State of Connecticut Medical Benefits Award Decision

STATE OF CONNECTICUT MEDICAL BENEFITS AWARD DECISION EFFECTIVE  JULY 1, 2020
FAQ
As of July 1, 2020, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (Anthem) will administer all health benefits for active state, municipal and pre-Medicare retirees and their dependents on the State of Connecticut health plan. This includes employees in those towns, cities and school districts participating in the State Partnership Plan. UnitedHealthcare will continue to administer benefits under their fully insured Medicare Advantage plan for those retirees and eligible dependents who are Medicare eligible.
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UConn-AAUP 2020 Excellence Awards

The UConn-AAUP seeks nominations of its members for the UConn-AAUP Excellence Awards in Teaching, Research, and Service Recognition. The primary nominator must send the complete submission in a single pdf file, indicating the award category, via e-mail to Barbara Kratochvil at BarbaraK@uconnaaup.org.

The UConn-AAUP encourages updated submissions for applicants nominated within the last three years 2017, 2018, and 2019.

The deadline for submitting nominations to the UConn-AAUP office is FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2020.

I. TEACHING EXCELLENCE AWARDS

Required Supporting Materials for All Teaching awards:
1) Two letters of support from UConn faculty members, including at least one with extensive knowledge of the applicant’s teaching.
2) Two letters of support from current or former UConn students (undergraduate or graduate).
3) OIR teaching evaluation data for all courses, as relevant.
4) Curriculum Vitae.

A. TEACHING EXCELLENCE: EARLY CAREER
Eligibility: Untenured faculty member with 3 to 6 years of service at UConn and no more than 6 years of teaching experience as a faculty member at any institution.

B. TEACHING EXCELLENCE: CAREER
Eligibility: Any faculty member with over 6 years teaching experience. This award recognizes classroom instruction, and advising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.

C. TEACHING INNOVATION
Eligibility: Any faculty member. This award recognizes new methods and curricular design.

II. RESEARCH EXCELLENCE AWARDS

Required Supporting Materials for all Research awards:
1) Four letters of support from faculty members with extensive knowledge of the applicant’s research, with at least one from UConn.
2) Curriculum Vitae.

A. EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH AND CREATIVITY: EARLY CAREER
Eligibility: Untenured faculty member with 3 to 6 years of service at UConn and no more than 6 years of research or creativity experience as a faculty member at any institution. This award recognizes outstanding scholarship, which may include journal articles, conference papers, books, exhibitions of creative work, external funding, and other appro­priate criteria as determined by the evaluating committee, with an emphasis on scholarship performed at UConn.

B. EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH AND CREATIVITY: CAREER
Eligibility: Any faculty member with over 6 years of experience. This award recognizes scholarship with a national and international reputa­tion, outstanding service in promoting scholarship at UConn, and long-term impact on UConn scholarship.

III. SERVICE EXCELLENCE AWARD

Required Supporting Materials for Service Excellence award:
1) Four letters of support, including at least one from a faculty member with extensive knowledge of the applicant’s UConn service.
2) Curriculum Vitae.
Eligibility: Open to all UConn-AAUP members.
This award recognizes service performed while maintaining satisfactory performance in other regular assignments (e.g., teaching and scholarly activities) such as:
1. Professional service that positively impacts the citizens of the State, consistent with UConn’s land-grant mission.
2. Professional service that contributes to the common good at national and/or international levels.
3. Leadership in enhancing the visibility of UConn among prospective undergraduate and graduate students, thus improving enrollment and the quality of incoming students.
4. Contributions promoting significant program excellence and/or improved productivity of students, staff, and faculty.
5. Leadership in fostering cooperative activities within the University to enhance success in its mission.

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Stamford Faculty Council Election

The Stamford Faculty Council (SFC), a New Governance Body for All Teaching Faculty

The faculty at the Stamford campus are holding an election to create a Faculty Governance Body, named the Stamford Faculty Council. The SFC would function to represent the interests and concerns of faculty before decisions are made and implemented. Interim Provost John Elliott recommended that the Stamford faculty organize its own governing body in meetings this past summer as one avenue for productive faculty involvement in campus governance.

The Stamford campus is facing severe challenges due to rapidfire expansion. Majors and programs are being added, and enrollment has skyrocketed, rising from 1200 in 2000 to almost double this year (2200 in 2019-20). Official projections have the campus doubling again in size within five years. Until recently the campus had no dorms; now it has three, and plans to add more. The number of faculty has nearly doubled, and the administrative staff has increased proportionately, with dozens of hires and departures. Yet there is no infrastructure for active faculty governance, so the Stamford faculty as a whole has no independent voice or seat at the table, either at Stamford or Storrs, in planning the future of the campus, even in many matters with direct impact on teaching, learning, and advising.

Keeping this pressing need in mind, the charge of the Stamford Faculty Council will be to promote faculty governance in key areas, including Academics, Faculty Working Conditions, Campus Space Planning, and Student/Faculty Matters, including Advising.

In the area of Academics, the committee will work on planning concerns such as the target portfolio of majors to be offered, the staffing composition of full-time and adjunct faculty to service the majors, the target student/faculty ratio, and class size.

The area of Faculty Working Conditions concerns include technical and secretarial support, allotment of office space, visibility on the website, and access to campus committees and participation in planning affecting work life, such as parking, food services, and the gym.

In the area of Campus Space Planning, concerns will include space needs for curricular and academic activities (library, offices), and co-curricular and extracurricular activities shared by students and faculty (e.g. art gallery and gym).

In the area of Student/Faculty Matters, the group will serve as a liaison between faculty and administration when students encounter issues or barriers with getting support, for example in a family crisis or because of sudden financial need, which harm student learning and success.  The needs of faculty, especially adjuncts, for advising and teaching support form another area of concern.

The SFC will determine its own schedule, rules, and structure in its first phase after members are elected. Its primary goal will be to form an independent voice for faculty at the Stamford campus geared specifically to its unique identity and needs.