Monthly Archives: October 2019

Prof. Tim Smith visit on Nov. 1

On Friday, November 1, 2019, Professor Tim Smith (Univ. of Utah) will be visiting the Department of Psychology. Dr. Smith is a leading-expert in relationships and their impact on health and well-being. While in the department, he will present a SPRIG talk entitled, “Emotion, social relationships, and physical health: Concepts, methods, and evidence for an integrative perspective” in 302 PSYC at 10-11 a.m.

He will also present a departmental colloquium entitled, “Dominance and prestige status-related interpersonal styles: Implications for cardiovascular risk ” in 125 PSYC beginning at 3:30 p.m. (please note the start time is 3:30, not 3 p.m.). Following his talk, there will be a reception in the PSYC Atrium, and after that, there will be a happy hour at Left Field Tavern (12 W Park Place, uptown Oxford).

Winter and Spring 2020 PSY Funding Requests

It is time once again for department funding requests, this time for use during Winter and Spring 2020 terms. The deadline for winter-spring consideration is Friday, November 8 at 5 p.m., with determinations being made by November 21. Please use the link below to a Google form to request discretionary funding according to the department Funding Request Guidelines. Please note that requests must be submitted through this form to receive funding consideration. Individual requests made to the Chair will not be considered.

This form is NOT to be used for standard departmental colloquia, travel funding, or salary supplements.

Upcoming diversity events

Chuseok 2019 by KASA’s (Korean American Student Association)

When: Saturday, November 2, 2019, 2pm-9pm

Where: Armstrong center pavilion 

Description: This is KASA’s annual free, public event with performances, educational booths and Korean food!

Description: The public is invited to Freedom 55, a mini-conference exploring the local history of Freedom Summer in 1964, and also current lessons and ideas to continue to address voting rights and social inequalities. The events will be Nov. 1-2 at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in downtown Cincinnati and are co-sponsored by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and Miami University. 

Can the Rich and Powerful Actually Work for the Common Good?: Thoughts from Central Asia

When: Monday, November 4, 4:30 – 6pm

Where: Harrison Hall 302, Oxford

Description: This event is organized by the Humanists of Miami student club. The speaker is Morgan Liu, from Ohio state University

National First-Generation College Student Day (Nov 8)

Friday, November 8, 2019, is the third National First-Generation College Celebration, and Miami University is participating for the first time. A series of activities are planned throughout the day, including activities at the seal/hub from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm and a reception at Lewis Place from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. All are welcome. The purpose of these events is to celebrate the contributions that First-Gen students (and faculty and staff) make to our community.  

In addition, Psychology will have pizza and conversation from 11 am – 1pm on November 8 in the PSYC Atrium and in PSYC 134 (private space for conversation, not available until 11:30 am.) to celebrate and support first-generation students, staff, and faculty in Psychology. The event will be advertised in the building, but please share this information with your classes and colleagues as well.

Alternative class plans form

MUPIM states that faculty should notify their department chair prior to any known class absences, including those for conference travel or professional obligations. Thus, faculty who will miss class should provide details about their plan for coverage of affected courses, including alternative activities or coverage provided by a colleague, graduate student, guest speaker, etc. Classes should never be cancelled without a substitute activity, even when an instructor is absent — there should be a replacement academic activity of comparable intellectual engagement for students.

Faculty are asked to use this form (Google login required) is the mechanism to notify the chair regarding any planned absence. Further, faculty should also notify the chair immediately for any emergency absence from class and provide their coverage plan.

Please understand that providing this information to the chair provides details that can help the chair explain a course alteration to an audience (e.g., administrator, parent, student) who might not understand legitimate reasons why course alterations may be necessary. This feedback is not about the chair being nosy or controlling (really, he has much better things to do with his time), but rather, it provides details that can help to reduce confusion or resolve misunderstandings in ways that should help minimize potential headaches. Thanks for your cooperation and understanding!

Student award deadlines on October 14

Please note that October 14 is the deadline for three awards for our undergraduate and graduate students (for details, please see our department awards webpage for undergraduates).

Specifically, October 14 is the deadline for the Doctoral Undergraduate Opportunity Scholarships (DUOS) and for Undergraduate Research Award (URA) programs (for details, see the Office of Research for Undergraduates).

In addition, our department awards the Patten Senior Prize in Psychology to an outstanding senior major in psychology, based on exceptional academic performance and engagement in scholarly activities. Details for the Patten Prize (e.g., requirements, scoring rubrics, instructions) are available on the department awards website.

University award deadlines

Please note that several university award deadlines are approaching (ranging from October 1 to December 6). Please consider nominating our colleagues for the following:

  • Benjamin Harrison Medallion – awarded annually to a faculty member in recognition of extraordinary lifetime contributions to teaching, research, and service at Miami. Nominations are due by November 1.
  • Distinguished Scholar Award and Junior Faculty Scholar Awards honors faculty whose excellence in research or other creative activity has brought them prominence or potential promise in their fields. Nominations are due by December 6.
  • E. Phillips Knox Distinguished Teaching Award recognizes continuing faculty members who demonstrate creative, innovative and engaging teaching methods at the undergraduate level. Nominations are due by October 15.
  • University Distinguished Service Award recognizes a faculty or staff member who has made an extraordinary impact on the life and mission of Miami University. Nominations are due by November 1.
  • University Assessment Award recognizes outstanding contributions, commitments, and efforts that academic and academic support programs have made to their improvement through full-cycle assessment. Nominations are due by December 6.

Mental Health Awareness Day Nov 13

On November 13th, Mental Health Awareness Day will be taking place on campus, with events happening all over campus all-day that are open to all students. The day will culminate with a speaker from the Active Minds Speakers Bureau, Colleen Coffey, who is delivering her program called “My Brother, My Sister, My Keeper.” It is aimed primarily at mental health within Greek Life, but it will probably be applicable to anyone who is part of any student organization. The presentation will take place in Hall Auditorium, November 13, from 5:15-6:15 p.m. Admission is free.

Student-athlete advising weeks Oct 14-25

Spring Semester advising will kick off with student athlete advising weeks, slated for Monday, October 14th through Friday, October 25th. Students will be informed of these dates and are expected to meet with their assigned advisor to discuss both their spring schedule and any issues they might have with their advising communication plans.

Drop in advising in PSYC on 21Oct, 21Nov, and 5Dec

The Miami Center for Career Exploration and Success will be holding drop-in advising sessions in 130 PSYC on October 21, November 21, and December 5 (each day from 2-4 p.m.). Career advising services provided include career exploration and planning, resume assistance, cover letter assistance, networking tips, job and internship search strategies, grad school preparation, and interview preparation. In addition, students can sign up for advising appointments available every day of the week, which are held at the Career Center ASC 0045 (set up using handshake).