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New Faculty Orientation 2020: Update 7/29

Hello New Faculty Cohort 20-21!

We are just two weeks away from the “virtual” New Faculty Orientation (NFO), Wednesday, August 12, 2020.  We are working daily to prepare for your arrival and are anxious to meet you! We have approximately 90 new faculty. Several opportunities will exist during the day for you to engage in smaller groups so you may begin to meet your colleagues across campus.

Supporting International Students at UNT

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security modified its regulations for online courses permitted under the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). These changes affect our international students with F-1 visas who plan to continue their studies or begin their studies this fall at UNT.

We are a caring community and UNT is committed to do everything we can to ensure that each student makes academic progress and is able to graduate from UNT.

Responding to Racism in Our Community

Over the past week, I have struggled to find the right words to express the sorrow and grief that captures what is happening in America right now. I have spent this time listening to my friends and colleagues share their own frustrations with the world they experience every day, many of whom are struggling to understand why this particular incident of violence, against George Floyd, is such a pivotal moment for our country. We are a country that continues grappling with racial division. 

Voluntary Separation Program

I am writing to you today to announce a Voluntary Separation Program (“Program”) for eligible tenured faculty members. This program seeks to financially reward the long-standing contributions of tenured faculty, while also opening resources for reallocation in support of the university’s strategic goals and support budgetary relief as a result of COVID-19. This program offers eligible faculty members a lump sum payment equal to one (1) year’s annual base pay as stated in their UNT faculty salary notice for fiscal year 2020 in exchange for voluntarily separating from the university.

COVID-19 Update: 5/1/20

Like every other R1 university, we are grappling with challenges of advancing our mission in these extraordinary times. Today, I am outlining a transparent academic plan for how we seek to mitigate known and anticipated impacts of COVID-19. This plan is built by starting with the question of “How Can We.” How can we operate to maximally advance the intellectual development of our students and support their success? How can we operate in ways that support our goal of advancing as a research university? How can we continue to demonstrate that we are a creative and caring community?

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