Faculty Center Grand Opening Set for January 30

Following more than 18 months of planning and construction, the UTSA Faculty Center opens this month to foster and support the professional development of the university’s teachers and researchers.

All UTSA faculty are invited to an open house from 3 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 30, to tour the new facility and learn about its amenities and programming.

Located on the fourth floor of the John Peace Library at the UTSA Main Campus, the 4500+ square-foot facility features meeting rooms that can accommodate six to 20 people, a consultation room for drop-in discussions with a librarian, and a collaborative digital studio complete with the latest teaching technology. Also part of the center is casual seating area where faculty can meet informally, work alone, or just relax.

Complementing the physical facility is a Faculty Center website, which serves as a clearinghouse for faculty news, information and services. In the near future, the website will include a knowledgebase that faculty can use to quickly find answers to their questions about university resources and procedures.

Finally, a slate of faculty development workshops has been planned at both the Main and Downtown campuses.

“Our hope is that bringing all these resources together under the Faculty Center umbrella will promote a culture of collegiality among our faculty,” says Dean of Libraries Krisellen Maloney. “We’re cultivating the next generation of academic leaders.”

The Faculty Center is a partnership of the UTSA Libraries, UTSA Research and the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Support. The leadership team guiding development of the center includes Maloney; Bernard Arulanandam, assistant vice president for research support; and Jesse Zapata, vice provost for academic and faculty support.

“The Faculty Center is intended to be a connection point for all UTSA faculty, and this leadership team has done a phenomenal job in strategically coordinating various initiatives and resources at the university all under the auspices of the Faculty Center,” says John Frederick, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “At the same time, the future development of the center largely will be influenced by faculty demand, so I encourage our faculty to attend a workshop and to use the facility and website, and let us know the center might better serve their professional needs.”

The Jan. 30 open house will include tours, refreshments and giveaways.

Though not a part of the Faculty Center, the new Assembly Room adjacent to the center will also be featured at the event. While the Faculty Center is reserved exclusively for use by faculty and for Faculty Center-sponsored events, the Assembly Room can be used by other UTSA departments or organizations for academic events intended to draw university- and community-wide audiences.

January 15, 2014