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Continuity Website

All employees and students are encouraged to read the news and resources provided on the College’s continuity website.

Information about how to teach, learn, and work remotely is being updated daily.

Library

Additionally, updated information about Library facilities and resources during the campus closure can be found at https://libguides.library.cofc.edu/continuity.

Zoom – virtual classroom/meetings

The College now has an Institutional Zoom account that is available for all employees and students.

To activate your account, go to https://cofc.zoom.us

Over the course of the next several days, we will be working on tutorials and information related to integrations with Microsoft Outlook.

 

Some time this week, we will have completed the OAKS integration so that it is available for teaching and learning through your course.

Spring Break Faculty Training Opportunities: Next week, during Spring Break, TLT will be offering a host of training opportunities to help prepare faculty for remote teaching and learning if we find ourselves having to sustain those practices for a period of time. These mix of face-to-face and online sessions are designed to introduce a short list of applications and best practices that can help get course materials online in a short period of time. The schedule and RSVP for these sessions can be found at http://tlthd.eventbrite.com

OneDrive and Teams Faculty/Staff Training Opportunities: In these one-hour Microsoft OneDrive (cloud-based storage) or Teams (collaboration) trainings, IT will share best practices and fundamentals. Faculty and staff can RSVP to hamtl@cofc.edu to attend.

Microsoft OneDrive – March 13 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Online
Microsoft Teams – March 17, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Online
Microsoft OneDrive – March 18 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Online
Microsoft OneDrive – March 19 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Bell 519
Microsoft Teams – March 19, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., Alumni Center
Microsoft Teams – March 26, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., Online
Microsoft OneDrive – March 27 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., RSS 131
Microsoft OneDrive – March 31 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., RSS 131

In consultation with our academic leadership, our emergency management team, other state higher education leaders, the S.C. Governor’s Office and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, the College has made the decision to suspend in-person classes the week following spring break and to extend our international travel prohibition through June 30, 2020.

All academic instruction, without exception, will be held online Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27. Campus will remain open and operational during this e-learning week. However, all campus events (i.e., performances, conferences, guest lectures, student gatherings) are canceled through March 29.

Students are strongly encouraged to return home or stay home during spring break and the e-learning week (March 23-27). For those for whom this is not a realistic option, students are welcome on campus as detailed more fully on emergency.cofc.edu.

For further details on e-learning, College operations and employee work arrangements, please go to https://emergency.cofc.edu/suspension-of-in-person-classes-due-to-coronavirus-pandemic-march-23-27/

 

On behalf of the College, we appreciate your patience and flexibility during this very tumultuous time. Together, we will get through this!

Excerpted from the message from President Hsu sent to campus on March 12, 2020. 

Do you have an ongoing writing project or plans to initiate a new one? In March we will offer three options for ALL INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY to participate in the 3rd installment of the 9th Annual Writer’s Retreat:

Option A: March 16-20 (5-day)
Option B: March 19-20 (2-day)
Option C: March 16-18 (3-day)

Applications due NOON Friday, February 28: Click here to complete and submit the online application form.

Writer’s Retreats provide:

  • a private room in Addlestone Library for one’s exclusive use away from the distractions of one’s office. Each room includes a table, Aeron chair, white board and access to the internet and printing.
  • a key for your private room for the duration of the retreat.
  • snacks and beverages in a common room throughout the retreat.
  • group lunch at noon on each day of the retreat.
  • available reference staff for assistance.
  • a supportive collegial environment to focus exclusively on one’s writing.

In return, each selected participant agrees to write, but not grade, check email or social media, or leave the retreat for other meetings. As past participants have concurred, arriving at the retreat with specific writing tasks, whether conceptualizing and drafting a new manuscript or completing final revisions to a long-standing work, will allow one to maximize this opportunity.

Selected participants must bring all materials needed for the writing project, to include one’s laptop as no computers are provided.  Participants sign in by 8:30am to begin their work. If one has a collaborator on campus, both may apply separately, or one may apply and invite their collaborator to join them for a portion of the retreat. Each participant is expected to focus only on writing for at least 6 hours daily.

Want to participate in one of the options of the March 2020 Writer’s Retreat?
Click here to complete and submit the online application by NOON Friday, February 28. 

Applicants will be notified no later than Wednesday, March 4 so they may plan accordingly. Past participants are welcome to apply again, and preference will be given to faculty preparing for a major review (tenure or promotion), new faculty establishing a writing program, and faculty in transition.

Distinguished Faculty Awards – Nominations due March 16

By Academic Affairs
Posted on 25 February 2020 | 9:16 pm — 

We are pleased to issue the following call for nominations for this year’s Faculty Awards of Distinction:

The deadline for nominations for all of these awards is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2020. All eligible nominations received before the deadline will be considered. Nominations should be submitted via the online form provided for each award (below and on our website). Nominators must be College of Charleston faculty members.

Brief descriptions of these awards appear below and more details are available at http://academicaffairs.cofc.edu/awards. Any questions may be directed to the chair of the relevant award committee as listed below or to Deanna Caveny (CavenyD@cofc.edu).

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Gioconda (Gia) Quesada, Professor in Supply Chain and Information Management (SCIM), will become our Assistant Provost of Assessment, effective Monday, February 17, 2020.

You may recall that Gia did exceptional work as the Faculty Coordinator of General Education from 2013-2018. She became Chair of the Department of SCIM in 2018. Gia has extensive experience across campus in various service roles. Please join me in congratulating Gia and welcoming her to this very important leadership position for our campus.

Many thanks to Dean Shao and the School of Business for their support of this move for Gia. Dean Shao and many other leaders have been supportive in helping us to fill this most important position for the College of Charleston. Dr. Chen Huei Chou will become Chair of SCIM effective February 17, 2020.

I sincerely appreciate the work of the original search committee when we conducted a national search last semester, as well as the reconstituted internal search committee. Associate Dean of Sciences and Mathematics, Jim Deavor, chaired both of these searches and was unwavering in our goal to appoint a highly qualified Assistant Provost of Assessment. Other members of the internal search committee were Lynne Ford, Irina Gigova, and Michelle Smith. I appreciate the assistance of many across campus to conclude this search.

Message from Fran Welch, Provost

Record-breaking CofC Day raised more than $5 million

By Academic Affairs
Posted on 5 February 2020 | 4:42 pm — 

As part of the celebration around the College of Charleston’s 250th anniversary, on Jan. 30, 2020, the College launched CofC Day, a 24-hour giving day aimed at generating excitement and support for the institution’s future. By midnight, CofC Day had raised more than $5 million, crushing the $1 million goal. The day had 1,326 faculty, staff, alumni and students make gifts to the College, representing a record-breaking number of donors for any given drive.

Read more at https://today.cofc.edu/2020/02/04/cofc-day-results/.

CofC Day Packed with Opportunities and Activities

In celebration of the 250th anniversary of its founding, the College of Charleston will hold its first-ever CofC Day event on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. A day of giving aimed at generating excitement and support for the institution’s future, CofC Day provides students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the College with the opportunity to give back.

CofC Day starts at midnight on Jan. 30, and the CofC community may kick the day off right by donating online through the CofC Day website. In addition to the giving campaign, there will be fun activities on campus throughout the day including the following:

9 a.m. – Breakfast with President Hsu on Cougar Mall

Noon – Pizza in the Cistern Yard at CofC Day Headquarters

2:50 p.m. – Ringing of the bells throughout Charleston to commemorate the College’s 250th anniversary

3:45 p.m. – The unveiling of a state historical marker on George Street, near Porter’s Lodge

3:50 p.m. – Chucktown Sound and CofC Cheerleaders performance in the Cistern Yard

4 p.m. – CofC Day ceremony, including recognition of the Founders’ Day Medal recipients

4:30 p.m. – Block party on George Street and the Cistern Yard

6 p.m. – CofC Alumni Clubs will hold CofC Day parties

6:30 p.m. – AFISHAL visual DJ performance

The CofC Day team will be hosting CofC Day Headquarters in the Cistern Yard from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Throughout the day, the team is encouraging members of the campus community to stop by and learn more about CofC Day, play some cornhole, grab a snack and pick up some CofC swag. The team can also help visitors learn how to increase their impact through challenge gifts.

Those who participate in CofC Day are asked to share what the College of Charleston means to them on social media using the hashtags #CofC250 and #CofCDay.

Read more at: https://today.cofc.edu/2020/01/27/cofc-day-packed-with-opportunities-and-activities (Darcie Goodwin)

CofC announces three nationwide dean searches

By Academic Affairs
Posted on 15 January 2020 | 2:41 pm — 

The College of Charleston announces three nationwide searches to recruit:

Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dean of the School of Sciences and Mathematics

Dean of the Honors College

Please select the position above for details on how to apply or nominate an individual. While applications and nominations will be accepted until a new Dean is selected, interested parties are encouraged to submit their materials by the date stated on the website.

Please join us in welcoming the newest member to Academic Affairs, Katy Flynn.

Katy FlynnKaty Flynn serves in a dual position as the Faculty Secretariat to the College of Charleston’s Faculty Senate and as the Academic Coordinator for the Office of the Provost. Katy joined the College in December 2019. Katy received her B.A. in Secondary English Education and M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kentucky. After graduate school, Mrs. Flynn taught high school English and from 2016 to 2019, Katy worked for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System first as a Financial Aid Specialist and later as a Curriculum and Programs Coordinator.

As Faculty Secretariat, Mrs. Flynn works in collaboration with the Speaker of the Faculty, Senate Secretary, and Parliamentarian on administrative, archival, and social functions for the Faculty Senate, the primary legislative body of College faculty. In this role, she is also the website content manager for the Faculty Senate, and provides staff support for the maintenance of all faculty senate archives and the Faculty/Administrative Manual.

For the Office of the Provost, Katy assists the Office of the Provost with a variety of functions including curriculum management, faculty credentialing, Course|Instructor Evaluations, and divisional data integrity. Together with Franklin Czwazka, the Registrar’s Office’s Catalog and Curriculum Systems Manager, Katy provides technical and administrative coordination for our curriculum management system, Curriculog, under the direction of Associate Provost Del Mastro. Katy also manages the College’s faculty credentials records to ensure compliance with standards outline by the College and our accreditation agency, SACSCOC, and she is responsible for provisioning and auditing accesses for credentialed instructors and academic program directors. Additionally, Mrs. Flynn is the staff administrator of Course|Instructor Evaluations under the direction of Associate Provost Caveny. Mrs. Flynn assists Academic Affairs with data integrity and both internal and external reporting related the faculty, teaching assistant, curriculum, Course|Instructor Evaluation, and academic administrative data.

We are very excited to have Mrs. Flynn join our team!

Check out: CofC Today: New Staff – featuring Katy Flynn (12/04/2019)

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