Author: Cheryl Galli

TRUCK – Bulk Minor Curricular Action Request Form

TRUCK Instructions
TRUCK Letter of Intent Form
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17 October 2022

Dear Colleagues:

We are writing to you on behalf of the University Senate Curricula and Courses Committee, which approved an expedited process for numerous small course revisions in support of a unit’s curricular changes. The process involves using a form, Temporary Relief for Untying Curricular Knots: Bulk Minor Curricular Action Request Form (TRUCK), that is meant to provide temporary relief to the CAR system for bulk changes to a curriculum. Please note that

● The TRUCK cannot be used to propose new courses, only course revisions.
● “Numerous” is defined here as 5 or more. If you are revising fewer than 5 courses, use the Curricular Action Request form for each course.
● “Small” is defined here as largely editorial or cosmetic changes that do NOT significantly change a course’s name, content, level, number of credits, or general education components. Any changes that fundamentally alter any of these five components of a course must use the traditional Curricular Action Request form.
● This is “temporary” since Courseleaf, a new curricular management system, will be implemented within the next two years by the registrar’s office. TRUCK will sunset when Courseleaf is officially fully implemented.

The TRUCK form has been developed with consultation from several bodies in the curricular process, and we have been in close consultation with the Registrar’s Office about potential unintended consequences of using this process. Attached you will find the TRUCK Instructions document which provides further information. These instructions, a letter of intent form, and the actual TRUCK form are available on the Senate website.

We will keep a close eye on how this process works, and will be revising the forms or instructions based on any lessons learned. Please do not hesitate to contact Karen McDermott (karen.mcdermott@uconn.edu) or Suzanne Wilson (suzanne.wilson@uconn.edu) with any questions or concerns you might have.

Sincerely,

Dr. Suzanne M Wilson, Chair, Senate Curricula and Courses Committee
Dr. Del Siegle, Chair, Senate Executive Committee

The Provost’s Outstanding Service Award

The Provost’s Outstanding Service Award is designed to honor and recognize those who have demonstrated excellence in service to the University of Connecticut that far exceeds reasonable expectations of their positions. The award will honor faculty whose volunteer service (i.e., not that assigned as part of one’s job description or expectations in teaching, research or assigned service) is exemplary in enhancing the University’s mission in teaching, research, service, or engagement. Ordinarily, the awards would be bestowed on those whose service is voluntary, individually or on committees. The case should be made in the formal nomination and in supporting letters, that the nature of the service goes beyond promoting one’s own research or teaching, or extending service through extension activities.

By honoring such individuals, the University demonstrates its commitment to service as an activity essential to its mission and to its governance, provides incentive for faculty to pursue activities that enhance the quality of their service, and emphasizes the importance of outstanding service.

Normally, there will be up to two awards each year. Recipients of the Provost’s Outstanding Service Award will be current UConn faculty who have extraordinary records of service in committees and/ or university volunteer activities.

Submission Procedure

Nominations are due to Brandon Murray (brandon.murray@uconn.edu) by 15 February each year. The recipient(s) of the award and the other applicants, will be notified of the Awards Committee’s decision in writing no later than 20 March and honored in April each year at a reception organized by the Provost’s Office.

Nomination Materials

  • One Letter of Nomination that details in what ways the faculty member has made long term (the Nominee must have been employed at the University of Connecticut for at least five years), and extraordinary service contributions to the University. Self nominations will normally not be accepted.
  • List of the Service Contributions the nominee has made to the University, with various kinds of service distributed among categories.
  • A minimum of two additional Letters of Support (in addition to the Letter of Nomination) from persons who have the ability to judge the significance of the nominee’s service contributions. Of course, letters from outside the nominee’s department or college/school could provide more evidence of notable service.
  • An individual may receive this award once.

Awards Committee

Strong contributors to University Service, including one person who has been a past Service Award recipient.


Recipients

2015

Hedley Freake, Nutritional Sciences

Ernesto (“Ernie”) Zirakzadeh, Political Science

2016-2017 Senate Meeting Dates

The University Senate will meet on the following dates from 4:00-6:00pm in the Rome Ballroom, South Campus, Storrs Campus.

Senator who are unable to attend a meeting should contact Cheryl Galli.

Monday, September 12, 2016
Monday, October 3, 2016
Monday, November 7, 2016
Monday, December 5, 2016
Monday, February 6, 2017
Monday, March 6, 2017
Monday, April 3, 2017
Monday, May 1, 2017

Save the Date! 2016 PTR Forum – Friday, April 1

The Faculty Standards Committee of the University Senate is pleased to announce the upcoming forum regarding Faculty Promotion, Tenure & Reappointment (PTR) to be held Friday, April 1st from 3:00-5:00pm.

The program will begin with a large group session in room 304 A&B of the Student Union with Provost Choi and Vice Provost Reis outlining PTR procedures at the University of Connecticut. This large group meeting will be followed by breakout sessions led by Deans (or their designee) outlining the nuances of the PTR process specific to each school/college.

Refreshments will be served. Reservations are not necessary.