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University Enrollment Up for Fall Semester

During a time when many universities across the nation are experiencing declining enrollment, the University of Montevallo saw an overall increase in its number of students for the fall.

“The fact that enrollment has increased as we begin the year is a testament to Montevallo’s deep commitment to student success and to the personal attention our faculty and staff impart to the students we serve,” said Dr. John W. Stewart III, UM president. “We are immensely proud of our wonderful students and happy to grow the UM family, especially at such an unusual time in our nation’s history.” Read more.


College Colors Day Sept. 4

Show “You Belong at Montevallo” by wearing your purple and gold on Friday, Sept. 4, for College Colors Day.  Those showing the most school spirit will win a Montevallo spirit pack.  Categories include faculty, staff, students and alumni.  To participate, post your photo on social media with the hashtags #IBelongAtMontevallo  and #CollegeColorsDay.


COVID-19 Dashboard

The University of Montevallo recently launched a COVID-19 dashboard in an effort to provide transparent information regarding COVID-19 campus testing data and measures taken to prevent the spread of the disease. Data will be updated on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays each week and can be accessed at

Sentinel testing of students, faculty and staff through GuideSafe is currently scheduled to begin the week of Monday, Sept. 7.


Professional Development and Group Support Opportunities

This fall the Malone Center will offer two opportunities for professional development and group support:

  1. Pandemic PD will be our professional development series for the semester. These sessions will be hosted Wednesdays at noon through Zoom. The sessions will begin with a brief presentation about the week’s topic, followed by an open discussion among participants. The first Pandemic PD will be held Wednesday, Sept. 2, and will discuss engaging students on Zoom. Register at this link to receive login information for the sessions.
  2. The Malone Center staff will hold Virtual Office Hours every Thursday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. also through Zoom. Drop in at your convenience for support with your classes. Whether you need help designing an activity, using Canvas, ensuring your course materials are accessible or adopting a tech tool, we are here to answer your questions! Log in at this link.

Teach an Honors Course in 2021

While you may not know the modality yet, you can still apply to teach an Honors Program course for spring or summer 2021! All full-time faculty, with the approval of their chair, may request to teach either a 1- or 3-credit honors class. This can be a stand-alone honors class or a cross-listed honors class. Any professor teaching an honors course as an overload will be compensated with a stipend. Please apply online at this link and contact Dr. Cathlena Martin with any questions.


Streaming Film Option for Faculty

Faculty, if you need to stream films for your students, Carmichael Library may be able to help. The library has purchased one-year streaming rights for 50 films (to be selected by UM faculty) from Swank Digital Campus. Faculty can identify films they need for class in the Swank library located at and notify Amanda Melcher of the titles. Once the films are set up, they will be available to students and faculty from on or off campus for one year. These films are accessible from mobile devices (with the Swank app) as well as from computers, and offer options to turn on captions and subtitles. For more information, please contact Amanda Melcher.


Campus Food Pantry

As you get settled in on campus, consider bringing a donation of non-perishable food items for the UM Campus Food Pantry. The pantry exists to serve students facing food insecurity or hunger. Any currently enrolled student has access to the pantry, can leave donations or request short-term assistance by contacting Counseling Services.

To make a contactless donation, simply leave your non-perishable food and toiletry items on Puryear House porch and let Counseling Services know by email or by calling 205-665-6245. Learn more about the Campus Food Pantry.


Learning Enrichment Center

As part of the Falcon Success Center (FSC), the LEC is excited to offer a combination of in-person and online tutoring services in a variety of courses this fall. If you would like to have a representative speak to your class about the FSC and LEC, or need a short statement about the LEC to place on your syllabus or Canvas page, please contact Jessica Robbins. We look forward to working with your students!


University Scholar Nominations Now Open

The nomination period for the 2020-2021 University Scholar is now open. The University Scholar is named in recognition of exceptional achievement in areas of research, creativity and scholarship. The recipient is recognized at the Founders’ Day Convocation with a plaque and a monetary award of $1,250. The University Scholar is then expected to give a presentation to the University community before the end of the academic year.

Eligibility: The nominee must be a professor who has completed at least five years of service at UM in a tenured or tenure-track position.

Criteria for Selection: The nominee is expected to have produced a body of work recognized as excellent by an audience of peers beyond the institution. This work may be comprised of peer-reviewed publications and presentations, including not only traditional forms of scholarship but also performances, creative writing, musical composition, event production, exhibitions and other activities that reflect a commitment to research, creativity and scholarly endeavors. In addition, the nominee should show a pattern of sustained engagement in this quality work, as well as promise for its continuance.

Nominating Process: Nominators should be those with knowledge of the nominee’s research, scholarship and/or creative achievements. No self-nominations will be accepted. Letters of nomination should be sent via email as either attached Word documents or within the body of the text to Dr. Jim Murphy, chairperson of the University Scholar Selection Committee, by the end of the business day on Friday, Sept. 11. The email subject line for all nominations should read “2020-2021 University Scholar Nomination for ___________.” All nominees will then be contacted with a request for a CV and supporting documentation. This material should also be submitted to Murphy by Friday, Sept. 18. Nominees from the immediately previous academic year still require new letters of nomination, but need only submit updated materials reflecting current work.


Grants and Sabbatical Opportunities for Faculty

The Faculty Development Advisory Committee is now accepting applications for the following funding mechanisms:

Summer Stipend for Pre-Tenured Faculty
The Summer Stipend Program is intended to assist pre-tenured faculty in completing research or creative projects at a critical time in their careers. The program provides a $5,000 stipend for two months of continuous full-time research or creative endeavor during the summer of the award year.

Sabbatical Leave
Sabbatical leave provides faculty with opportunities for professional development, scholarly pursuits and professional and intellectual renewal.

Teaching and Scholarly Projects Grants
Teaching and Scholarly Projects Grants are designed to support and promote faculty innovation in scholarship, creative endeavors and/or teaching. The grant provides up to $2,000 for supplies and expenses necessary to achieve the project’s stated goals. Eligible expenses include, but are not limited to, the purchase of books, software and consumable materials; the payment of student assistant(s); and the payment or reimbursement of participant expenses.

The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18. More information about the application process, links to the application forms and application templates are available on the FDAC webpage. Any questions may be directed to FDAC leadership by emailing


Parking Permit Registration 

For instructions on how to register your vehicle for a 2020-2021 parking permit, please visit this link. Should you have any questions or concerns, contact the University Police Department at 205-666-6155. If you have already registered for a 2020-2021 permit, or you are an employee who already has a permit, you may disregard this notice.

Faculty/Staff Highlights

The University of Montevallo National Alumni Association (UMNAA) announced Collin Williams, professor of art, as the recipient of the 2020 Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award. The purpose of the award is to honor a UM professor’s dedication to the provision of a quality education and his/her impact upon students through the teaching-learning process.

The UMNAA also announced the recipient of the 2020 Outstanding Staff Service Award is Coty Jones, director of facilities. The award recognizes a staff member’s excellence in service and loyalty to the University.

The awards will be presented during Founders’ Day activities in October. At that time, the recipients will also receive a plaque and a gift of $1,000 from the UMNAA.

Student Highlights

UM women’s soccer student athlete Tylor Ring was awarded with the Gulf South Conference Degree Completion Grant, the conference office announced last week. Full details.

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Upcoming Events

Aug. 31
Food Truck: City Bowls 
Anna Irvin Dining Hall 
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  

Sept. 4
College Colors Day
Sept. 7
Labor Day
University Closed
Sept. 11
Faculty Senate Meeting
2 p.m.

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