From the Provost

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... 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... 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... 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

Goals for FY2019

Dear faculty and academic staff, President Smatresk approved UNT’s FY19 budget allocations after thorough deliberations. I am pleased to announce that we are able to strategically invest $50 million in academic affairs to further our university’s goals as a result of this year’s budget process. In the coming weeks, your deans will be sharing with you the investments being made in your colleges. While there are more needs than we are able to address this year, I am proud of the progress we are... Read more

Wrapping up 2017-18

Dear faculty and academic department staff, Today, as our spring 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. This time of year is always my favorite. While many of us have an achy hand from grading or are rushing to squeeze in a last-minute meeting with a student, it also is a time of celebration. I am delighted to watch our graduates taking pictures in front of the Hurley building and other... Read more

Spring 2018

Dear faculty and academic staff, Wow, 2018 has arrived, and I sit here wondering how did 2017 fly by so quickly. In the six months since I arrived back at UNT, I have enjoyed learning about our academic programs, departments and the many areas that advance our university. One of the ways I have gotten to know our campus community is through an informal brown bag lunch I’ve been hosting with small groups. This has been so successful that I am planning to continue this series through the... Read more

Welcome new appointments

Dear UNT faculty and staff members, I am very pleased to welcome seasoned administrators into new roles, both interim and temporary. Ms. Cathy Hartman, formerly Associate Dean of the UNT Libraries, will serve as Interim Dean of the UNT Libraries beginning July 5. Dr. Linda Holloway, Chair of the Department of Rehabilitation and Health Services, will serve as Interim Dean of the College of Health and Public Service beginning Sept. 1. Ms. Hartman and Dr. Holloway will serve in interim... Read more