9-6-18 Weekly Three


Before we get to this week’s Three, I want to remind applicants for promotion and tenure that University Senate approved revisions to the process in spring, 2018. Please review the 2018-19 promotion and tenure guidelinesthoroughly before preparing and submitting your P&T materials. Now, here is the Weekly Three:

Campus Climate Survey - President Crawford will soon appoint a Diversity and Inclusion Task Force to guide university planning for an improved climate. The charge of the new task force will be to identify three areas where Miami can take targeted actions that will address specific concerns identified in the One Miami Campus Climate Survey.

Printed copies of the 500+ page report of the Campus Climate Survey results are now available to faculty, staff and students at King Library, B.E.S.T. Library, the Miller Center for Student Disability Services in Oxford, the libraries on the Regional Campuses, and Voice of America Learning Center.

Textbook Orders and Affordability - Textbook orders for the spring semester are due by October 5, 2018. Per university efforts across Ohio, faculty are encouraged to select affordable, accessible high-quality textbooks for their courses. See the e-Campus virtual bookstore for more information about selecting appropriate textbooks.

Ways to promote affordability include:

  1. Placing your course textbook on reserve in King or B.E.S.T Library. To do so, contact Tricia Zeiser ( in King Library or Tiffany Dogan ( in B.E.S.T. Library.
  2. Participating in one of the Affordable & Open Educational Resource (OER) programs offered by the University:
    • OER Explore: Participate in a two-hour workshop, review an OER, and receive $200 in professional development funds.
    • OER Adopt: Participate in a three-stage process in which you identify, try out and assess an OER in one of your courses as compared to a traditional text and receive professional development funds.
    • Course Pack Consultation: Receive modest professional development funds to work with a librarian to replace readings from your traditional course pack with freely available online resources which are then loaded into your Canvas course site.
    • Alt-Text: Receive modest professional development funds to work with library staff to develop a reading list comprised of resources pulled from Miami University Libraries’ purchased electronic collections and legal online sources.

Partnerships - Miami encourages and supports collaborative partnerships with educational, public and private organizations. Faculty and staff should work directly with the Partnership Office to take advantage of the support and guidance necessary for a functioning and mutually beneficial partnership.

Examples of effective partnerships are ones that:

  • Conduct solutions-oriented research or create new technologies or processes
  • Shape policy that improves quality of life or advances economic development
  • Prepare talented, diverse, and globally aware students to enter and contribute to the global workforce by serving the region, state, nation, or world

To consider opportunities that you might propose or that might facilitate a collaborative academic partnership, or to discuss a partnership that you are currently involved in, please contact Associate Provost for Research and Scholarship, Jim Oris, at

Until next week,