From the Provost

International Travel

While there has been significant media coverage of the 2019-nCoV (novel coronavirus) outbreak in China’s Wuhan Province, the immediate health risk to the general U.S. public is low. However, for travel purposes, China is currently considered a high-risk destination because it is under a Level 3 Centers for Disease Control Travel Advisory.  We will do everything we can to keep our campus healthy and safe. As part of our efforts to ensure the safety of our university community, we require that... Read more

Spring 2020: Back-to-School Message

Dear Faculty and Academic Staff, We are so fortunate to be surrounded by our amazing students. Through many hours and lots of hard work, we all have the opportunity to show our students how much we care about their growth and development. This semester, I want us to find even more ways to fuel our students’ passions and help them succeed. Please find time in your schedules to join me for an informal brown bag lunch to discuss, brainstorm and develop new ways to improve student success. Contact... Read more

Research security policies and resources at UNT

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 bring creativity to advance global knowledge. As just one example, at 4 p.m. Sept. 17 in Marquis 130, we are hosting a reception for this year’s visiting international scholars. We are committed to fostering international collaborative... Read more

Fall 2019 Welcome

Dear faculty and academic staff, As we say goodbye to summer and welcome the new academic year, I want to celebrate examples of the exciting work our students, faculty and staff engaged in these past few months.   We received major recognitions. Besnik Abrashi, a double major in music education and clarinet performance, won first prize in the 2019 International Clarinet Association Young Artist Competition. Guohua Feng, a professor of economics, was named a fellow in The Society for Economic... Read more

FY20 Budget

The UNT System Board of Regents met Aug. 15-16 and approved UNT’s FY20 operating budget. I am pleased to share how this approved budget will enable us to accomplish our top priorities in Academic Affairs. All Academic Affairs resources will be strategically invested to support student empowerment and transformation, people and processes, and scholarly activity and innovation. In the face of a challenging fiscal environment, I am excited to announce that we will be able to add 28.5 new faculty... Read more

Thank you for your contributions during the 2018-19 academic year

Dear faculty and academic staff, Today, as our semester comes to a close, I would like to take a moment to reflect on this academic year and to thank each of you for all of your support in advancing UNT’s goals. While many of us have an achy hand from grading, or in my case tennis elbow from shaking so many hands during commencement ceremonies, it is a time of great celebration. The 2018-19 academic year has been a momentous one. It is our 100th anniversary of granting bachelor’s degrees. We... Read more

Getting focused for the spring semester

Dear faculty and academic staff, I consider myself extremely fortunate to get to work at an inspiring university that is at the forefront of innovation and creativity. Our hard work has been reaffirmed with Carnegie's announcement that we remain ranked a Tier One research university in their 2018 classification – what a wonderful way to start the new year! Later this semester, I will share an update with you on what we have learned from the latest round of classifications and what we need to do... Read more

Mission and Priorities

We must work to solidify our standing as a comprehensive research university by enhancing our research productivity. To that aim, the offices of Academic Affairs and Research and Innovation are collaborating to provide a more supportive environment for our research community. This year, we have several priorities and successes to report: Priority 1: Grow research expenditures A portion of faculty lines this year were allocated to support our existing research institutes and to build up areas of... Read more

Helping students to succeed is our top priority

Dear faculty and staff, As the midterm of the semester approaches, I want to reiterate President Smatresk’s message that student success is our top priority here at the University of North Texas. Students bring us their dreams and our role is to give students the tools and resources they need to succeed at UNT and beyond. Each of you plays a critical role in helping our students succeed. UNT has an abundance of student support services across all of our divisions that are dedicated to helping... Read more

The Start of the Academic Year

Dear faculty and academic staff, For many of us, the summertime is an opportunity to catch our breath and have some fun. This summer, I had the chance to visit with students, faculty, and partner universities in Kyoto, Japan. I also had the opportunity to attend the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference and learn more about how we shape our own dialogue around policy issues of our day. My favorite read from my summer list was Assistant Professor of History Rachel Moran’s new book Governing... Read more