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Caption: Interim Executive Vice President & Provost Matt Lee provides remarks for a university
Discovery, innovation, disruption, subversion, knowledge-production…In the scholarly realm, these all require an ability to seek truth unencumbered by
sociopolitical or other restraints. The very bedrock of a research institution — academic
freedom and its principle safeguard, tenure — are the primary distinguishing features
of truth-seeking institutions. Although often cast as an individual benefit, academic
freedom and tenure are, in fact, immutable institutional principles required to fulfill
the core mission of a public research institution — to further understand and improve
the human condition. By definition, if we do not have them, we are not a truth-seeking
or knowledge-creating community. Thus, in the context of much national and local dialogue
related to academic freedom and tenure, I write as the interim provost to state unequivocally
that as a community of scholars we are absolutely united on this front. Compromising
academic freedom or tenure as currently instantiated at LSU would initiate a domino
effect of predictable negative outcomes, beginning with an inability to competitively
recruit and retain qualified faculty and doctoral students. Our framework protecting
academic freedom and tenure must remain intact, and as the current chief academic
officer, I will work tirelessly to ensure that is the case.
LSU’s commitment to tenure-protected diversity of thought complements our drive for
diversity and inclusion in other realms as well. As we celebrated Black History Month
in February and Women’s History Month now in March, our community has had a natural
period to reflect on what we have achieved, and how much work we have ahead of us.
The students, faculty and staff from historically underrepresented groups advance
excellence at LSU in many critical ways. Whether through the impactful faculty, staff
and student senate leadership roles currently assumed by Dr. Mandi Lopez, Amber Salvadras
and Javin Bowman; the groundbreaking scientific discoveries of our newest Boyd Professor,
Dr. Graça Vicente; or the long-deserved promotion of the Department of African & African
American Studies — we are reaching new heights every day. Thank you to all of these
change makers, and to the many more that make LSU such an impactful place. In celebrating
these individual and communal accomplishments, we champion the notion that everyone
benefits from an inclusive climate that promotes equity, belonging, tolerance and
respect. You all are helping us to break down barriers and reformulate who we are
as an institutional steward of the public good for the 21st century. The work you
are doing is impactful and makes us a stronger and healthier institution.
In closing, a robust culture ensuring symbiosis between diversity of ideas and an
inclusive campus environment will unquestionably be a hallmark of the leading public
research institutions in the coming years. We are strong in this regard and getting
stronger by the day. All of us contribute to this culture in ways large and small,
so thank you for all you do, and as always…Geaux Tigers!
Interim Executive Vice President & Provost
Stroll through the Oaks Family Walk
The Pregnancy & Parenting Program invites our LSU community to join us for the first
annual Stroll through the Oaks family walk on Saturday, April 2, at 10 a.m. Load up
the strollers and plan for a nice, leisurely, one-mile walk through LSU's beautiful
campus. Halfway through the walk, on LSU's historic Parade Ground, will be vendors
from around the community who share the same joy for all things parenting. Register for the walk here!
2022 Faculty DEI Mentoring Awards Call for Nominations
The Office of Academic Affairs is pleased to announce a call for nominations for two
Faculty Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Mentoring awards. These two $2,500 cash awards
will recognize faculty who are making outstanding contributions to the mentoring activities
of faculty, staff and/or students from underrepresented groups. To view the criteria and inclusions nomination packet click here. Deadline to submit an application is Monday, April 4.
Provost Matt Lee Talks to 107.3 about Commitment to Become Leader in Cybersecurity,
Interim Provost Matt Lee talks with radio host Brian Haldane from 107.3 about President Tate's vision, strategy and commitment to becoming the
leader in cybersecurity and military studies and the two-pronged approach to achieving
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Annual Review Process
The Office of Academic Affairs will host virtual office hours for department chairs
and faculty who would like support while working through the annual review process.
Program Manager Mallory Danzy invites you to join her during her virtual office hours
to answer any questions you may have with the annual review process.
Do you need help with evaluating the structural complexities of a curriculum? Visit
with Assistant Vice Provost Anna Bartel at this Zoom link during assigned curricular
analytics office hours every Monday in March and April from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Judges Needed for LSU Discover Day
Faculty, staff, and doctoral candidates needed as judges for ninth annual LSU Discover
Day Undergraduate Research & Creativity Symposium!
Please consider volunteering to serve as a judge at LSU Discover Day on Friday, April
22. The event sessions will be held in rooms throughout the student union. Judges
can serve for as little as one hour and will be given instructions and assignments
in the week before the event. Click here to fill out the sign-up form. Questions and
concerns should be emailed to email@example.com.
CCELL Faculty Service-Learning Scholar and Graduate Scholar Program
CCELL is taking applications for its Faculty Service-Learning Scholars Program and
Graduate Student Service-Learning Scholars Program. Click on the links below for more
information on the two programs and to access the application, which are due April
1, 2022: Faculty S-L Scholars Program and Graduate Student S-L Scholars Program.
New Service-Learning Internship Process at LSU
In collaboration with the Faculty Advisory Board, the CCELL team has designed an S-L designation process for internship courses. Students and faculty can now collaborate to create and recognize community-engaged
internships at LSU.
Using teams in a class can help students learn the course material deeply, as well
as build communication skills. This webinar will be led by LSU’s Communication across
the Curriculum (CxC) team and will address best practices for incorporating teamwork
into your teaching. If you use teams in your class or are considering adopting a new
approach, join us for a conversation.
- Topic: Understanding the Impact of your Teaching
- Date: Tuesday, March 22
- Time: 1-2 p.m.
- Zoom Webinar
You are invited on a mission to spark imagination, launch innovation, and make life
better here on Earth—and beyond. On March 23, give here at geauxgive.lsu.edu to be counted toward our goal of 4,500 Tigers participating in Giving Day. Follow
the LSU Foundation on social media for challenges, goal updates, and out-of-this-world
The symposium is a hybrid event with options for virtual or in-person attendance.
The agenda can be found here, and the full list of featured speakers can be found here. Registration is required.
Deadline for submitting a tenure extension request or tenure extension revocation
if you are going up for mandatory review in fall 2022.
April 4 | Promoting Social Justice and Healthy Relationships in Our Community
Location: Pete Maravich Assembly Center
TIme: 6-7:30 p.m.
No registration is needed.
April 11 | Deadline to Submit Faculty Approved for Advanced Working Titles
Deadline to submit lists to the Office of Academic Affairs for faculty approved for
advanced working titles.
April 13 | New Faculty Quick-Start
These informal sessions, hosted by the Learning & Teaching Collaborative, will give
attendees the opportunity to learn more about university resources, work with other
faculty to troubleshoot common teaching challenges, and network with colleagues across
- Topic: Engagement and Learning
Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Time: 8-9:30 a.m.
May 4 | Faculty Awards Ceremony
A ceremony honoring faculty who were awarded a University Faculty Award in 2021 &
2022. This year's recipients will be notified mid-April with a formal award letter
and invitation to the ceremony.
May 17 | Promotion & Tenure Award Ceremony
A ceremony honoring faculty who were promoted and/or tenured in 2021 and those who
are soon to be promoted and/or tenured in 2022. This year's faculty will be notified
near the end of the semester.