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A note from Interim Provost Lee


Matt Lee speaking at commencement

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you and all of your loved ones are safe following Hurricane Ida. Many of our students, faculty and staff have been directly and adversely impacted by the storm on top of the pandemic. It has been a challenging start to the semester, and I am thankful for your patience and cooperation as we make necessary adjustments to campus operations and protocols. Although these are trying times, I am heartened by the support of the LSU community for one another. Given our strong history of resilience and our enduring commitment to the community, it is not surprising that there are many accounts of LSU Tigers who have gone above and beyond to ensure the health and safety of others.

Despite these obstacles, we are now officially in our second week of the fall semester, and it has been wonderful to see colleagues and students on campus. The summer was full of great accomplishments, such as our record-breaking graduating class, and the fall is predicted to produce even more extraordinary results. Our achievements are the product of the tremendous dedication and talent of our LSU faculty and staff. Your unyielding commitment continually drives us to new heights.

In keeping with the theme of “Scholarship First,” I am happy to share that we have yet another freshman class with superior academic credentials. Our revised Welcome Week challenged them to think more deeply than ever before about becoming a learner, and these activities saw record levels of engagement from the class of 2025. With this class, we are again finding that LSU remains an attractive destination for students because of its strong academic reputation. We continue to remain committed to opportunity and access for prospective and current students. Accessibility, rigorous academic standards and great value will continue to serve us well as we demonstrate excellence through innovation in everything we do.

Faculty surpassed prior institutional records for research dollars awarded over the last year, totaling a staggering $166 million. Again, aligned with our emphasis on “Scholarship First,” this achievement is the result of a collective effort of our entire community and spans many different disciplines and research support offices. This is an incredible win for our tireless and enterprising faculty, our unparalleled professional staff that support the research infrastructure, and our graduate and undergraduate students who benefit from research experiences on our campus every day.

I am honored to have the opportunity to witness these achievements firsthand. Our great and storied institution continues to serve as a beacon of hope and promise for legions of students who will ultimately bring our community and society to new heights, all because of the inspiration and tutelage you provide on a daily basis. Thank you for all that you do to make our students’ dreams a reality, and as always…Geaux Tigers!

Matt Lee
Interim Executive Vice President & Provost 
Professor of Sociology

Our People

LSU Welcomes over 100 New Faculty Members to Campus 

On Tuesday, August 17, LSU welcomed its newest faculty members at its annual New Faculty Summit hosted by the Office of Academic Affairs. The summit welcomed new faculty with sessions on effective teaching, university policy, promotion and tenure, research resources, Civil Rights & Title IX, diversity, equity and inclusion and more. Learn more about the day-long summit and the new faculty members who have joined the LSU family. 

Lucien “Luke” Laborde Jr. Named Interim LSU Vice President for Agriculture and Dean of the College of Agriculture

Lucien "Luke" Laborde Jr.LSU President William F. Tate IV has named Lucien Laborde Jr., an Avoyelles Parish native, as interim vice president for agriculture and dean of the College of Agriculture. Laborde replaces Bill Richardson, who recently stepped down from his administrative position to return to faculty in the College of Agriculture. To read more about Luke Laborde and his background, see the full announcement.

Jacqueline Bach Named Acting Vice Provost of Academic Programs & Support Services 

Jacqueline Bach

LSU has appointed Jacqueline Bach as acting vice provost for academic programs and support services in the Office of Academic Affairs, effective Aug. 3. Bach will continue to serve while a national search is conducted for an executive vice president and provost, a position held on an interim basis by Matt Lee. Click here to read the full press release announcing Dr. Bach as acting vice provost. 


Kappie Mumphrey Appointed as Interim Vice President for Online & Continuing Education

Kappie Mumphrey
Kappie Mumphrey has been appointed by the Office of Academic Affairs as interim vice president of LSU Online & Continuing Education. Mumphrey will serve in an interim role beginning Sept. 25 until the conclusion of a national search for a permanent vice president. 


Excellence through Innovation featuring Jennifer Baumgartner

Jenny BaumgartnerAs we continue to advance our innovative instruction and research efforts, our office will highlight the innovative work our faculty bring to the classroom. LSU's Learning & Teaching Collaborative chair, associate professor in education in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences and a 2021 SEC Academic Leadership Development Program Fellow Jennifer Baumgartner, shares her outlook on 'Excellence through Innovation' in the classroom. Click here to read how she defines innovation, translates her research into teaching practices, promotes an inclusive classroom environment and more. 

Faculty Support

‘Stay Consistent’ Key Theme During REFRESH Faculty Seminar 

panel of studentsPrior to LSU welcoming back its faculty to campus, LSU’s Learning & Teaching Collaborative hosted a half-day seminar and workshop, REFRESH: New Energy for Teaching, open to LSU and its branch campuses to provide faculty an opportunity to refresh and reset for the fall semester. The seminar welcomed a student panel and keynote speaker, Dr. Lauren Cardon, who spoke on inclusive pedagogy in the classroom. To read the full article on the inspirations and key take-aways from the REFRESH event, click here. 

COVID-19 Mitigation Training for Large Classrooms

The LSU Office of Academic Affairs has developed a COVID-19 Mitigation Training for Large Classrooms. The training includes: key measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, strategies and suggestions. The training is available in Moodle

Integrative Learning Core (ILC) Course Proposal Support

Working on your Integrative Learning Core (ILC), LSU's General Education Program, and have some questions? Attend the new ILC office hours, hosted by Acting Vice Provost Jaqueline Bach on Mondays from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Zoom Meeting Room ID 258 610 3999 or in-person 221K Peabody Hall. Can't make that time? Email gened@lsu.edu to request ILC consultation outside office hours.

Proposals for Spring 2022 Honors Courses

The Office of Academic Affairs invites you to become part of the Honors faculty by submitting a course proposal to the Ogden Honors College for spring 2022. For more information on teaching opportunities in the Honors College, and to find instructions on submitting a course proposal, visit honors.lsu.edu and click on Faculty Portal. Please direct any questions to Drew Lamonica Arms, associate dean of the Ogden Honors College, dlamoni@lsu.edu.

Program, Policies & Planning

Transitioning from Faculty 360 to Elements

The LSU A&M campus will soon be transitioning from one faculty activity reporting system (Digital Measures aka “Faculty 360”) to a new vendor called Elements by Symplectic. We will begin a transition process over the fall 2021 semester. Part of this process involves the Elements system downloading information entered into Faculty 360 so it can be imported into the new Elements system. There are two action items for faculty in preparation for this transition. First, we are asking faculty and departments to discontinue entering new faculty activities into Faculty 360 beginning September 3. Second, we strongly encourage you to generate and download a current copy of your PS-36 CV from Faculty 360 for archiving, especially if you routinely use Faculty 360 for that purpose. 

Important Dates and Upcoming EventsTheda Daniels-Race

School of Collaborative Academic Programs

Informational Webinar

Rescheduled: Wed., September 22, 3:30 p.m.

Faculty are invited to attend a webinar focused on the School of Collaborative Academic Programs. Program Director, Dr. Theda Daniels-Race, will provide an overview of the school, how to submit a collaborative program idea and the process that follows. To register for the webinar, click here.