COVID-19 Reporting for Students
As we all continue to work together to keep the UM campus safe and healthy this semester, it is very important that the University be notified of any student positive COVID-19 tests.
If you are made aware of a student who has tested positive for COVID-19, please direct them to the University’s COVID-19 reporting form at montevallo.edu/reportcovid as soon as possible. When emailing students the link to the form, please copy UM’s COVID-19 case manager, Janna Sutherland, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once a student fills out the form, the University will follow up with appropriate instructions related to quarantining and other safety measures.
UMNAA Mask Initiative
Recently, 575 masks (handmade and purchased by alumni) were delivered to Student Affairs as part of the UM National Alumni Association mask initiative. Students can stop by the Dean of Students office weekdays from noon to 2 p.m. to select a mask. Be sure to enter through the automatic door near the Disability Support Services office behind Main Hall.
The Alumni Office will replenish masks periodically. For more information about the UMNAA mask initiative, visit montevallo.edu/alumni/alumni-association/mask-making.
Call for Environmental Studies Courses for Spring and Summer 2021
Are you interested in cross-listing a course to Environmental Studies for spring or summer 2021? There are two ways to list to ES:
- Classes with environmental/sustainability content can cross-list as ES 310/410: Special Topics in Environmental Studies. These courses list in your home department and ES, and possibly Honors (if accepted). Listing to ES can help you generate extra demand for a new special topic elective or a revamped class with a new environmental focus.
- Faculty can team-teach a section of ES 300/401: Interdisciplinary Approaches to ES as part of their regular schedules. This designation is for interdisciplinary classes taught by two professors from different fields on an environmental/sustainability topic. These courses are cross-listed to the home departments of both professors and possibly Honors as well (if accepted).
If you’re interested in doing this, but unsure of your topic and/or teaching partner, Dr. Susan Caplow can help! As it often takes more than one semester to set up a match, please contact Dr. Caplow if you are thinking about this option for fall 2020 or another future semester or if you have any ideas or questions.
Call for Early Academic Alerts
As we enter the third week of the semester, there may be a few students you have noticed who are not performing, participating or attending at the level they should in order to successfully complete their courses. Early intervention with these students can make a difference. Utilizing the Early Academic Alert System to make student referrals is a way to bring attention to students who might otherwise “fall through the cracks.” The referrals are reported to the academic advisor and to other appropriate offices depending on the content of the referral. If you are working directly with a struggling student in your class, it is still important for you to report that student in the Early Academic Alert System so an overall view of the progress of the student is captured.
Early Academic Alert Form
To streamline this process, you will find a link to the “Early Academic Alert Form” in Banner Self-Service under “Faculty Services.” To check whether any of your advisees have been referred to you, click “Check Advisee List for Alerts.”
Maxient Incident Reporting
If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Randi Tubbs at email@example.com or by phone at 205-665-6450. Thank you for all you do to help our students!
You can also file a report through the UMCares and Maxient Reporting system. This reporting system allows a team of discreet professionals to view submitted reports and assist students as needed.
Professional Development and Group Support Opportunities
This fall, the Malone Center will offer two opportunities for professional development and group support:
- 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. Register at this link to receive login information for the sessions.
- 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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.