Announcements

  • 2020 William L. Giles Distinguished Professor
    It is time to begin preparing nominations for faculty whom you wish to be considered for selection as William L. Giles Distinguished Professors. The criteria for nomination and selection appear in AOP 13.02. The format for recommending faculty for distinguished professor should be the same as that used for promotion.

    For your information, a checklist used by the Distinguished Professors Review Committee is attached to this announcement. The deadline for nominations and supporting material to be in the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President is January 31, 2020. Deans will set earlier deadlines for their respective colleges.

    Attached file › Giles Distinguished Professor Evaluation Form.pdf
  • Applications for Sabbatical Due January 6, 2020
    In order for us to submit our sabbatical recommendations for the coming 2020-21 academic year to IHL for their consideration in early 2020, please forward the appropriate paperwork for faculty seeking sabbaticals to the Provost by January 6, 2020. 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.

    A report of activities during Sabbatical should be forthcoming to the Provost and Executive Vice President immediately upon return.

    Attached file › Sabbatical Leave Form.pdf
  • 2020 Grisham Master Teacher Award and the 2020 Alumni Association Teaching Excellence Awards
    This is a general call for applications for the 2020 Grisham Master Teacher Award and the 2020 Alumni Association Teaching Excellence Awards. Interested faculty must submit an electronic application in PDF form to the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President (e-mail grishamaward@provost.msstate.edu) by October 15, 2019. All current full-time Faculty members at Mississippi State University with the required years of service, regardless of rank, are eligible to apply for these awards. Late applications will not be accepted.

    Eligibility Requirements:
    • You must be teaching at least one course during either Fall 2019 or Spring 2020 to allow for in-class observation, which is required to be eligible for any award.
    • To be eligible for the Grisham Master Teacher Award, applicants must have at least 7 years of experience already completed at MSU teaching primarily undergraduates.
    • To be eligible for the Alumni Association Early Career Undergraduate Teaching
    Excellence Award, applicants must have 3 to 6 years of experience already completed at MSU teaching primarily undergraduates.
    • To be eligible for the Alumni Association Graduate and/or Professional Teaching Excellence Award, applicants must have a minimum of 3 years of experience already completed at MSU teaching primarily graduate students or professionals.

    Applicants will be evaluated on criteria such as the engagement of students in learning, assessment of teaching and learning, clarity and organization of teaching, variety of teaching methods, enthusiasm, scholarship of teaching, and professional presentation of the application. Finalists will be observed in actual classes during the Fall 2019 or (usually) Spring 2020 semester.

    After careful review, the UIIC will select and announce the winners before the end of the Spring 2020 semester. Strongest consideration will be given to those applicants who carefully follow the application packet requirements and succeed in clearly documenting and demonstrating their mastery of outstanding teaching. Application packets of prior Grisham Master Teacher winners are displayed in the Special Collections section in the Mitchell Memorial Library and may be reviewed by potential award nominees and/or nominators.

    We are deeply grateful to Mr. and Mrs. John Grisham and to the Mississippi State University Alumni Association for their longstanding support of these highly prestigious teaching awards.


    Attached file › 2020 Teaching Awards cover page fillable.pdf