1-27-2017 Weekly Three

Welcome to the start of the spring semester. I hope you all had a productive winter term. Below is this week’s Weekly Three:

Upcoming Event - In support of the University's commitment to inclusive excellence, Dean Michael Dantley and I are hosting Dr. Shaun Harper for a series of interactive presentations with faculty, staff, and students on Thursday, February 9th. Dr. Harper, Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, is the Founder and Executive Director of their Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education.

As part of the day’s schedule, Dr. Harper will conduct an interactive presentation for Miami faculty, “Reducing Racism in the Classroom: Actions for Faculty Members,” from 3:30-5:00 in Hughes Hall - Room 161 . Please register to attend.

Survey Updates

  • At the January 24th Faculty Assembly meeting, Denise Krallman, Director of the Office of Institutional Research, provided an update about the HERI Faculty Survey conducted in the fall. She reported a 35% response rate, and explained the survey responses are currently being analyzed. We will share the results once a thorough analysis is complete.
  • Ms. Krallman also provided preliminary information about the upcoming Campus Climate Survey. The University has chosen Rankin & Associates Consulting to conduct the survey, and will be contacting administrators, deans, chairs, and others for recommendations of faculty, staff, and students to serve on the Climate Survey Working Group. Additional information, including a proposed timeline, is included in her Powerpoint presentation. A copy can be obtained by contacting the provost's office.


  • Please plan to attend the first interactive discussion session in Miami’s Inclusion Series, “Free Speech and The Path to a More Perfect Union” to be held on Wednesday, February 1 (5:00-6:30 pm) in the Shriver Center - Dolibois Rooms A,B, & C and is open to the entire Miami community. Facilitators are Dr. Michael Curme and Dr. Patrick Haney.
  • Open Educational Resource Workshop - Grants, in the form of professional development funds, are available to Miami University faculty interested in working to lower textbook costs for students using Open Educational Resources (OER).
  • A workshop, scheduled for Monday, January 30, 2:00-3:00 p.m. in King Library 303D, will provide more information about the Open Educational Resources (OER) movement and the grants available. If you are unable to attend the session but are interested in learning more about OERs or how to apply for the grants, please contact Carla Myers at or 529-3935.