Announcements - 2013 Archive

  • 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
  • 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
    662-325-4039 (fax)