March 2022 Faculty Newsletter
 Monthly updates from the Office of the Provost
Save the Date: Commencement 2020

The University is planning a special celebratory weekend for the graduating class of 2020 on Memorial Day weekend (May 28-29, 2022). The centerpiece of the weekend will be two academic convocations, one for undergraduates at 9am on Saturday May 28th and the other for graduate and professional students at 3pm on Saturday May 28th. Both will be held on Healy lawn with all the trappings of commencement including, most importantly, faculty processions at each ceremony.  

In a survey of the undergraduates it was clear that what the returning alums most want to do is to see their friends and the faculty members who taught them. We know that Memorial Day weekend is a big chance for families to be together and to be out of town but for those of you who stay in town there may be time to share a couple of hours with these graduates who missed out on so much at the start of the pandemic. We will provide more information later but for now please consider what you may be able to do to help make this celebration of the class of 2020 a success!
Provost's Research Awards Ceremony 
  • The 2021 Career Research Achievement Award and Distinguished Achievement Achievement Award will be presented on Tuesday, March 29. Please join us on the White Gravenor Esplanade from 5:30-7:00pm as we honor the achievements of this year's recipients, Judith Tucker, Professor of History, and Charles King, Professor of International Affairs and Government.
Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) Survey Results 
  • The University participates annually in NSF’s Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) survey, which captures core information on R&D expenditures by academic research institutions and serves as one of the key indicators for the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.  In FY2021 Georgetown’s total R&D expenditures were $279.9 million, an 8% increase over FY 2020. This overall increase was driven by the continued growth of GUMC’s Center for Global Health Practice and Impact, which offset a reduction in R&D spending on the Main Campus, much of which was associated with the deferral of sabbaticals induced by COVID-19.
Assistance with Proposals for Federally Sponsored Research Grants
  • Our colleagues at Thorn Run Partners are available to provide assistance with applications for Federally sponsored research grants. Please reach out to your Cluster Research Administrator to explore this opportunity.
Externally Sponsored Research 
  • A total of $5.5M in research grants was awarded to Main Campus faculty in February.

Congratulations to the 2022 Provost's Distinguished Associate Professors!

We celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments of the associate professors listed below, who were selected from 12 nominations by a committee of senior faculty including university professors and endowed chair holders. They will hold the “Distinguished Associate Professor” designation for a maximum duration of five years, or until promotion to full professor.  
  • Jennie Bai, Department of Finance, McDonough School of Business
  • Simon Blanchard, Department of Marketing, McDonough School of Business
  • Shiliang (John) Cui, Department of Operations & Information Management, McDonough School of Business
  • Karah Knope, Department of Chemistry, Georgetown College
  • Stephen Weymouth, Department of International Political Economy, McDonough School of Business
Reminder to Complete the Collaborative Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) Faculty Satisfaction Survey
  • An email request to participate in the COACHE survey was sent on February 7, 2022. This survey, developed by COACHE, is conducted annually to learn about faculty job satisfaction about various aspects of their work lives.
  • All tenure-line and full-time non-tenure line faculty on Main Campus and the Medical Center received the request. The survey results help Georgetown gain insight into the work, life, and career experiences of faculty. This information guides policies and initiatives to improve the quality of work lives for faculty. Some initiatives that were guided by past survey results include increased attention to mentoring of associate professors, growth of interdisciplinary initiatives in curricula and research, and increased clarity of rank and tenure and processes and expectations.
  • Full-time faculty are urged to participate in the survey. A high level of participation is necessary to achieve unbiased results to guide improvement in faculty work life at Georgetown. The survey is anonymous.
Dependent Care Funds for Short-Term Professional Travel 
  • The Dependent Care Fund for Short-term Professional Travel is available to support tenure-track faculty while attending academic conferences or engaged in brief (< 2 weeks) travel directly related to research. These funds are for faculty who have child care or adult dependent care responsibilities, and are designed to help defray incremental costs due to added child and adult dependent care needs resulting from travel for research purposes. Reimbursable costs include those associated with transporting a dependent and/or caregiver to the event location, or extra dependent care at home while the faculty member is traveling, or on-site care. Awards of up to a maximum of $750 per year will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, up to a budgeted maximum of $30,000 per year. Additional details and the application form are available here.

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

  • April 15: Good Friday holiday
  • May 3: Spring classes end
  • May 6 - 14: Final exams
  • May 20 - 22: Commencement weekend
  • May 28: Class of 2020 Commencement
  • May 30: Memorial Day holiday
Georgetown Middle States Steering Committee Update
  • The Georgetown Middle States Steering Committee and Faculty Senate held a Faculty/Staff Town Hall on February 24th to provide an update on the University's Self-Study process and receive feedback on the draft Self-Study Report. To see a recording of the Town Hall, go to the Provost's Accreditation website. If you have any questions on the University's preparation for the upcoming Middle States Commission on Higher Education virtual visit on May 1-4, 2022, email Tammi Damas or Middle States.
New Academic Program Approval Process Workshops
  • The Office of the Provost, in conjunction with other university offices, and working with the Dean's offices, is scheduled to hold a series of one-on-one workshops for new academic program developers on Tuesday, April 26th between 11:30-1pm. The workshops are designed to assist faculty/administrators with the creation of new academic programs and the program approval process to ensure compliance with federal, local, and accreditation guidelines. For more information on the new academic program process please go to the website. Additional questions can be answered by contacting the Director of Education and Academic Affairs, Tammi Damas.

New Episode of the Provost's Podcast

Tune in to a new episode of Faculty in Research, featuring Volodymyr Babich, Professor of Operations and Information Management at the McDonough School of Business,

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