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For the Record

September 9, 2009

Professional development grants, research service grants, faculty sabbaticals

Guidelines for three 2010–11 faculty grants and programs are available at the Office of Human Resource Development.

  • Sabbatical leaves: The purpose is to provide faculty who have completed six or more years of full-time UW System instructional service with release time to engage in intensive study to enhance teaching, course and curriculum development or to conduct research or other scholarly activites related to instructional programs within their field of expertise. Deadline for submission: Oct. 5.
  • Research service grants: The purpose is to supplement the research opportunities available to untenured faculty who have given substantial commitments to university service outside their own departments. The program will provide summer salary support (two-ninths of the academic-year salary or equivalent) for the grantees to pursue worthy research projects. Deadline for submission: Oct. 9.
  • Faculty professional development grants: The purpose is to give faculty members release time to add to their competencies, either by acquiring new competencies within their principal fields or through work in a related field. Deadline for submission: Oct. 23.

For more information, contact Margy May at 263-2431; Laurie Mayberry at 262-5246; or Steve Stern at 262-5246.

Classified staff child care grant

The Classified Staff Child Care Grant is a privately funded family child care award given to permanent UW–Madison classified employees who need assistance with paying for child care. The high cost of child care can make it difficult for employees to balance their dual roles as employees and parents and staff turnover has high costs both financially and in service delivery. This program supports the valuable contributions of classified staff.

Permanent UW–Madison classified employees who demonstrate a high need for financial support for child care are eligible, and both part- and full-time employees are eligible. Typically, a total of $2,000 is disbursed annually among four tp six families. Awards range from $250–$500.

To apply, download an application from the Web site. For more information or to have an application mailed, call Jordan at 890-0436. The deadline for applications is Nov. 1, and awards will be granted in December.

The program’s administrators have found that the best way to inform employees of this program is through “word of mouth.” Please share the availability of this award program to employees in your unit who have children.

Vietnam faculty development funding

The Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBERs), UW–Madison and the University of Hawai’i at Manoa will host the second Vietnam Faculty Development in International Business (FDIB) program from Jan. 2–14, 2010. This program will focus on the unique aspects of doing business in Vietnam, comparing and contrasting the business environments of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. The program is geared toward faculty interested in incorporating Asian business content into their curriculum.

CIBER will pay the $3,000 registration costs for up to three UW–Madison faculty to participate in this program. Participants are responsible for their own round-trip airfare between the United States and Vietnam as well as incidentals. Applications for funding are due by Monday, Sept. 14, at 9 a.m. To apply, applicants should disregard the online application and send an abbreviated CV and a cover letter explaining in 200–250 words their interest in the program and how its content might benefit their courses or research to

2009 Vietnam FDIB participants rated their learning experience (which encompassed organizational site visits, lectures and cultural activities) in both Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi at 4.9/5. Participants rated the overall program learning experience at 4.8/5.

Please feel free to contact Susan Huber Miller at 263-7682 with any questions. For detailed information and program updates, visit the FDIB Web site.

New student privacy rights and responsibilities brochures available

The Office of the Registrar has created two new FERPA brochures, one for students and one for faculty and instructional staff. The brochures provide information about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and include tips on privacy and handling student data to ensure safety and confidentiality.

Departments are urged to make brochures available to their students, faculty and instructional staff. Paper copies of the brochures can be requested by e-mail or phone (262–3964).

The university is increasingly becoming an institution driven by electronic data that instructors work with daily. Instructors can help to build a strong trust relationship with students by assuring them we are handling and disclosing their data in an appropriate manner. The Office of the Registrar urges all faculty and instructional staff to become familiar with FERPA. View a FERPA tutorial or download the brochure.

Volunteers needed for asthma study

If you have asthma with allergies and have just started experiencing the signs and symptoms of a cold, you may be eligible for a UW–Madison research study through Asthma, Allergy and Pulmonary Research in the School of Medicine and Public Health. Participants must be free of other medical problems, nonsmokers, between the ages of 18 and 60 and have a flexible weekday schedule. For more information, contact the research coordinator at 263-0524 or visit the Pulmonary Asthma Home Page. Reimbursement is provided for research study visits.

Day of service honors Kloeck-Jenson

Coinciding with the return of the 10th cohort of Scott Kloeck-Jenson (SKJ) fellows, Global Studies announces the first SKJ Day of Service, to be held during the week of Sunday, Oct. 4. The Scott Kloeck-Jenson fellowship is awarded each year to doctoral candidates working in areas related to social justice. In honor of the valuable research and service conducted by those fellows and by Scott himself, faculty and staff are invited to set aside some time during the week of Oct. 4 for a local social justice organization. Participate from anywhere in the world. Participants will register online to share their thoughts and stories with other volunteers. In addition to the satisfaction of helping fill local needs, participants will also receive a T-shirt commemorating the event as a token of appreciation. For more information, to register, suggest organizations and learn about Scott Kloeck-Jenson and the SKJ Fellowship, visit Scott Kloeck-Jenson Fellowships.