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A Note from Interim Provost Lee

Provost Matt Lee presenting at an engineering ribbon cutting ceremony

Caption: Interim Provost Matt Lee presents in front of students, colleagues, and donors at the College of Engineering Distillation Columns ribbon cutting ceremony. 

Dear Colleagues,

I find that the best way to stay tuned in to the current campus climate is to have direct conversations with faculty, staff, and students from all corners of campus. In one recent conversation, a longtime faculty colleague simply said, “Tell us what’s going on. What are we doing? What’s the plan?”

Good question.

President Tate has been on an intensive listening tour and is close to finishing what I would characterize as a “visioning process.” This involves the distillation of the broad scholarly strengths of the LSU campuses in preparation for a highly engaged strategic planning process. Through this process, we will detail the specific focal anchors of excellence for those broad strengths that we can collectively build upon. For example, we will highlight the broad theme of coast, energy and environment with a concentration on carbon capture, utilization and sequestration (CCUS).

We will continue to cultivate our strengths in research areas that preserve our heritage, protect our future, and leverage the immense talent available among all of the LSU institutions. A heretofore unprecedented level of collaboration will be necessary to achieve the highest levels of excellence across focal scholarly areas. The existing talent we have among our current faculty, staff and students is nothing short of extraordinary. Marshalling this talent and getting laser focused on developing solutions to local, state, national and global concerns while continuing to educate competent and ethical citizens and civic leaders is the goal.

The operational aspect of the plan complements our intellectual aspirations with several core elements. Execution is everything. We are going to prioritize doctoral education and revise our funding model. We will build competitive funding packages that will allow us to attract the best students. In a self-reinforcing cycle, we will hire top talent because high-caliber scholars are attracted to programs with top-flight doctoral students. To augment this goal, we have re-established research support and allocated funds to support faculty efforts through the Office of Research & Economic Development. We are also standing up funds in pursuit of another goal: National Cancer Institute designation.

Moreover, as an institution, we are currently partnering with the American Council on Education’s Internationalization Lab—a council which provides customized guidance and insight to help universities achieve their internationalization goals. Great research institutions are globally renowned; therefore, we will seek to infuse everything we do with global perspectives. While these are examples of four primary operational priorities for the campus, the wheels are in full motion on several other projects as well. Examples include: improving four year graduation rates and the success of transfer students, implementing a state-of-the-art student information system, and enhancing our academic technology support framework.

So, what is the plan?

The plan is to elevate our level of distinction—we are strong, we are competitive and we are well-respected. We have the opportunity to win on every front and this will require working smarter and harder. Pursuing excellence through innovation requires stamina, agility and focus. The R1 schools in contemporary public higher education are in the equivalent of an arms race – for the best faculty, the best students, and the most innovative scholarly work. We can win this race. To do so, we must always strive for nothing less than ‘flagshipping,’ to use the nomenclature of President Tate. This entails having a plan and aggressively pursuing it. We are in the nascent phase of establishing that plan and I invite you all in the coming months to join us as we seek to grow LSU to a new level of accomplishment and impact. Together, we can make it happen. In the meantime, stay strong, stay well, and as always….Geaux Tigers!

Matt Lee
Interim Executive Vice President & Provost

Our People

2020 University Faculty Award Recipients Honored

On Wed., Nov. 17, LSU honored the 2020 recipients of the University Faculty Awards. Among the faculty who were awarded, their stories epitomize the goals of discovery, teaching, engagement and creativity and are nested within the vision of Scholarship First. These faculty were selected through a highly-competitive process and continue to set a standard for excellence at our university. View a photo gallery of the winners here. The "Call for Nominations 2022 University Faculty Awards" is currently open. For more information on how to apply, visit the University Faculty Awards page

International Programs Welcomes New Study Abroad Director and Director of International Services

Angela MillerAngela Miller has been selected as the new director of Academic Programs Abroad within International Programs. Dr. Miller brings with her a wealth of knowledge, with 13 years of professional education abroad experience and having studied abroad as a student herself. During her time with International Programs, she will work to grow the study abroad offerings and increase participation in the programs.Annette Burris

International Programs also welcomes Annette Burris as the new director of International Services. Burris has over 19 years of experience in the field of international education on both the advising and administration side. She will officially join the team in January 2022. As director, Miller will work to cultivate new and strengthen existing relationships with campus partners to support the international community and enhance the services and resources that ISO provides to international students and scholars.

Faculty Support

Sample Syllabus Statements

A comprehensive course syllabus statement listing has been created for faculty so that they can incorporate these statements in their course syllabi. Find the comprehensive list of statements here. 

Proposals for Fall 2022 Honors Courses

The Office of Academic Affairs invites you to become part of the Honors faculty by submitting a course proposal to the Ogden Honors College for fall 2022. For more information on teaching opportunities in the Honors College, and to find instructions on submitting a course proposal, visit Ogden Honors College website and click on Faculty Portal. Please direct any questions to Drew Lamonica Arms, associate dean of the Ogden Honors College, dlamoni@lsu.edu.

Program, Policies & Planning

LSU Internationalization Lab

In partnership with the American Council on Education (ACE), LSU has begun a new global engagement strategy as part of ACE's Internationalization Lab. Through the lab process, the university will develop a comprehensive, strategic action plan through customized guidance and insight from ACE as well as participation from on-campus stakeholders to achieve our internationalization goals. Find out more information about the LSU Internationalization Lab here

Success Strategies for Academic Parents

Join Dr. Graça Vicente, professor of chemistry, and a panel of faculty from across the country who will present challenges and opportunities encountered by the panelists while raising children and trying to succeed in their career on Dec. 3 at 1:00 p.m. The panelists will also provide concrete, achievable strategies that have worked for them to overcome these hurdles. Find more information on the webinar and registration here

End of Year Mandatory Trainings

Power-Based Violence Prevention & Response Training

On Oct. 1, the university rolled out a new Power-Based Violence Prevention & Response Training. This replaces the former Preventing Sexual Misconduct Training for LSU Employees and must be completed by Dec. 31, 2021. If you already have completed the Preventing Sexual Misconduct Training for 2021 and have your certificate, you do not need to take this course, but you must complete the Mandatory Reporting mini-course which presents current information about employee legal responsibilities.

Digital Resource and Content Accessibility

To satisfy the federal requirement, LSU has created the e-course, Digital Resource and Content Accessibility Awareness. This course will teach employees about the federal statutes and institutional policy governing digital resource and content accessibility, and the tools available to ensure the proactive accessibility of digital resources and content.

The Louisiana Code of Governmental Ethics, Louisiana Board of Ethics

In response to Louisiana Revised Statute 42:1170, all public employees are required to complete one hour of training on the Code of Governmental Ethics each calendar year. This online training course is located on the Ethics Board website. Upon completion, the employee will be provided with a certificate that documents the completion of the course.

You can access all three required trainings on the mandatory training website.

Important Dates and Upcoming Events

Save the Date:

  • Dec. 1 - New Faculty Quick-Starts

    • Join us for this session when we will explore the intersections of research and teaching. First, LSU Discover will be available to share resources and answer questions about involving undergraduate students in research. Then, we will engage in an honest conversation about creating synergies between research and teaching. Register here to attend the New Faculty Quick-Start. 

  • Jan. 31, 2022 - Promotion & Tenure Ceremony

    • A celebration of the Faculty Awarded Promotion & Tenure in 2020