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August 2022

Scholarship First Agenda

Provost Roy Haggerty shakes a graduate's hand at commencement. Overlay: LSU Office of Academic Affairs

August 29, 2022 - A note from Provost Haggerty

Dear Colleagues, August Newsletter Items

As I complete my first month as provost, I want to share some of my first impressions and define two of my initial priorities.

Roy Haggerty talking with othersFirst, thank you for the kind and warm welcome. I have been very impressed by the faculty, students, and staff I have met thus far. Your love for LSU is clear, as is your dedication to the land-grant mission of ensuring that the state’s flagship serves the people of Louisiana.

While these are early days, and I still have much to learn from all of you, I want to provide my initial thoughts. Many of the priorities listed below will appear in some form in the Scholarship First Agenda that is currently in development. In the coming months, initiatives will be implemented that advance student success, increase funding, and leverage the partnership with the new vice president for Inclusion, Civil Rights & Title IX, Todd Manuel. For now, I will detail two focus areas that have received my immediate attention – growth in scholarship and strengthening our foundation.

Growth in scholarship, particularly in the pentagon research areas. President Tate’s Scholarship First Agenda pairs Louisiana’s strengths and needs with LSU’s strengths and capabilities. I have launched the Provost’s Fund for Innovation in Research through the support of the Office of Research & Economic Development, an extensive seed funding effort to grow scholarship. Therefore, if you have a scholarship idea that will be impactful to LSU and Louisiana, we likely can help further your efforts by obtaining extramural support. Please note that this is for all tenure-track, tenured and research faculty, regardless of rank.  

Other opportunities to grow scholarship will also be explored, including faculty hiring initiatives and ways in which we can grow the number of our PhD students. The latter will include, but not be limited to, improving graduate stipends.

My next priority is strengthening our foundation. Early in my tenure as provost, I aim to improve some of the fundamental elements of our work life at LSU. Using internal sources, such as data collected from the COACHE Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey, I will initially focus on areas that do not require extensive funds or labor, but later in the academic year, I plan to address more resource-intensive items, such as salaries.

While these are my academic priorities, communication will be the cornerstone of ourRoy Haggerty giving a speech collective success. My general philosophy is that if something affects you, and if I am responsible for it, then I need to communicate it to you. This also goes to shared governance – if something affects you, you need to have an opportunity to provide input directly or through representatives. If you see something that you would like more communication about, please let me know, and if it is a widely shared sentiment, I will do my best to make it happen. Additionally, to strengthen our channels of communication, I will be visiting every academic department during this academic year.

If you see me on campus, please introduce yourself to me. I will enjoy meeting you and learning about what matters to you. Until then, I hope you have a great start to the fall semester.


Roy Haggerty
Executive Vice President & Provost

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Faculty Engagement, Development & Resources

Provost's Fund: Faculty Research Grants Program 

The Provost’s Fund for Innovation in Research is intended to provide seed funding for new research projects and resources for major planning grants. There are two seed funding programs: Emerging Research Grants and Big Idea Research Grants. Faculty may participate as principal investigator in only one (1) seed grant proposal per funding year. There will be a town hall on Sept. 7 at 3:30 p.m. to discuss these opportunities as well as answer any questions. 

Elements & Discovery Have Officially Launched!

LSU Elements and its corresponding public web profile, Discovery, are now available for faculty use. Elements, the official repository for your scholarly activities, will be used to streamline LSU’s sabbatical applications, annual reviews and the promotion and tenure process. While Elements curates your activities, Discovery provides a global interface for faculty collaboration. Tutorials, trainings and live support are all available to help assist you in the transition. 

Sabbatical, Promotion & Tenure Dates

The following schedules have been established for review of sabbatical leave requests, senior instructor recommendations, and promotion/tenure recommendations during the course of the 2022 – 2023 academic year. 

Promotion & Tenure and Senior Instructor Recommendations

Sabbatical Requests

New Faculty Resources

In effort to assist our new faculty in navigating all of the many resources we have here to ensure your success, a comprehensive webpage full of resources has been developed for your assistance. 

Accessing Lapel Microphones in Classrooms

All Registrar-scheduled multimedia classrooms are now equipped with lapel microphones. Here is the GROK Article explaining how to access and use the mics. 

Faculty Community Groups

Are you interested in exploring an idea about teaching this semester? Is there a new approach you would like to try or would you just like to learn something new to include in your classroom? Consider joining a faculty learning community (FLC) this semester. These informal and faculty led communities provide an opportunity to explore new ideas, share experiences and learn from colleagues. If you are interested, please complete the brief survey. We anticipate FLC's meeting between two to four times per semester, beginning in September and may occur in person or virtually. The Faculty Community Groups are an initiative set by the Learning & Teaching Collaborative

Institutional Updates

Vice Provost of Academic Programs & Support Services Position Posting

The Vice Provost for Academic Programs & Support Services provides primary support to the Executive Vice President and Provost on academic and curriculum matters. The VPAPSS serves as a proxy for the EVPP on academic issues when requested, and is part of the EVPP's cabinet. The position posting can be found here. 

Mandatory Training on Power-Based Violence Due by Sept. 30

All employees including faculty, staff, and graduate assistants are required to take this online training annually through Moodle. You can access the 2022 Power-Based Violence Prevention & Response Training by using the provided link. To meet university compliance demands, please complete the training by midnight on Sept. 30, 2022.

SACSCOC Institutional Accreditation Statement

In compliance with SACSCOC expectations, all references to LSU’s institutional accreditation must include the official accreditation statement, which is available via the Status of Accreditation site.

Quality Enhancement Plan Overview

Effective communication is vital to our teaching and our students' learning. This is why, as part of LSU's Quality Enhancement Plan, we will be expanding our award-winning communication-intensive programming across the campus. Collective collaboration will be key to achieving this next level of academic excellence and we will be asking units across campus to think about how their current activities help to support a rich campus culture of communication-intensive teaching and learning. 

Proposals for Spring 2023 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 2023. For more information on teaching opportunities in the Honors College, and to find instructions on submitting a course proposal, visit Ogden Honors College website and click on Faculty Portal. Please direct any questions to Drew Lamonica Arms, associate dean of the Ogden Honors College, dlamoni@lsu.edu.