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October 2019

2019 President's Postdoctoral Fellows

Collage of the Postodoctoral fellows.

In 2019 the University of Maryland welcomes seven new President's Postdoctoral Fellows. Read more about them here. The President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (PPFP) reflects the University's commitment to, and engagement in, building a diverse and inclusive faculty and community. We participate in a collaborative partnership with the University of California to offer postdoctoral fellowship opportunities at the University of Maryland in all academic fields, coupled with faculty mentoring, professional development, and academic networking opportunities. Additionally, President's Postdoctoral Fellows in the biomedical sciences are eligible for consideration by the Promise Academy Program, a collaboration among University System of Maryland institutions.

In collaboration with the Office of Faculty Affairs, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairsoversees the PPFP. More information may be found here, including guidelines on the application process, for which the deadline is November 1 for 2020 fellowships.

Awards & Recognition

Campus and System Awards Nominations

University System of Maryland Board of Regents Faculty Awards

Nominators who received notice that their nominations for BOR Faculty Awards were going forward must upload final nominating materials through the APA website no later than Thursday, October 24. More information may be found here.

Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Awards

If you nominated a faculty member for a DST Award, please submit full nomination dossiers through the APA website by Tuesday, November 5. Details on nominations and former DSTs may be found here.

Distinguished University Professor

If you nominated a faculty member for DUP, full nomination dossiers are due December 1, 2019, and may be uploaded via the APA website. More information on award criteria and the nomination and selection process may be found here.

For questions regarding any of these awards, please contact OFA.

Sundial at UMD

Faculty Development

Upcoming Programs and Events

Oct. 23Orientation Follow Up: Teaching and Learning Transformation Center (TLTC)12-1:30 pm0201 Edward St. John Bldg.
Oct. 29Orientation Follow Up: Research Development12-1:30 pm0100 Marie Mount Hall
Nov. 1Second Annual PTK Symposium1-5 pmStamp Student Union
Nov. 5Linda Clement—Reflections on Today's Students: Who They Are and What They Need; sponsored by the University of Maryland Emeritus/Emerita Association1:30-3:00 pm1103 Biosciences Research Building
Nov. 7Faculty Forum: The Future of Higher Education12-1:30 pm0100 Marie Mount Hall
Nov. 19Chair Workshop: Campus Climate and Thriving Workplace12-1:30 pm0100 Marie Mount Hall

2019 PTK Symposium

The second annual Professional Track Faculty (PTK) Symposium will be held Friday, November 1, 1:00-5:00 in the Stamp Student Union. This event, sponsored by the Senior Vice President and Provost and all Colleges, will include plenary talks by inspiring PTK faculty; sessions on promotion, negotiation, bias, and mentoring; and opportunities to network and connect with colleagues. All faculty, administrators, and staff are encouraged to attend, especially PTK faculty. Register today here!


Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Lecture Series

The 2019-2020 Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Awardees will present their lectures this fall. Don't miss these presentations by some of the campus' best scholars and educators! See the website for full information.

All lectures at 4:00.

  • October 23, Lobby, Physical Sciences Complex 
    Derek Richardson, Astronomy
  • October 29, Lobby, Physical Sciences Complex 
    Daniel Lathrop, Physics
  • November 7, Atrium, Stamp Student Union 
    George Hurtt, Geography
  • November 20, 0310 Tawes 
    Sharon Fries-Britt, Counseling, Higher Ed & Special Ed

Telling Y(our) Story: Importing Publications

We are launching Activity Insight by Digital Measures/Watermark as our faculty activities system this year, 2019-2020. This system enables individual faculty members and the University as a whole to promote and report their accomplishments and activities. We have been launching this new tool over the 2019 calendar year with tenured/tenure-track faculty members, with the goal of using the platform for annual reporting in early 2020. The next phase, in 2020, will expand the use of the platform to all faculty members. 

Those of you who will be using the platform to submit your 2019 annual activity report can get started documenting your 2019 activities in the platform now. Head to the Faculty Affairs Activity Insight portal to log in. When you access the platform, you'll notice that some activities have already been loaded for you in the system. Last month, we shared information on the campus integrations in place that automatically load your information, including data from the legacy Lyterati system. 

Three Ways to Import your Publication Data

Activity Insight can import publication data directly from publication database services, such as ORCID, Web of Science, PubMed, and Crossref. You may have to use multiple databases for this method, as each of them covers different disciplines in varying degrees. For example, PubMed will include a high percentage of public health publications, but very little in social sciences or humanities. 

Alternatively, publication data can be imported through a BibTeX file generated by citation managers, such as EndNote, Google Scholar, Mendeley, RefWorks, HeinOnline, or Zotero. You can use your preferred citation manager to create personal publication libraries, which can then be exported as BibTeX files and easily imported into Activity Insight.

Importing from a BibTeX file requires a file upload but it will give you more control over which publications are included with the import, allowing for broader coverage across disciplines. It should be noted that some citation managers are limited in regards to which pieces of data are stored and/or exported to the BibTeX file.

While these import options greatly ease the burden, some entries will need to be made manually. In addition, depending on the quality of the source data, certain details like page numbers, special characters, URLs, etc. may not appear correctly when imported automatically, and may need to be adjusted manually.

These methods are covered in greater detail in the Ins and Outs of Publication Import guide for Activity Insight. The University Libraries also maintains a LibGuide on this subject as an additional resource, and offers workshops and monthly office hours for publication import support; check their calendar to find a session or reach out to the Activity Insight team.

Learn More About Activity Insight

The Activity Insight portal is not only your starting point for logging in to the platform; it is also a self-service resource with short how-to videos, extensive user guides, and contact information for the Activity Insight team. Platform support is available through email, by phone (301.405.7681) and drop-in office hours in 1120A Toll Physics Building (M 12-2/Tu 9-12/W 11-1/Th 9-12/F 9-12).

Activate Your Membership with the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

The University is now an institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity. NCFDD is an independent professional development, training, and mentoring center with a community of over 450 colleges and universities. The Center is dedicated to supporting academics in making successful transitions throughout their careers, and providing on-demand access to member resources. Membership is open to all faculty members, postdocs and graduate students.

Don't forget to activate your membership by following the link above. Click on "become a member" and select "University of Maryland" from the institutional dropdown menu.

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