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Feature story: Do you know what a Dean is?

Dean Dennin Explains Dean's Duties

If you had to explain what a Dean does, could you do it? We asked students, faculty and staff to find that many people were not sure how to describe the duties of a Dean. Michael Dennin joins us to answer a few questions about being a Dean. 

Read more here

Announcing the Blum Center’s Upcoming Poverty Magazine

The Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation is currently in the process of creating a Poverty Magazine geared towards bridging the engagement of the community with the resources of the campus as well as acknowledging the visual and artistic component for poverty alleviation. They are looking for interns and submissions. 

Read more here.

Social Media Audits and Developing Stories over Lunch

“At the Social Media Lunch, I gained a wealth of valuable tips and tricks for optimizing social media components of our program's marketing strategy. The material was pitched at just the right levels of informative and fun/casual. I look forward to attending future events!” - Alyssa Stanford

Read more here.

Student Delivers Hope to Hospital in Homeland

She was a 33-year-old community college student, an immigrant from Uganda who struggled just to pay her bills, when she read an article about a hospital in her homeland that had no running water and limited electricity. 

Despite her own challenges, Natoolo knew she had to help and traveled to the hospital to examine the conditions herself. 

Read more here.

Teaching and Learning

Designing an effective syllabus 

A syllabus is not just a list of readings and exam dates. It is also an opportunity to express to students what you value most about teaching and about student learning. It is a chance to share your expectations for the high-quality work you believe students can produce. If you would like a more productive and inclusive syllabus, check out CEI’s new syllabus resource page.
Maximize the first day of Class

It’s easy to feel like the first day of class must be spent on class administration issues. But what if instead you took time to interest students in the class content or gave them practice working in groups? Many UCI faculty have moved the syllabus content to a syllabus quiz and are instead spending the first day on much more interesting topics. Read examples of activities used by UCI instructors on the CEI site.
Pedagogical Fellows, Encourage Graduate Students to Apply Now

Graduate students who are interested in advanced pedagogy and mentoring other graduate students can apply for the Pedagogical Fellows Program. The program helps graduate students with pedagogical and professional development, provides personalized assistance with preparing for the academic job market, and awards a $2000 fellowship.

Read more here
Certificate for Teaching Excellence, Encourage Graduate Students to Enroll Now

The Center for Engaged Instruction (CEI) is offering its Certificate in Teaching Excellence Program (CTEP); the program is intended to provide extended pedagogical training and experience for UCI graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. Graduate students can enroll in University Studies 390A, Seminar B to earn the Certificate for Teaching Excellence.

Read more here

Upcoming Events

2016 Anteater Involvement Fair

The Anteater Involvement Fair is an opportunity for registered campus organizations and UCI departments to share information about their organizations and departments and recruit new members for the academic year. This event is open to the entire campus community. The Involvement Fair is sponsored by Office of Campus Organizations and Associated Students of University of California Irvine in partnership with Student Center & Event Services and UCI Hospitality and Dining Services. Make sure to be at Aldrich Park on September 19th, from 11 am- 3pm. To read more about the fair, click here

Digital Media and Learning Conference

The 7th annual Digital Media and Learning Conference will be held at UC Irvine this year, Oct. 5-7, and the schedule is full of the biggest names in digital media and learning. Highlights include a keynote address by games and learning expert Constance Steinkuehler; a plenary discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas; and special half- and full-day pre-conference workshops on such topics as civic engagement, designing online courses, digital storytelling, learning analytics, using Minecraft to teach academics and building youth social capital. For more information and to register, visit here

Video of the Month

Ask the Vice Provost - Episode 1
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Special Announcement

UCI Alumni Center to Host Next OVPTL Social Media Workshop

We are excited to share that the UCI Alumni Center is hosting the next OVPTL Social Media Brunch at the Newkirk Alumni Center building! We will be announcing the time and date soon, so keep an eye out. 

Watch a our teaser video here, to learn more about the workshop!

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