We hope you had a healthy and happy Fourth of July.
This newsletter for academic leaders is designed to share information of interest to the university community. During summer, we are publishing every other week.
Help increase our vaccination rate
Please continue to promote vaccination — and the importance of sharing that status with the university so that our public health guidance can reflect a more complete understanding of our true vaccination rate.
We know that at least 65% of our returning students, faculty and staff have been vaccinated, and the number is rising as more individuals share their status with the university. Still, many vaccinated individuals are not yet reflected in our totals.
Reporting your vaccination status is easy:
- Faculty and staff can report through a simple online form.
- Students can report through the My BuckMD portal managed by Student Life Student Health Services.
To ensure that their data is included in our public health analysis, vaccinated individuals should use these reporting systems, even if they were vaccinated through the Wexner Medical Center.
Colleges, departments and other units can continue to use the sample messages that we developed to encourage reporting. More information, including FAQs about the reporting process, is posted at safeandhealthy.osu.edu/vaccine.
Introducing new academic leaders
We recently shared news about two college leaders who will start their roles in August:
- Carroll Ann Trotman will join us from Tufts University to become dean of the College of Dentistry on Aug. 15. At Tufts, she is associate dean for faculty development and chair of the Department of Orthodontics.
- David G. Horn, who is currently associate executive dean for undergraduate education in the College of Arts and Sciences, will become interim executive dean on Aug. 1.
Of course, incoming Executive Vice President and Provost Melissa Gilliam also will be starting Aug. 1. As Provost McPheron noted in his recent message to faculty, he will continue to serve through the end of July, and Senior Vice Provost Kay Wolf will help provide continuity of academic leadership.
- Starting today (July 6), Dr. Benjamin Wiggins of the University of Washington will share guidance for planning and implementing active learning strategies in large lecture settings. This asynchronous course is part of a series offered by the Drake Institute for Teaching and Learning that will draw on the expertise of local, national and international experts.
- At 1:30 p.m. Thursday (July 15), Exploring CarmenZoom: Student-Student Interaction will demonstrate how breakout rooms work, and how to allow students to share screens and presentations with one another.
- At 1 p.m. Wednesday (July 21), Exams and Assignments for Your Online Course will share resources for alternatives to traditional exam and final formats and how to modify exams, finals and assignments for an online environment.
- Starting Monday (July 26) through Friday (Aug. 6), Introduction to Teaching Online will share evidence-based practices around the essential elements of online teaching. Participants should be expected to devote approximately 10 hours to this two-week, asynchronous online course.