Faculty: Midsemester Updates and Reminders

Dear Faculty Colleagues,

Can you believe we are close to the midpoint of the fall semester? This semester has simultaneously progressed at the speed of light and the drip of molasses for me as it has brought new opportunties and challenges. We have made it successfully this far in the semester because of your relentless hard work to be safe and to be engaged in your instruction, research, creation and service. Thank you!

As we are midway through the semester, I want to share with you some reminders and additional documents that have been developed by the Ad Hoc Academic Continuity Committee. 

Many of you are using remote proctoring, and the Ad Hoc Academic Continuity Committee has developed a set of Frequently Asked Questions around its use. I ask you to share this information with students in your classes if you are providing proctored exams. This information will help students understand why exams are proctored and how to prepare for a proctored exam. 

Providing proctored exams is an important tool in ensuring you have an accurate evaluation of a student’s performance. Relatedly, perhaps, please report all acts of plagiarism and cheating and follow the process through the Office of Student Conduct see www.kent.edu/plagiarism/information-faculty

You play a critical role in the success of your students this semester. As I mentioned in our most recent Faculty Senate meeting, we have a lot of anecdotal evidence and survey responses from students that tell us that students are missing interacting with their faculty members. They are also missing the natural and intentional interactions with their peers that happen during class meetings. This lack of interaction is particularly a concern in asynchronous remote courses as the class probably does not have many opportunities to engage with others. If you are teaching an asynchronous remote course this semester or plan to teach one next semester, I encourage you to visit the Keep on Teaching website www.kent.edu/onlineteaching/how-do-i-teach-remote-course for advice on how to provide real-time interaction in an asynchronous class. 

Finally, please remember to be remote ready for your in-person courses as the disease situation on campus can change from day to day. We have about four more weeks left of in-person classes before we move fully to remote instruction after Thanksgiving, but please be ready if we have to move to remote-only instruction earlier. 

Thank you for all you have done and continue to do! As we continue forward, please take care of yourselves and reach out to one another to check in and offer support. 

My best,

Melody Tankersley, Ph.D.
Interim Senior Vice President and Provost

POSTED: Friday, October 23, 2020 - 10:30am
UPDATED: Friday, October 23, 2020 - 10:29am
Melody Tankersley, Ph.D., Interim Senior Vice President and Provost