July 6, 2020 Q&A
General University Information Re: COVID-19
1) Texas State University's plans for Fall 2020 are available here: https://www.txstate.edu/coronavirus/road-map.html
2) You can watch the June 30th Health, Wellness, and Safety for Faculty webinar here:
Websites and information mentioned in the webinars include:
Bobcat Balance website (Available by phone at 1.855.884.7224)
3) The College of Liberal Arts has crafted its own policy on Workplace Modifications for Faculty (see below). IAs and TAs who need workplace modifications are encouraged to apply for them.
College Policy on COVID-19 Workplace Modifications for Faculty
College of Liberal Arts
The College of Liberal Arts is committed to help safeguard the wellness of all members of its community, particularly those most vulnerable to the impact of COVID-19, while fulfilling the academic mission of the College. Our mission is to generate knowledge and provide an educational experience that prepares students to meet societal needs and realize a meaningful and rewarding life. Flexibility and communication are key as we adapt to new conditions and work towards our mission.
The University has implemented several protective measures, including a COVID-19 Workplace Modification Request for Faculty, which can be found at the following web site: https://www.sdi.txstate.edu/COVID-19-Workplace-Modification-Request/COVD-19-Workplace-Modification-Request.html. These workplace modifications for summer II 2020 and fall 2020 are based on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) list of medical conditions that may place individuals at a higher risk for serious illness and/or complications from COVID-19.
The purpose of the present policy is to guide faculty in the College of Liberal Arts who have circumstances or conditions not included in the CDC list and who wish to request safeguards and options for alternative arrangements. Therefore, in addition to health concerns covered in the University COVID-19 Workplace Modification Request for Faculty, the College encourages Departments to consider requests from faculty in the following categories:
1. Faculty who reside at least 50% of the time with a person who has an underlying health condition listed on the University Workplace Modification Request form.
2. Faculty who provide childcare at least 50% of the time for children 12 years of age or younger who attend a school or daycare that has been closed or has modified operational hours.
3. Faculty members who are pregnant or caring for infants under the age of one.
Faculty requests for a College COVID-19 Workplace Modification based on one of the three categories listed in this policy will be made to the Department Chair. Workplace modifications must protect the academic mission of the College without posing significant difficulty or expense to allow faculty to effectively accomplish the necessary functions of their position. Workplace modifications may take many forms, which include (but are not limited to) changes in classrooms to increase social distancing, changes to teaching schedules to help faculty with childcare due to school or daycare closures, and changes in the modality of teaching one or more courses.
Faculty requests will include (a) a statement (no more than 1-page in length) explaining why a modification is needed based on one of the three categories listed in this policy,1 (b) the faculty member’s proposed plans for meeting their job responsibilities, and (c) possible impacts on department operations, goals, and responsibilities. Faculty and Department Chairs will work together on a case-by-case basis to promote wellness to the greatest degree possible within the constraints noted above.
To ensure a timely review of all requests, please submit a College COVID-19 Workplace Modification request to the Department Chair by August 1, 2020 for the fall 2020 semester. Early submissions by faculty are strongly encouraged so that appropriate plans for instructional duties and other responsibilities may be put in place. An appeal to a Department Chair’s decision may be made to the College Dean, whose decision shall be final.
Any future revisions to this policy will be guided by the recommendations of public health authorities.
Available online at https://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/events/orientation.html
As a TA, you are entitled to purchase a restricted (faculty) parking permit. Permits are available at Parking Services in the Mathews Street Garage, 202 Student Center Dr. (8:00 am-5:00 pm), or online at http://www.parking.txstate.edu. A restricted permit costs $335. First-year TAs may not be able to get their restricted permits until the University has processed all hiring paperwork. If you need parking immediately, you may buy a student perimeter (purple) permit and then upgrade it to a restricted permit in a couple of weeks. Keep your receipt.
Required Public Posting of Syllabi and CV
Texas law (HB 2504) requires faculty at public universities to post undergraduate syllabi for easy access of students and others..
As soon as syllabi are complete, post them at http://hb2504.txstate.edu/, using the “Editor Access” tab. A link to the site is also located on Texas State’s homepage.
While on the site, be sure to add or update your CV that must include minimally the following information:
- All institutions of higher education attended, with the dates of attendance and degree(s) earned;
- All previous teaching and administrative positions relevant to higher education, including the names of the institutions, the position, beginning and ending dates, and brief description of the position’s responsibilities;
- A list of significant professional publications relevant to the academic positions held, including full publication data for each entry; and
- The CV may include the instructor’s professional contact information, such as office telephone number, work address, and institutional email address. It should not include personal information about the instructor, such as the home address or personal telephone number.
Students may also apply for:* Department of English Scholarships:http://www.english.txstate.edu/studentres/scholarships.html* Graduate College Scholarships:http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/funding/scholarships.html* University Scholarships:http://www.finaid.txstate.edu/scholarships.html
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