The Oregon State University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi is now accepting nominations for the Emerging Scholar Award. The chapter established the award to honor tenure–track faculty members in any academic unit who are in the early stages of their professional careers in recognition of outstanding research or creative activity in their field of study. Applications are due Jan. 27. Visit for more information.

The Research Office Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the GRF Spring 2016 solicitation. The intent of the GRF program is to enable faculty to carry out scholarly, creative work that should lead to the pursuit of other funding sources, or promote the development of scholarly activities. Program description and application: Information: Debbie Delmore at Deadline for submission: Feb. 15.

The Career Development Center and the College of Science have partnered to host a one-day professional conference for students in the College of Science who are graduating in 2016.

This day-long event will feature workshops, presentations from employers and alumni, and networking opportunities.

Seats are limited to 75 participants. To register, click here.

The (still slightly rough draft) agenda lists a keynote from Dr. Ramesh Krishnamurthy, Chief for Information Systems and Framework of Health Metrics Network at the World Health Organization, and there will be breakout sessions in the afternoon, including in-depth resume and cover letter workshops, interviewing skills, getting one’s foot in the door with federal agencies, and resources for alumni. We’re also offering professional headshots!

The students can register for morning and/or afternoon sessions if they cannot be there all day. We are also offering a dining etiquette lunch, where students will get a great (free!) lunch while learning the ins and outs of dining in a formal setting. This is nice as we’re seeing more and more interviews happen over lunch or dinner! However, a student must be registered for a morning and/or afternoon session to attend the lunch.

University Marketing has been working on a new social media campaign to highlight the interesting and impactful students, staff and faculty around Oregon State. We’d like to keep this effort natural and informal. The subject could range from someone with an interesting or unusual hobby to someone doing groundbreaking research in their field. Our plan is to conduct a short 3-5 question interview with each subject — either by email, phone or in-person — and post anecdotes, with a photo of the subject on both the Oregon State University Instagram and Facebook pages. If there are any candidates that your department feels would be a good fit for this effort, we would love to get in touch with them. If you have any questions please feel free to email Steven Taylor!

We are writing to provide you information that all employees, but especially teaching faculty, must know regarding OSU’s legal and policy responsibility to reasonably accommodate any qualified student who has a disability. Providing equal educational opportunity is an important and shared responsibility.
Please refer to OSU’s policies related to disability, and the Disability Access Services Faculty and Staff Guidelines for more in-depth information.

Online Training
We’re seeing a trend, with many faculty asking for in-depth training about students with disabilities and accommodation obligations. In addition, there has been a substantial increase in the number of universities requiring employee training about working with and accommodating people with disabilities.
Towards the goal of meeting our legal obligations and institutional aspirations, we offer a concise (30 minute) self-paced online training, designed to address many of the questions faculty have asked, as well as all of our responsibilities. The training can be completed at any time, though it should be completed as close to the beginning of the term as possible.
Register for and view the Disability Access Services Training.

Accommodation Process Changes [these became effective Fall Term 2015]
In response to the developing legal landscape, Disability Access Services (DAS) is changing how two common accommodation processes happen: flexibility in attendance and extension of deadlines.
Previously, a student with one of these accommodations had the responsibility to meet with faculty to fill out an agreement to determine how the accommodation would occur. We have concluded that we must regard this as an institutional responsibility not a student responsibility. Because of this, DAS is implementing a new process, called Disability Related Flexibility in

Once a student is approved for this accommodation, DAS will email the faculty member an explanation of the accommodation and an agreement form with suggested guidelines. This agreement form should be returned to DAS within 3 days to keep the implementation process moving. The new process will provide opportunities for faculty input and discussion directly with DAS on specifics of each class. After an agreement form has been received, DAS will discuss with the student, and work with the faculty member towards a final signed agreement for all.
If you have questions about this specific accommodation process, please contact Marth Smith, Director of Disability Access Services at 7-4098 or
Thank you for your attention to understanding our obligations and implementing these process changes.
Angelo Gomez
Executive Director
Office of Equity and Inclusion

Every Semester Needs a Plan
National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity – Core Curriculum Webinar
Thursday, January 14, 2016
11:00 A.M.— 1:00 P.M.
Valley Library, Room 3622 (Willamette East and West)

OREGON STATE ADVANCE invites faculty to a viewing and discussion of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) webinar, Every Semester Needs a Plan. This webinar is part of the NCFDD Core Curriculum designed to equip faculty with the skills needed to thrive in the academy.

Bring your lunch and join us to watch the webinar and meet others with similar plans (finishing a paper, preparing a new course, writing a grant proposal) so that peer mentoring groups may be formed.

Coffee and tea provided. Registration appreciated:

Events is free and open to the public. Contact or 541-737-4108 with questions or accommodation requests related to a disability.

If you would like to know more about these and other upcoming events please visit our calendar (, follow us on Twitter (@OSUADVANCE), and like us on Facebook (


OSU MANRRS seeks donations of ‘lightly used’ professional business attire: The annual Career Wardrobe event on Feb. 18 helps all OSU students prepare for the winter term career fairs and supports student members attending the MANRRS National Conference. Current donation drop off locations are 158 or 147 Strand Agricultural Hall (STAG) and OSU Career Development Center located at B008 Kerr on campus. The Beaver Store in Portland is also a donation center which is located at 538 SW 6th Ave.