Letters from the Deans
Message from Dean Daniel J. Howard
Clinical Teaching Track Appointments
The end of the fall semester is accompanied by a whirlwind of activities—finals, grading, commencement, holiday parties—and a profound sense of relief that yet another semester is coming to a successful close. That successful close is due to the efforts of a wonderfully talented group of faculty and staff, and thanks are due to all of you for your efforts on behalf of CU Denver and its students. I wish you could have been present at the December 7 meeting of the Dean’s Student Advisory Council, in which student after student praised your teaching, your dedication to students, and the quality of a CLAS education.
Although all of you deserve recognition, I am going to focus attention on a small group of faculty, who have the distinction of recently receiving appointments as the first clinical teaching track faculty members in the college. The clinical teaching track is intended for non-tenure track faculty members who have distinguished teaching records and who have developed, or are in the process of developing, research and service programs. It is a singular honor to be named to the track and I hope you will extend congratulations to these faculty members when you see them.
New Assistant Professors C/T are: Tiel Lundy (English), Rebecca Hunt (History), J. Greg Whitesides (History), Linda Alcott (Modern Languages), Lucy McGuffey (Political Science), and Masoud Asadi-Zeydabadi (Physics).
New Associate Professors C/T are: Rudi Hartmann (Geography and Environmental Science), Sharon Coggan (Philosophy), and Kevin Everhart (Psychology).
I hope all of you enjoy the holidays, remain safe, and are able to spend time with family and friends.
With all best wishes,
Photo courtesy of National Communication Association, Chris Martinez
Allen presents Distinguished Lecture at National Communication Association’s annual convention
On Nov. 8, Brenda J. Allen delivered the 2011 Carroll C. Arnold Distinguished Lecture during the National Communication Association's 97th Annual Convention in New Orleans. Her lecture, titled "Voice Lessons for Social Change," explored how communication scholarship about voice can inform efforts to effect social change and create a more humane discipline.
Since 1994, the National Communication Association has offered the Carroll C. Arnold Distinguished Lecture and has featured the most accomplished researchers in communication. The topic for the 97th annual convention was "Voice," and during her speech in front of a packed grand ballroom, Allen invited, "all members of the discipline of communication to work toward social change by examining power dynamics related to how we communicate with one another in academia."
Dr. Allen is an associate dean in CLAS and professor in communication. Her research and teaching areas are organizational communication, diversity, group communication, and computer-mediated communication. She is the author of the groundbreaking book titled "Difference Matters: Communicating Social Identity." Dr. Allen is currently on sabbatical until August 2012, but for more information on her work visit www.differencematters.info.
—Chris Ferguson, graduate research assistant and master's student in the Department of Communication
194 Views | Issue: December 15, 2011 | Archive: News Archive
Reminder to review W-4 status for 2012
The IRS requires employers to remind their employees annually to review and make any necessary changes to their W-4 (Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate). First, review your current W-4 tax status in the tax data box on your pay advice or payroll warrant (log in here).Next, make any desired changes to your W-4 tax status -- either by updating this information online through the CU Resources page on your campus portal, or by submitting an original W-4 form to PBS.
Additional Yearly Reminders from PBS
Employees with tax exempt status for 2011 will be notified directly by separate mailing of renewal procedures for 2011.
PBS will mail 2011 W-2s by January 31, 2012 as required. Reissued copies of 2011 W-2s will be processed starting Wednesday, February 15, 2012.
The 2012 social security wage base is $110,100.00 and the withholding maximum is $6,826.20 with a tax rate of 6.2%. If your 2011 contributions have stopped due to meeting the 2011 maximum, deductions will resume effective January 1, 2012. No maximum applies for Medicare taxes, with a tax rate of 1.45%.
If you have additional questions, please call the PBS payroll line at (303) 860-4200, extension 2, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
512 Views | Issue: December 15, 2011 | Archive: News Archive
The Department of Modern Languages profiled in the Advocate
Modern languages help navigate new world Advocate, Nov. 29
The CU Denver student newspaper profiles and promotes a Modern Languages education, with input from department chair, Devin Jenkins.
Hartnett publishes “translation” essay
Cyber-Warfare, Google, and U.S.-Chinese Communication in an Age of Globalization Communication Currents, Dec. 6
Stephen John Hartnett, professor and chair in communication, published this "translation" article in Communication Currents. This on-line messaging platform of the National Communication Association asks scholars who have published a traditional academic essay in a leading communication outlet to "translate" the piece into a media-friendly and mass-audience style, hence practicing the arts of public scholarship.
Horton wins award and is cited in article on binational U.S.-Mexico health insurance plan
Cross-Border Insurance Revisited Governing, December
Sarah Horton, an assistant professor of anthropology, discusses why insurance that allows policy holders to seek treatment in Mexico didn’t catch on in Texas.
In addition, Horton was awarded the Polgar Prize at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Montreal last month. The Polgar Prize is awarded by the Society for Medical Anthropology for the best article published in the society's flagship journal, Medical Anthropology Quarterly. The 2010 prize was for an article Horton co-authored with Judith Barker, "Stigmatized Biologies: Examining the Cumulative Effects of Oral Health Disparities for Mexican American Farmworker Children."
Stratman research cited in popular blog
Do We Need To Change Our Teaching Methods? Legal Skills Prof Blog, Dec. 6
James Stratman, associate professor of communication, conducted research in 2008 with Dorie Evenson of Penn State which concluded that new methods need to be developed for teaching law students reading and reasoning skills.
Yeatman survey finds HIV affecting family planning in Malawi
Uncertainty about HIV pushes young Malawians to start families News-Medical, Dec. 2
Sara Yeatman, assistant professor, health and behavioral sciences, with Jenny Trinitapoli of Penn State, surveyed young Malawians and found that uncertainly about their HIV status corresponded with a desire to have children significantly sooner than both those with confirmed HIV and those confirmed to not have the disease. Their findings were published in the American Sociological Review, December 2011.
Student Life Events
Through Dec. 16
Please join the Auraria community in celebrating the holidays through generosity and sharing. Seventeen years ago, the Auraria Campus started a holiday tradition by launching the Share Tree Project. The goal this year is to gather 200 gifts for this holiday season.
Here is how the share tree works: take an ornament off the tree (this will have the gender and age of a child in need), buy a gift and bring it unwrapped (with the original tag attached) to the Office of Student Life in the Tivoli by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, December 16th.
Sponsored by CCD Student Life, MSCD Student Activities, and UCD Student Life.
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