Monday Memo, January 25, 2021


A&S 2020-21 Awards: Call for Nominations

Please take the time to nominate your faculty and staff colleagues for a 2020-21 A&S award. Awards will be given at the College’s virtual Celebration of A&S Excellence in late Spring. Date and time TBA. The winners of the A&S Distinguished Faculty Awards and Outstanding Performance Awards for staff will be forwarded to the President's Office as the College's nominations for the University-wide awards of the same name.
Submission deadline: February 28, 2020.
For more information and to nominate.

Writing Center is open and 100% virtual

The University Writing Center is open for 100% virtual services, including asynchronous and synchronous appointments for all students, faculty, and staff. By request, we can also provide faculty with multimodal writing center information to embed in your online course, drop in for a virtual class visit, and recommend unique writing resources based on course goals and assignments. Email Associate Director, Cassandra Book, with any questions or requests. Visit our websiteto schedule appointments and browse resources and information.

Nominate outstanding students to be Peer Advisors!

A&S Advising is now collecting nominations for our 2021-22 group of Peer Advisors.These students serve as peer mentors to students throughout their first year at UofL. Please consider nominating a student to fill this important role. Nominate here.

Community of Care

Coping in the Time of COVID-19

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER - Starts this week!! Developed and delivered by the Center for Family & Community Well-Being in the Kent School of Social Work, this all new resiliency skills-building learning opportunity will provide a brief history and lessons learned from past pandemics – with a particular emphasis on short and long-term mental health impacts. Participants will also discuss the unique experiences and stressors of COVID-19 for the workplace, as well as challenges with managing work life balance between work and personal life. Join a circle to connect with and gain the support of your UofL colleagues and friends. For more information and to register.

Anonymous Feedback

Interim Dean David Owen is committed to making A&S an inclusive and equitable work environment where the Cardinal Principal of “Respect” is valued and put into action. However, he needs your input in order to achieve that goal. Please submit your feedback using our anonymous feedback tool.

COVID-19 related communication and information

Looking for the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 and UofL? Questions about instruction, travel, events, testing, etc.? Go to UofL's main coronavirus page at Be sure to bookmark it in your web browser as it is updated frequently.

New A&S Internal Communications Archive

Looking for an email from the Dean's Office? Archived A&S internal communications are now housed online. The searchable archive, which contains emails dating back to August 2020, can be found here.

Social Media Circle

This social media circle is available to anyone who manages social media for their area. This circle includes university faculty and staff coming together to discuss innovative and effective social media practices. The group will meet from 1:00pm-2:00 pm virtually on the 4th Tuesday of each month in the spring semester. Join the Social Media Circle.

Business Operations

Adobe Creative Cloud is free for everyone at UofL

All students, faculty, and staff have free access to the complete Adobe Creative Cloud suite of apps. All you need is a current UofL email address and password. Go to the dedicated website to access the software and tutorials:

Changes to A&S gift processing

University Advancement have made a couple of significant changes regarding how they process gifts effective January 1, 2021. Find a list of those changes here. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call Denise Bohn, Senior Director of Development at 502-852-8824.


History prof's book garners award

Prof. Theresa Keeley’s (History) new book - Reagan’s Gun-Toting Nuns: The Catholic Conflict over Cold War Human Rights in Central America, Cornell University Press - has won the 2020 Juan E. Méndez Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America.

Prof. Lutz knows her some Jekyll and Hyde

Prof. Deborah Lutz(English) is the editor of the newly published Norton Critical Edition of Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Norton, 2020) by Robert Louis Stevenson. Her extensive introduction, annotations, description of manuscript sources and selections of primary and secondary sources ground the novella in the history of LGBTQ+ identity, socio-economic class, and urbanism.

Prof. Paliewicz co-authored book on racial terrorism

Nicholas Paliewicz (Communication) is co-author of Racial Terrorism: A Rhetorical Investigation of Lynching. Professor Paliewicz’ research includes the areas of argumentation, rhetoric, environmental communication, and activism and social justice. This recent publication conducts a critical rhetorical analysis of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Ala., both of which strategically make clear the various links between America’s history of racial terrorism and contemporary mass incarceration conditions, the mistreatment of juveniles and capital punishment.

Comm prof starts podcast to teach the value of excellent communication skills 

Ashlee Marshall, online lecturer in the Department of Communication with the College of Arts and Sciences, began a video podcast to help students from all disciplines understand the power of excellent communication skills. Her podcast features the likes of Carmine Gallo (Harvard/CEO consultant), Guy Kawasaki (Apple/Steve Jobs), and Morra Aarons-Mele (Obama/United Nations). Marshall was also nominated for this past year’s Faculty Favorite Award. You can find her channel here.

UofL comm alumna uses sport as a platform for change

Samantha Hughey (Communication MA ’15) knew she wanted to work in the sport industry when she was at UofL. She now works with all female athletes within U.S. sports and develops strategy for significant brand moments. Read more.

Philosophy alumna gives a voice to the voiceless

Upon graduating from law school, Georgia Connolly landed her dream job at a large corporate law firm – or so she thought. As time went on, she found herself taking on more legal aid cases than billable work, finding joy in being able to connect with her pro bono clients on a deeper level.

“I could relate to these people. I wanted to hear their story to understand where they were coming from because their story is so much my story,” said Connally, who also earned her bachelor’s in philosophy from A&S in 2015. “They find comfort in me being able to advocate for them not only as a lawyer but from a position of empathy.” (Special thanks to Chandler Brandes for excerpt. Read full story here.

Anti-Racism Agenda

Leadership, Equity and Diversity: Mapping Your Journey

Friday, Feb. 26
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Register here. 

Faculty: Register for this virtual workshop on leadership development in higher education with a focus on cultivating diverse and inclusive leadership. Welcoming remarks will be delivered by UofL Executive Vice President and Provost Beth Boehm. President Neeli Bendapudi will introduce Aaron Thompson, President of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, who will deliver the keynote address on “Building a More Civil and Just Commonwealth.”

The keynote address will be followed by a dean panel titled, “My Leadership Journey to the Deanship: Lessons Learned.” Panelists will be Teresa Reed, Dean of the UofL School of Music and Emmanuel Collins, Dean of the JB Speed School of Engineering. Faye Jones, Senior Associate Vice President for Diversity and Equity, will moderate the panel.