September 2022 Faculty Newsletter
 Monthly updates from the Office of the Provost
New Faculty Orientation 2022

New Faculty Orientation Resources
  • The annual New Faculty Orientation was held on August 17 and 18 in Riggs Library to welcome 38 tenure line faculty and 44 full time non-tenure line faculty hired across Main Campus schools. For the program, faculty bios of those who provided them, and resources, please visit the New Faculty Orientation website.
Special Extension of Tenure Probationary Period for Pandemic Reasons
  • The Faculty Senate has approved an automatic one-year extension of the tenure probationary period for faculty members who started as Assistant Professors on the tenure-track in the summer and fall of 2021. This extension acknowledges that the pandemic-related disruptions that justified the extensions for prior cohorts continued in Academic Year 2021-22. This extension does not apply to faculty who started in spring 2022 because their probationary period begins in the Academic Year 2022-23. Details can be found in the Faculty Handbook, III.D.10.b.
Paid Parental Leave for Post-Doctoral Fellow Employees
  • As of July 1, 2022, post-doctoral fellow employees are eligible for up to 8 weeks of parental leave for parent/child bonding and care. For details of benefits for post-doctoral fellows, please visit the Office of Faculty & Staff Benefits website.
Rank and Tenure Information Session on September 16 
  • Vice Provost for Faculty, Chandan Vaidya, will conduct an information session on rank and tenure process and procedures on Friday, September 16 from 12 - 1:15 pm via Zoom. This session will be useful to assistant and associate professors, their mentors, department chairs, and any personnel involved in dossier preparation. Please complete the Meeting Registration form if you would like to attend.
National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) Resources in Support of Research
  • The NCFDD is a nationally-recognized, independent organization provides online career development resources for faculty, post-docs, and graduate students. It supports academic careers with workshops and intensive mentoring programs to increase research productivity and improve working relationships with department colleagues. Special attention is given to the challenges faced by underrepresented faculty.
  • Our institutional membership gives all faculty, graduate students, and postdocs a free membership with full access to a suite of online support resources, including:
    • Monthly Core Curriculum Webinars
    • Guest Expert Webinars and Multi-Week Courses
    • Library of All Prior Trainings
    • Monday Motivator
    • 14-Day Writing Challenge Each Semester
    • Dissertation Success Curriculum for Grad Students
    • Buddy Matching (by request)
  • Membership is free to individuals, but you must sign up on the NCFDD website to receive and access information and resources. 
Upcoming Events and Deadlines
  • September 14: Faculty headshot photos from 11:00am - 1:00pm in the President’s Room across from Riggs Library.
  • December 1: Sabbatical applications are due in GMS.
Provost's 2022 Internal Research Grants
Future Federal Grant Requirement – Digital Persistent Identifier (DPI)
  • Starting in 2023, new regulations will require all recipients of Federal research grants to have a “digital persistent identifier.” A common DPI is the Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier, ORCID, supported by the GU Library. If you don’t have one, please register for an ORCID number, and reach out to Megan Martinsen with any questions.
Institutional Review Board (IRB) Assistance 
  • Having trouble navigating the IRB protocol preparation and submission process?  Sign up for virtual help desk office hours with our IRB staff here.
Grant Proposal Assistance
  • The ORS proposal development team of Jill Brasky and Richard Cecil is your in-house resource for assistance with new external grant proposals.
  • In addition, Thorn Run Partners provide review services, copy editing, strategic planning, development editing, funding source identification, and other services to help faculty find, apply for, and win external research grants.
  • Please reach out to your CRA who can help put you in touch with the relevant resources.
External Awards
  • A total of $4.1M was awarded to Main Campus faculty in August.
Pronoun Practices for Teaching and Learning
  • Creating inclusive learning environments for all of our students to thrive and learn supports our Georgetown values of community in diversity, cura personalis, and educating the whole person. Respecting a person’s choice of name and pronouns is an important aspect of care of the whole person and creates a culture of inclusion in learning spaces that has benefits for all learners. The LGBTQ Resource Center, CNDLS, and IDEAA have collaborated to create a guide for pronoun practices in teaching and learning. Community members may also choose to identify their pronouns in Canvas, Zoom, and GMS
Join the BellRinger Charitable Bike Ride
October 21 - 22

Join BellRinger, a new charitable bike ride and community movement supporting cancer research at Georgetown Lombardi, this October. Check out the BellRinger teams from across the University - 320 registered riders from our Georgetown and DC communities with about $600,000 raised to date. For more information, please reach out to Jonathan Thomas, Senior Director of Development and Corporate Relations.

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