December 25, 2011 - December 31, 2011 Archives

University Travel Policy

The following announcement comes from the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance:

As many of you know, there has been a change to the University Travel Policy, which now requires pre-travel registration of all staff/faculty international travel for University purposes. The policy is available at: Staff and faculty are required to register international travel as of January 1, 2012.

Please note that there is no travel approval process associated with this policy. Any travel approval requirement is still managed within the departments, units or colleges.

The updated policy will make it easier and more efficient to provide travelers with helpful information prior to departure, and to provide travelers with prompt assistance overseas should circumstances demand it.

English Proficiency Policy for Teaching Assistants

If your department employs graduate or undergraduate teaching assistants 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 instructors or TAs (even if they are only grading) 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.  

Please ensure that the students do indeed take the SETTA or enroll in coursework consistent with UM policy before assigning TA duties.

There is currently space available for students to take the SETTA before spring semester. They are eligible for the SETTA if, in the last 12 months, they have not taken SETTA or a course in the International TA Program (i.e., GRAD 5105, GRAD 5102, or Foundations). For more information and the schedule for the SETTA Test, see

Departments may request exemptions to the English requirements by emailing the student's name, ID number, and the reason for the exemption to me at I'd be happy to speak with you to provide more information, or you may visit the other websites listed below.

Sincerely, Jeff Lindgren
Assistant Director, Center for Teaching and Learning

International Teaching Assistant Program & Courses 
English Proficiency Policy 
Consultations For All Instructional Staff and TAs 

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

Spring Appointments - Payroll Office Reminder

The deadline for spring appointments to be received in the CLA payroll office is tomorrow, Thursday, December 29, 2011. This is the date that your appointment will be guaranteed to be entered in time. Every effort will be made to enter appointments received after this deadline but there can be no guarantees.

Keep in mind that your service team will need additional time to get appointment documents prepared and over to the Payroll office so please coordinate this work with your service team. If you have your spring appointments ready, please do not wait to send them over. We have begun entering spring documents. Please submit offers and payroll information to your team as soon as offers have been confirmed and avoid waiting until the last minute if at all possible.

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