From the Provost

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

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. As UNT plans for a full Fall 2021 university experience, Academic Affairs received a restoration of the 5% ($10.... Read more

Update on Summer Protocols

Dear Academic Staff and Faculty, I am reaching out to you to make you aware of changes to our health and safety protocols. We have all been in the midst of continual change over the past 14 months. Today, we are looking forward and preparing for our continued return to our campus. As the CDC and the State of Texas have removed certain COVID-related restrictions and community health conditions continue to improve, UNT is responding with changes to our COVID guidelines. A number of these... Read more

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.  With vaccination rates rising, I am hopeful... Read more

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... Read more

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