Colorful spring flowers on the grounds of Miami University

Current Academic Affairs Initiatives

ADA Accessibility

The Office of the Provost, in collaboration with Student Disability Services and IT Services, continues to seek ways to provide information, training, and support for faculty and academic advisors to enable students with disabilities find their place at Miami, engage with the community, and succeed and reach academic and personal success.  Student Disability Services has also implemented an online case management system called Students Accessing Miami (SAM). SAM helps students with disabilities navigate the intake and eligibility process, manage accommodations for each class, and negotiate alternative testing contracts, and overall, facilitates the interactive process between faculty and student.

Academic Advising

As part of the ongoing effort to improve undergraduate academic advising, the Undergraduate Academic Advising Council in partnership with the Division of Enrollment Management & Student Success will be launching the Education Advisory Board’s “Student Success Collaborative – Campus” across the University this academic year.  The EAB Student Success Collaborative provides advisors with data and analytics relating to their advisees so that they are well equipped to offer personalized support.  It also enables advisors to easily schedule advising appointments, record notes on advising sessions, make referrals and communicate with advisees.  Advisors will be provided training and support on the EAB SSC beginning in fall 2016 and thereafter.

Assessment of Student Learning

The University Assessment Council includes representatives from each academic division, Student Affairs, University Libraries, Institutional Research and the Center for Teaching Excellence.  Its primary goal for the year is to improve the quality of assessment of student learning outcomes across the university.  Resources and support in the form of annual reviews of assessment reports, a Canvas site of information, and workshops will be provided to assist departments, programs and offices to engage in high quality full-cycle assessment of student learning.

Diversity and Inclusion

In spring 2016, Miami hired the Education Counsel (a mission-based education consulting firm) to assist the institution in crafting strategies to cultivate a more welcoming and inclusive learning, working and living environment to advance student, staff and faculty success. The report which was submitted in fall 2016 led to the creation of a President’s Task Force whose members include Bennyce Hamilton, Kelley Kimple, Ron Scott and Liz Wardle. The key goal of the task force is to develop a policy statement on diversity and inclusion.

Faculty180 Activity Reporting System

In fall 2014, a group consisting primarily of associate deans from all academic divisions worked to annual tenure track/tenured and LCPL faculty activity reports. The templates were  approved by Senate as a revision to the current promotion and tenure dossier guidelines. After reviewing a number of possible vendors, Faculty 180 was selected as the electronic system for submitting these reports. A range of departments have volunteered to pilot the electronic system this spring.  The goal is for all departments to begin using the electronic system by the 2018-2019 academic year.

New Faculty Research Community and New Faculty Teaching Enhancement Program

Offered in collaboration with the Center for Teaching Excellence, the New Faculty Research Community (NFRC) provides an opportunity for all full-time tenure track faculty in their first or second years at Miami to engage in a fall/winter term series of seminars, workshops, and activities about research and building a research network. The program is designed to enhance research skills, support, and knowledge about resources. This group will form a community of new-faculty research scholars.

New Faculty Teaching Enhancement Program (NFTEP) provides an opportunity for all full-time faculty (tenure track, lecturer/clinical, instructors, and visiting faculty) in their first through fifth years at Miami to engage in a one-semester series of seminars, workshops, and activities about teaching and learning. The Program is designed to enhance teaching interest, knowledge, practice, and effectiveness. This group will form a community of new-faculty teaching scholars.

Open Educational Resource (Alternative Textbook) Grant

Grants, in the form of professional development funds, are available for Miami University faculty interested in working to lower textbook costs for students using Open Educational Resources (OER). Objectives for the OER Grants include: (1) significantly lowering the cost of textbooks for enrolled students in a specific course (this is part of Miami’s response to the Governor’s Task Force on Affordability and Efficiency in Higher Education); (2) maintaining or improving student learning outcomes and satisfaction with the required materials; and (3) contributing to the growing body of OER available to the global higher education community.

The grants are open to Miami instructional faculty who teach courses in any department on any of our campuses. Priority for grants will be given to coordinators of courses with higher enrollments. For more information, please visit the Provost website and the University Libraries' OER LibGuide.