This weekly newsletter for academic leaders is designed to share information of interest to the university community.
The university is responding to the unacceptable events on Chittenden Avenue over the weekend in a number of ways. For your awareness, Senior Vice President Melissa Shivers sent a message to students and President Kristina M. Johnson shared a public statement about the incident. The university also responded to media inquiries.
Three key messages to amplify
As we begin the final week of spring semester classes, please amplify the following messages with your areas of the university community. Finals will take place next week, followed by commencement on May 9.
- Let's all focus on caring for each other as we enter this stretch run. This has been a difficult year, and we need to continue to lift up one another as we prepare to complete the semester. Beyond the normal stress of final projects and exams, our students, faculty and staff are responding to violent incidents from across the country. Many are on edge as they wait for a verdict in Minnesota. Please take a moment to check in with individuals in your community to offer your support and direct them to wellness or other resources if needed.
- Help encourage COVID-19 vaccination: Ohio State is strongly encouraging all who can be vaccinated to schedule their shots as soon as possible. To assist in that effort, University Marketing and Communications have prepared a toolkit of social media assets. Buckeyes can also consider adding a vaccination filter to their Facebook profile. While general vaccination encouragement is helpful, faculty and staff leaders should respect the medical privacy of all individuals.
- Summer term will use emergency grading: As is the case this semester, the emergency grading system will be utilized for summer term. Provost McPheron, Senate Steering and the Council on Enrollment and Student Progress all agreed that exceptional circumstances still exist that can impact student success. This decision is being broadly shared this week.
New COAM director named
Effective June 1, Jennifer Whetstone, a senior lecturer in the College of Pharmacy, will be the new coordinator of the Committee on Academic Misconduct. She will succeed Jay Hobgood, who has served in this role since July 2015.
Deadline approaching for engaged scholarship grants
Faculty may apply for up to $5,000 to fund a one-year project through the Engaged Scholarship Consortium. Funds may be used for faculty, graduate, undergraduate, community partner, and administrative stipends; supplies and expenses; and/or project-related travel. The application deadline is May 7.
Security upgrades planned for Libraries accounts
University Libraries is implementing security updates that will change the way some users access their library accounts. These changes ensure the security of a user's private data while at the same time standardizing access with an Ohio State username. Learn more.
- At 1 p.m. Tuesday (April 20), "Trauma-Informed Teaching" will share tactics that build optimism and engagement in learning spaces. Participants will learn teaching strategies anchored in compassion, preparedness and accessibility.
- At 2 p.m. Tuesday (April 20), "Driving Change: Diversity in Entrepreneurship and Innovation" will discuss diversity, equity and inclusion in fostering entrepreneurship and supporting minority-owned businesses, the university's role in preparing students for entrepreneurial thinking, and innovation and diversifying the corporate sector.
- At 3 p.m. Thursday (April 22), the first workshop in the Digital Humanities Pedagogy Series will take place. This series, which is for faculty or graduate teaching assistants in the Arts and Humanities, will explore digital humanities tools like data analysis and digital scholarly editing. Registration is limited and will be capped at 20 people.