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A Note from Provost Haggerty

Dear Colleagues,

The year 2023 has gotten off to a great start with the announcement of the first round of seed funding for faculty scholarship from the Provost’s Fund for Innovation in Research. In total, a record-breaking $1.1 million dollars, the largest investment in seed funding for faculty research in LSU history, was awarded to faculty in eight colleges and schools to fund 33 different projects. The awards are intended to better position LSU faculty for competitive external funding and recognition in areas that benefit LSU and Louisiana. The funded projects range in topics from body-tracking wearable technology that will monitor infant health, to improving delta and hurricane resiliency, to subsurface hydrogen storage, to planning and proposing a NASA mission to Mars, to supporting LSU faculty in the humanities and arts through a Second Book Institute that facilitates the advancement and promotion of associate professors in book-centered disciplines.  My experience with support for scholarship and creative activity convinces me that this investment will result in a tremendous return to LSU, its students, and Louisiana.

Additional support for scholarship will come in paying all of our doctoral and Master of Fine Arts students at least $2,556 per month, the highest minimum stipend in the SEC. With this commitment, we will be able to recruit more of the world’s best graduate students.

We have much more to do to advance LSU’s research, scholarship and creative activity and I will continue to update you on our efforts. My top priorities also include a focus on improvement in faculty and staff pay, and improvements to our infrastructure. University leadership is working hard on these, and I am optimistic that we will be able to take important steps in the coming months.

Thank you for all you do to advance LSU for Louisiana.

Roy Haggerty
Executive Vice President & Provost

Provost's Fund for Innovation in Research

gray LSU Logo "Provost's Fund for Innovation in Research awards $1.1M largest investment in seed funding for faculty research in LSU history:

On Jan. 18, LSU announced the awards for the Provost's Fund for Innovation in Research. In total, $1.1 million dollars was awarded to 77 faculty across 8 colleges and schools for 33 different research projects. The Provost's Fund supports interdisciplinary research in five priority areas, known as the LSU Pentagon, for the Scholarship First agenda.

Faculty from the following colleges received support in the first round of funding for Emerging Research and Big Idea Research grants:

  • Colleges of Agriculture
  • College of Art + Design
  • College of the Coast & Environment
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Human Sciences & Education
  • College of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • College of Science
  • School of Veterinary Medicine

While some of the newly funded projects fall within a single priority area, several span multiple priority areas. The strength of the Scholarship First Agenda lies not only in how LSU can drive research and innovation in agriculture, biomedicine, coast, defense and energy, but combine these areas in interesting ways to solve pressing problems in Louisiana and around the globe. In total:

  • Five faculty identified their projects as agricultural;
  • 19 faculty identified their projects as biomedical;
  • 13 faculty identified their projects as coastal;
  • Eight faculty identified their projects as defense-related;
  • 10 faculty identified their projects as energy-related.

In addition to seed-funding for research, the Provost’s Fund also supports dissemination of research, such as through travel, talks and conferences and research infrastructure improvements, including equipment repair.

Read more about the Provost's Fund for Innovation in Research


SEC-SIO Africa Initiative led by LSU featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education

SIO Samba Dieng with potential LSU students in Ghana

Last semester, LSU’s Senior Internationalization Officer (SIO) and Executive Director of International Programs, Samba Dieng, led a group of SIOs from 8 SEC institutions on a recruitment initiative to West Africa. The 9-day program took place in late October and focused its recruitment efforts in Ghana and Senegal. Given its groundbreaking mission, a writer from The Chronicle of Higher Education joined the group and documented the experience in a featured article. LSU is planning to continue this SEC initiative in the next academic year with a focus on recruitment in East Africa

Thomas Karam and Elizabeth McInnis Honored by SME-GBR

Sales & Marketing Executives of Greater Baton Rouge (SME-GBR) will honor Thomas Karam and Elizabeth McInnis at the Excellence in Sales & Marketing Luncheon on February 16. SME-GBR is an active professional association dedicated to career development of sales and marketing managers and executives.

Thomas Karam, Distinguished Instructor in the Department of Marketing, will be presented with the Nell Mitchell Doughty Lifetime Achievement Award.

Elizabeth McKinnis, Marketing Director for the LSU Rural Life Museum, will be given an Excellence in Sales & Marketing Award. 


Faculty Annual Reviews

image of a computer with the login screen for Elements at Louisiana State University "Faculty Annual Reviews Launching Soon February 6, 2023"


Trainings & Help Guides

The Office of Academic Affairs will be launching 2022 faculty annual reviews in Elements on Monday, February 6. We encourage faculty to begin updating their 2022 activities in Elements ahead of the launch of the assessment. To assist faculty and unit leaders in completing their annual reviews, Program Manager, Mallory Danzy will be hosting in-person trainings, virtual trainings and drop-in labs. Information pertaining to the annual review timeline, trainings and help guides can be found on LSU’s Elements homepage. For additional questions regarding Elements and the annual review process, contact Mallory Danzy at elements@lsu.edu or 578-1519.


Gulf Scholars Program

image of the gulf coast with researches, title "Gulf Scholars Program" "All majors welcome!"

The LSU Gulf Scholars Program is a new program that will prepare undergraduate students from any major to address challenges and issues facing the Gulf south region.  Faculty project submissions are now being accepted for the Gulf Scholars Summer Impact Project program. 

LSU Discover Day

four pictures of students presenting posters, art, and performances "LSU Discover Day Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference"

Discover Day is an annual multi-discipline undergraduate research conference held at LSU each spring. Students from any college/university and from any major are welcome to submit an application to present their research or creative work. The 10th annual LSU Discover Day will be held in person on Friday, April 21 in the LSU Student Union. 

Please encourage your students to present their poster, oral presentation, visual display, art piece(s), performance, or poetry reading. Applications are due Sunday, March 5.

2023 Teaching & Learning Institute

Submissions are being accepted for the inaugural Teaching and Learning Institute, a virtual conference to be held on Tuesday, April 11, 2023, from 1-4pm CDT. This conference is sponsored by the University of Arkansas and Louisiana State University. Proposals are currently being accepted for posters that address topics of interest to teachers in higher education. Submissions can be made until February 10, 2023.

Classroom Technology Upgrade Project

In collaboration with multiple campus stakeholder groups, ITS has initiated technology updates to 63 classrooms. The upgrades include in-room sound amplification and auto-tracking cameras. 30 classrooms in Tureaud Hall have been updated, and 33 more college/department-controlled classrooms will be complete by fall 2023. More information about this project can be found on GROK.

LSU Online Innovation Series

purple logo LSU Online & Continuing Education, Save the Date, Innovation Series Keeping students First: Building Equitable Bridges to the Future, March 27, 2023, 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM, Lod Cook Alumni CenterPlease save the date for the upcoming 2023 Spring Innovation Series event, Keeping Students First: Building Equitable Bridges to the Future. The event will be held on March 27th from 9:30am-3:00pm at the Lod Cook Alumni Center. The event will feature an experiential learning technology showcase, a student panel, and sessions presented by the following speakers: 

  • Dr. Thomas Cavanagh, University of Central Florida 
  • Jim Fong, UPCEA
  • Dr. Amber Garrison Duncan, Competency-Based Education Network 

If you have questions, please contact Hala Esmail


Service Learning Program Applications (CCELL)

Interested in service-learning pedagogies? Looking to develop a new course or change an existing one? The Center for Community Engagement, Learning, and Leadership (CCELL) is inviting applications for our spring service-learning faculty scholars and for graduate student scholars programs, due January 31.

CCELL Faculty Scholars Program Application

CCELL Graduate Scholars Program Application

New Course: Facilitating Learning Online

Developed and facilitated by LSU Online & Continuing Education, this instructor-led four-week course (February 6 - March 5, 2023) is designed for anyone who is new to teaching online or is interested in learning more about facilitating an online course. Participants will explore best practices in making connections with students, creating a community of learning, and delivering an engaging experience for their students. For more information and to register, visit the Facilitating Learning Online registration page.