Announcements - 2015 Archive

  • Applications for Sabbatical Due January 9, 2016
    In order for us to submit our sabbatical recommendations for the coming 2016-17 academic year to IHL for their consideration in early 2016, please forward the appropriate paperwork for faculty seeking sabbaticals to the provost office by January 9, 2016. 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.
  • Nominations for William L. Giles Distinguished Professors
    TO: Deans and Department Heads
    FROM: Jerome A. Gilbert,Provost and Executive Vice President

    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, 2016. Deans will be set earlier deadlines for their respective colleges.

    Attached file › Distinguished_Professor_Evaluation_Form.doc
  • 2016 Grisham Master Teacher Award and the 2016 Alumni Association Awards
    This is a general call for applications for the 2016 Grisham Master Teacher Award and the 2016 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 by October 16, 2015. 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 2015 or Spring 2016 to allow for in-class observation, which is required to be eligible for any award.
    • To be eligible for the Grisham award, applicants must have at least 7 years of experience at MSU teaching primarily undergraduates.
    • To be eligible for the Alumni Association Early Career Undergraduate Teaching Excel-lence Award, applicants must have 3 to 6 years of experience at MSU teaching primarily undergraduates.
    • To be eligible for the Alumni Association Graduate Teaching Excellence Award, appli-cants must have a minimum of 3 years of experience at MSU teaching primarily graduate students.

    Applicants will be evaluated on criteria such as: engagement of students in learning, assessment of teaching and learning, clarity and organization of teaching, variety of teaching methods, enthusiasm, scholarship of teaching, and neatness of the application. Finalists will be observed in actual classes during the Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 semester. An application cover sheet may be found below.

    After careful review, the UIIC will select and announce the winners before the end of the Spring 2016 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 re-viewed 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 › 2016 Teaching Awards cover page_form.pdf
  • New Attendance Tracking System
    To: Faculty, Instructors of Record, and Departmental Users
    From: Dr. Jerome A Gilbert, Provost and Executive Vice President

    As has been communicated in the past, student attendance is a strong predictor of success in the classroom. In order to offer more options for faculty to report student attendance, Information Technology Services (ITS) has developed a new attendance tracking system that will become operational on August 11. The new system will provide features not available in the current absence reporting system including:
    . Tracks attendance for each class meeting date
    . Records attendance detail including present, unexcused absence, excused absence, or late
    . Available to instructors of record and departmental users
    . Works with or without attendance scanning hardware

    If you decide you prefer the current absence reporting system, you can still use it. At the beginning of a new term, you will need to designate for each of your course sections whether you will use the new attendance tracking system or the old absence reporting system.

    Overview sessions will be held to provide faculty and others general information on the upcoming changes to attendance tracking and absence reporting. Faculty are encouraged to attend an overview session to learn more about the features of the new system. If you decide to use the new attendance tracking system, then I also encourage you to attend one of the hands-on training sessions. These sessions will give more in-depth training and experience in using the system.

    ITS has scheduled several overview and hands-on sessions for you to attend at your convenience. A complete listing of these sessions is available at: Registration is not required to attend an overview session, although seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. You can register for the hands-on training sessions at:

    The new system will go live on August 11, thus we encourage you to attend one of the overview sessions and, ideally, a hands-on training session.
    We are excited about the new attendance tracking system and the opportunities the system will provide in tracking student attendance. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the ITS Help Desk at 662-325-0631, toll free at 888-398-6394, or by email to If you require special assistance relating to a disability to attend one of these events, please contact Steve Parrott at 325-7790.
  • Syllabus Template (new Title IX requirement)
    We have a new syllabus template for faculty to follow when creating a syllabus for future semesters. It can be found on the website of The Center for Teaching and Learning.

    Also attached is a copy of the document.

    New to this template is the requirement that we place a Title IX statement at the bottom. There is also a requirement that there be a reference to the Honor Code and Student Support Services. Please alert other faculty to the fact that a Title IX statement must appear on future syllabi.

    Thank you for your assistance with this matter.


    Jerry Gilbert
    Provost and Executive Vice President

    Attached file › Syllabus Template Final Draft REVJan 2015.docx