From the Provost

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... 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

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.... 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... 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