Announcements - 2018 Archive

  • 2019 Honorary Degree Nominations
    Nominations for honorary doctoral degrees to be awarded by Mississippi State at the spring commencement ceremony are being accepted until January 9, 2019. 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 thirty-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 9 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 2019 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 chairman and CEO of Eastman Chemical Company; 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; Robert V. M. Harrison, architect who was instrumental in establishing MSU’s architecture academic program; Ertharin Cousin, executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme; and Sebastião Barbosa, an executive administrator in EMBRAPA in Brazil and a champion for fighting global poverty and food insecurity; Charles W. “Tex” Ritter, Attala Mills, President and CEO (Retired); Tommy E. Dulaney, Structural Steel Services Inc., Founder; J.F. “Bud” Thompson, Insurance Solutions of Mississippi, Owner and Thompson Limited Partnerships, Partner; Jim Rouse, ExxonMobil, Vice President (Retired); William M. (Bill) Cobb, William M. Cobb & Associates, Inc. Founder and President Emeritus; Wilbert (Mickey) Holliman, Furniture Brands International Chairman and CEO (retired), Frank J. Williams, Chief Justice (retired) Rhode Island Supreme Court; Robert C. Clark, Jr., former Speaker Pro Tempore, MS House of Representatives.
  • 2019 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, 2019. Deans will set earlier deadlines for their respective colleges.


    Attached file › Giles Distinguished Professor Evaluation Form.pdf
  • 2019 Sabbatical Applications
    In order for us to submit our sabbatical recommendations for the coming 2019-20 academic year to IHL for their consideration in early 2019, please forward the appropriate paperwork for faculty seeking sabbaticals to my office by January 8, 2019. 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.


    Attached file › Sabbatical Leave Form.doc
  • 2019 Grisham Master Teacher Award and the 2019 Alumni Association Awards
    This is a general call for applications for the 2019 Grisham Master Teacher Award and the 2019 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 9, 2018. 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 2018 or Spring 2019 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 2018 or (usually) Spring 2019 semester. An application cover sheet and instructions may be found at provost.msstate.edu under the Announcements section.

    After careful review, the UIIC will select and announce the winners before the end of the Spring 2019 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.



    Attached file › 2018-2019 Teaching Awards cover page 2 fillable (2).pdf
  • New Faculty
    Dear New Faculty Member:

    We extend a warm welcome to you from the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President at Mississippi State University and invite you to our New Faculty Orientation on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. We believe it is important for your success as a new faculty member that you get off to a good start, and this one-day orientation session is a great way to help you do so.

    The orientation session will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at The Mill Conference Center, 100 Mercantile Street, Starkville, MS (business casual attire) with lunch served at 12:00 noon. The orientation sessions will conclude around 3:30 p.m. Parking will be available in the parking deck behind the center.

    Dr. and Mrs. Mark Keenum, MSU President, would like to invite you and your spouse or significant other to a welcome reception, Tuesday, August 14, 2018, beginning at 5:00 p.m. at The Mill Conference Center, 100 Mercantile Street, Starkville, MS. This is always a wonderful occasion which we hope you will make plans to attend.

    Attendance at this Orientation on August 14 will be mandatory for all new full time instructors, clinical, tenured and tenure-track faculty. A make-up session will be offered at a later date.

    Registration for the event(s) is required at the following link:
    https://www.provost.msstate.edu/newfaculty/
    The deadline for registration will be August 10, 2018. However, for late registration or if you have any questions, please contact Tina Gilliland at tgilliland@provost.msstate.edu , or 325-3744.

    For those who have not elected your benefits with a Human Resources Management (HRM) Benefits Specialist, HRM will be available to schedule your benefits appointment (before Orientation around 8:00 a.m. and afterwards around 3:15 p.m.) You may preview the employee benefits by accessing the HRM website http://www.hrm.msstate.edu and choosing the Benefits tab.
    *Note - Any new faculty member who has already elected benefits with an HRM Benefits Specialist is still required to participate in the morning sessions of the New Faculty Orientation on August 14, but not required to remain for the HRM sessions after the Community and University Fair.

    We will also be offering a New Faculty Teaching Academy on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 from 8:00 until 2:00 p.m. in the Grisham Room of the Mitchell Memorial Library. This program is intended for those new faculty who will begin teaching in the fall or spring semester. Registration for this program is on the Center for Teaching and Learning web site: http://www.ctl.msstate.edu/events/ . You will need your MSU NetID to enroll and if you do not have one yet, please contact Amy Barefield (abarefield@ctl.msstate.edu) in the Center for Teaching and Learning for assistance.

    MSU is currently using Blackboard, branded as myCourses, for its Learning Management System (LMS). However, in the spring of 2019 the university will move from Blackboard to Canvas. If you have previous Canvas teaching experience, you will be allowed to enter our Canvas pilot program for the fall 2018 semester and will need to be trained in our Canvas environment. If you do not have previous Canvas teaching experience, you will need to register for the myCourses training. Click on the link below to register for the training you need.
    To register for Canvas or Blackboard training, go to the ITS website: http://www.its.msstate.edu/support/training/workshops .
    Again, please contact Tina Gilliland to register if you do not have your MSU NetID.

    Welcome to Mississippi State University. We look forward to seeing you on August 14, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. in the Mill Conference Center.
  • 2018 Irvin Atly Jefcoat Excellence in Advising Awards
    Nominations for the 2018 Irvin Atly Jefcoat Excellence in Advising Awards are being accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 2, 2018. Guidelines for the awards can be found in the attached documents.

    Attached file › 2018 Irvin Atly Jefcoat Excellence in Advising Awards Guidel
  • 2018 Wes Ammon Outstanding New Advisor Awards
    Nominations for the 2018 Wes Ammon Outstanding New Advisor Awards are being accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 2, 2018. Guidelines for the award can be found in the attached documents.

    Attached file › 2018 Wes Ammon Outstanding New Advisor Awards Guidelines and