Provost’s Updates and Memos

More Commentary About Hiring Lecturers

Wed, 05/01/2013

Good morning!  I recognize that this is a second Provost’s Update fast on the heels of an Update sent several days ago and, unusually, this one is a single-topic Update.  However, I wanted to provide a little more explanation about our project for hiring lecturers next year.  So….

HIRING LECTURERS NEXT YEAR – NOT A CHANGE IN UNT RESEARCH FOCUS! In my last Provost’s Update, I spoke about how hiring Lecturers, Senior Lecturers or...

First MOOCs, now MOOAs!

Mon, 04/01/2013

Good afternoon! Spring Break has now rapidly receded in the rear view mirror, and many around the campus are realizing that there is still a lot to fit in before the end of the semester. Additionally, we have many wonderful celebrations, award ceremonies, and other recognitions that pay tribute to the excellence of our students, faculty and staff.  As a result, this time of year also is a pretty “intense” one.  In fact, I’m reminded of T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Waste Land”, that...

Enrollments, Budget, Research and the March of the MOOCs

Fri, 02/01/2013

Hopefully you are all well settled into the Spring 2013 semester at this point in February. I’vebeen reflecting upon what’s going on these days that might interest you……

ENROLLMENT UPDATE. This semester we are serving a slightly larger student body (up 0.6% compared to the same time last year) who are taking even more courses (SCH up 1.2% compared to the same time last year). Remember, we are funded by the state on the basis of SCH, not headcount, so this is better...

How the Academic Year is Shaping Up

Mon, 10/01/2012

I’ve been meaning to sit down to write about the “new” semester, but here it is well into October already, so I can only talk about the 2012/13 academic year as still being relatively new and full of promise. And, as in the last few years, it is turning out to be a jam-packed year with manifold opportunities to move forward, but also places to stumble if we aren’t careful. So, here’s what’s on my mind these days…….

HIRING FREEZE. The hiring freeze continues, although...

Welcome to the 2012/13 Academic Year!

Wed, 08/01/2012

A NEW ACADEMIC YEAR! I sometimes feel that I’ve lived my professional life in an intertidal zone – the tide flows out (summer), but always flows back in again (the start of the new academic year). And this year’s incoming tide carries much with it: a record crop of ever more talented freshmen (more on that below), new faculty and staff hires of stunning quality; wonderful energy and enthusiasm at every turn on the campus. It’s a great time to be at UNT.

But, we have...

Mid-Summer Activities

Sun, 07/01/2012

July is, for many faculty, time for travel, scholarship, renewal, immersion in summer school, etc. Staff are busy preparing for the next academic year, and taking well-deserved vacation time, as well. However, to those around to read this email, I did want to share a few announcements.

ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS: UNT has recently made two superb administrative hires into key academic affairs positions. Yolanda Flores Niemann has joined us from Utah...

End‐of‐Year Thoughts and Challenges

Sun, 04/01/2012

Mentoring. Many of us in the administration (Chairs, Deans, staff in the Provost’s Office) have had an ongoing discussion about faculty mentoring during the last few months. It is pretty clear to us that there is a strong correlation between mentoring and faculty success, yet in some colleges and schools mentoring programs could be more highly developed. While the success of a faculty member is, ultimately, their own primary responsibility, UNT is not approaching faculty...

A Green Light……for All Sorts of Things!

Sun, 04/01/2012

Good morning. It’s been a while since I’ve sent out a Provost’s Update – not because of nothing going on, but perhaps because of a great deal going on!

Four Bold Goals. On Feb. 13th, UNT rolled out our Four Bold Goals in an extravaganza of the type not formerly witnessed at UNT! In a nutshell, these goals comprise Excellent Education, Expanded Research, Management Excellence, and Community Outreach. While some of these are in the category of “motherhood and apple pie...

Opportunities and Challenges for 2012

Thu, 03/01/2012

Settling In To the Semester. Welcome back as we settle into our Spring semester! I hope you had a relaxing winter break with family and friends, and were able to fully recharge your batteries.

Opportunities and Challenges. 2012 will be one of great opportunities, but also significant challenges, for UNT. Quality - in all we do - must continue to be our mantra. However, we also will have some economic realities to face. Our budget is based on...

Developments with SETE and Teaching Evaluation

Thu, 12/01/2011

Good afternoon! While I know most of our faculty are focused on exams and grading, and most of our staff are focused on finishing off this semester’s last tasks, I want to comment on some “late, breaking news” regarding SETE. I apologize for the length of this email, but somehow the subject of teaching evaluation always brings out a multitude of issues to be considered.

So, one of the driving factors in getting SETE up and running and installed as quickly as was done was the...