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Faculty Affairs Activities and Updates

Greetings Colleagues,

It's hard to believe, but we're drawing close to the end of the Fall term! I'm excited to share with you the following scholarship, development and funding opportunities as we look forward to Spring. I've also listed several awards for which we need to consider our colleagues and members of the Pacific community for recognition and honor.

Announcing Pacific's 14-Day Writing Challenge!
Making time for research and creative work is challenging at any stage of an academic career, but particularly after tenure, when service and other demands seem to multiply. This year, start the spring semester right by "paying yourself first!"

In January, Pacific will embark on its own 14-Day Writing Challenge, based on the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity's 14-Day Writing Challenge. For the 14 days between January 25 and February 7, 2016, participants will agree to set aside 30 minutes (or 10, or 60; you set your own goals) daily for writing. Remember that "writing" can be anything that advances your research/creative scholarship agenda. 

You'll report your progress to a small group of other faculty members participating across all disciplines - the goal is to support each other to take time to write - not to discuss or comment on the details of each other's work. Look for more details soon, or contact Sarah Waltz at

Fulbright Scholar Program
My thanks to Dr. Bill Herrin, Director of the School of International Studies and University Fulbright Scholar Program Representative, for providing the following information on exciting opportunities to strengthen your global credentials through the U.S. Department of State's Fulbright Scholar Program:

The next competition for U.S. faculty awards begins in February 2016, so now is a good time to start planning. The Core U.S. Scholar Program typically has an early August deadline for travel beginning about one year later - winning an award in the 2016 competition would be for travel in 2017/18 - so there is plenty of time to plan for this program. While most Core programs require at least 10 months abroad, there are some more flexible options for those who can't commit to that much time.  

The current list of 577 teaching and/or research grants for those travelling in 2016/17 will give you an idea of what will be available in the next cycle. There are opportunities in virtually all academic disciplines, in a wide variety of countries on six continents.  

The School of International Studies and the Office of the Provost plan to host an informational workshop with a Fulbright Scholar Program representative in February at the beginning of the 2016 competition. In the meantime, we will be sure to keep you informed of any new and exciting developments between now and then.

To learn more, please contact Bill at

NCFDD Faculty Boot Camp
Interested in the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity Faculty Success Program? We are able to support one faculty member in this program for Spring 2016. All program fees will be completely covered. Please review the information in the link to learn more about the program and the commitments. If interested in the University sponsorship, however, DO NOT register on this site!   

Instead, please email by December 3 a letter of interest to Berit Gundersen,, (and copy Marcia Hernandez, that includes: why you would like to participate in this program, your goals or the outcomes you hope to achieve, and how you plan to support others at Pacific after participating in this program.  

The funded applicant will be asked for a report assessing the impact of their participation in the NCFDD Faculty Success Program the academic year after completion of the program.

Dates and Deadlines

Funding Opportunities


  • Call for National Conference on Undergraduate Research abstracts (Due 12/2/15)
  • New Faculty Luncheon: Thursday, December 3, 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the Regents Room. Lunch is provided. This month's topic is "End of the Semester Tips." Look for an Outlook invitation in your email, or please RSVP to Erika Greet at 209.946.2551 or so that we can plan for lunch accordingly
  • Chair Development Luncheon: Thursday, December 10, 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the Library Community Room. Lunch is provided. This month's topic is Blackboard Analytics, presented by Institutional Research. Look for an Outlook invitation in your email, or please RSVP to Erika Greet at 209.946.2551 or so that we can plan for lunch accordingly.

For more learning and development opportunities, be sure to check out and sign up to receive the twice-monthly e-newsletter from the Center for Teaching and Learning.