2014 Irvin Atly Jefcoat Excellence in Advising Awards
Nominations for the 2014 Irvin Atly Jefcoat Excellence in Advising Awards are being accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 24, 2014. Guidelines for the award can be found in the attached document.
Attached file › 2014 Irvin Atly Jefcoat Excllence in Advising Award Criteria
Applications for Sabbatical Due January 8, 2014
In order for us to submit our sabbatical recommendations for the coming 2014-15 academic year to IHL for their consideration in early 2014, please forward the appropriate paperwork for faculty seeking sabbaticals to my office by January 8, 2014. This will allow us to include their names on the IHL Board agenda.
Sabbaticals are an opportunity for faculty members to expand their expertise in teaching, research, or outreach. This is a privilege and, as such, should be well-documented and justified in order to be given full consideration for possible approval.
IHL Board of Trustees Policy 408.03 dictates that no more than 4% of the faculty should be on sabbatical at any given time. Although this does not restrict numbers in any given department, please keep in mind that having more than one person on sabbatical leave in a single unit could present logistical challenges.
Please remind those wishing to take a Sabbatical that a report of their activities during Sabbatical should be forthcoming to the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President immediately upon return.
SEC Introduces Student-Focused Academic Collaboration Grant
The Southeastern Conference (SEC) has introduced a new SECU program intended to encourage teamwork between SEC universities. The SEC Academic Collaboration Grant will be awarded annually to one SEC institution to support joint activities involving all other SEC schools. The goal of this program is to expand student-focused collaboration within the conference.
“The Southeastern Conference continues to demonstrate its commitment to the overall mission of the university by adding the SEC Academic Collaboration Grant to the SECU menu,” said Torie Johnson, Executive Director of SECU. “This program will provide support for efforts that relate directly to the student experience, which will hopefully over time reach graduate, undergraduate and prospective SEC students.”
Each SEC university has an opportunity to propose a collaborative activity that could range from intra-conference competitions to undergraduate research initiatives. To apply for the grant, the university must submit a summary of the collaboration, support from a senior administrator, and an endorsement from the university’s President or Chancellor, and Provost.
The SEC Academic Collaborative Grant is modeled after the SEC MBA Case Competition, which allows graduate students to showcase their skills in solving simulated, real-world problems that cover many business disciplines. The inaugural competition was held at the University of Missouri in Columbia in 2013 and won by the University of Florida.
The first SEC Academic Collaboration Grant is scheduled to be awarded for the 2014-2015 academic year.
Using its SECU academic initiative, the Southeastern Conference sponsors, supports and promotes collaborative higher education programs and activities involving administrators, faculty and students at its fourteen member universities.
Nominations for William L. Giles Distinguished Professors
Nominations for the distinction of William L. Giles Distinguished Professor are due to the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President January 31, 2014. Deans will set earlier deadlines for their respective colleges. Please see the attachment for additional information.
Attached file › Giles Call for Nominations 10.25.2013.pdf
Honorary Degree Nominations
Nominations for honorary doctoral degrees to be awarded by Mississippi State at the spring commencement ceremony are being accepted until January 10, 2014. Nominations, including supporting materials, should be sent to the Honorary Degree Committee in care of the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President.
The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning authorized state universities to begin awarding the degrees in 1999 and generally allows each institution to give up to two each year. Mississippi State has awarded twenty-three honorary degrees since then.
Under IHL guidelines, persons eligible for the doctor of laws, doctor of science, doctor of humane letters, doctor of creative and performing arts, or doctor of public service must have demonstrated nationally recognized sustained achievement in scholarship, public service, creative and performing arts, or professional activity. Faculty, staff, and administrators of the university and elected or appointed public officials are ineligible for an honorary degree until one year after leaving their position. Candidates for public office also are ineligible.
Those who are eligible to submit nominations are MSU faculty, staff, students, and alumni. All information that nominators wish to present to the Honorary Degree Committee should be provided along with the nomination by the January 10 deadline. The Honorary Degree Committee will evaluate nominations, develop additional information about nominees, and verify information submitted. The committee will recommend to the President candidates for degrees to be presented at May 2014 commencement ceremonies. The state College Board must approve honorary degrees at least two months prior to their announcement. Names of nominees will be kept confidential until they are approved.
Prior recipients of honorary degrees at Mississippi State are John H. Bryan, Jr., former chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Sara Lee Corp.; Leo W. Seal, Jr., chairman and CEO of Hancock Bank in Gulfport; Harry Charles F. Simrall, dean of engineering at Mississippi State until his retirement in 1978; Dave C. Swalm, retired petroleum products company owner; G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery, former 3rd District congressman from Meridian; Hunter Henry, retired Dow Chemical Co. executive; Bobby Martin, president of The Peoples Bank in Ripley; Jack Cristil, radio play by play announcer for MSU football and basketball games for more than 50 years; Charles B. Cliett, head emeritus of the aerospace engineering department; Hartley D. Peavey, owner and chief executive officer of Peavey Electronics in Meridian; James Worth Bagley, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Lam Research Corporation; Will D. Carpenter, retired Vice President and General Manager, New Products Division, Monsanto Company; Myrna Colley Lee, acclaimed theatrical designer; William G. Riley, Meridian physician and philanthropist; Fred E. Carl, Jr., founder of the Viking Range Corp; Richard C. Adkerson, president and chief executive officer of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, Inc.; Bobby S. Shackouls, retired chairman, president, and CEO of Burlington Resources, Inc.; Earnest W. “Earnie” Deavenport, retired head of Eastman Chemical Co.; Richard Holmes, the first African American student to attend Mississippi State who went on to hold a distinguished career in medicine; Robert B. Deen, Jr., a founding member of The Phil Hardin Foundation and The Riley Foundation; James L. Flanagan, distinguished electrical engineer and National Medal of Science winner who made significant contributions to the field of digital communications technology; the Honorable William F. Winter, former governor of Mississippi; and Robert V. M. Harrison, architect who was instrumental in establishing MSU’s architecture academic program.
SEC Announces 2013-14 Academic Leadership Development Program Fellows
Forty-nine faculty and administrators from Southeastern Conference universities (four from Mississippi State University) have been selected as 2013-14 SEC Academic Leadership Development Program fellows, the SEC announced Tuesday, September 24.
The SEC Academic Leadership Development Program (ALDP) is a professional development program that seeks to identify, prepare and advance academic leaders for roles within SEC institutions and beyond. It has two components: a university-level development program designed by each institution for its own participants and two, three-day, SEC-wide workshops held on specified campuses for all program participants.
This year’s workshops will be held October 14-16 at the University of Georgia in Athens, and February 5-7, 2014 at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.
“The individuals selected by their SEC universities to participate in the SEC Academic Leadership Development Program represent the future of higher education administration,” said Torie Johnson, SECU Executive Director. “The leadership skills they already possess are sure to be enhanced by the SEC ALDP experience.”
Using its SECU academic initiative, the SEC sponsors, supports and promotes collaborative higher education programs and activities involving administrators, faculty and students at its member universities.
The SEC ALDP, established in 2008, fosters academic leadership among SEC faculty by allowing them the unique opportunity to address the challenges of academic administration at major research universities.
A complete list of the 2013-14 SEC Academic Leadership Development Program fellows is below.
Jeralynn S. Cossman, Mississippi State University, Department Head, Sociology
Jason E. Lueg, Mississippi State University, Department Head, Marketing, Quantitative Analysis & Business Law
J. Mike Phillips, Mississippi State University, Department Head, Plant & Soil Sciences
Julia Porter, Mississippi State University, Division Head, Education
Kim Bissell, University of Alabama, Associate Dean, College of Communication & Information Sciences
Kari Frederickson, University of Alabama, Department Chair, History
Tim A. Haskew, University of Alabama, Department Head, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Philo A. Hutcheson, University of Alabama, Department Chair, Educational Leadership, Policy & Technology Studies
Yvette Murphy-Erby, University of Arkansas, Director, School of Social Work
Michael T. Kidd, University of Arkansas, Department Head, Poultry Science
Kate Mamiseishvili, University of Arkansas, Interim Department Head, Rehabilitation, Human Resources & Communication Disorders
Rajiv Sabherwal, University of Arkansas, Department Chair, Information Systems
Jennifer Wood Adams, Auburn University, Director, School of Communication & Journalism
Sushil H. Bhavnani, Auburn University, Program Chair, Mechanical Engineering
Richard Burt, Auburn University, Head, McWhorter School of Building Science
Christopher M. Janelle, University of Florida, Interim Associate Dean, College of Health & Human Performance
Spiro K. Kiousis, University of Florida, Executive Associate Dean, College of Journalism & Communications
Rowan Milner, University of Florida, Department Chair, Small Animal Clinical Sciences
Julian A. Cook, III, University of Georgia, Professor, School of Law
Tracie Costantino, University of Georgia, Co-Chair, Art Education Program
Sarah F. Covert, University of Georgia, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Sciences
Tom Reichert, University of Georgia, Department Head, Advertising & Public Relations
Nancy C. Jones, University of Kentucky, Department Chair, Theatre
Douglass S. Kalika, University of Kentucky, Department Chair, Chemical & Materials Engineering
Sue Roberts, University of Kentucky, Professor, Department of Geography
Deirdre A. Scaggs, University of Kentucky, Associate Dean, Special Collections
Stephen David Beck, Louisiana State University, Associate Dean, College of Music & Dramatic Arts
William A. Clark, Louisiana State University, Department Chair, Political Science
Roland W. Mitchell, Louisiana State University, Associate Director, School of Education
William W. Berry, III, University of Mississippi, Assistant Professor, School of Law
John C. Garner, III, University of Mississippi, Interim Department Chair, Health, Exercise Science & Recreation Management
Ethel Young-Minor, University of Mississippi, Associate Professor, College of Liberal Arts
Charlotte Fant Pegues, University of Mississippi, Assistant Provost, Department of Leadership & Counselor Education
Stephen P. Ferris, University of Missouri, Senior Associate Dean, College of Business
Jana M. Hawley, University of Missouri, Department Chair, Textile & Apparel Management
Sandy Rikoon, University of Missouri, Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies, College of Human Environmental Sciences
Gregory E. Triplett, Jr., University of Missouri, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Electrical & Computer Engineering
William D. Anderson, III, University of South Carolina, Associate Dean, School of Medicine
Cynthia J. Davis, University of South Carolina, Graduate Director, English Language & Literature
Valinda W. Littlefield, University of South Carolina, Department Director, African-American Studies
Joseph Rackers, University of South Carolina, Program Director, School of Music
Susan M. Benner, University of Tennessee, Associate Dean, College of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Joanne M. Hall, University of Tennessee, Professor, College of Nursing
Veerle Keppens, University of Tennessee, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, College of Engineering
Annette L. Ranft, University of Tennessee, Associate Dean, College of Business Administration
George Cunningham, Texas A&M University, Associate Dean, College of Education & Human Development
Sumana Datta, Texas A&M University, Executive Director, Honors & Undergraduate Research
Rosana G. Moreira, Texas A&M University, Assistant Department Head, Biological & Agricultural Engineering
John N. Stallone, Texas A&M University, Acting Department Head, Veterinary Physiology & Pharmacology
Retention of Academic Records - Grade Appeals
I would like to bring to your attention a correction that needs to be made with regard to AOP 13.14 Grade Appeal and Academic Review Board. A question was asked just prior to the Christmas breaks as to how long must a faculty member "retain records on graded work, examinations, term papers and other pertinent material not returned to the student on file." AOP 13.14 states a minimum of 6 months, but AOP 12.13 Academic Records states that "The University utilizes The Guide for Retention and Disposal of Records as published by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers as the policy for disposal of student records."
In reviewing the guide (page 19, Table 4: Schedule C- Student Academic Records) we have determined that we are required to retain final exams and graded assignments and other assessed materials not returned to the student for a minimum of one year. Thus, General Counsel has recommended that I ask you to inform your faculty that the university is required to retain such information as described above in relation to grade appeals for a minimum of one year after the final exam. Please be sure you communicate this important correction to your faculty as soon as is possible.
AOP 13.14 Grade Appeal and Academic Review Board will be amended shortly to reflect this correction on retention of such material from a minimum of 6 to a minimum of 12 months.
If you have any questions or require further clarification, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Welcome back and best wishes to all for a happy and successful new year,
Peter Ryan, Ph.D., Professor
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President
Mississippi State University
608 Allen Hall
P.O. Box BQ
Mississippi State, MS 39762