Provost’s Updates and Memos

Dr. Finley Graves to a Two-Year Appointment

Thu, 07/16/2015


Dear UNT community,

After consultation with the deans, Faculty Senate leadership and other constituents, I am pleased to appoint Dr. Finley Graves to a two-year appointment as UNT’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. As...

New Dean of UNT’s College of Visual Arts and Design

Tue, 05/19/2015


I am very pleased to announce that Greg Watts, chair of the art department at Metropolitan State University of Denver, has been named the new dean of UNT’s College of Visual Arts and Design.

Our College of Visual Arts and Design –...

Interim Associate Vice Provost for Faculty

Tue, 05/12/2015

I am very pleased to announce that Regents Professor of Chemistry Angela Wilson has agreed to serve as the interim Associate Vice Provost for Faculty, overseeing the Office of Faculty Success. Dr. Wilson has served as an administrative intern in the Office of the Provost since 2013. In her new role, she will direct a comprehensive portfolio, including programming and support for new faculty, mentoring networks, faculty awards and recognition, leadership...

New Interim Provost

Wed, 02/25/2015

Today, during a meeting with the deans, I announced that College of Business Dean Finley Graves will serve as Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, effective March 1.


I want to thank Dr. Graves in advance for his service. And, as Dr. Warren Burggren assumes his positon as a full professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and undertakes research full time, I want to...

Provost Update - November, 2014

Sun, 11/23/2014

Good morning! Even after decades in academics, I still find it amazing how fast the end of each semester comes up on us. We’ll soon have Thanksgiving in our rear view mirror, and we will be organizing the last few lectures with hopefully grand effect! In the meantime, I want to update you on several activities around campus.

DEPARTMENT EVALUATIONS:  There has been much buzz ― as well there should be ― about the process of department...

Excellence in the Classroom III: Going Out Like a Lion

Sat, 11/01/2014

Dear UNT Faculty Member,

As many of you are aware, this year Academic Affairs is emphasizing a theme of “Excellence in the Classroom.” In August I wrote of the importance of getting a good start in the classroom, while in mid-September I indicated the importance of providing timely feedback to your students. I’m hopeful that you have been focusing on your own version of “excellence in the classroom”, and I am sure that our students appreciate it, as do I.

Now, we find...

URGENT: Departmental Evaluation and Chair Survey

Mon, 09/01/2014

Dear Deans and Chairs,

As some of you may have very recently heard, we have been tasked by our Board of Regents to compile data on our academic departments for a Board Retreat being held October 19th. The Board of Regents have specifically requested that all academic departments be assigned an overall ranking of “high”, “medium”, or ”low” based on effectiveness and productivity.  Importantly, there were no metrics...

Excellence in the Classroom I: The First and Last Day

Fri, 08/01/2014

Dear UNT Faculty Member,

This is the time of year, just before the start of the Fall semester, when many of you are preparing syllabi for your courses.  Some of you are dusting off a well proven product, some are doing a major rework, and some of you are preparing a syllabus for a course you are teaching for the very first time.  As you prepare each syllabus, please keep in mind trying to further enhance the student learning experience at every turn.  In this memo, I...

Summer Wrap-Up

Tue, 07/01/2014

Good morning! It’s scary how fast summer passes, isn’t it? As we in administration are offering orientations, and as students move in, I find myself saying to others “How WAS your summer?”, as if the tree leaves were about ready to start falling!  In fact, I hope the last gasp of your academic summer still has enjoyable and productive days in it. 

Now, what’s been going on around UNT?

Summer Activities:...

Spring has Sprung

Sat, 03/01/2014

Good morning! While we aren’t exactly in the “home stretch” for the Academic year, more and more of the spring semester is behind us (and winter, I hope!). Out of curiosity I read what I wrote in a Provost’s Update written at this point last fall, and it holds doubly true…..”It’s that time of year when the first doubts about finishing that “to do” list for the (academic year) start creeping into your mind (at least, into MY mind), to be temporarily pushed aside with thoughts of...