annual Teaching and Learning Symposium (TLS) is now open. The Office of Teaching and Learning with Technology is looking for presentations that feature successful teaching and learning with TWU’s classroom technologies, online technologies, or Canvas. The deadline to submit a presentation proposal is June 14. This year’s TLS will be 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22 in Denton. Visit the TLT Professional Development Events page for more information.

Faculty: Are you committed to transitioning to a low- or no-cost textbook or other resources for courses taught Fall 2019-Summer 2020? If so, your department could be eligible to win $5,000! To submit your information for the Departmental Award for Textbook Savings:

  1. Read the guidelines
  2. Fill out the Word version of the submission form for your records
  3. Fill out the online application form

The deadline for submissions is May 31.

Questions? Contact Amanda Zerangue at or 81-3747.

  • Provost Alan Utter has accepted a position at Arkansas State University as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, effective July 1, 2019. Effective June 1, Carolyn Kapinus, Graduate School dean, will become Interim provost for TWU and Claire Sahlin, associate dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, will serve as interim graduate school dean.
  • If you missed the Faculty and Staff Awards ceremony April 11, or if you want another look at the 2019 recipients, check out the awards page by Academic Affairs. The page includes photos and bios of all awardees.
  • Do you work with an undergraduate staff or faculty advisor who has made an impact on you, your department and/or students? Nominate that person for an Outstanding Academic Advising award! There are three award categories: New Advisor of the Year, Advisor of the Year, and Faculty Advisor of the Year. Deadline for nominations is Friday, April 26. Awards will be presented at the final Advisor Professional Development Event on May 22.
  • Reminder: Nominations for Staff Council are due May 1. Staff members through the director level who have a minimum of six months’ service at TWU and are not represented by Faculty Senate are eligible. Nominate yourself or a staff member you know today! Questions? Contact Robin Shawn at or 81-4119.
  • Applications for scholars and mentors for the 2019-2020 Pioneer Teaching and Learning Academy are due by 5 p.m., May 17. The academy provides expert peer support and a forum for growth/enhancement in teaching and learning. Each participant (scholar) will be paired with a mentor, with additional support from the Office of Teaching and Learning with Technology. The team will collaborate to transform the teaching and learning practices of the scholars and disseminate their projects to colleagues.

  • The TWU Staff Council Membership and Elections Committee is accepting nominations to serve on Staff Council. Staff members through the director level who have a minimum of six months’ service at TWU and are not represented by Faculty Senate are eligible. Nominate yourself or someone you know — use the unique Google Form link that was sent to your TWU email address and submit your nomination. Nominations are due May 1. Candidates must submit their photo/bio/statement by June 5. Voting will take place June 18-July 2. Questions? Contact Robin Shaw at or 81-4119.
  • TWU’s Academic Testing Services is offering free CLEP (College-Level Examination Program) testing for military personnel, their spouses and civilian employees of the U.S. Air Force. Check it out!

  • Katie McWain (English) and Aimee Myers (teacher education) have been named Academic Assessment Faculty Fellows for Spring 2019. McWain and Myers are working on individual assessment projects this semester that will contribute to their departments and the university.
  • The TWU Staff Council will hold its monthly meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 11 in Stoddard Hall 308 in Denton, room 8720 in Dallas and room 6305 in Houston. Guest speakers include Katherine Green and Kimberly Grubb from the Office of the General Counsel. See the agenda. The meeting is open to the TWU community.

  • The Texas Woman’s University Board of Regents has called a special meeting for 4 p.m. Thursday, April 4. See the agenda.
  • The Schools of Health Promotion & Kinesiology and Occupational Therapy are teaming up to support a sensory friendly event at the Frisco RoughRiders vs. Midland RockHounds baseball game Sunday, April 7. Autism Awareness Night begins at 4:05 p.m. at the Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco. Tickets are $12 (+ service fee) and include the best seat available, pregame catch on the field, postgame kids run the bases, and sensory friendly stations. Purchase your tickets online by Friday, April 5.
  • Claire Sahlin, associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences, has been selected to serve as interim dean of the Graduate School beginning in mid-May. Sahlin previously served as interim chair of biology and founding chair and program director for the department of multicultural women’s and gender studies. She developed and gained approval for the first Ph.D. program in women’s studies in Texas.

  • Suit up! Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend a TWU/JCPenney Suit-Up Event Sunday, March 31. The event will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Golden Triangle Mall in Denton and 4 to 7 p.m. at Stonebriar Centre in Frisco. Discounts, prizes, mini makeovers and more await. Make sure to bring your TWU ID! Houston employees also can participate in the event. Pick up coupons in the Houston Student Life Office; they're good through May.
  • Did you receive an email from Great Colleges to Work For asking that you complete the 2019 Faculty & Staff Survey? Members of Texas Woman’s faculty and staff were randomly selected to participate in the initiative, which is designed to recognize colleges across the country that have demonstrated workplace excellence. A special insert recognizing institutions that are creating great workplaces will be published in the September issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Each institution will receive reports summarizing its results. Honest feedback is critical, and the survey is confidential. If you have been chosen to participate, please complete the survey by midnight April 5.
  • Reminder: Student stories are needed for the May commencement ceremonies. Send your student story ideas to Jennifer Martin at by Monday, April 1. Be sure to send the student’s name, campus, major, undergraduate or graduate status, and a sentence or two describing why the student should be featured. The stories will be reviewed for consideration for inclusion in Chancellor Feyten’s ceremony remarks. Due to the number of submissions, not all students may be featured.

  • Congratulations to this year's Staff Award recipients: Heather Davis (office of technology) - Award of Excellence, Patrice Armor (office of technology) - Outstanding Achievement Award, Sandy Owens (research & sponsored programs) - Outstanding Achievement Award, and Angie Fielder (Center for Faculty Excellence) - Deborah A. Brown and Mona S. Hersch-Cochran TWU Alumni Volunteer Leadership Award. All are invited to the Faculty and Staff Awards ceremony at 2:30 p.m., April 11, in the Library Living Room.
  • Spring course evaluations will be open April 3-13. Please mention this in your classes. To customize your evaluation, visit
  • Interested in being considered for 2019-2020 academic year committee membership? An online interest form is available through March 29 at

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