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Employees encouraged to volunteer at polls

The Lawrence campus and the Douglas County Clerk's Office are encouraging members of the KU community to be poll workers in this year's elections. Based on the large turnout for February's caucuses, election officials are expecting a strong turnout in the August primary and November general election.

Employees who wish to participate will need to use vacation time to do so, both on election day and for a training session. The training will take three to four hours and may be available on weekends. Poll workers will complete a full shift from 6 a.m. to approximately 8 p.m. or a split shift of about six hours. The chancellor's office is encouraging supervisors to approve vacation leave for those who wish to serve. According to the Douglas County Clerk's office, workers will be paid $85 for the day, $42.50 for a split shift and $15 for the training session. Supervising judges for the polling places will be paid $100.

More information and a volunteer form are available at HREO. Questions may also be directed to 864-4946 or

W.T. Kemper Fellowship nominations open

Nominations are open for the 13th annual W.T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence. Twenty $5,000 fellowships will be awarded to full-time faculty who have completed at least three years in a tenured or tenure-track position.

Nominators should designate the category for which they are submitting a nominee. Colleagues, departments, schools/colleges, recognized campus organizations and students can make nominations.

Complete nominations are due in the Office of the Provost, 250 Strong Hall, by 5 p.m. April 2. For complete criteria, visit Policies and Resources. Questions may be directed to Mary Lee Hummert, vice provost for faculty development, at

New teaching evaluation method topic of forums

A series of public forums has been scheduled to discuss the new student survey of teaching forms. A faculty governance task force has recommended a new form to take the place of the current evaluation process.

Sessions are scheduled for: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 3, Drive Room, Burge Union; noon-1:30 p.m. March 5, Walnut Room, Kansas Union; 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; and March 11, Walnut Room, Kansas Union.

A form for student evaluations, guidance documents to assist in the implementation of the new approach and a general report of the task force are available at Task Force on Assessment of Teaching & Learning.

For more on the new evaluation forms, see OREAD: New class evaluation forms ready for use.

Nominations sought for administrative fellows

Nominations are open for the Senior Administrative Fellows program. The program trains faculty members with an interest and talent for leadership to be future university administrators. Coordinated by the Office of the Provost, the program select four to five faculty members to work together for approximately four hours per months exploring the "nuts and bolts" of KU's senior administration.

Tenured faculty are eligible, and nominations are due April 11. To nominate a colleague, send his or her name to Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett, senior vice provost, and she will contact them about application materials. Self-nominations are welcome.

Candidates to interview for fine arts dean

Three candidates will be on campus to interview for the Fine Arts Dean position. An open forum will be held with each candidate. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the sessions, and to share their views with the search committee by completing the evaluation form at the Provost's Office Web site.

Each candidate's name and vita will be available on the Provost Web site two days before the candidate arrives on campus.

The forums will be held from 4-5 p.m., March 4, 10 and 13, all in Crafton-Preyer Theatre.

Emergency text message sign up encouraged

The cancellation of afternoon classes Feb. 21 served as a good reminder of KU's emergency text messaging system. Faculty, staff and students who signed up for the messaging system received a message about noon that day, alerting them that afternoon and evening classes had been canceled because of snow.

KU officials are encouraging those who have not signed up for the service to do so. Registration can be completed through a secure Web site, Enroll & Pay. Users will need to provide their cellular phone number and service provider.

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