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Pictured above, from left to right, Robert Twilley, Susanne Brenner, Graça Vicente, Kenneth Schafer, Willis Delony, and Roy Haggerty at the reception honoring LSU's newest Boyd Professor, Dr. Schafer. A reception was held in Dr. Schafer's honor on November 10.

A Note from the Provost (with mail icon)

Dear Colleagues,

As we wrap up another calendar year of academic achievement at LSU, I want to talk about celebrating the remarkable accomplishments of our faculty. This month's newsletter is dedicated to highlighting the significance of faculty awards, both within and beyond LSU, and the many opportunities that lie ahead.

Awards are tributes to the dedication, innovation, and successful pursuit of knowledge that define the LSU academy. They bring honor to LSU, elevating our university's profile on a national and international scale. The recognition garnered through such awards can have a profound impact, potentially resulting in higher rankings for LSU. This, in turn, can create opportunity for increased resources and enhance our ability to attract the best talent to our institution.

I encourage each of you to play a pro-active role in celebrating your colleagues' achievements by nominating them for awards, both within and outside LSU. Here are a few upcoming award opportunities and their respective details:

  • American Academy Association of Arts & Sciences: Membership is the key to nomination, and members are announced in April. Work with colleagues who are current members to nominate an LSU faculty member. 
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science: Nominations for this distinguished award are due by April 25th for scholars who have been members for at least four years. Also, please ensure your membership remains up-to-date to be eligible in the future.
  • Don't forget to explore award opportunities provided by your respective professional societies. These organizations often offer unique chances to celebrate excellence in your field.

Recognizing that our department chairs are tirelessly dedicated to their roles, we are committed to providing them with tools to identify faculty members who are strong candidates for external awards in the coming year. Their hard work is deeply appreciated, and we want to ease their responsibilities as much as possible. Consider taking the initiative to apply for prestigious fellowships yourself. Programs like the Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering, the Getty Scholars Program, the MacArthur Fellows, and the Sloan Research Fellowships are just some of the opportunities that require you to apply. Many of you possess the qualifications and potential to succeed in these programs.

LSU is proud to offer various awards that recognize outstanding faculty contributions through the University Faculty Awards program. We are pleased to announce that, thanks to the generous support from the LSU Foundation and the LSU Alumni Association, award amounts have recently increased. In addition, an award to recognize faculty with a distinguished record of teaching and mentoring students in the Ogden Honors College is now available. Nominations are due to the Office of Academic Affairs by February 16, 2024.

Lastly, I would like to outline the nomination and award process for the prestigious Boyd Professorship. The Boyd Professorship is the most distinguished and highest professorial rank awarded by the University. It is a system-level rank that recognizes faculty members who have achieved national or international distinction for outstanding teaching, research, or creative achievement. You can find detailed information about the nomination process in Permanent Memorandum 74. Nominations are welcome from all disciplines, and the process is conducted confidentially.

Let us collectively celebrate the excellence that defines LSU and continue to strive for even greater heights. Your dedication is the driving force behind our university's success.

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season filled with joy and relaxation.


Roy Haggerty
Executive Vice President & Provost

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Human-Centered Solutions for Louisiana's Prosperity: A Demographic Lens (headshot of Troy Blanchard)

Troy Blanchard, Dean of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, discusses how his research aligns with LSU's Scholarship First Agenda. The LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences, along with researchers from across campus and the system, are critical to making the discoveries, developing the solutions, and educating our students to ensure a robust, resilient and productive future for the State of Louisiana.

Read more about Dean Troy Blanchard

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Feb 16


Nominations for the University Faculty Awards are due no later than February 16, 2024. This is an extension from the prior due date of January 26, 2024. Please note that each college may have its own internal deadline for receiving nominations prior to this date.

New Award Available

A new award is now available for the University Faculty Awards, the Ogden Honors College Outstanding Teaching Award. The Ogden Honors College Outstanding Teaching Award recognizes faculty with a distinguished record of teaching and mentoring students in the Ogden Honors College. Any full-time faculty member who has taught at least one Honors course in the past two academic years is eligible. A cash award of $2,000 will be awarded to one recipient per year.

Learn more about the University Faculty Awards

Events (with calendar icon)

2024 Faculty Colloquium

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Please join us for the 2024 Faculty Colloquium where keynote speaker Michelle Miller will present on "Designing for Learning and Persistence."

Date: Friday, January 12, 2024
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: South Stadium Club, Tiger Stadium

Learn more about the Faculty Colloquium

Provost's Fund Symposium

Please join us on January 31 for a special showcase of research funded through the Provost's Fund for Innovation in Research, the largest investment in seed funding for faculty research in university history. The Provost's Fund Symposium will showcase projects made possible through the Provost's Fund for Innovation in Research. Faculty will present their research via posters or presentations. Register here for the Provost's Fund Symposium

Jan 31, 3 pm, Barnes Ogden Art & Design Complex


institutional updates

Provost Haggerty Elected to APLU Council on Academic Affairs Executive Committee

Executive Vice President & Provost Roy Haggerty was elected to a 3-year term on the Executive Committee of the Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities' (APLU) Council on Academic Affairs (CAA) at the APLU Annual Meeting on Nov. 13 in Seattle, WA. The Executive Committee leads the work of the CAA, which is composed of the chief academic officers of APLU members. The CAA provides a forum for discussion of: trends in higher education and the public mission; funding patterns and budget strategies; teaching and learning innovations; faculty roles and rewards; academic programs, planning, and advising; research and publication; and service and engagement with other sectors.

James Murphy Named Provost's Fellow for Academic Initiatives

James Murphy, Associate Professor in the School of Theatre, has been named Provost's Fellow for Academic Initiatives. This one-year fellowship is focused on academic initiatives related to undergraduate student success including the integrative learning core, summer school, OER/AER resources, and the Learning & Teaching Collaborative.

Invitation to Teach Honors Courses

The Ogden Honors College is seeking proposals to teach honors courses for the fall 2024 semester. Submit a proposal today to teach exceptionally motivated and dedicated students about a topic related to your own research. Proposals may be submitted now through Monday, Jan. 22, 2024.Please direct any questions to Drew Lamonica Arms, Associate Dean of the Ogden Honors College, at dlamoni@lsu.edu.

Faculty Survey on Student Career Success

Help LSU students by taking a 10-minute survey on student career success administered by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the Society for Experiential Education (SEE). If 15% of faculty at LSU participate, we receive a campus report. The NACE AAC&U, and SEE will utilize findings from this research to continue to support faculty and institutional innovation. Note: while the institutional and discipline fields are optional, please do not leave them blank. Your input matters for LSU A&M students' future success. Take the Career Success Survey now until December 31, 2023.

Holiday Greetings

Season's Greetings with Memorial Tower and TigerDesigned by: Hernan Andres Gonzalez, LSU Graphic Design Student Office

Season's greetings and warm wishes for the coming year.

Roy Haggerty
Executive Vice President & Provost