FACULTY

Faculty member.

UTRGV remains committed to your safety, success, and experience during Spring 2022.

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Safety First. Always.

You play a prominent role at this University. Because as faculty, you are essential to each student's success and the health and safety of our entire UTRGV Family.

Below you’ll find information on what we're doing — and what you should do — to stay safe this semester.

Campus Protocols

There are currently no local, state, or national COVID-19 health mandates that enable UTRGV to require the wearing of face coverings or vaccinations across our entire campus community. And while UTRGV is not currently enforcing social distancing, the University continues to strongly encourage the use of face coverings, especially in settings when distancing is not possible. Because of these limitations, we all must consider the consequences of our actions and how each choice affects ourselves, our families, friends, and colleagues.

For more on what UTRGV is currently enforcing and/or recommending to promote your safety, visit the  Protocols page.

Classroom and Office Safety

We realize your concerns regarding the safety of classrooms and offices as we return to full-capacity seating and building occupancy. That’s why we strongly encourage everyone who is in a classroom or indoor public space to wear a face covering at all times. We also encourage everyone who uses shared materials and equipment to further mitigate their risk of potential exposure by using the hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes that are provided in each academic and office space.

Working Arrangements

We understand that some of you may need to continue working from home based on a variety of factors, such as specific health conditions or childcare responsibilities. Please work directly with your supervisor regarding your unique circumstances or contact the Office of Human Resources at  hr@utrgv.edu.

Health Services

Your health and well-being are our top priority. Get top-notch healthcare when you need it, including COVID-19 vaccines and tests, at one of UTRGV’s Employee Health Clinics.

Mental Health & Well-Being

Who has time for "self-care" these days? While finding time to relax and reset may seem like a fantasy, protecting your mental health is essential to overall wellness. Whether you’re feeling anxious about teaching in person or wondering if the pandemic will ever end, being in tune with yourself can make each day a little better.

Visit our Mental Health & Well-Being page for more information on resources that can help guide you toward a greater sense of self.

Additional Health & Safety Resources

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Your Success is Our Success

We take great pride in knowing that you entrust us with your professional journey.

Below is some information that may help you find your path to success this semester.

Course Modalities

Our Spring 2022 course modalities and offerings will be similar to the pre-pandemic semester of Fall 2019.

This decision to make more in-person learning opportunities available is supported by the high vaccination rates within our campus and surrounding communities, the widespread availability of COVID-19 vaccines and boosters, and the mechanisms we have in place to prevent and manage potential cases.

As a reminder, the SACSCOC blanket waiver of modality has expired. Programs not approved to be offered online prior to the pandemic must undergo a review and approval process. Policies and opportunities remain in place for faculty teaching online, hybrid, and web-augmented courses and programs.

Thank you for taking the lead in using technology to engage students throughout the pandemic.

For a specific breakdown of the most current fall course modalities, along with detailed descriptions of what each offer, please refer to the chart and table below.

62%
Traditional
12%
Hybrid/Reduced
Seating
3%
Interactive
Video
18%
Online
Asynchronous
5%
Online
Synchronous
Spring 2022 Modalities
Hybrid/Reduced Seating
619
Interactive Video
152
Online Asynchronous
988
Online Synchronous
266
Traditional
3328

As of December 6, 2021
Refer to the Class Schedule at my.utrgv.edu for the latest detailed course information.

Accelerated Online Programs

Accelerated Online Courses: These fully online courses in the Graduate College will continue as normal and follow their own academic calendar, which can be found here.

Online Asynchronous Classes

These courses will be delivered fully online. There will be no designated class meeting time for real-time instructor/student interaction, which gives you the flexibility to engage with the course materials as best fits your daily schedule. Your learning will be guided by the digital presentation of the course content (e.g., recorded lectures, presentations, outlines, notes) and scheduled assignments. Your instructors will provide you with feedback on assigned work, communicate with you electronically, and be available to meet as defined on the course syllabus.

Online Synchronous Classes

These courses will be delivered fully online. There will be a designated class meeting time for real-time instructor/student interaction, which will be conducted remotely via online platforms from the safety of your home. This real-time interaction may be supplemented by the digital presentation of course content. Your instructors will provide you with feedback on assigned work, communicate with you electronically, and be available to meet as defined on the course syllabus.

Hybrid Classes (Online + On-Campus)

These courses will combine online delivery and on-campus instruction. This mode of delivery is particularly well suited for the type of learning that requires in-person instructional methods or the use of specialized equipment (e.g., practicums or hands-on science laboratory work).

Because part of the course will be delivered online, you will spend much less time on-campus than in a traditional face-to-face course. Your instructor will provide the details in the course syllabus.

During the limited time that you will spend on campus, all present course participants will be following all UTRGV current health and safety guidance, which includes encouraging the use of face coverings, and other safety measures as appropriate during all on-campus activities. Exact procedures for these classes will vary depending on the course, on-campus space, instructor, and across disciplines, and will be shared on or before the first day of class.

Traditional Face-to-Face Classes

This is the course format that most students are already familiar with. Students enrolled in traditional face-to-face courses will attend class in person, on-campus, and on set schedules — the traditional way.

Safety measures will be maintained, and the use of face coverings is encouraged, as are all other current safety measures, when possible.

Interactive Video Classes

These classes are administered via live video feed and combine aspects of Online Synchronous and Traditional Face-to-Face modalities. Students in Interactive Video Classes attend in person and follow a set schedule with real-time instruction from faculty. Instructors can interact simultaneously with students in specially equipped classrooms across UTRGV campus facilities throughout the Rio Grande Valley.

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Your Experience

Below is more on what our campuses have to offer this semester.

Campus Services & Facilities

UTRGV has a variety of Campus Services available to students and employees alike. Learn more about these services, including locations, hours of operation, and whether or not you can access them remotely.

UTRGV Athletics

Want to experience the VAQUEROS SPIRIT this spring? Feel the energy LIVE and in-person when you cheer on the Vaqueros at any of our 16 NCAA Division I athletics programs, including basketball, baseball, track & field + MORE!

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