Sunday, July 1, 2018

GEOS Colloquium

You should be able to scroll U/D and L/R to see everything. Yellow highlight dates are open. As we fill slots, this site will stay up to date.

Final colloquium schedule will be posted before the beginning of each semester at


Process notes from Jo Ann Kvamme (4/27/18):

  1. Speakers are solicited from the Geosciences Faculty
  2. one slot each semester is reserved for a speaker sponsored by the GEOS External Advisory Board
  3. Suggestions for speakers are solicited from the Geosciences Faculty
    1. Off campus speaker expenses are generally covered by the inviting faculty member
    2. If a speaker requires Department funds, prior approval from GEOS Chair is required.
  4. Society sponsored speakers (AAPG, AWG, AAG, AGU, etc)
    1. Expenses are generally mostly covered by the organization with some expenses paid by the department – all department expenses require prior GEOS Chair approval
  5. All suggested speakers are considered, prioritized and contacted about participation (in the event the slots for the semester are full I ask if we want to place the speaker on a “potential speaker” for the next semester or can set a date for the next semester).

It is best if we can fill the lectures for the semester the previous semester.  I keep a running calendar (now live above) so we can also place suggestion speakers and dates for two semesters out.

Scheduling priority:

  1. Sponsored speakers are usually locked in first since these must be booked early
  2. Faculty bringing speakers to campus (we try to accommodate speakers who are visiting – however this is not always possibly depending on the speakers previously booked.)
  3. Faculty on Campus (we try to have campus faculty (or those not needing a hotel room] on football, BBB weekends since hotels may be hard to find and require multiple night stay)
  4. We try to insure there is something for everyone in the department with a variety of subject matter

GEOS Research Funding

Thursday, June 14, 2018

GEOS P&T Timeline (approx.)

The P&T process has the following important dates (which can vary a bit year to year):
  1. Apr 15 - P&T candidate ('candidate') provides GEOS personnel committee with list of external reviewers (details below)
  2. May 10
    1. GEOS Chair ('Chair') informs Dean's office (Donna Draper) of faculty who are going up for P&T
    2. Final list of external reviewers from personnel committee due to Chair
  3. Jun 8 - Invitation emails (no attachment) from Chair to external reviewers
  4. Jul 1 - Sharepoint access open for candidate
  5. Aug 1 - Current CV and Research Statement from candidate due to Chair
  6. Aug 10
    1. Sharepoint deadline for complete candidate dossier
    2. Full invitation email from Chair to external reviewers
      1. Template letter provided by Dean's office, candidate CV and Research Statement are attached
  7. Aug 11 - Sharepoint access changes to 'read only' for candidate
  8. Sep 4 - Sharepoint access open for personnel committee
  9. Sep 10 - Deadline for external review letters to be received by Chair
  10. Sep 11 - Sharepoint access open for GEOS tenured faculty
  11. Oct 1 - Last day for candidate to receive redacted copy of external review letters prior to unit committee review 
  12. Oct 8 - Deadline for candidate to respond in writing to redacted external reference letters (optional)
  13. Oct 16 - Deadline for all department letters of rationale to candidate and Sharepoint
    1. Includes personnel committee letter with vote, tenured faculty letter with vote, Chair letter
    2. Sharepoint Department access changes to 'read only'
    3. Dean's office receives hardcopy of fully-completed original promotion forms, tenure forms, appointments to distinguished/university professor forms (with recommendations, numeric votes recorded, signatures of chairs of committees, and departmental chair’s signature recorded) to the dean’s office.  Please do not bind or staple these materials.   No other paper copies other than official P&T nomination forms are needed.
  14. Nov 7 - College personnel committee recommendation letter to Dean
  15. Nov 9 - Dean recommendation letter to candidate and Chair
  16. Nov 16 - Deadline for candidate to appeal unsatisfactory recommendation
  17. Nov 26 - College personnel committee chair sends final recommendation on appeal to Dean
  18. Nov 27 - Dean sends appeal decision to candidate with copy to department Chair
  19. Dec 3 - Last day for candidate to request in writing that P&T materials be withdrawn from Dean's office
  20. Dec 7 - Dean recommendation letter to Provost
  21. Jan 25 - Provost recommendation letter to candidate
  22. Mar 29 - Candidate considered by Board of Trustees and System President
  23. Mar 30 - Chancellor letter to candidate with final decision

Promotion and Tenure External Reviewer Information
  1.  Candidates are not allowed to contact potential reviewers
  2. Candidates supply 8-10 names for suggested external reviewers to GEOS personnel committee
    1. Including name, affiliation, rank, email and physical address and phone
    2.  External reviewers should be from a U of A peer institution (or higher) in the Carnegie rankings (web site)
    3. 3 external review letters required, 4 or 5 preferred
    4. External reviewers of full Professor rank are strongly preferred
    5. The letters are supposed to be objective and independent evaluations. So, no coauthors or collaborators, no research mentors, no former advisors or students, and no one you have visited within the last 5 years
    6. Sticking with this guidance should avoid any conflict of interest about external review letters
    7. Personnel committee coordinates with candidate to achieve final list
    8. Deadline to GEOS Chair is Apr 15

Friday, November 17, 2017


Data from UA Institutional Research and Assessment

Graph 1: Geoscience department total student semester credit hours (SSCH) over trailing 10 year period. This represents the number of teaching hours by GEOS faculty, instructors, adjuncts, etc. for full academic years. It is strongly influenced by low-level, high enrollment courses like General Geology and Human Geography. For example, if GEOS teaches General Geology lecture/lab (4 hrs) with 600 students, this would add 4 x 600 = 2400 SSCH to the GEOS total. In the long run, GEOS teaching assistantship count assigned by the College responds to SSCH numbers.

Graph 2: Fulbright College SSCH numbers by department over the same period.