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2021 Salary Adjustments for Faculty and Academic Staff

Dear Faculty and Academic Staff,

Providing fair compensation is a long-standing priority for UNT, not only because of its importance in attracting and retaining the exemplary talent that drives our growth as an R1 university, but also because it is a direct reflection of our values as a caring and equitable institution where all faculty and staff are empowered to succeed.

Supporting Afghan Students as They Transition to UNT

Dear Faculty and Staff,

I am writing today to ask for your help. Many of you may have been following the news from Afghanistan and the evacuation of so many to the United States. UNT has invited five Afghan students to our campus to continue their education. You can learn about their journey in this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education, “I Am Hopeful, and I Am Heartbroken.”

Fall 2021

Dear Academic Staff and Faculty,

As the fall semester approaches, I want to send all faculty and staff a warm welcome. The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us in ways we never thought possible, for much longer than any of us hoped. As we welcome our students back this fall, we are also keeping a watchful eye on what is happening in the community.

FY22 Academic Affairs Budget

Dear Faculty and Academic Staff,

The UNT System Board of Regents met this month and approved UNT’s FY22 operating budget. As you know, it has been a difficult time financially for UNT and every other university in the country. In the face of a challenging fiscal environment, Academic Affairs engaged in strategic budget reductions and reallocations in Fiscal Years 19-20 and 20-21.

Wrapping up our 2020-21 academic year

We’ve made it to the end of an academic year I don’t think any of us will forget. I want to express my deep appreciation for all that you have done to help support our students during this challenging time. 

As we prepare to celebrate the graduation of many of our students, I want to say thank you to those of you who have helped to make this spring’s commencement special, whether through virtual or in-person events. Your efforts are appreciated. 

2021 Spring Back to School

The spring semester arrives during an extraordinary time. While I know many of us were happy to say goodbye to 2020 and welcome in a better 2021, we enter into our new year with less-than-optimal conditions. Yet, there are bright spots. Vaccines are beginning to be distributed and UNT has applied to be a vaccination site. Thanks to the COVID-19 relief bill, UNT is projected to receive $48-$50M from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, which will support our students, cover COVID-related expenses and aid in our recovery.

Coronavirus Update 01/08/21

As we reach the start of the spring semester, I know that you are prepared to welcome our students back. Our efforts this fall proved to be successful in creating a safe environment for our students to learn and grow. This spring we remain focused on our goal of keeping our students, faculty and staff healthy and safe. The Return to Learn website maintains the latest information about protocols and procedures related to our academic operations.

Message to Faculty and Grad Students

Dear MHTE Faculty and Graduate Students,

The Journal of Schenkerian Studies is published by the Center for Schenkerian Studies and the University of North Texas Press. The 12th volume of the Journal of Schenkerian Studies was released this summer. Following its publication, parties internal and external to the university, including faculty and graduate students in your department, raised concerns regarding this volume, including concerns about the process by which it was conceptualized and produced. 

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