Department Notices

As the LDS Film Festival gets closer, we would like remind you of the opportunities available!


24-Hour Competition
The 24-Hour Competition is the coveted event every year since it’s inception. Become an award-winning filmmaker in 24 hours. Sign up now! The time your film plays during the program depends upon the date you sign up, so sign up soon! For sign up information, click here.

Volunteer Opportunities
Free passes are given to those who desire to volunteer at the festival. Plus, connect with industry professionals and view films never before seen anywhere else. For more information, click here.

Podcast Booth

New this year! Contact us through the website and schedule a time to use the podcast booth. Through review of your podcast, we might even reward passes for those who promote the festival. For more information, click here.

Pitch Session

It is not available yet, but we have added a Pitch Session event for people serious about getting their idea in front of industry decision-makers. More information will be coming!


The THED position has been approved and is now posted on Y-Jobs.  Here is a link to the posting. Feel free to share this with anyone who might be interested.  If anyone has questions, please email Wade Hollingshaus and Tim Threlfall, the search committee chair.

Julia Ashworth reminds the faculty that José Cruz González is coming this Friday, December 8. She invites all students and faculty to attend the 3pm forum presentation on Friday, Dec. 8, in F-201.  There will be a reception with refreshments after his presentation.   For students to sign up for the forum, go to

The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), a world association of academics and researchers based in Athens, organizes a Panel/Stream on Cinema, 11-12 June 2018, Athens, Greece as part of the 9th Annual International Conference on Visual and Performing Arts, 11-12 June 2018, Athens, Greece. You are more than welcome to submit a proposal for presentation. The abstract submission deadline is 6 November 2017. If you need more information, please let me know, and our administration will send it to you, including the stream website, and abstract submission form. We do hope you can contribute to our academic activities.

My best regards,
Dr. Daniel Binns, Academic Member, ATINER & Lecturer, RMIT University, Australia.

Visiting Scholar Funds

Any faculty in your department who receive Visiting Scholar funds can now submit online reports after the visit has been completed.  The Visiting Scholar report form link is found at under FUNDING in the left hand menu on the home page. Contact Francie Jenson at (801) 422-8271 or with any questions.


August Convocation Regalia Rentals

We strongly encourage full-time faculty to attend the CFAC Convocation on Friday, August 18, at 11 am in the deJong Concert Hall.  The college covers the rental fee for any regalia that full-time faculty rent through Herff Jones. Here’s how to order your regalia:

  • The website to rent regalia is found at
  • Use your P-Card to order and turn in your receipt to the business office, as usual.
  • Kelly, our business manager, will charge the expense to the college account.
  • Order early. The last day to order regalia for August Convocation is July 10. After that date, you have to wait until the week of convocation to order.



JOB OPPORTUNITY: Artist-in-Residence with Ariel Theatrical

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BYU’s Writing Across the Curriculum is sponsoring two workshops this spring and summer. There is still room for a few more people. Sign up for either the modular workshops or the summer seminar.

Writing Matters Spring Modular Workshops

May 22-24 morning and afternoon modules

We are offering 6 two-hour modules about different aspects of writing, such as responding to writing, grading, peer review, low-stakes writing, assignment design, and style.  Sign up for as many as you would like to attend.  See the schedule in the attached document.  You will receive $50 of research money for each module you attend (and do a short assignment for).  Adjunct and Full-time faculty invited.  We have 5-6 more spots in each module.  Sign up here.

Writing Matters Summer Seminar

June 19-23 from 9 am – 3 pm

Pick a course to concentrate on. We will discuss teaching disciplinary writing, sequencing and designing assignments, directing peer review, grading, responding, teaching research writing, teaching oral presentation, and facilitating revision for organization and style.  Learn from University Writing faculty, and enjoy discussions and ideas with faculty from all over campus.  Participants receive $1,000 in their research account.  For full-time faculty only.  We have two more spots.  Nominate yourself here.

Please sign up by May 18.


The 2017 Spring Writers’ Conference starts on Wednesday, May 17 and runs through Saturday, May 20, at the Timphaven Lodge.  Registration for the conference is full, but full-time theatre and media arts faculty are welcome to attend.  Watch for an email with the conference schedule which will be emailed out later this week.  Besides our stellar media arts faculty, special guests from the industry include Jared and Jerusha Hess with co-writer Drew Duncan, alumna Rebecca Thomas (Electick Children), Jonathan Krisel (Baskets, Portlandia, SNL), and Michael Schur (The Office, Parks and Rec, SNL).


Michael Schur


Jonathan Krisel


Rebecca Thomas


Jared and Jerusha Hess


Dear Colleague,

ATINER is pleased to announce that our Athens Journal of Philology has been indexed in the MLA Online Directory of Periodicals: The journal sponsors the 5th Annual International Conference on Humanities & Arts in a Global World, 3-4 January 2018, Athens, Greece. If you need more information, please let me know and our administration will send it to you, including the conference website and the abstract submission form.

My best regards,
Dr Gregory Papanikos, President, ATINER


Automobile Rentals

The university reimburses the cost of a rented automobile when suitable or less expensive local transportation is unavailable or when routing and time factors make it more advantageous than taxi or other ground transportation. Travelers should only use a rental vehicle when it is not possible or practical to use a university vehicle.

The university’s primary car rental suppliers are National, Hertz and Enterprise. Use of these companies’ contracts results in discounts off normal rates, complete insurance coverage, lower age requirements, and good vehicle availability both on and off airports nationwide.

Personnel should rent mid-size vehicles. In exceptional cases, the university will reimburse the use of larger vehicles (for example, several travelers in one vehicle, equipment transported, etc.). Travelers should refuel the rental car before returning it to avoid the high cost of gasoline at the rental agency.

When traveling internationally, travelers should purchase all available insurance.  International travelers can seek reimbursement for additional insurance purchased.  When traveling domestically, personnel should decline any additional insurance coverage that desk agents may offer. Domestic travelers will not receive reimbursement for additional insurance coverage purchased. The university’s corporate insurance policy combined with vendor car rental contract terms and conditions covers domestic insurance for personnel. In case of an accident, contact the car rental agency and the Risk Management and Safety office at 801422-4468.


Privately Owned Vehicles
Travelers should abide by the University Travel Policy with regard to use of personal vehicles while in travel status.  Reimbursement for mileage will be at the IRS approved mileage rate and can be claimed on a Travel Expense Report under the Personal Vehicle section.

There is no reimbursement for the cost of repairs, maintenance, damages or towing charges associated with a personal vehicle as these expenses are considered included in the IRS mileage rate.

*Please note the preferred rental car companies, and that the car should be filled up before returning it. (There is an expensive surcharge if the rental car company refuels the vehicle, and therefore it is against the BYU travel policy).


Faculty Access to Digital Theatre Plus
Myrna Layton, who is the Performing Arts Librarian at the HBLL, has arranged for TMA faculty to access Digital Theatre Plus, a service that “collaborates with renowned academics and theatre practitioners” to provide videos of top notch performances for academic theatre study.  How to access the service is explained below, and we encourage our faculty to use this to see if we want to continue the service.  If you have difficulty in accessing the service, feel free contact Myrna Layton at 422.4334 or

  • The HBLL subscription to Digital Theatre Plus (the first year is considered a trial) is set up so we can track usage and see how much the service is used. You can find it on the databases list in the library catalog, and it is there ready for use. It is #13 on this list: Faculty should go in through the library portal so it will recognize your BYU affiliation.  If you are off campus but still enter through the library portal, it should ask for your net ID and password, and then you are good to go.
  • Another way, which may or may not be easier, is from the Theatre Research Guide.  It is located under the Theatre Productions Tab:


TMA Faculty:

Every year, TMA sets aside Fulton funds that TMA faculty can request. Typically, these funds are used for professional development and research/creative work—though there may also be other approved uses. We have quite a bit of money left in each of the two funds (Media and Theatre), and we have one month left in the calendar year. So, if you will be incurring expenses this month (even if it is for travel that will be occurring early next year), you could apply for these funds.

To apply:

1) The faculty member sends a budget and descriptive paragraph to his/her area head.
2) The area head adds feedback/approval and forwards the application to the Executive Committee.
3) The EC reviews the application and, if approves, forwards it to the respective faculty (Theatre or Media).
4) The faculty weigh in and approve or not.

The sooner you get your applications to your area head, the better. The holidays are upon us.



ArtSearch Login Instructions.


The 32” monitors in the Pardoe Greenroom (D-145) are actually the confidence video monitors for the Pardoe theater and should not be used for classroom presentations. If you need a screen and projector for classes taught in that room, please call OIT to arrange for the delivery of these items when you need them.  You can also arrange for them for the whole semester at one time.  OIT’s number is 2-4000.


Brigham Young University utilizes a large number of chemicals for academic purposes.  Many regulatory agencies oversee the use of these chemicals and BYU has demonstrated a commitment to compliance and safety.  We have established and continuously improve processes for chemical procurement, inventory, use, and disposal.  As an initiative to improve the accuracy of our chemical inventory and insure proper handling during distribution, BYU is implementing a new process for chemical receipt and distribution. All chemicals used in our academic research and teaching endeavors will now be delivered to a centralized location adjacent to the Chemistry Stockroom where they will be entered into our inventory and barcoded. These functions will be performed by employees supervised by the Chemistry Stockroom.  Upon delivery to the centralized location, the chemical procurer will be notified promptly of the arrival.  Trained personnel will then be able to pick up their ordered chemicals. More details, and specific training relating to this process, is now available on Y Train.  The training course is titled “Academic Chemical Receipt and Distribution”.  Further notifications to complete this training may come through the Y train system.  Colleges and departments may also conduct or request in-person training as necessary or suitable.  Thank you for your assistance in helping to ensure our use of chemicals remains compliant and safe.


For the 2016-17 season, complimentary tickets will no longer be restricted to the first week of the production. This includes people involved in the production on the comp list (cast/crew/designers), TMA faculty, and TMA majors (who pay $2). Instead, TMA faculty and staff will be able to get their comps to any performance during the run of the show. The TMA majors and people involved in the production on the comp list for each individual production will be able to attend any performance during the run except for the final Friday and Saturday.


The travel office has updated the per diem and mileage reimbursement rates for 2016. The rates are based on government per diem recommendations. Click to see rate schedule. Also, the Travel office has asked that any person attending a Conference in 2016 that is paid for with BYU travel funds, attach a copy of the conference agenda to their travel expense report. Please plan accordingly, and either print one from the conference website, or bring a copy home with you. The agenda should only be a few pages, not a huge document sent to each participant. If you have any questions, call the business office.


Hello Faculty:

If you could forward these instructions to any faculty, TAs, or secretaries who are making purchases on Amazon, that would be awesome. Below are instructions on getting appropriate Amazon receipts.

So, we are continually getting pushed on Amazon receipts not having enough transaction detail. What the receipt needs to be is the invoice for the purchase. Here are some instructions to get the receipt that we need for Amazon purchases:

  1. log on to your Amazon account
  2. in the upper right corner where it says “Your Account”, hover your mouse and, on the drop down menu, click “Your Orders”
  3. The page you are taken to here summarizes your orders in a given time frame. Look for the order you need a receipt for
  4. Once you found the order, you will see a hyperlink near the top-right corner of that order called “Invoice.” Click on that
  5. The resulting screen is an acceptable Amazon receipt
More Funding for Study Abroad Programs
The Executive Committee has decided to raise the amount of scholarship money that TMA will provide for its students attending either the Media or Theatre study abroad program next year. Our previous commitment was $1000 for a TMA student; for 2016, this will be $1500. We are hoping that the higher scholarship will continue in perpetuity, but we won’t know until we can sit down with Kelly (the new Thaylene) and get a clearer sense of how much goes unspent from our Fulton funds each year. We hope that this increase helps in the recruitment efforts.

Dear Faculty,

To help us track and standardize the requests for Theatre and Media Arts Faculty Fulton funds (NOT the area funding, but faculty requests outside the area endowments), the Executive Committee has created a simple form for faculty to fill out.  The form is found here:, under the Faculty Application tab.  There is a rolling deadline, so you can use this form whenever you have a request.
Here is the process:
  1. Fill out the form and get your area head’s approval (he/she signs the form).
  2. Send the form to the EC (usually through Elizabeth) for their approval.
  3. If the request is approved, Elizabeth or Kyle will send it out to the faculty on the appropriate side of the department for their votes of support or non-support.
  4. If a majority of the faculty supports the request, Elizabeth or Kyle will give the funding form to Lindsi (and copy the Business Office) who will track these.  Lindsi will work with the Business Office to release the funding to the applicant.
We will require all faculty to fill this out and get their area head’s approval before the EC will give approval for it to be distributed to either Theatre or Media Arts faculty members.
Students must select and delcare a major by the time they have 60 earned BYU credit hours (excluding language exam credits). Once a student has 75 earned BYU credit hours (excluding language exam credits), they will not be allowed to change their major, unless special permission is granted. Download the College of Fine Arts and Communication Process for Implementing the University’s 60/75 Policy to learn more.


Visiting Scholar Funding
Funding is now available to the departments for Visiting Scholars visits.  The amount that is available per department is up to $2500 in Travel and up to $2500 in Supplies for the entire 2015 year. The awarding of these funds is similar to the past.  An application is needed from your department stating the following:

  1. Name of Visiting Scholar and dates for the visit
  2. Affiliation and background/expertise of Visiting Scholar (why nominated)
  3. Projection of costs for their visit
  4. Amount of Travel $
  5. Amount of Supplies $
  6. Proposed events for the visiting scholar(lectures, master classes, mentoring, etc.)
  7. How will this visit enrich student and faculty learning? How many students and faculty will be involved?

Please send the requests to Rebecca Ott at  When they receive these requests, the Deans will decide on disbursements.


The Faculty Advisory Council would like to share a brief update on recent accomplishments and upcoming proposals.

Moving allowance increase. New faculty are receiving a larger moving allowance because in 2013 a FAC committee recognized the outdated amount.  When the administration was made aware of the issue, they responded promptly to confirm the problem and increase the allowance.

Home page research tab. Thanks to a FAC proposal, the BYU home page now has a Research tab to acknowledge and announce scholarly work.  The FAC is not responsible for the content posted there, but we can help make improvements.  Take a look and share with your FAC representative suggestions for making the page more complete and useful.

BYU shuttle and student parking fee. Starting Fall 2015, The Ryde will offer free shuttle service to students and faculty.  To encourage alternative transportation, students also will be charged a parking fee, $60 per semester, with three free lots on the campus perimeter.  For years, the FAC has researched and proposed parking changes, including this one, to encourage pedestrian safety, ease traffic congestion, and enhance air quality.

 Faculty parking reminder. On a related note, the FAC requests that faculty follow these guidelines for family members parking on campus.  Faculty/Staff dependent parking:  children of an employee may park only in “Y” parking lots. Faculty/Staff spouse parking: spouses may park in “Y” parking lots, or they may park in Visitor lots upon showing their BYU ID to the booth officer.  Please remind dependents and spouses not to park in “A” lots.

FAC committees already have several proposals underway for 2014-2015 including one requiring department expectations documents for faculty rank and status advancement.


Please remind your departments/faculty that are mentoring research with students.  This is a good opportunity for a “dry-run” prior to any conferences they might attend later in the year.  The fee for presenting students and their mentors will be covered by BYU.Submissions through  Click on the BYU logo to begin the process.  We currently have 10 students registered. We have chartered a bus to take students/faculty to Dixie State University in St. George.  (Leaving at 4:00am and arriving back at BYU at approximately 10:00pm, Friday, February 27, 2015).  There is no cost for the bus.

Academic Keys – Job Offerings
To view new professional jobs offerings, visit

Two Tools for Email Spam Filtering
Getting the right emails through the BYU spam filters just got easier with the introduction of a second spam-filter-management tool. Employees using Outlook now have access to two OIT-provided tools to easily search for messages that are being held in quarantine by the spam filter.

  • This new filter search tool allows you to do a keyword search to find messages that might have been incorrectly identified as spam and release them to your inbox. You can also create rules to permanently block or allow messages from a specific account or domain.
  • This tool allows you to see a list of all the emails that have been identified as spam and release them to your inbox or continue to block. This tool will also allow you to permanently block or allow messages from a specific account or domain.

These filter tools are part of OIT’s ongoing efforts to keep spam out of your inbox and to protect the university from viruses and other malicious attacks.

Scholarly and Creative Work Grants for 2015
These grants are intended to encourage and support scholarly and creative work by full-time BYU Faculty in a CFS-track position. Click here to view the grants and the application information.

Student Consulting on Teaching
Who: Trained student consultants offer confidential feedback to faculty
What: A program to provide faculty with student perspectives
When: Anytime that BYU classes are taught
Where: BYU classrooms and all over campus
Why: To enhance teaching and learning at BYU
Learn more at

University Writing Resources
Attached is information about a number of opportunities available to faculty members to help improve student writing. Click to download University Writing Resources.
HBLL’s Theatre, Media Arts & Communications Changes
Julie Williamsen, HBLL’s Theatre, Media Arts & Communications librarian, will be on leave for Fall 2014. In the past she has worked closely with TMA faculty to purchase library materials and has provided classroom and one-on-one instruction for students. Fortunately, the library has a remarkable group of librarians in its Humanities Department that will fulfill these duties during Julie’s leave. For collection purchases, please contact Chris Ramsey ( Mary Chapman (, our Humanities Reference and Instruction Specialist, can assist with more advanced research and class instruction in theatre and film studies. Additional requests for class instruction, contact Elizabeth Smart ( continue to have student reference employees at the Help Desk on level 5 who can help with basic research questions and assignments for classes in your department. I will forward a list of HBLL’s Humanities Department librarian office hours for students to consult for additional one-on-one research assistance. Research help is also available online through existing research guides ( We look forward to working with you in this new academic year, especially since it celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Harris Fine Arts Center.

Accountable Plan
The new reporting requirements are part of what the Internal Revenue Service entitles its Accountable Plan Rules. Click here to download the Accountable Plan. Please take the time to read this policy paying particular attention to the “60 Days” note at the bottom of the sheet. Each department/division has a well-trained business manager that can assist you in completing this approving and reporting process.

Grade Submission FAQS
Click here to download Grade Submission FAQS. If you still have questions, call the register’s office at 801-422-6567.

New Recommended Wording for Students on Your Future Syllabi
If you suspect or are aware that you have a disability, you are strongly encouraged to contact them University Accessibility Center (UAC) located at 2170 WSC (801-422-2767) as soon as possible. A disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Examples include vision or hearing impairments, physical disabilities, chronic illnesses, emotional disorders (e.g., depression, anxiety), learning disorders, and attention disorders (e.g., ADHD). When registering with the UAC, the disability will be evaluated and eligible students will receive assistance in obtaining reasonable University approved accommodations.

Students in Crisis
A recurring theme in our visits to departments on campus is how faculty and staff recognize and assist students who may be in emotional or psychological crisis.  The Faculty Advisory Council has prepared a document to provide guidance in addressing these situations.  We express appreciation to the FAC for their work on the document, and are pleased to make it available with our endorsement.  Please click to download the BYU Faculty and Staff Guide for Students in Crisis.

Updates to Learning Suite and Agilix Grades
There have been updates for Learning Suite and Agilix grades. Please download the Learning Suite and AIM Class Rolls comparison and the BYU Grades vs Agilix Grades comparison.

Grade Change Guru
Online grade changes can be made by the instructor by going to the grade roll for the course and using the left column to select the students needing a grade change.  After checking the box next to the student (or “Select All” to change all the grade), click “Change Grades.” Then follow the directions.

Helping Distressed Students with BYU’s Counseling and Psychological Services
BYU’s Counseling and Psychological Services has information available for helping distressed students. Click here to download more information. This information will be available at by the end of the month.

Please complete the following assignments as soon as possible if you have not already done so:

1.       Please let us know what your travel requests are for the coming year. The TMA secretaries will send you a copy of your travel requests from last year for a point of reference.
2.       Please update your CV and upload it to the faculty profile system. The link to the faculty profile system is in the work menu of your mybyu account.

Online Grade Changes
Faculty can now make grade changes online. This will be done through their AIM grade roles (GRADE01). Only those listed as primary, team, or supervisor in the instructor field in AIM will have access to make a grade change. Deans, department chairs, and the Associate Dean Grades (UCC member) will be able to change grades for their academic units. Department secretaries, teaching assistants and grade assistants, grade contacts, and grade monitors will NOT have access to make these changes. For more information, go to or call 2-6567.

Copies and Print Jobs
Dear Faculty: We are always more than willing to make copies and print jobs for you. However, the office rule is that we can only copy/print off 100 SHEETS of paper for you per job.  This rule applies whether we are the ones making the copies or you are the one doing so.  In order for you to get your copies prepared in a timely manner, please be considerate of this.  If a copy job will take up more than 100 sheets of paper we will need to send it to the ASB copy center.  If you give us a day’s notice, we are able to get this done for you and have it ready to be picked up in the office when you need it.  Thanks so much for your help with this.

BYU IT Training
You can schedule an IT Training with the Office of Information Technology for your class to help your students with software skills. Trainings available include Endnote citation manager and Word 2013 for research papers, PowerPoint Basic, Excel Advanced, InDesign Basic, and Qualtrics Basic. These training classes are free and can be scheduled during class time or outside of it. Visit for more information. To schedule a training session, please call 801-422-4000 or email

Fire Alarm Guidelines
1. If time permits and your safety is not jeopardized, close your windows and doors as you leave.
2. Walk or crawl (if there is smoke) to the nearest exit.
3. Do not go back into the building until a fire officer, police officer, or building authority says it is safe to do so.

GradWorks Online with BYU Print & Mail: Your academic work printed and bound on demand! BYU Print and Mail now offers GradWorks Online for professional printing of theses, dissertations, or any other special project, paper or work. We are on of the premier university printers in the country, making us uniquely qualified to print and bind your valuable work. Visit or call 801-422-1469 if you have any questions.

The 4th Wall: The dramaturgy program is thrilled to introduce The 4th WALL: The TMA dramaturgy project. The 4th WALL is a website dedicated to providing insider access to the theatrical productions at Brigham Young University. Whether it is insights from the rehearsal room, interesting historical information, interviews with the production team or more, the BYU dramaturgs are working to break down that 4th WALL. Go to to see more!

Film Website: Visit often for department news, internships, jobs, and other pertinent information for BYU Media Arts students.

Get Media Arts Announcements on your phone: Text “follow BYUMediaArts” to 40404 for important updates from the Media Arts Department.



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