Thinker applications due today

To Our Faculty, Staff and Students:

Good morning! Today marks the last of our meet-up sessions for people hoping to learn more about Seed Sprints and/or connect with others, as well as the deadline for submitting Thinker applications.

First, thanks to all of you who took the time to suggest individuals to be Thinkers. We received 70 nominations, and emailed all of these individuals to let them know they had been recommended. Please note that you do not need to be nominated to apply.

Below is a quick recap of information about all three, as well as the Thinker selection process.


Thinker Applications: These are due at 5 p.m. today, Jan 16Access the Thinker Application form online. To learn more about opportunities and expectations for these individuals, visit the Thinkers section of the Think Big website.

Seed Sprint Applications: These proposals fall into three categories: academic, co-curricular, or administrative/operational. The deadline for submitting these is 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18. To learn more about each of these categories and the application process, see the Seed Sprint pageof the website.

Meet-Ups and Workplace for Good

Today’s meet-ups—the final two of 12 held since last Wednesday—take place at noon in Sears think[box] 2nd floor and 5 p.m in the Kelvin Smith Library–Freedman Center.

In addition, members of the campus community can connect with one another online at Workplace for Good. You can log in to the site now; more information about the site and how to use it is posted on the Think Big website.

Thinker Selection

The first stage of this process involves review of all applications by members of President’s Council, which includes the university’s senior leadership, the dean of each school, vice presidents, and the Faculty Senate chair and chair-elect. The presidents of the Undergraduate Student Government and Graduate Student Council also will review all applications.

Reviewers will not see the names and affiliations of the applicants, instead rating submissions on a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being best) based solely on written responses.

Provost Ben Vinson III then will review the 25 highest-ranked submissions, including names and affiliations. He will select roughly eight to 10 Thinkers with diversity—in all of its many forms—as a key factor in his choices. The goal is to announce the selections by Wednesday, Jan. 23, with members’ first meeting taking place within a week.

As always, if you have questions or comments about any aspect of Think Big, you can pose it by completing this form.