Open Enrollment for your 2019 Benefits will run through Nov. 16
This is the time of year when employees can make changes to his or her medical, dental, vision and flexible spending accounts. This includes first time employee enrollment, employee re-enrollment, and employees adding or changing coverage for a dependent. The annual Open Enrollment is the only time throughout the year when changes in coverage or plans can be made without a qualifying life-changing event. Changes made during Open Enrollment are effective Jan. 1 If you need additional benefits information, please visit 2019 Benefits Open Enrollment.
We would like to highlight the following employees who were nominated over the last month in our Employee Recognition Program. Congratulations and keep up the great work!
Assistant Professor of German Cathy Altmeyer has been selected by the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association as the winner of the 2018 Post-Secondary Outstanding World Language Educator of the Year award. The award recognizes educators with 10 or more years of experience who have contributed considerably to the profession.
Assistant Professor of Music Kyle Simpson recently scored a short documentary about the residency of glass artist Kelly O'Dell at the Pittsburgh Glass Center. The film was created and produced by Pittsburgh filmmaker Tom Kurlander of Jump Start Films. The short documentary can be viewed on Simpson's website online here.
Professor of Education and Chair of the Education Department Jim Longo, Ph.D., will have his latest book Hitler and the Habsburgs: The Fuhrer's Vendetta Against the Austrian Royals, published this November by Diversion Books, iNew York. He began his research on the book during his sabbatical teaching as the Fulbright Distinguished Chair of the Gender and Women's Studies program at Alpen-Adrian University in Austria, and through extensive travel throughout Germany, and Bosnia-Herzagovina. The book is based on extensive interviews with the Habsburg descendants of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, whose assassination triggered the First World War. The book will be available in hardback, ebooks, and as an audio book. In addition to being published in English, it is being translated into Russian and other European languages. This is Dr. Longo's eighth book.
Librarians Samantha Martin and Ronalee Ciocco presented with librarians from Ursinus College at the Pennsylvania Library Association Conference in October. Their session, “Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: Inter-College Collaboration Using IL Instruction to Support At-Risk First-Year Students,” reported on the results from an Institute of Museum and Library Grant that W&J, Ursinus, Goucher College, Washington College, and McDaniel College received in 2017.
Librarians Beth Miller, Jacqueline Laick, Samantha Martin and Ronalee Ciocco presented at the Pennsylvania Library Association Conference in October. Their session, “There’s Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself... and Negative Faculty Feedback: Building Relationships with Faculty through Weeding,” detailed the process the librarians used to involve faculty in preparing the library collection for the recent renovation.
Director of Assessment and Institutional Research Lindsey Guinn held a workshop on developing and implementing a process for self-study in September for faculty and administrators at Point Park College. She also lead a workshop in October on best practices for integrating periodic assessment in the new middle states standards for representatives from Thiel College, Penn State, Wagner College, and Middlesex County College. In addtion, Guinn served as a peer reviewer in October for Union Theological Seminary’s reaccreditation through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; gave a presentation on accreditation at the 2018 assessment institute and served on a panel that discussed effective survey use for improving student learning and experiences at small institutions; and authored Chapter 5 – The Impact: Liberal Arts Institutions in Generally Speaking: The Impact of General Education on Student Learning in the 21st Century.
The Faculty Development Committee is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 Class of 1970 Fund. The Class of 1970 Fund for Faculty Development has been established to support projects leading to better teaching and student learning through independent faculty research and study. This fund is meant to assist faculty in completing scholarly and curricular projects that will enable them to refine their current skills and knowledge or develop new expertise that will make them stronger teachers and scholars. Specific requirements and procedures for applying for the Class of 1970 Fund can be found under Current Items of Interest to the Faculty on the wiki page for the Faculty Development Committee. This fund will be administered through the Faculty Development Committee, with additional assistance from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. For 2018-2019, a total of $6,500 is available through the Class of 1970 Fund; the Committee will grant at least one award each year, though it will consider proposals for grants of any size up to the fund limit. The application deadline for 2018-2019 is Nov. 26, 2018. All materials must be received by this date to be considered by the committee. Please email your application to the Chair of the Faculty Development Committee (Rebecca McDonald). Awardees will be announced by the end of Fall semester.
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