Announcements - Northern Illinois University

Official Announcements for Employees
Week of December 4, 2017

Archived Announcements





Final announcement dates for Fall 2017 semester

The final employee and student announcements digests for the calendar year will be distributed via email Monday, Dec. 11. The deadline for submitting notices, deadlines and events is 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7. Submit items through the Clearinghouse form. Employee announcements will resume on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. The deadline for that edition is Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. Student announcements will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. The deadline for inclusion of content in those announcements is Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2018. For more information, visit

Engaged Learning, Teaching and Scholarship Conference call for proposals extended

It’s not too late to submit a proposal for NIU’s first conference on Engaged Learning, Teaching and Scholarship. The deadline for proposals has been extended to Friday, Dec. 8. We invite faculty and staff to submit conference proposals for posters and concurrent sessions. To submit a proposal, or for more information, visit For questions contact Renique Kersh at

Conference registration will open on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018.

Spring 2018 Teaching Effectiveness Institute - Universal Design for Learning: Beyond Accessibility

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) promotes diversity in its most inclusive form. Instead of relying solely on providing accommodation services to learners with disabilities — which is most often a last-minute, ad-hoc, reactive process — adopting UDL as part of your course design and teaching practices allows all learners to benefit, regardless of their place on the ability spectrum. In this workshop, you will actively engage in reflection and conversation to consider how you can adopt UDL to create learning interactions that provide benefits for all students and broaden our focus away from learners with disabilities and toward a larger framework that is inclusive of all learners. Specifically, you will be able to:

  • incorporate UDL elements into your learning interactions (and help faculty and staff colleagues to do the same)
  • design/retrofit existing course components and interactions using UDL principles
  • expand your use of UDL elements beyond the legally-required minimum of accommodation

More details are available at The deadline to register is Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. Register here:

Spring 2018 Teaching Effectiveness Institute - Three Paths to Academic Integrity workshop

There are many tactics faculty can use to help ensure that the work their students perform is conducted under rigorous conditions, and is actually created by or performed by the students themselves. But, we often approach academic integrity from the wrong direction, by focusing on catching violations instead of promoting ethical behavior.

This workshop helps faculty to build a culture of academic integrity among students by addressing the different concerns and definitions of originality across academic disciplines. The workshop will provide a framework for identifying various types of academic-integrity strategies, and for matching those strategies to the needs of faculty and departments. Additionally, it will outline strategies for working with learners from across the cultural spectrum, and will offer examples of each academic-integrity path, best practices for each, as well as practical implementation tips.

More details are available at Deadline to register is Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. Register here:

Global Internship and Leadership Development Program

Applications are now available for the NIU Human Connections Global Internship and Leadership Development (GILD) Program. GILD provides up to 12 NIU students an immersive cultural experience in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico, which includes a four-week interdisciplinary internship in the social sector and an extensive one-week leadership development experience. In preparation for the internship, students will also complete a three-week, hybrid pre-departure course. In total, students will receive six course credits for the internship, leadership development experience and pre-departure course. This internship is open to students from all majors as internships are tailored to meet student’s professional goals. Human Connections is a responsible tourism agency that brings together international travelers and local entrepreneurs to share in cultural and personal exchange. Students interested in global engagement, social entrepreneurship, non-profit or social service management are encouraged to apply. The deadline to apply is Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. For more information visit

CALL FOR PAPERS - Graduate Conference in Qualitative Inquiry

The Qualitative Inquiry Collaborative (QUIC) at Northern Illinois University will host the first Graduate Conference in Qualitative Inquiry at the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center on Saturday, April 7, 2018.

The conference will feature keynote speaker, Elizabeth de Freitas, Professor in the Education and Social Research Institute at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

If interested in participating, please submit a 500-word abstract (excluding references) that addresses the following components:

1) Research question/s
2) Why qualitative inquiry is the most appropriate approach to address this question/s
3) The qualitative methodology being employed
4) The conceptual framework
5) Findings and analysis (if the study is still in the proposal stage, address methods for analysis and anticipated findings)
6) Significance of the research

Abstracts should be written in APA style. Graduate students who have their papers accepted should plan for a 14-minute presentation. While there is no conference registration fee, $10 is required to off-set the cost of the catered lunch.

Abstracts must be submitted to the QUIC by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. Please submit proposals electronically to Presenters will receive an acceptance email by Thursday, March 1, 2018.

2017–2019 Service-learning Faculty Fellow announced; Application now open for next fellow

The Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning is pleased to announce our 2017-2019 Service-learning Faculty Fellow Carrie A. Kortegast.

Kortegast has been at NIU since summer 2014. She teaches courses on college student development, administration of higher education and student affairs, campus environments and diversity in higher education. Kortegast plans to create a service-learning course that includes international service-learning opportunities to teach students how to promote and facilitate engaged learning opportunities for college students.

If you are interested in becoming the next Service-learning Faculty Fellow, apply online by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, 2018.


Changes coming to Anderson Hall parking lots for Spring 2018 semester

Beginning January 2, 2018, changes will be made to the parking permit designations and the names of Lot B and Lot 2 near Anderson Hall.

  • Lot B, which is currently for yellow permits, will be changed to blue permit spaces and renamed Lot 2.
  • Lot 2, which is currently a mix of blue and yellow permit spaces will be designated for yellow permits and renamed Lot E. 

Reserved blue, yellow and orange parking spaces in these lots will remain in their existing locations until they expire.

Every semester, Campus Parking Services conducts an audit of the number of parking spaces available on campus, looking at peak parking hours and locations and the number of permits sold, and shares that information with the Campus Parking Committee. Recent surveys of these lots showed that, on average, there were 35 unoccupied blue spaces in what is currently Lot 2. This change reallocates a portion of the spaces that are not being used by blue permit holders to yellow permit holders for the benefit of our students and overall enrollment while still preserving sufficient parking for faculty and staff.


The Campus Parking Committee is comprised of four faculty, four operating staff employees, four supportive professional staff and four students and acts as the standing advisory body to the president, the associate vice president for facilities management and campus services and the university community pertaining to parking and traffic problems.

Anyone driving to campus should allow ample time to travel to campus, park and walk or take the bus to their destination.

As a reminder, parking permit restrictions are enforced from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Students and employees with evening classes are able to park in any unreserved parking spaces after 5 p.m. During that time, certain areas are enforced by NIU Police including no parking zones, handicapped spaces, reserved spaces and lots requiring permits at all times.

DeKalb Police warn of theft of local packages

The DeKalb Police Department has investigated several theft reports regarding packages that were stolen from the front of homes over the past couple of weeks. The packages were left unattended on the porch by delivery agencies. The thefts were reported at various locations within the city. At this time, the suspect(s) have not been identified. Investigations into these thefts are ongoing and extra patrol will be provided throughout the holiday season.

The DeKalb Police Department recommends the following theft prevention tips:

  • try to be at home when packages are expected to arrive
  • have the packages delivered to a neighbor, friend or your place of business, if you will not be home when the package is due to arrive
  • track your package for expected delivery time
  • request a delivery alert on your phone • keep your porch light on for night deliveries

Please report any suspicious activity or persons immediately to the DeKalb Police Department.

If you have information on any of these crimes, you can contact the DeKalb Police Department at 815-748-8400 or contact Crime Stoppers at 815-895-3272. You can also text ALERTDEKALB to 67282 and provide an anonymous tip.

Cascade Server/Web Training required for website editors and managers

If you need access to maintain your website in the Cascade Server web content management system, you must complete all three phases of level 1 training. There are Phase 1 and Phase 3 training sessions available in December with seats available. Please visit our web training page to register. Training opportunities will resume in January 2018, official dates to be announced.

A reminder, if you’ve previously completed level 1 training, mandatory refresher sessions will be offered starting in spring 2018, to be completed by Saturday, June 30, 2018. More information on these refresher sessions will be provided in the coming months. Please contact with any questions.

PCSOGI travel funding available

The education of the NIU community about the unique needs and concerns of LGBTQ+ individuals is fundamental to the mission of the Presidential Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (PCSOGI). To help fulfill this mission, PCSOGI invites students, faculty and staff members to submit requests for funding assistance for participation in conferences, workshops and other activities relevant to LGBTQ+ concerns.

Applicants will need to submit information on the event in question, including relevance to the LGBTQ+ community, as well as information on travel costs and additional sources of funding. Recipients are asked to share their experiences with the NIU community by writing a brief reaction to the event. Further contributions, such as conducting on-campus presentations, are also welcome.

To receive an application form, interested parties should email Questions about the application process should be directed to Dr. Brian Pillsbury, Travel Committee chair, at 815-753-9180 or PCSOGI is an equal opportunity commission. Funding will not be based on an applicant’s race, ethnicity, age, gender or sexual orientation.

Save the date! URAD & CES 2018

Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day (URAD) and Community Engagement Showcase (CES) is an annual showcase of the research, artistry and community-based engagement projects that undergraduate students are involved in throughout the academic year. Students will present their work through posters, exhibits, table talks, or performances and have a chance to place in first, second or third in their respective award category. URAD and CES will be held on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. The online registration process for presenters is underway and has a deadline of Sunday, March 25, 2018.

As we enter the spring semester, OSEEL encourages you to invite students to showcase the research, artistry and community engagement endeavors. Consider putting the event date and registration deadline in your syllabus, grant students extra credit if they present their work at the event, encourage them attend or volunteer yourself to serve as judge for the event.

For more information on URAD and CES 2018, visit and

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