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uncsa new faculty orientation

UNCSA new Faculty Orientation

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Conference Room, School of Design & Production

Lunch in Performance Place Lobby


The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the state’s unique professional school for the performing, visual, and moving image arts:

Training students at the high school, undergraduate, and graduate levels for professional careers in the arts.

As such, UNCSA provides gifted developing artists with the experience, knowledge, and skills needed to excel in their disciplines and in their lives;

and serves and enriches the cultural and economic prosperity of the people of North Carolina, the South and the United States.


The School strives to foster an environment akin to that of an artistic colony where students are encouraged to develop their artistic abilities to the fullest.

UNCSA also provides a professional training ground where students actively and realistically are involved in preparing for the practical aspects of making a living as artists.

  • 1963 The vision of Vittorio Giannini
  • 1965 NCSA opens its doors
  • 1972 UNC Consolidation, 17 institutions
  • 1993 The School of Filmmaking Added
  • 2003 Major campus building & renovations
  • 2009 NCSA becomes UNCSA
  • 2011 Semester calendar implementation
  • 2013 Major Construction Projects: Library, Film Production Design Building, Campus Police Operations Building, Central Storage
what is a provost
What is a provost?

pro·vost [proh-vohst, prov-uhst or, esp. in military usage,proh-voh]

  • a person appointed to superintend or preside.
  • an administrative officer in any of various colleges and universities who holds high rank and is concerned with the curriculum, faculty appointments, etc.
  • Ecclesiastical. the chief dignitary of a cathedral or collegiate church.
  • the mayor of a municipality in Scotland.
  • the steward or bailiff of a medieval manor or an officer of a medieval administrative district.

Dr. David Nelson, Provost

Madison Bush, Executive Assistant

  • Senior officer of the University responsible for ensuring that the primary mission of developing artists is carried out in the most effective manner
  • Oversees the Deans, Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and major centers and institutes
  • Chief Academic Officer of the University, responsible for providing academic and administrative leadership in all areas related to student learning
  • Member of Executive Council; Chairs Deans Council and Provost’s Council
office of academic affairs
Office of Academic Affairs

Dr. David English, Vice Provost & Dean

Madison Bush, Executive Assistant

  • Oversees the day-to-day operations of Academic Affairs
  • Responsible for institutional accreditation, and serves as the SACS liaison
  • Oversees Academic Planning & Institutional Research, Educational Outreach & Summer Programs, Office of Faculty Affairs, Library Services, and the Teaching & Learning Center
  • Provides leadership for certificate and degree program development
  • Provides guidance, interpretation, and administration of faculty personnel policies, procedures, and guidelines at UNCSA, including: review and approval of faculty appointments, reappointments, job changes, and salary actions.
  • Member of Provost’s Council and Deans Council
division of student affairs
Division of Student Affairs

Mr. Ward Caldwell, Vice Provost & Dean

Alice Thompson, Executive Assistant

  • Provides leadership and management to the Division of Student Affairs, which strives to enhance each student’s experience at UNCSA
  • Oversees Admissions, Counseling & Testing Services, Health Services, Financial Aid, Registrar, Residence Life Programs & Housing, Student Engagement, & Outreach & Career Services
  • Advises the Provost on all policy areas concerning student welfare affecting the institution
  • Responsible for coordinating student affairs reports and other student matters with the UNCSA Board of Trustees and UNC General Administration
  • Member of Provost’s Council and Deans Council
office of faculty affairs
Office of Faculty Affairs

Kim Pauley, Director

Mitsy McNeill, Administrative Assistant

  • The Office of Faculty Affairs is the central clearinghouse for all faculty-related programs, policies, and procedures.
  • Responsible for assisting faculty as they move through the University from appointment to retirement.
  • Manages various personnel processes, including:
    • new faculty onboarding
    • faculty retention
    • rank promotion
    • contract reappointment
    • endowed professorships
    • faculty grievances
    • reassigned time
    • phased retirement program.

Restroom Break

10:00 am

Walking Tour of UNCSACampus…

12:00 pm

Lunch in Performance

Place Lobby

Afternoon session begins at 1:00 pm – Same location

faculty governance
Faculty Governance
  • Betsy Towns

Chair, Faculty Council

Faculty, administrators, and trustees traditionally share governance of higher education institutions. The UNCSA Faculty Council serves as the executive committee of the Faculty, and convenes to advise the Chancellor on matters pertaining to the institution that are of interest and concern to the members of the Faculty.  Faculty Council tackles matters of interest brought to the Council or discharges them to the four Faculty standing committees: Educational Policies, Faculty Development, Faculty Welfare, and Campus Development.  In turn, Faculty Council communicates the analysis and advice conveyed by these standing to the Chancellor and the Faculty as deemed appropriate.

course 101 syllabus
Course 101 - syllabus
  • The Syllabus – Jason Romney, Faculty, School of Design & Production

Contract between instructor and students, legal document, stipulating work requirements, grading and content and contact information.

course syllabus basic format
Course syllabus - Basic format

Course Syllabus Guidelines

Students should expect to receive a course syllabus during the first week of class, preferably at the first meeting, which serves as a contract with the students and effectively communicates the mechanics of the course, the instructor’s expectations of student participation, and the methods used to evaluate students’ work.

The syllabus is a tool that answers some of the most basic questions that students need to know early in the course in order to lessen their anxiety and to set the tone of the learning environment.

Although there are necessary elements, and each school has a template for you to follow, they do allow individual discretion with regard to additional information which may be included.


Course syllabus - body

  • Paragraph description of the course (from the latest approved curriculum action)
  • Textbook (required): TITLE and author
  • Objectives should be stated in a way that explains what a student will be able to “do” or “demonstrate”. Avoid vague statements that are difficult to assess.
  • 1. Objective 1 (statement)
  • 2. Objective 2 (statement)
  • 3. Objective 3 (statement)
  • Clarify whether you will use a letter grade system or a point system. If you will use a point system, explain final point and letter grade equivalents. List assignments, tests, etc. and show how these will affect the final grade. These “assessment tools” should connect directly to the course objectives.
  • F. ATTENDANCE Policy
  • This may be a serious list of "rules," or general statements of expectations regarding courtesy, sexual harassment, simple idiosyncratic operating procedures, etc.
  • Safety rules, if any, should go here or under a separate heading.
  • Be sure to entitle it "tentative" to avoid any legal risk if you later vary from it even slightly.
    • Disabilities, Privacy, Academic Integrity
course management
course management
  • The Importance of Clear Expectations
  • The Significance of SLOs
  • The Value of Not Teaching Too Much
  • Learning Your Students – “Differentiated Learners”
  • Some Simple Techniques
    • The value of discovery
      • letting students learn to solve problems
    • The “one-minute” paper
    • The “muddled moment”
need to know policies
Need-To-Know Policies

Review and sign off on policies in SOLO.

Instructions are under New Faculty Orientation on the Faculty Affairs web page.

improper relations policy
Improper relations Policy
  • No employee may evaluate or supervise any enrolled student to who he or she is related by blood, law, marriage, or with who he or she has an amorous relationship.
  • No employee or independent contractor may engage in sexual activity with any enrolled student unless married to that student.
  • Violations of this policy may subject both students and employees to disciplinary action (up to and including suspension and termination) pursuant to the applicable disciplinary procedures.
faculty manual
Faculty Manual
  • The contract between faculty and the University.
  • Contains pertinent information
    • Contract terms
    • University organization
    • Evaluation and promotion procedure
  • Updated periodically by Provost & Faculty Council.
just ask
Just Ask…
  • If you have any questions about a policy, just ask.
    • Dean
    • Human Resources
    • Provost
  • If you don’t know who to ask, call Faculty Affairs.
professional development
Professional development

Our Goal…

To assist you to be an excellent teacher

Our Means…

  • An open environment of continuing improvement via…
  • Self-evaluation
  • Course Evaluations
  • Peer Review
  • Dean Review
  • Formal Evaluations (annual, reappointment, mid 10-year)
  • Rank Promotion
course evaluations
Course evaluations

At the conclusion of instruction and before course grades are given, course evaluations are conducted. (Sample)

wrap up
Wrap up
  • Questions?
  • Survey