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spring 2018

Apply for University Engagement Recognition Awards
On behalf of the university, the Offices of Outreach and Engagement, International Affairs, Service-Learning, Student Life and Undergraduate Education recognize faculty, staff, students and community partners with the University Engagement Recognition Awards program. Awards will be given in the community engagement, international engagement, service-learning, staff, student, student group and community partner categories. A total of $17,500 will be awarded. Applications are due Feb. 28. 

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Advising Basics Workshop (January 26) -

Get funded!
Do you have a teaching related proposal in need of grant funding? UCAT, ODEE, Service Learning and University Libraries are teaming up to answer questions, help you identify grant opportunities, and walk you through the application process. Register now for the Teaching Enhancements Grants Information Session (2/1, 1 - 3 p.m.).

January 12 deadline for Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award nominations

The Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award celebrates diversity efforts at Ohio State and rewards individuals and groups for their commitment to diversity. Faculty, staff, students, student organizations and alumni can nominate their colleagues and peers to receive a commemorative certificate and $1,200 cash award. Additionally, recipients will be honored during a spring event and recognized on the field during an Ohio State football game.

Honorees are recognized for their impact in making diversity and inclusiveness a part of university best practices by changing daily operations, program components or cultural awareness on the basis of any diversity qualities. The nomination deadline is Friday, January 12, at 5 p.m.

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Staff Career Development Grants - posted 1.4.18

Ohio State embraces an environment where learning is a priority, and the Staff Career Development Grantsare one way the university supports continuous growth in insight, experience, knowledge and skills. The grants, which are offered by the Office of Human Resources in partnership with the University Staff Advisory Committee, are a great way for staff to identify areas of interest for professional development and apply for funding. Individuals can receive up to $1,000 and groups can receive up to $1,500 towards professional development, education or training costs related to job and/or career goals. Staff can submit applications until January 31.

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Distinguished Scholar Award nominations sought - Deadline Monday (10/16)

The Office of Research seeks nominations for the 2018 University Distinguished Scholar Award (DSA). The DSA program annually recognizes six faculty members who demonstrate scholarly activity, research or creative works that represent exceptional achievements in their fields. Recipients receive a $20,000 research grant and a $3,000 honorarium to pursue their scholarly activity. Deadline to submit nominations is Monday (10/16) at 5 p.m. 
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Staff Career Development Grant Applications Accepted Until July 31, 2017

Staff have an opportunity to further their growth and development through the Staff Career Development Grant, offered by the Office of Human Resources in partnership with the University Staff Advisory Committee. Eligible staff can apply for a Staff Career Development Grant of up to $1,000 for individuals and $1,500 for groups. Grants can be used for professional development, education or training costs related to job and/or career goals. Applications are being accepted until Monday, July 31.

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Staff Appreciation Week July 24-28, 2017

In celebration of Ohio State staff members’ contributions to the university, Staff Appreciation Week activities are planned. Activities start with the annual Staff Appreciation Ice Cream Social on the Oval on Monday, July 24, from 1-4 p.m., with a brief program around 1:15 p.m. Additional activities include Columbus Clippers games, a Columbus Crew SC game, Ohio State Fair discount admission, Ohio Stadium tours, Ohio State Planetarium shows, Wexner Center for the Arts tours and local restaurant and retail discounts. Share your Staff Appreciation photos using #OSUStaffWeek.

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2017 CFAES Price Chair Teaching, Learning & Advising Symposium: Enhancing the Learning Experience (August 15, 2017)

Tuesday (8/15) at the Fawcett Center. Learn more and register at

2017-2018 Price Chair Teaching Learning & Advising Enhancement Grant

Individuals can now apply for a 2017-18 Price Chair Teaching, Learning & Advising Enhancement Grant. These grants are designed to encourage CFAES faculty to attend and participate in workshops, seminars, symposia, and(or) conferences related to teaching, learning advising and(or) instructional excellence. Recipients of a Price Chair Teaching, Learning & Advising Enhancement Grant will receive support toward travel, lodging and conference registration. Click here for more information.

Applications (available here) must be submitted to the CFAES Academic Programs Office (100 Agricultural Administration Building) on or before Monday, May 15, 2017.

Distinguished Staff Award Nominations (posted December 12, 2016)

The Distinguished Staff Awards recognize and celebrate staff for their significant achievements, leadership, dedication and service to the university. It is the highest honor for Ohio State staff members and 12 recipients are awarded annually. Each recipient receives a $1,500 cash award, an increase of $700 to his or her base salary and a commemorative trophy, along with being honored at a spring luncheon and on the field during an Ohio State football game. The nomination deadline is Friday, January 13, at 5 p.m.

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Call for proposals for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

The annual Conference on Excellence in Teaching and Learning, sponsored by Ohio State's Academy of Teaching, is a venue for the Ohio State community to share innovative and interesting, evidence-based ideas for the improvement of teaching effectiveness and student learning outcomes. We invite all who teach at Ohio State to consider submitting a proposal for a session, on any topics related to enhancing the quality and effectiveness of university teaching and student learning. Proposals due Friday (1/20).
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ASFW Voice and Influence Series: Mentoring

This program on Thursday (12/8) at 11:30 a.m. in 425 Gateway C Building, 1590 N. High St., will focus on deconstructing the traditional view of mentoring as a one-way exchange. Learn how to conceptualize mentoring as a mutually beneficial relationship and how you can foster reciprocity as a mentor or mentee. Light snacks provided.
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President and Provost’s Council on Women nominations (posted 11/30/16)

Are you interested in the advancement of women at Ohio State? Would you like to make a positive impact on the working environment for staff and faculty women? A three-year President and Provost’s Council on Women term offers an exciting opportunity to work with dynamic people from across the university. Nominations from all faculty and staff are encouraged. Deadline is Saturday (12/31).
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Big Ten Academic Alliance and the Smithsonian Institution Fellowship

The Big Ten Academic Alliance and the Smithsonian Institution will offer a joint fellowship program. This is the sixth year of the competition and applications are due 11:59 pm EST on December 1, 2016.
The award provides one-year predoctoral fellowships to support research in residence at Smithsonian Institution facilities in association with members of its research staff. To be eligible to apply, students must have completed all course work for their programs, and must have been admitted into doctoral candidacy and satisfied all requirements except completion of the dissertation.
All fields of study that are actively pursued by the museums and research organizations of the Smithsonian Institution are eligible. The online guide, ­Smithsonian Opportunities for Research and Study (, outlines Smithsonian research activities and lists the research staff. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact staff members to discuss their proposed research and its feasibility at the Smithsonian. Please visit the Smithsonian website at: for all the particulars and pertinent links.  

Presidential Fellowship Competition (posted Sept. 29, 2016)

The Presidential Fellowship competition is open for autumn 2016. This fellowship is available for PhD students to use during their dissertation year (which can start any point from spring 2017 or summer 2017). To be eligible for this fellowship, a student must:

  • Be a doctoral student
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.6 from all OSU graduate coursework
  • Have completed all degree coursework by the time the fellowship is activated
  • Have passed the Candidacy Exam by the nomination deadline (October 21, 2015)
  • Have at least 3 consecutive semester remaining within their candidacy time limit
  • Have not previously been awarded a Graduate School fellowship that provides dissertation year support

Students who wish to be considered for nomination must submit materials for GSC review by October 7, 2016. The Graduate Studies Committee will need the following in order to consider a student for nomination:

  • Student’s current academic advising report
  • Student’s complete graduate vitae
  • Abstract of dissertation proposal
  • Student’s research statement
  • Advisor’s statement

Students can email their material to Taylor White at
The GSC will review potential nominees and select which students to put forward for nomination. These students will then be contacted and asked to provide 3 letters of recommendation. All materials from nominees should be sent to the graduate program office by Wednesday, October 19th to ensure that they can be submitted to the Graduate School on time for the final deadline.
To review all of the details and criteria for this fellowship please refer to the Graduate School website: Any questions about how the GSC will move forward in this process can be directed to Taylor White.

ASFW holds information session (posted: Sept. 22, 2016)

Learn about the benefits of being an Association of Staff and Faculty Women (ASFW) member. During this informative session on Tuesday (10/4) at noon at the Agricultural Administration Building, Room 205, ASFW board members will provide the perks to joining our dynamic organization. Light snacks will be provided. No cost to attend.

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CFAES Staff Advisory Council Accepting Nominations (Deadline:  August 31, 2016)

The CFAES Staff Advisory Council is accepting nominations for outstanding staff members. Learn more about these awards and access the nomination form here

Price Chair Teaching, Learning & Advising Enhancement Grant

Faculty can now apply for a 2016-17 Price Chair Teaching, Learning & Advising Enhancement Grant. These grants are designed to encourage CFAES faculty to attend and participate in workshops, seminars, symposia, and(or) conferences related to teaching, learning advising and/or instructional excellence. Recipients of a Price Chair Teaching, Learning & Advising Enhancement Grant will receive support toward travel, lodging and conference registration. In return, each recipient will be expected to make a quality presentation in the form of a workshop or brown bag teaching discussion to CFAES faculty.
Applications must be returned to the CFAES Academic Programs Office (100 Agricultural Administration Building) on or before Monday, May 16, 2016. Detailed information and the application are available here.

NEW (3.11.16) Canvas Adoption Website Available

The Ohio State University  is adopting Canvas as the learning management system (LMS)  inside Carmen.  A website is available on Canvas adoption. News, tutorials, videos, events, and more will be posted here throughout the year.

Secured Media Library

Are you looking for new videos to spice up your lecture? Or do you want to be able to assign movies as homework instead of spending precious class time screening them? The Secured Media Library may be for you. The Ohio State University’s Secured Media Library is an online portal for securely streaming movies to your classroom and to your students outside of class. Faculty and Staff have access to the hundreds of titles held within the repository and have the option to create and assign playlists to their students for access from home.

If you can’t find the title you are looking for, simply donate an original copy of the title to the Secured Media Library where you and your colleagues will be able to access the title indefinitely. 

Find out more about the Secured Media Library in the Office of Distance Education and eLearning’s Resource Center. (

Summer Term 2016 Update

Beginning May 2016, Ohio State will offer multiple sessions and course work options for summer term. Click here to learn more about the new Summer Term 2016 structure. As in previous years, Ohio State will provide a tuition credit for up to three credit hours of course work for the first 4-week session for students who meet the criteria. For details, view 4-week Session 1 FAQs.
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GE Syllabus Requirements

The following was provided by the faculty chair for the Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee (ASCC), Marymegan Daly.

Each GE course syllabus should include (1) the relevant category(ies), (2) the associated goals and expected learning outcomes, and (3) a brief statement that explains how the particular course will satisfy the stated learning outcomes. It is the wish of the ASCC to ensure that all students are aware of how their courses fit into the GE and that they understand what each course is trying to achieve in terms of the structure of the GE. The GE Goals and Expected Learning Outcomes can be found at

Camtasia Relay Archive

Many across the college are regular users of our Camtasia Relay presentation/lecture capturing technology. The service has been in place since 2009 and is vital to many of our teaching and Extension efforts.  The server that stores the Relay files is nearing its storage capacity. In order to allow for new files to be added without interruption, the IT Services team will be archiving a large number of older files in order to regain the needed storage on the server.

The archiving process will begin on 1/25/16. The files will not be deleted. Instead, they will be archived and stored offline for safekeeping and will be available by request. The files that will be archived were created between 2009 and 2013.  If you have a file from that time period that you still actively use then it can remain on the server at your request. Contact Ken Kulka at by 1/20/16 with the name of the file and the date that it was recorded and it will be excluded from this archive process and remain available online. Newer files will be left online.

Buckeye Learn Available

Buckeye Learn is a new tool for faculty and staff to use for professional development. It is an online training tool to allow all university employees to access training easily. Learn more on the Administrative Systems NewsLink website.

Where Women Go

The Office of Student Life and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion are very pleased to announce the launch of the WhereWomenGo portal that serves as a helpful tool to connect Ohio State women students with resources, services and support.

CFAES Gender Initiative Symposium Registration is now open!

CFAES will kick off its Gender Initiative with a symposium. This symposium, Your Career on a Continuum: Building the Skill Set for Your Lifelong Journey, will be on Tuesday, February 16, 2016.


The symposium will consist of various sessions delving into topics such as career challenges and alternative options, work-life balance, conflict resolution, and the tenure process. One main highlight will be the keynote address, The Crooked Path, by Dr. Christine Daugherty, VP of Sustainable Food Production for Tyson foods. The main location will be in the 4-H Center Auditorium in Columbus, but there will be a remote viewing location with facilitators in Fisher Auditorium in Wooster.


While we hope you are able to attend the entire symposium, you are welcome to join for smaller portions as your schedule permits. The event is free-of-charge and will include a continental breakfast and lunch to those pre-registered. We require pre-registration so we can plan accordingly. You may register at no later than Friday, February 5, 2016. For more information, please see the Gender Initiatives web site, or contact Sandy Velleman ( or Jared Morrison ( with questions.


Thank you for your interest and support in this exciting new Initiative and we look forward to working with you.

Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Research Grants

Funding Opportunity 

Deadline: February 16, 2016


The 2016-2017 Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Research Grants, administered by the Department of Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies, are designed to support research by Ohio State faculty and graduate students that explore women's lives, gender equity and gender, broadly conceptualized.

Distinguished Staff Award nominations due Jan. 15 

The Distinguished Staff Award honors 12 outstanding staff members for their significant leadership, accomplishments and service to the university. Award recipients are selected based on how they have enhanced the quality of work life for colleagues or customers, provided outstanding service to university stakeholders, developed creative solutions to increase department or university operations, or demonstrated one or more of the university’s values.

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Request for Feedback (posted 11/24/15)
Mazeika Sullivan participated in the President and Provost's Teaching Summit, and subsequently was invited to serve on an Advisory Council. A current task of the council is to solicit feedback on the current draft of the proposed Teaching and Learning Institute.
Mazeika requests the following feedback:

  1. Are faculty in SENR in support of the institute concept?
  2. Are there gaps or certain components on which the SENR faculty would hope the institute would focus?
  3. Other comments.

Please email Mazeika know of any feedback you might want to provide in this matter.  As this idea further coalesces, we may have a faculty meeting this coming spring to discuss this.

BuckeyeLearn (September 2015)
A new opportunity for faculty and staff to engage in professional development at Ohio State. BuckeyeLearn is a new university-wide online tool that provides greater access to professional learning and training.

GradRoots Minigrants for Autumn 2015

You are invited to apply for Minigrants, the competitive grant administered through GradRoots and funded through SENR.  All graduate level students within SENR are eligible to apply for a grant of up to $100. Up to two awards will be granted this semester. Additional information and the application are available from the SENR Current Graduate Students webpage. Email your completed application form to Jenna Odegard ( or place it in the GradRoots mailbox in KH 210 by 4:00 pm on Tuesday, November 24th, 2015, to be considered for the grant. Additional committee members are Thelma Velez.71, Shelby Weiss.484 and Katie Robertson.416.

OutStanding U

The CFAES Staff Advisory Council has created a new program to recognize the outstanding contributions of our staff members. Check out the details now by going to Any CFAES staff member may be recognized as an OUTSTANDING U! recipient by any supervisor, peer, student or clientele.

2015 Staff Professional Development Awards

CFAES staff can apply for money to offset costs associated with professional development and staff career goals. Ths CFAES Staff Advisory Council is accepting applications for staff professional development awards. The $200 award can be used for expenses associated with training and development. The application form and guidelines are available at Applications are due by Monday (6/1).

Impact Statements

As in previous years, faculty with either an OARDC and/or OSUE appointments need to develop a research impact statement for at least one project. These impact statements are important as they provide the basis for the qualitative evaluation of SENR’s research program and are used by OARDC to help determine our future OARDC funding levels (along with other more quantitative metrics such as peer-reviewed papers). These impact statements also are the basis for OARDC’s annual reports and are a great way for your work to be promoted by OARDC with stakeholders across the state and beyond. Click here for some guidelines OARDC has provided in the past for developing strong impact statements.  

Please submit impact statements to Charles Goebel ( by Monday, MAY 4th.  Please contact Charles with any questions you have.

Some additional information regarding impact statements:

  • If multiple faculty have participated on a single project, one impact statement will serve for all faculty members.
  • After submitting impact statements, Jeff, Brian and I will review and forward on a subset as part of our annual research report to OARDC.  In the past we have been asked to submit impact statements for three different categories: scientific, mission, and interdisciplinary.
  • Regardless of whether your impact statement is forwarded on as part of the SENR annual research report, these impact statements are very important to Molly and the SENR Communications Team as they use this information for website profiles and stories.

Fulbright Competition Open

The 2016-2017 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Core competition is now open. The Fulbright Scholar Program offers teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries for the 2016-2017 academic year. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. Interested faculty and professionals are encouraged to learn more about these opportunities, and hundreds of others, by visiting the Catalog of Awards.

The application deadline for most awards is August 3, 2015.  U.S. citizenship is required. Grant lengths vary in duration; applicants can propose projects for a period of two to 12 months, as specified in the award description.

Please note that during the week of April 13 - 17, 2015, Ohio State will be holding the 6th Annual Fulbright Week, an initiative co-organized by the Office of International Affairs, the Graduate School, and the Undergraduate Fellowship Office.

As in the past, these three units have combined their efforts to provide a full week of events acknowledging past Fulbright and Fulbright-Hays recipients and hosting workshops, information sessions and open houses designed to inform potential Ohio State faculty, undergraduate and graduate student applicants about the opportunities available through the Fulbright and Fulbright-Hays programs. All faculty, professionals and students are welcome to participate in a myriad of activities that will be scheduled during the week of April 13 – 17, 2015. View a complete schedule of activities here.

2015 Rodney F. Plimpton Outstanding Teacher Award

The 2015 competition is closed. Click here for an explanation of the award and criteria.
Click here for the nomination form then send to Jeff Sharp or Jane Erbe. A final nomination form(s) from the school will be submitted to Dr. Martin by March 20, 2015.

This award, renamed in honor of Professor Rodney F. Plimpton, was presented to Brian Lower and Thomas Mitchell in 2014. 

The Rodney F. Plimpton Outstanding Teacher Award is intended to recognize and encourage CFAES faculty members with the rank of assistant or associate professor who exemplify excellence in and commitment to teaching.  No more than two awards will be presented. Each award includes a plaque and $500 for the recipient and $500 for the home department/school to enhance its teaching program. The award will be presented at the College Recognition Banquet on April 16, 2015.

Dr. Rodney F. Plimpton was an unusually exuberant, dynamic teacher during his career at Ohio State University.  From the time he entered Ohio State in 1959, he served as an effective teaching and research assistant.  During his faculty tenure from 1965 until his untimely death in 1987, he was twice honored as recipient of the University Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award.  The tremendous number of undergraduate students who sought him as an academic advisor provides clear evidence of his extremely effective relationship with students.  He was major advisor to 26 graduate students and highly respected nationally as a speaker and public writer on meat science and teaching.  The American Meat Science Association Distinguished Teaching Award was bestowed on him in 1978.  Dr. Plimpton served on the University Senate and vigorously contributed challenging ideas and wisdom to numerous committees and projects.  He spent his entire career at Ohio State devoting his time and tremendous energy to enabling his students to become the best that they could be.  Dr. Plimpton was an excellent example of the criteria to receive this outstanding teaching award.


Staff Career Development Grants: The Office of Human Resources provides grants each year which are awarded for education and training costs related to job and/or career goals. The grant covers registration fees, fees for conferences and seminars, tuition for re-training, books, transportation costs, childcare expenses, and job search/outplacement expenses. This is a competitive process. Please check out the website for additional information:

Staff Manager Development Grants: Staff who manage people or projects can apply for up to $1,000 to attend programs that strengthen their leadership skills and behaviors that support the university’ values. The grants are available only for development programs offered by The Ohio State University. The application can be found here:

Resources to support professional development and enhance skills

There are a variety of OSU resources available to faculty and staff to support professional development.

TA Development

Download the Guidelines for Graduate Teaching Associates. This document was developed by the TA Development and Enhancement Committee, and will clarify, structure, and orient Graduate Teaching Associates (GTA) in the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) regardless of graduate program or specialization, academic background, or current research interest. This document is an “employee handbook” where GTAs can find resources and explanation of their roles and responsibilities as a GTA in SENR while a graduate student at Ohio State University.

Download the Graduate Student Registration. This document provides information to graduate students and faculty members. It identifies how many credit hours they should take according to their situation and degree track.

2014 Opportunities

Price Chair Teaching, Learning & Advising Enhancement Grant
The Price Chair Teaching, Learning & Advising Enhancement Grants are designed to encourage CFAES faculty to attend and participate in workshops, seminars, symposia, and/or conferences related to teaching, learning advising and/or instructional excellence that are outside of those attended as a part of the faculty member’s professional society affiliation.

Recipients of a Price Chair Teaching, Learning & Advising Enhancement Grant will receive support toward travel, lodging and conference registration.

Click here for the application which is due Friday, May 16, 2014.

Departmental Impact Grant application period open
Create an exemplar key or large course for your department and campus. Apply by Monday (4/7) for the ODEE Departmental Impact Grant. Receive up to 200 hours of Learning Technology expertise and $15,000 to extend learning technology use that increases student engagement, facilitates greater instructor efficiency, or enables anytime/anyplace learning. An open Q&A session is today (3/18), from 2-3 p.m. in 0029 Derby. 
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Mershon Center offers grants, scholarships for faculty, students (posted 1/13/14)
Each year, the Mershon Center for International Security Studies holds a competition for Ohio State faculty and students to apply for research grants and scholarship funds. 
Faculty and student research grant applications must be for projects related to the study of national security in a global context.  We are also interested in projects that emphasize the role of peace-building and development; strengthen the global gateways in China, India and Brazil; relate to campus area studies centers and institutes; or address the university’s Discovery Themes of health and wellness, energy and the environment, and food production and security. 
The Mershon Center has also established the International Security Study Abroad Scholarship to support undergraduates whose professional training and career plans lie in the field of international security and who would benefit by studying in a foreign country.  Students are encouraged to take foreign language courses, especially those deemed critical for national security.  As many as 12 scholarships of up to $2,000 each will be awarded.
For more information, including application forms and instructions, please see the Grants section of the Mershon Center website at  The deadline for all applications is Friday, January 31, 2014.