From the Provost

Lisa Maxwell named interim vice provost for student success

Dear UNT Faculty and Staff, In August, the Office of the Provost hosted three candidates in open forums as part of our search for the next vice provost for student success. While we appreciated each candidate’s unique strengths, we did not feel any of them were the right fit for such an important role. Later this fall, we will restart the search with a robust hiring committee and a timeline that allows a wide range of qualified candidates to apply for the position. The vice provost for... Read more

Fall 2022 Welcome Message from the Provost

Dear Faculty and Academic Staff,  Welcome back! I am sure you are as excited and energized as I am about this new academic year. There is nothing quite like the atmosphere on a university campus at the beginning of a new year. As exciting a time as this is for us all, it can be stressful for our newest students, staff, and faculty members. Please keep an eye out for these community members and help them find their ways (both literally and figuratively)!  Much has happened since last year,... Read more

Interim deans for CLASS and Engineering

Dear Faculty and Academic Staff, After careful consideration, I am honored to announce interim deans for the Colleges of Engineering and Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Dr. Shengli Fu, chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering, will serve as interim dean of the College of Engineering after Dean Hanchen Huang’s departure on July 15. Dr. James Meernik, Regents Professor of political science and interim chair of the Department of Technical Communication, will serve as interim dean of... Read more

Progress toward UNT's Tier One mission

Dear Faculty and Academic Staff,  I am pleased to share with you that this past week, UNT was reaffirmed as an R1 university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education™. Not only have we been reaffirmed, but we also have made positive progress, meeting our goal of moving from the fourth quartile to the third quartile of R1 and solidifying our standing as an R1 university. This progress is only possible because of the successful implementation of our R1 Our Way plans... Read more

Revised COVID Protocols for Spring

Dear Faculty and Academic Staff, Each start of the semester during the pandemic has been faced with a new challenge. Spring 2022 is no exception. With the changes in community health conditions, I must inform you of the health and safety protocols that changed since my December 10th letter. In the past month, the Omicron variant of COVID-19 has become dominant in North Texas and we are experiencing very different effects from the virus. Omicron has a shorter incubation time, milder symptoms... Read more

COVID-19 Update: Spring 2022

Dear Academic Staff and Faculty, It is an exciting time of year with final exams, graduation and winter break just around the corner. I want to thank you all for your support as we transitioned this fall back to a more typical UNT experience for our students. We can be thankful that our campus and community health have improved significantly since August. However, we are carefully monitoring the omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus and its potential impact on the spring semester.  CDC... Read more

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. I know that the last two years have been tremendously difficult for our faculty and staff, who have faced unprecedented... Read more

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.” As a university, we know the value of an education. At a time when women’s education is being suspended in... Read more

Fall Back to School Letter

Dear Faculty and Academic Staff, The first day of the semester is such a joy as we watch our students meet our faculty and staff and learn their way across campus. While we are doing everything we can to provide typical experiences for our students, it is important that we all choose to wear face coverings when we are inside campus buildings. For those teaching an in-person class, I’m asking that you show the First Day of Class video that covers the university’s health and safety protocols.... Read more

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. It is important that we keep health and safety in mind for our return to campus, and UNT’s Health Crisis Team (HCT) will continue to monitor our... Read more

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