Imminent deadlines for fall semester planning: Friday (July 31); Monday (Aug 3); Friday (Aug 7) (July 29, 2020)

[Summary: A number of important items have deadlines in the coming days. Classroom space requests are due July 31 (this Friday); registration for out of state faculty is also requested by July 31 if possible; UTA requests are due August 3 (Monday); and extended course descriptions are due on August 7 (next Friday).]

To: FAS Faculty
CC: FAS Steering; FAS Dean’s Office; FAS Lead Administrators, Operations Managers, and Chair Assistants

Dear FAS Faculty members,

In the past week, you’ve received numerous messages from the FAS Dean’s Office requesting information that will aid us as we make plans for the fall semester. Below, you’ll find all imminent deadlines gathered in one place. Thank you for your careful attention to these items that have punctuated your summer with unexpected duties.

July 31 (this Friday): Classroom space requests

As outlined in the memo sent on July 24 by the university registrar’s office, limited classroom space will be available for courses that meet particular conditions. To request classroom space, please fill out the online form by July 31, 2020.

July 31 (this Friday): Registration for out-of-state faculty

In order to ensure compliance with relevant employment and tax laws, faculty who will be carrying out their fall 2020 teaching duties from a location outside of Connecticut (whether domestic or abroad) must register with the university. This message, sent July 28, provides instructions on how to provide this information to your Operations Manager, who will file the relevant forms on your behalf.

August 3 (Monday): Undergraduate Technology Assistant requests

On July 27, we announced the introduction of Undergraduate Technology Assistants (UTAs), who will be available to assist instructors with technological aspects of remote courses. Courses with projected enrollments of 50+ will be guaranteed a UTA; instructors of courses with enrollments projected to be below 50 may request a UTA by submitting the online form by August 3, 2020.

August 7 (Friday): Extended Course Descriptions  

To help students select classes during the online pre-registration/”shopping” period, we ask that all instructors provide an Extended Course Description in their Canvas course site by August 7. A template is available in Canvas and further details are available from the Poorvu Center website.

Thank you again for all your efforts as we prepare for this unprecedented fall semester.

Stay safe, stay well,  


Tamar Szabó Gendler
Dean, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Vincent J. Scully Professor of Philosophy
Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science