January 2011 Archives

Campus Mail Delivery Code Update

Campus delivery codes will move from a 4 digit code to a 5 digit code over the next few weeks in a central cleanup effort.  Central payroll needs unit assistance to make sure the addresses get updated correctly in the HRMS system and may be contacting administrators in the units with questions.

LRT Update

Work related to Central Corridor Light Rail Transit (CCLRT) project will increase through the semester. Beginning in February traffic over the Washington Ave. Bridge will be reduced to one lane in each direction. In May at the end of the semester, Washington Ave. on the East Bank will be closed completely for construction.  See U Light rail website at http://www.lightrail.umn.edu/ for more information and to sign up for regular construction updates. Also, see UM Campus Conversations link at http://www1.umn.edu/twincities/faculty-staff/toolkit/UR_ARTICLE_144352.html to view a January 20 presentation by U staff on the CCLRT project.

2010/11 P&A Promotions

We write to remind you of the upcoming P&A Promotion information session. All unit administrators and P&A promotion candidates are encouraged to attend.

P&A Promotion Information Session

Date: Friday, January 28, 2011

Time: 10:30am - 11:30am

Location: 202 Johnston Hall

Agenda Items

  • Policy & process discussion
  • Submission instructions (Introduced in spring 2010)
  • Q & A session

P&A Promotion dossiers for cases being considered during the 2010/2011 academic year are due no later than Friday, March 4, 2011.

Please identify all P/A staff members likely to be considered for promotion during the academic year 2010/11.  Please email the names of those individuals to clahr@umn.edu by Friday, February 4, 2011.

Additional information about the 2010/11 P&A promotion process and links to relevant University governing documents and collegiate guidelines can be found on the CLA HR intranet. http://www.cla.umn.edu/intranet/hr/PromotionGuidelines.php

Should you have any questions and/or concerns regarding the 2010/11 P&A promotion process, please contact Tihara Chadwick at chadw025@umn.edu or 612-624-0098.

Information on Upcoming Annual Reviews

Attached are the slides that were presented at the January 2011 CLA NOW meeting.  Please make certain that supervisors of non CS/BU employees are aware of this information and their responsibilities for the annual reviews.  P/A reviews are due to the college by February 25th.  If you have any questions, please contact your HR Consultant (Wendy Lane, 5-8484; Margaret Yzaguirre, 6-9352).

PA Annual Review from CLA NOW Mtg Jan12.ppt

Educational Technology Workshop

The Educational Technology Workshop (ETW) is a six-week certificate program that explores Web 2.0 tools and pedagogies. We'll explore methods for researching, sharing, collaborating, annotating, and establishing social presence using blogs, wikis, reference managers, podcasts, annotation tools, and more.  A partnership between the Office of Information Technology and the University Libraries, the ETW will blend instructor presentations with collaborative problem solving.  The ETW is open to faculty, staff, and graduate students on all University of Minnesota campuses.

 The advent of a rapidly expanding set of Web 2.0 tools challenges us to understand each new application's potential for enhancing learning and research.  Many of these tools are designed for interactions in a group setting, so the ETW presents us with an opportunity to explore them together.  Participants will have a chance to interact with the tools in a group setting and discuss what opportunities and challenges each presents.

In spring 2011 the ETW will meet each Wednesday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon over six weeks, February 2 - March 9. We ask that if you enroll in the workshop, you participate in all sessions. You can attend in person at 210 Walter Library, or by a virtual connection from a remote location, including coordinate campuses. (The number of virtual participation "seats" is limited, and first consideration will go to those from coordinate campuses.)  We recommend that people on the Minneapolis campus participate in person. Most of the work will occur during the workshop, though participants will be encouraged to continue their explorations between sessions. Note that those participating virtually are also asked to participate in an approximately half-hour preparation session on January 26. More details will be provided when registration is complete.


●     to experience a suite of centrally-supported and freely-available cloud-based tools that can support teaching and learning

●     to develop a flexible method for exploring and evaluating the utility of new technologies to enhance teaching and learning environments and become aware of University policy issues and support structures

●     to master an effective process for designing technology-rich learning activities that includes planning, engagement, and evaluation.

 Please join us this semester. Register by January 24 at http://z.umn.edu/etws2011

 For more information, call Paul at 612-625-3590 or email baepl001@umn.edu.

The Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) offers educational opportunities for individuals, departments, colleges, and units.  It has posted its training calendar for Spring 2011.  Workshops focus on a wide range of equity and diversity issues in higher education. For more information and to register, go to:  

http://www.academic.umn.edu/equity/education/calendar.html and to http://www.eoaffact.umn.edu/services/training.html for new EOAA Workshops.

Spring 2011 workshops:   

  • Resolving Conflict Across Cultures - Jan 25
  • Discipline vs. Discrimination - Jan 27
  • GLBT Ally Training I:  Mpls Campus - Feb 17
  • Equity and Diversity in the Search Process - Feb 22
  • Sexual Harassment Awareness & Prevention: General Introduction - Mar 8
  • Religious Accommodation at the U of M - Mar 15
  • (Bi)Sexuality 101 - Mar 23
  • Appreciating Differences - Apr 5
  • Addressing Bullying Behavior in the Workplace - Apr 14 (NEW EOAA WORKSHOP)
  • GLBT Ally Training II: Mpls Campus - Apr 19
  • Developing Intercultural Skills & Competency (Using the IDI) - Apr 28
  • Help, I'm Being Discriminated Against - May 5 (NEW EOAA WORKSHOP)
  • Resolving Conflict Across Cultures - May 24


The next CLA NOW Meeting is on January 13, 2011, from 9:00-10:30, in room 275 Nicholson Hall.


If your department employs graduate or undergraduate teaching assistants (TAs) whose home language growing up was not English, now is the time to check UM Reports to make sure that your current or future TAs have attained the proper English Language Proficiency (ELP) rating to hold a TA position.

Please inform non-native English speaking students who are TAs or instructors with an ELP rating lower than "1" that the policy requires them to either:

  • enroll in an International TA Program course (GRAD 5105, GRAD 5102, or Foundations); or
  • take the SETTA (Spoken English Test for TAs) if they wish to try to increase their ELP rating.

There is currently space available for students to take the SETTA next week, January 10-14. Interested students are eligible for the SETTA if, in the last 12 months, they have not taken the SPEAK Test, SETTA, or a course in the International TA Program (i.e., GRAD 5105, GRAD 5102, or Foundations).

SETTA Test Information and Schedule: http://www.umn.edu/ohr/teachlearn/graduate/itap/settaeligibility/index.html

Departments may request exemptions to the English requirements by emailing the student's name, ID number, and reason for the exemption to me at
lindg027@umn.edu.  If you need more information, feel free to contact me or access the websites listed below.

Thank you.

Jeff Lindgren
Assistant Director, Center for Teaching and Learning

International Teaching Assistant program and courses - http://www.umn.edu/ohr/teachlearn/graduate/itap/index.html
English Proficiency Policy - http://policy.umn.edu/Policies/hr/Performance/LANGUAGE.html
Consultations for all instructional staff and TAs - http://www.umn.edu/ohr/teachlearn/consultations/index.html

Center for Teaching and Learning
University Office Plaza, Suite 400
2221 University Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

CLA Academic Technology Showcase

Wednesday, April 6, 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Great Hall, Coffman Union

The College of Liberal Arts Office of Information Technology is pleased to host the fourth annual Academic Technology Showcase. This poster-style showcase will feature exhibits on innovative technologies for teaching and research. Come join us for this exciting event! U of M faculty, staff and students are welcome.


All CLA Administration deadlines, meetings and events are now in Google Calendar:

Subscribe to the CLA NOW calendar

View the CLA NOW Calendar    

OR, visit the CLA Intranet and click "view" under CLA NOW Calendar.


As mentioned in the December CLA NOW meeting, the University has partnered with an outside resource to provide us with a confidential on-line exit survey.   This is for anyone ending employment at the U, including graduate student employees. Each unit will determine the best person to provide the exiting employee with the template exit survey invitation. CLA HR should be copied on those invitations so we can provide OHR with the count of the number of invitations that went out.  There has been a good response to the invitations U-wide, and we hope that CLA participation will be strong.  Quarterly reports are provided to the college, and will be shared as appropriate.  The template is attached and will soon be on the CLA HR website.  The exit survey website is: 


CLA NOW Jan 5 2011.docx

Thank you, CLA Human Resources.


US Bank has enacted a new rule that the Lockbox # (CM-3854) MUST be on the envelope or gifts will be sent back to the return address or the Foundation and not deposited.

Please use the Foundation envelopes or if using your own, address to:
University of MN Foundation
PO Box 70870
St Paul, MN 55170-3854

If you have questions or need pre-addressed envelopes, please contact Pam Lachowitzer at p-lach@umn.edu, UMF gift processing.


Reminder that the next CLA NOW Meeting is on January 13, 2011, from 9:00-10:30, in room 275 Nicholson Hall.


All CLA Administration deadlines, meetings and events are now in Google Calendar.  You can subscribe to the CLA NOW calendar by clicking this link: http://www.google.com/calendar/hosted/umn.edu/render?cid=http%3A//www.google.com/calendar/feeds/umn.edu_2d35373032303038372d373139@resource.calendar.google.com/public/basic

If you are not on Google calendar but still want to view the CLA NOW Calendar, click on this link: http://www.google.com/calendar/hosted/umn.edu/embed?src=umn.edu_2d35373032303038372d373139@resource.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Chicago   

OR, visit the CLA Intranet http://cla.umn.edu/intranet/ and click "view" under CLA NOW Calendar.

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