From the Provost

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... Read more

COVID-19 Update: 4/8/2020

We have fantastic examples across our campus of faculty helping others. Dr. Lee Hughes from Biological Sciences has developed a YouTube series on Teaching in the Time of Coronavirus. This 17-episode series highlights tips and helpful mindsets that can help emotionally prepare teachers for both the expected and unanticipated aspects of online teaching during this time. I’m so proud of the work you all are doing in keeping our students’ needs top of mind. “Have you registered for summer and fall... Read more

Preparing for Summer Instruction

I know that these are difficult times. As a faculty member who is preparing to teach a course this summer, we want to provide you with resources to help support the development of your course(s). To aid you in preparing for teaching this summer. We are providing you with the following resources, which you will find in Canvas.  A self-paced course titled Summer 2020 Remote Delivery Training, which you can expect will take 3-6 hours to complete. The training outlines a variety of best practices... Read more

COVID-19 Update: 4/2/20

Thanks to Dr. Craig Neumann, Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology, who participated in the UNT OLLI recording on How to Use Mindfulness To Be More Resilient during this global health crisis – a skill we can all benefit from in these difficult times. A Pass/No Pass option will be available to undergraduate students for the Spring 2020 semester. Students will have the option of electing to receive a letter grade OR Pass/No Pass after viewing their grade at the end of the semester... Read more

COVID-19 Update: 3/27/20

March 27, 2020—It has been quite a week. Thank you for your extraordinary patience as we work as a community to address this fast-moving and complex public health crisis. I understand this has been a difficult period as each of us tries our best to manage our obligations to our students, as well as our care for others, technology challenges and responding to this rapidly changing situation. Know that your efforts are appreciated by myself, the entire university leadership team and most... Read more

COVID-19 Update: 3/22/20

I am deeply saddened to share with you that we have experienced the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Denton. This means we now must move to the next phase of our business continuity plan. In order to protect the health and safety of our community, all on-campus instruction, student services and research will be restricted to only essential activities by close of business Monday March 23rd, where possible, and by Tuesday March 24th, at the latest. Continuity of Student Services We have made... Read more

COVID-19 Update: 3/18/20

March 18, 2020—Thank you! I cannot fully express my gratitude for all of your efforts to rapidly move to alternative delivery of instruction. Our goal is to maintain the continuity of our students’ educational experience in these difficult circumstances. On the morning of Thursday, March 19th, we will be sending an email to all students letting them know the status of their courses. I am asking that AFTER 10 a.m., each of you reach out to the students in your courses to let them know of your... Read more

COVID-19 Update: Communication with Students

March 14, 2020 — I know that each of you cares for our students and many of them are reaching out to you asking about the status of their classes. The university plans to issue a communication to every student on Thursday March 19th with the details about their entire schedule.  It is critical that you not respond with the plans for your specific class at this time. This is causing significant confusion among students who are hearing conflicting information. Our students need us to be in sync... Read more

COVID-19 Update: 03/13/20

March 13, 2020 — I will start by saying thank you in advance for all of the effort you will be putting in over the coming weeks to ensure our students continue to learn and grow under your guidance. We are facing a monumental challenge – one that our nation’s universities are taking on in good spirits. Our community is committed to doing everything we can to support each other during this difficult time. As you may know, yesterday President Smatresk announced that we canceled in-person classes... Read more

COVID-19 Response

March 11, 2020 — I am writing with information regarding UNT’s response to COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. In recent days we have seen continued global spread of the coronavirus, with a presumptive case being reported in our region. With increased testing availability, we expect that confirmed cases of COVID-19 will grow in our region.  We care about the health and safety of our UNT community and I am asking for your assistance in the event we need to activate operational... Read more