From the Provost

FY2021 Academic Affairs Budget

The UNT System Board of Regents met last month and approved UNT’s FY21 operating budget. As you know, this is a difficult time financially for UNT and every other university in the country. In the face of a challenging fiscal environment, Academic Affairs has engaged in strategic budget reductions and reallocations. During Fiscal Year 19-20, Academic Affairs reduced its budget by $6.9M. For Fiscal Year 20-21, across Academic Affairs, we have implemented a 5% budget cut and are prepared for an 8... Read more

Visiting Researchers

As a Carnegie Tier One research university, the University of North Texas takes great pride in the partnerships and research collaborations we have built with universities and organizations worldwide. UNT is a place where people from every culture and background come together to advance global knowledge. Part of our collaborations involve visiting scholars. Every year, UNT welcomes 150 to 200 visiting researchers who work with faculty hosts to engage in research collaborations. We are committed... Read more

Welcome Back

This fall will prove to be the most extraordinary in our university’s 130-year history. As we start this new semester together, I want to take a moment to celebrate the work of our students, faculty and staff. COVID-19 may have shifted our timeline, but we are still making great strides toward achieving our goals.  We received major recognitions. Liss LaFleur, Assistant Professor of Studio Art, was named Citizen Artist Fellow by the Kennedy Center. Elyse Zavar, Assistant Professor of Emergency... Read more

Coronavirus Update 8/10/20

As the fall semester nears, I know each of you is making the final preparations to welcome our students back, whether virtually or in-person. Our efforts to prepare for the fall semester are guided by our goal of keeping the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff at the forefront as we work to fulfill our teaching, research and clinical missions. There are several important actions that all of us can take as we near the start of our academic year. Continuity of Communication I... Read more

Coronavirus Update 7/22/20

I want to thank each of you for all of your hard work to prepare UNT for the fall semester. Our work isn’t done, and we all know we may need to adapt throughout the fall semester due to changing health conditions, which we are monitoring closely. I am incredibly grateful for your efforts to date.  Continuity of Communication I strongly encourage those faculty who are scheduled to teach in-person or partially in-person to participate in the Guidance for Face-To-Face Teaching – Fall 2020 training... Read more

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. We will work with our international... Read more

Coronavirus Update 6/22/20

I am writing today to provide an update on the progress on our Return to Learn restart initiative. I encourage you to attend tomorrow’s Academic Affairs Restart Town Hall, June 23 from 2 to 4 p.m., to learn more about the preparations and progress for the fall semester. June marked Phase 2 of our reopening plans allowing for the limited use of approved academic facilities to support individualized learning, along with Phase 2 of our Research Reopen Plan. Phase 3 of our reopening begins on July... Read more

COVID-19 Update 6/4/20

I am writing today to provide an update on the progress on our Return to Learn restart initiative. As a reminder, we began our return to campus with the restarting of research facilities, guided by our Research Reopen Plan. We now are beginning our next phase of academic restart, which is the limited use of approved academic facilities to support individualized learning, such as MFA student access to art studio space. For the month of June, we will continue with limited academic use of our... Read more

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.  This... Read more

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... Read more

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