Welcome to the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President. We are committed to maintaining the highest standard of academic integrity and quality of our academic programs. Our goal is to facilitate the success of our students and faculty in all endeavors. Our students are engaged in learning in the classroom and in countless co-curricular activities. Similarly, our faculty members engage in all three facets of our land-grant mission: learning, research, and service. Our overriding commitment is excellence in all that we do.
Mississippi State University is emerging as one of the nation's premier public universities, one with both a local and global focus. The Carnegie Foundation has classified MSU as a Research University with Very High Research Activity and a university that is committed to Community Engagement. Our faculty and students are addressing the intellectual issues and research challenges of the twenty-first century.
We are proud that our academic programs prepare our students to be our nation's future global leaders.
Jerome A. Gilbert
Provost and Executive Vice President
Message from the Provost
Dear Faculty and Staff:
April has been a great month on the MSU campus. During the first three days of the month, we hosted the SACS-COC on-site team that was here to review us for our accreditation reaffirmation. I join Dr. Keenum in thanking the campus and all of those who participated in what was a great visit for MSU. The final decision of the reaffirmation will come in December at the annual meeting.
On April 3rd, fourteen MSU undergraduates were recognized for their accomplishments in research and creative discovery activities at MSU’s Undergraduate Research Symposium which was sponsored by the Shackouls Honors College and others and open to all students. As reflected in the State of Excellence strategic plan, we continue to encourage undergraduate (and graduate) research as an important component of the educational experience at MSU. We hope to release a new web site this fall that will allow undergraduate students to peruse opportunities to connect with MSU faculty members in research and creative discovery.
Later in the first week of April, the MSU drill field was the site of this year’s International Fiesta. This event brought together international students, staff, faculty, and local residents to celebrate the cultures that contribute to the richness of our university and our community. The international dimension of our university is important in educating our students to become contributing members of our increasingly global society. This too is a focus of the State of Excellence strategic plan.
Several significant infrastructure projects are underway in April. Ground was broken on the Fresh Food Company which is being built behind Cresswell Hall on the site of the old intramural tennis courts. In addition, the new classroom room building which is being constructed behind the YMCA Building is seeing considerable progress, with a formal groundbreaking ceremony planned in the near future. Both of these constructions projects are part of the long-range plan to improve our infrastructure as is stated in State of Excellence.
I am pleased to recognize Dr. Hossein Toghiani who was selected to be the 2014 SEC Faculty Achievement Award recipient for MSU. Dr. Toghiani is a professor of Chemical Engineering at MSU and has a distinguished record of teaching, research, and service. He is in the 2014 group of 14 faculty members who are receiving recognition from SECU, the academic initiative of the Southeastern Conference. www.thesecu.com
At the Faculty Senate’s April meeting, I stated that my office is going to partner with Extension to convene a campus-wide symposium or town meeting to engage the MSU faculty in discussions around the following topic: “Assessment of Teaching in Extension: Implications for Tenure.” I have also invited the Faculty Senate to be a co-sponsor and will also involve the University Promotion and Tenure Committee. I plan to have this meeting in late August or early September. It is my desire to foster a better understanding of the issues surrounding different forms of teaching as they relate to tenure.
I extend my best wishes for a successful completion of the spring semester.
With warm regards,
Provost and Executive Vice President
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